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Lincoln’s Lawing is regional activist of year

POLITICS The N.C. Citizens for a Sound Economy recognized a Lincoln County woman as Activist of the Year for the Charlotte region at its annual Day at the Capital earlier this month.

Betty Lawing of the organization’s Lincoln County chapter received the award. Lawing is a former school board member, and she joined CSE in 2000.

Citizens for a Sound Economy is a nonpartisan grassroots group that says it’s dedicated to lower taxes, less government and more freedom.

Panel examining board’s setup resets meeting

GOVERNMENT The task force to study changes to the structure of the Gaston Board of County Commissioners has postponed tonight’s meeting.

The group instead will meet at 7 p.m. next Wednesday in the Department of Social Services auditorium, 330 N. Marietta St., Gastonia. The group is studying whether to recommend changing township boundary lines and scrapping countywide votes for township seats.

Gaston College to launch construction May 12

EDUCATION Gaston College will break ground for its $1.6 million public safety building May 12.

The 15,000-square-foot building will replace four mobile units used as classrooms and administrative offices for the college’s firefighter, police and paramedic training program.

The new building is being paid for by state bond money. The facility will be located on the Regional Emergency Services Training Center area of the Dallas campus on U.S. 321 South.

About 12,000 firefighters, police officers and emergency medical workers train at Gaston College each year.