Ghillie Dhu's Enchantment

New Sculpture Dedication
'Ghillie Dhu's Enchantment,' a new tree-like kinetic sculpture by artist Harry McDaniel stands some 20 feet tall in Center City Park off of Main Avenue on Tuesday November 9, 2010 as crowds gather for Keep Gastonia Beautiful's dedication service for the piece.

Fall Colors

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Fall color in it's peak at Crowders Mountain State Park on Monday November 15, 2010.

Crowders Fall 2


WWII Veteran
World War II veteran Foy Mercer at his Gastonia home on November 10, 2010. Mercer has survived the battle of the bulge and brain surgery, but still remains lively in his nineties.
I thought it was cool listening to this vet tell his story. As it turns out, he's lived just about everywhere I've lived, only a few (or more) decades earlier. He was a pastor in Brevard, where I went to College, and in Rocky Mount, where I got my first newspaper job and lived for a year. Small world.

Etiquette Edge

Julie Roberts 1

Photos for a cover story in
The Gazette's women's magazine Gaston Woman about Julie Roberts, owner of Etiquette Edge, which provides good manners and decorum education for children K-12. Roberts teaches proper etiquette for every aspect of social life, including writing thank you notes, talking on the phone, online interactions, and text messaging.

Julie Roberts panels

Julie Roberts 2

Hooters for Neuters

Hooters for Neuters
Brandon Dougherty, 7, and his mom Cathy Dougherty pet a dog from the Gaston County Animal Shelter up for adoption at the Hooters for Neuters event at Hooters on Saturday November 6, 2010. The shelter brought eight last-chance dogs to the event, with several, including this one, finding homes.
Adopt Me
Two kittens wait to be adopted during the event, put on by the Gaston County Low-Cost Spay / Neuter Clinic.
Sloppy kiss
Caleb McCraw-Guyer, 8, gets a sloppy kiss from a dog in the back of a Gaston County Animal Control truck on Saturday November 6, 2010 at the Hooters For Neuters event. Friends of McCraw-Guyer's family adopted the dog at the event, and while he won't be the owner, he said he will be seing the pet all the time.

Conference Carolinas Championship

Conference Carolinas Championship
Pfeiffer players celebrate after Belmont Abbey's Connie Axiotis, right, missed an overtime penalty kick giving the victory to Pfeiffer in the Conference Carolinas Championship match on Saturday November 6, 2010 at Alumni Field. 
Conference Carolinas Championship
Belmont Abbey's Rebecca Mateo wins a header during the match.
Conference Carolinas Championship
A referee tries to break up a fight that broke out between Belmont Abbey and Pfeiffer players during the heated and emotional match.
Conference Carolinas Championship
Belmont Abbey goalkeeper Anna Donaldson attempts to block an overtime penalty kick.
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Belmont Abbey players console one another after losing to Pfeiffer in overtime penalty kicks.

Abbey Men's Soccer

Abbey Men Goal Shot
Limestone goal keeper H.B. Lockwood dives to make a save after Belmont Abbey's Gianluca D'Agata, right, took a shot on goal during the game at Alumni Field on Saturday October 30, 2010.

Touchdown Pass

Cherryville Touchdown Reception
Cherryville's Dashaun Brooks, left, makes a touchdown reception over Bessemer City defender Damian Scott to end the first half at Cherryville on Friday October 29, 2010.