The year 2020 is like no other in our history. The COVID-19 pandemic has teachers teaching online instead of in the classroom, churches holding services with only the pastor and a few others in the sanctuary--members watching online instead of attending services, and government meetings being held remotely.
Both the Democrats and Republicans are holding their state conventions 'virtually' this year. The Democrats are still hoping to hold their convention in Milwaukee, and the Republicans' national convention is still scheduled for Charlotte, although there'll certainly be some changes from previous years in the way the conventions are conducted.
Lincolnton's City Council didn't meet in April because of the pandemic, but they're meeting this month--electronically. The Thursday night (7 PM, May 7th) meeting will be conducted via WebEx.
Gaston County Commissioners meetings have been available 'live' online for a few years now. The Lincoln Herald covers those meetings without having to drive to Gastonia. Unless they need to speak to the Commissioners, the public can watch what happens at the meetings from their homes (or anywhere else they can get an internet connection). As we understand it, Lincoln County is working on developing a similar system for putting Lincoln County Commissioners meetings online as they're happening. Currently, you can watch the meetings, but you have to wait until later in the week for the recording of them to be uploaded.
Once the new system is in place, the City also hopes to use the Lincoln County system for its meetings. For now, they're using WebEx instead of gathering at City Hall.
Stanley held its Town Council meeting Monday (May 4th) via Zoom. Photographer Bill Ward supplied us with photos.
We're ordering takeout food, having prescriptions delivered, some are also having their groceries delivered. All schoolwork is now 'home' work. We're staying home and watching tv.
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