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Gastonia Gaston Gazette (Newspaper) - March 28, 2015, Gastonia, North Carolina $1 million briefcase scam defraud senior of $35,000. Page 7a pairings set for top teams full Mcaa coverage. In 75$ a saturday March 28, 2015 Highway for divisive politician architect of Nch a Gay marriage ban up for Honor sen. James Forrester by Michael Barrett mbanett@g0stongazette.com a Gaston county Highway could soon be renamed to Honor a longtime state senator who became a polarizing figure in North Carolinas Gay marriage debate. To his supporters sen. James Forrester was a hero of conservatism and a defender of traditional Matrimony. To his foes he was a Nemesis of the Gay rights movement who categorized homosexuality As an Quot unhealthy lifestyle a and once called Asheville a a cesspool of sin. A born in Scotland Forrester moved to the United states As a toddler and became a physician practising family Medicine for Many years in Stanley. He was first elected to the state Senate in 1990 and spent More than two decades representing Gaston Lincoln and Iredell counties As a Republican. He was serving his Lith two year term when he died in october 2011 at the age of 74. A see Forrester Page 5a ii it is rather a sad commentary on the state of Gaston county politics when a state senator known mostly for his very stringent fight against lbt Equality will most Likely have a Road named in his Honor. 99 Robert Kellogg former chairman of the Gaston county democratic party Ai ii he was a Good Man throughout. He was someone who went above and beyond to do right by people and i think you also have to define him by what he meant to his Community f f Chad Brown county commissioner former Stanley Mayo More events bigger shortfall conference centers new management is paying off officials say by Michael Barrett officials say a recent uptick in bookings at the Gastonia conference Center is proof a new management approach is paying off. Events held at the venue in january brought in $2,145 More than bookings did the month before. At the same time for the month of january the conference Center still lost about $1,800 More than it was expected to. But City leaders say operating losses Are an expected part of the operations Early years and that if bookings continue to Rise that will change. A this is very positive momentum Quot conference Center general manager Fred Julius said. A we have been embraced by the City Council and the City staff and everybody has been very helpful in getting our new message Julius hospitality management firm Stellar Platinum was hired to run the conference Mike Hensdill the Gazette chef Freddie Julius works in the Kitchen of the Gastonia conference Center on thursday morning to prepare food for a Gastonia rotary club meeting. Events held at the venue in january brought in $2,145 More than bookings did the month before. Center for $45,000 a year beginning in november. The City paid $60,000 in a Legal settlement to end its relationship with the Wilderman group which managed the Center for three years after it opened in late 2011. For the first three years of the conference centers existence City Council members were never satisfied with How often the building was filled what types of events it attracted and How much Money it was losing. Julius first Quarter performance report to the City this month offered Hope for the future. A they Are moving in the right direction and generating some additional bookings Quot City councilwoman Brenda Craig said. A a we re hearing a lot of Good things about what they re Julius attributes the surge in events to new marketing approaches and to a grassroots sales philosophy that focuses on local and regional groups and organizations. Employees of Stellar Platinum and the City Are working together More often and forming cohesion with newly formed groups such As the Gastonia downtown merchants association he said. 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