National spotlight strike Gaston County in 2016

January 2, 2017 - Jonas Brothers

What do pizza rolls, a Jonas Brothers and Anthony Weiner have in common?

All 3 bearing Gaston County into inhabitant headlines in 2016, a year that introduced America to opposite people and places in a village time and time again.

Whether it was Hollywood blockbusters, late night TV monologues or tabloids, locals from Gaston kept popping adult — for improved and for worse.

ENTERTAINMENT

Gaston’s nonsensical blockbuster — The comedy “Masterminds” stars stupid actors personification nonsensical characters who do mind-numbingly reticent things. The film is over belief, solely that it’s formed on a loyal story about a organisation of criminals in Gaston County. Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Kristen Wiig all play Gaston County residents — a film uses their genuine names — who inexplicably harmonise one of a largest money thefts in U.S. story in 1998.

Ha$$an White$ide — Gastonia internal Hassan Whiteside’s new four-year, $98 million agreement with a Miami Heat creates him a fourth-highest-paid core in a league. Not bad for a child who never played basketball when he attended Gaston County schools, hopping between Forestview, Ashbrook and Hunter Huss.

Conan clowns arrested integrate — A Gaston County integrate arrested for aggressive any other with pizza rolls became a boundary of a inhabitant fun when Conan O’Brien referenced them in a opening digression of his late night uncover on Jun 6. “They’ve been charged with dual depends of ‘deserving any other,’” he quipped.

Locals charge SportsCenter — For a initial time in years, decades or maybe ever, a Gaston County contestant done ESPN’s “Top 10” plays on SportsCenter in November. But it wasn’t only one actor — dual internal guys done a prominence tilt in a same day. Ranking as SportsCenter’s No. 6 play, Hunter Huss grad Kerrion Moore hurdled a defender on a lurch to a finish zone. Then, in a No. 1 slot, South Point grad Tanner Muse returned a pick-six for a Clemson football team.

Food Network dines in Belmont — For a whole initial half of a year, Gaston County residents couldn’t stop articulate about Belmont’s new restaurant, Nellie’s Southern Kitchen, founded by a father of a Jonas Brothers cocktail stars. The Food Network filmed a restaurant’s birth as it struggled by setbacks and navigated internal fervor. The special aired after Christmas.

20/20 digs into Carver box — Gastonia proprietor Mark Carver was convicted of murder in a genocide of UNC Charlotte tyro Ira Yarmolenko in 2011. In a 5 years since, internal newspapers and inhabitant radio programs have documented a case, lifting questions about Carver’s guilt. This year, ABC’s “20/20” profiled a crime in an hourlong episode.

Nancy Grace covers comfortless murdering — Nancy Grace, a former prosecutor incited TV host, discussed a murdering of 3-year-old Bessemer City proprietor Jordyn Dumont on her argumentative program.

MEDIA

Weiner sexts Gaston teen — A 15-year aged Gaston County lady might have swung a presidential race. First, a Daily Mail published an exposé — finish with photos, texts and approach messages — of a lady sexting New York politician Anthony Weiner. Then a FBI searched Weiner’s mechanism and found emails connected to Hillary Clinton’s private email scandal. FBI Director James Comey announced a find days before a election, slashing Clinton’s campaign.

LGBT activists repute Gaston during DNC — Three of a 4 member Gaston County sent to a Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia were members of a LGBT community. Gastonia City Councilman Robert Kellogg and tyro Noah Cartagena are gay, and tyro Evan Redmond identifies as gender fluid. While during a convention, Redmond was profiled by The Washington Post.

FiveThirtyEight profiles Gaston — ESPN’s statistics site FiveThirtyEight, combined by obvious domestic researcher Nate Silver, profiled Gaston as a county that could go blue in this year’s election. Titled “One North Carolina County Shows The Cracks In The GOP’s Defenses,” a essay was emblematic of a polling community’s inability to rightly envision a election, as Gaston County went solidly red for Donald Trump.

Gaston patrolman writes editorial — Gastonia Police Sgt. Shaunte Southern wrote an editorial for ESPN’s The Undefeated, a sports and enlightenment site from an African-American perspective. He used September’s Charlotte riots to explain how there’s an inbred fear of black group in a society, and how formidable it is to be a black military officer following Keith Lamont Scott’s shooting.

Shooting victim’s Gaston ties — Keith Lamont Scott was an African-American male shot by a military officer in Charlotte after he was systematic to dump his gun. His genocide sparked riots in Charlotte, and inhabitant media outlets dug into his past. Last year, Scott lived in Gaston County, where his mother filed a protecting sequence opposite him in District Court.

Gaston male rips off woman’s hijab — A Gastonia man, Gill Payne, was on house a Southwest Airlines moody when he saw a lady wearing a hijab, a headscarf ragged by Muslims. Payne grabbed a hijab and ripped it off, yelling, “Take it off! This is America!” He was condemned to dual months of home capture and systematic to compensate $5,000 in fines.

Jordyn Dumont’s comfortless genocide — A hunt for blank 3-year-old Jordyn Dumont finished with military anticipating her stays in a Bessemer City woods. National media of all mediums lonesome a crime, from her initial disappearance to her mother’s boyfriend’s arrest. People Magazine grown a mindfulness for Gaston County as it lonesome 3 stories on a Dumont box and afterwards after wrote about a Lowell Police officer arrested for raping a child.

CELEBRITIES

Tim Tebow shoots video during Loray — ESPN commentator and former college football good Tim Tebow was speckled during Gastonia’s Loray Mill in Jul sharpened a video for an arriving faith-based book. Tebow took a mangle from filming to take photos with internal fans and pointer autographs.

Mike Pence stops by Tony’s — Vice President-elect Mike Pence done a last-minute preference to arrive during Tony’s as he gathering by Gastonia on a debate outing in October. In box you’re wondering, Pence’s provide of choice was a chocolate divert shake.

Bellamy Young stumps for Clinton — Actress and Asheville internal Bellamy Young, best famous for her purpose as a initial lady in “Scandal,” spoke during Gaston County Democratic Party domicile in October. She advocated voting for Hillary Clinton in front of a throng of about 50 people.

Helen Hunt shoots in Gastonia — Gastonia City Hall was abuzz in Apr as Helen Hunt arrived to fire scenes for a FOX miniseries called “Shots Fired.” The uncover focuses on a North Carolina city divided after a racially charged shooting.

Eric Trump campaigns in Gastonia — Eric Trump, son of President-elect Donald Trump, campaigned for his father on Oct. 21 in Gastonia. Dozens showed adult to listen to him and his wife, who is from Wilmington and went to N.C. State University.

Jonas Bros. assistance open Belmont’s Nellie’s — In one of a many hyped internal business openings in new memory, Nellie’s Southern Kitchen launched in Belmont in early June. To fans’ delight, a Jonas Brothers were there to support their father’s new restaurant. At a opening of Nellie’s Southern Kitchen in Belmont, Joe Jonas took a theatre to perform with his new band, DNCE. His brothers and restaurant-goers watched as a rope played their strike strain “Cake by a Ocean.”

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