A second chance for the Loray?

Loray Mill
A view of the Loray Mill in Gastonia on Monday June 25, 2012. Gastonia leaders announced Monday the acquisition of a Federal Housing Administration loan of almost $21 million to reconfigure the historic mill into loft apartments and retail space.

A few weeks ago a developer announced plans to redevelop two historic high rise buildings in downtown Gastonia into apartments. This week it was announced that another developer has secured a major piece of the funding necessary to start a project to redevelop the historic Loray Mill into apartments. 

For a lot of people in the area, myself included, this is great news. For all too long these structurally sound but very old, and in the case of the Loray Mill, historically significant structures have been abandoned for decades. 

There are still quite a few challenges ahead for the projects, but I'm just glad to see these buildings put back to good use. 

Loray Mill Window

Read Out in Pride

"Read Out in Pride"
People circle in Center City Park on Main Avenue in Gastonia and light candles during the PFLAG Gaston (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) 'Read out in Pride' event on Thursday June 21, 2012. The group is touting the event as the first ever LGBT pride event in Gastonia.

Your Out!

Your out!
Queen City Mustangs catcher James Snover tags out Gastonia Post 23's Garrett Lowery at home in the first inning of the game at Sims Legion Park on Sunday June 17, 2012.

Eating Champs

Wing eating contest
Zane Riley, right, keeps an eye on his competition, Michael Toller, while competing in a wing-eating contest between innings of the Gastonia Grizzlies vs Petersburg Generals Coastal Plains League baseball game at Sims Legion Park in Gastonia on Tuesday June 19, 2012.


Downtown Gastonia

I took a few night street scape photos of downtown Gastonia, above, and Belmont  recently for an ad campaign for a local car dealership. I've yet to see what the paper did with them, but I figured I would go ahead and share them here.

For those who are interested, the bottom photo was made by "light painting" the scene with a flashlight during the long exposure.  

Stowe Park

The graduations

Belmont Abbey Graduation 2
Paula Regalado celebrates after receiving her diploma during the Belmont Abbey College commencement program on Saturday May 12, 2012 in front of the Belmont Abbey Basilica in Belmont. Regalado was named Student of the Year later in the program.
Enjoy a few photos from the graduations I covered in the past few weeks. I only shot five this year, which is down one or two from previous years.

Belmont Abbey Graduation 1
Carmen McMillan puts on her hood  during the Belmont Abbey College commencement program on Saturday May 12, 2012.
Kings Mountain Graduation
People cheer for graduates as they receive their diplomas during Kings Mountain High's graduation exercises in John Gamble Stadium on Friday June 8, 2012.
Highland Tech Graduation
Peyton John Woodman, facing, embraces Mikael Anton McCollum after Highland School of Technology's graduation ceremony for the class of 2012 on Saturday June 9, 2012.