University

Gaston College

Like the rest of the state, Gaston County is facing a shortage of people with the skills required to work inĀ 

today's high tech factories. Gaston College hopes to address the issue with a training center for students and local residents. This week, the college received a one-and-a half million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce.


Courtesy of Wingate University

Back in the mid-1800s, settlers arrived in an area of what was then called Ames Turnout to build a church. Eventually, a school was established. A community grew and Ames Turnout became a town. That town was named after a Baptist minister Washington Manley Wingate. Or maybe it was Wingate, we'll get to that shortly.

Here's how Mayor Bill Braswell describes his town, population 3,500: