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Gastonia is a city located in Gaston County in North Carolina, a state of the United States of America. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 66,277. It is the county seat of Gaston County. It is considered part of the greater Metrolina area, a region of population, of which... (More Info and Source) Gastonia Real Estate

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NC National Guard holds deployment ceremony

Several units of the North Carolina National Guard are being deployed to the Middle East.

A mobilization ceremony was held at the James Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton.

The troops will provide support to the navy in Bahrain.

The last time they were deployed to the Middle East was during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005 and 2009.

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:58:00 -0400

Former CFO who delivered viral Chick-fil-A rant now on food stamps

It was the rant against Chick-fil-A’s perceived anti-gay stance that was seen and heard around the world.

Adam Smith, 37, thought he was doing the right thing by standing up for his beliefs and protecting the rights of gay people when in 2012, he decided to speak his mind at a Chick-fil-A drive-thru.

But his taped rant directed at a Chick-fil-A employee first cost him his job, then his home and now his career, according to an ABC report.

The former CFO, who once earned $200,000 annually and had over $1 million in stock options, is now on food stamps, unable to secure work because of his online reputation.

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The husband and father of four quickly apologized for the rant that went viral on YouTube, but the damage to his professional image had already been done.

In 2012, Smith was fired as CFO of the medical device company he worked for, after the videotaped rant generated bomb threats directed at the company.

Smith was forced to sell his home and move his family into an RV, but he did land another CFO job months later. He was fired after just two weeks, when management discovered his infamous video.

Looking back, Smith says he doesn’t regret the message he delivered, but he regrets the way he addressed the employee.

For the record, that Chick-fil-A employee forgave him in a video that also went viral.

You can watch the original video that started it all below.

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:43:36 -0400

Police chase kidnapping suspect overnight through several counties

A man is in custody Saturday morning after leading police in a two-hour chase through multiple counties.

Police identified the man as Jonathan McCorkle, 40, and said he kidnapped someone.

Channel 9 has contacted police to find out more details about the kidnapping.

The chase began in Charlotte and then proceeded to Interstate 85 in Gaston County, officials said.

A police helicopter kept a spotlight on the car as officers on the ground followed in close pursuit.

McCorkle exited the highway several times and re-entered Mecklenburg County.

Eventually, state troopers used stop sticks on I-77, which blew out the tires on McCorkle's vehicle.

Police were able to pin his vehicle at East Boulevard.

McCorkle then got out and ran off.

Police took him into custody in the 800 block of W. Kingston Avenue.

Check back for more on this developing story.

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:42:06 -0400

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