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Gaston Gazette (Newspaper) - March 10, 1995, Gastonia, North Carolina Hornets dump Seattle SuperSonics, Page 1C FRIDAY, MARCH 10, Board does about-face Commissioners reverse decision, allow tourism bureau to keep tax money By Lynn Wooten Gazette Staff Reporter GASTONIA - County commissioners on Thursday reversed themselves and voted to allow Gaston's Travel and Tourism Bureau to keep all money generated by the county's hotel occupancy tax. And they want local lawmakers to introduce state legislation supporting their decision. The action follows a February vote in which commissioners stripped Travel and Tourism of a $200,000 fund balance. They had also taken greater control of the 3-percent occupancy tax that finances the bureau. Some innkeepers and officials at Gaston tourist attractions, upset at losing money they believe should be used to promote tourism, opposed the February action. Millions of dollars in tourism revenue were at stake, they said. And at Thursday's meeting, they carried signs stating, "Don't Misuse Occupancy Tax Money," "Plan for the Future," "Think!!! Before You Vote" and "Support Travel & Tourism, Not Destroy It!" Pat Ellis, who sources said was lobbied to rethink her decision, sponsored a new resolution Thursday. She suggested allowing Travel and Tourism, a division of the Gaston County Economic Development Commission, to keep all money generated by the occupancy tax. She also requested Gaston legislators "restrict the use of the occupancy tax proceeds to economic development and travel and tourism activities Please see M0NEY/2A Craig Bell/The Gazette Motel housekeeper Ruth Adams and manager Becky Dye HOOPS FRIDAY Basketball's best three-day clash gears up today VIRGINIA vs. GEORGIA TECH TIP-OFF: Noon EARUER THIS YEAR: Virginia won 88-85 in double overtime at Virginia and 83-60 at Georgia Tech. KEY MATCHUP: Virginia's strong point guard Harold Deane vs. Georgia Tech's quick point guard Travis Best. NCAA OUTLOOK: Virginia's a lock for the tournament; Georgia Tech's probably in but needs another win to make sure. WAKE FOREST vs. DUKE UNC vs. CLEMSON TIP-OFF: 7 p.m. UNC won 83-66 at Clemson and 66-39 at UNC. KEY MATCHUP: Clemson coach Rick Barnes in his first ACC tournament vs. UNC coach Dean Smith in his 34th. NCAA OUTLOOK: UNC is a lock; Clemson must win the ACC tournament to make the field of 64. MARYLAND vs. FLORIDA STATE TIP-OFF: 2:30 p.m. EARUER THIS YEAR: Wake Forest won 74-64 at Wake Forest and 62-61 at Duke. KEY MATCHUP: Duke guard Jeff Capel vs. Wake Forest guard Randolph Childress. NCAA OUTLOOK: Wake Forest is a lock; Duke needs to win the ACC tournament to make the field of 64. Associated PVess UNC's Rasheed Wallace (30) and Maryland's Joe Smith tangle for the ball in an ACC battle. WHAV hakes this year's ACC tournament different? ■ It will sort out a four-way tie for first place in the regular season. ■ Wake Forest is the top seed for the first time in 33 years. ■ Two teams, Duke and Maryland, go into the tournament with assistant coaches calling the shots in place of ailing head coaches. ■ Maryland and Florida State will play each other for the ^^ first time in the tournament. MM R ■ Virginia has a chance at its first ACC Tournament title since 1976. ■ Florida State has the only player in the league to score in double figures in all ACC games. But it wasn't star Bob Sura. It was James Collins. ■ Duke is seeded last for the third time in history. ■ Seven of the nine teams in the ACC were ranked in the Top 25 during the season. TIP-OFF: 9:30 p.m. Among stations foaturing covorago of the ACC Tournament 4" TV coverage Radio coverage WBTV Channel 3 WRFX-AM (610) WLON-AM (1050) WCSL-AM (1590) WOHS-AM (730) WGNC-AM(1450) WMGK-FM (96.1) Maryland won 70-57 at Florida State and 80-65 at Maryland. KEY MATCHUP: Maryland swingman Johnny Rhodes vs. Florida State swingman Bob Sura. NCAA OUTLOOK: Maryland is a lock; Florida State must win the ACC tournament to make the field of 64. Embattled detective on stand Prosecutors try to pre-empt defense attack of Fuhrman LOS ANGELES (AP) - The O.J. Simpson case entered its most explosive stage yet as Detective Mark Fuhrman took the stand Thursday and, nnder questioning from the prosecutor, promptly denied ever meeting a woman who accused him of racist remarks. I ( In Fuhrman's first moments in front of the mostly black jury, prosecutor Marcia Clark moved to pre-empt the expected defense assault on the detective, who has been portrayed as a racist who may have planted a bloody glove to frame Simpson. Under Ms. Clark's questioning, Fuhrman said he was "nervous, reluctant" about testifying. Fuhrman Please see DETECTIVE/2A Source: Air Jordan to take wing again CHICAGO (AP) - Michael Jordan, estranged from the sport he adopted, is returning to the game he once ruled, a source told The Associated Press on Thursday night Jordan practiced again with the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, the third straight day he appeared at team headquarters, and will shortly trade in his baseball spikes for a new pair of Air Jordans. A source close to Jordan, speaking on the condition he not be Please see J0RDAN/2A Jordan INDEX Abby/4D Bulletin Board/ 4D Business/ 4-68 Classified/ 6D-8E Comics/ 6-70 Crossword/ 7C Family/ 1-4D • • • ( 5 sections/ 40 pages Call us Gastonla/864-3291 Llncolnton/735-4616 Charlotte/82S-S158 Fax/867-6988 Hometown/ IB Horoscope/ 6C Movies/ 4D Opinion/ 2B Obituaries/ 7B Sports/ 1-8C Television/ 6C OOP o Sunny High 55 Low 35 / Details/ 2A Jane Love/The Gazette Itei 'mWii Coming Saturday: Learn the mystery behind the big chicl<en in Bessemer City , ' 4 ^ '} ^ ' ' - "if __
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