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WFMY News 2

Date: 7/23/2016 3:09:00 PM


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Fox Run Apartments fire elicits massive response

South Hill Enterprise

Date: 7/22/2016 2:38:00 PM

Lake Gaston Fire Department was called to stand by at South Hill’s station, as South Hill exhausted its resources responding to the apartment fire. In all, 87 firefighters responded. More than 6,200 gallons of water were used to suppress the fire

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Beemans mark 50th anniversary with trip to N.C.

Date: 7/22/2016 4:19:00 AM

Jim and Carole Beeman of Boardman celebrated their 50th anniversary with a trip to Lake Gaston, N.C. The couple have four children: Jim and Debbi Beeman, Sharon and Ted Luman, Marnie and Lenny Addams and Kristin Beeman and her fianc , Tom Schuller

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New rule could free huge catfish to eat to its heart’s content

The Outer Banks Voice

Date: 7/21/2016 8:54:00 AM

The voracious predator has made its way down the Chesapeake Bay into the Chowan River and Lake Gaston, where three of the fish caught in the last six months each exceeded 100 pounds. Fishermen and scientists have reported seeing increasing numbers of

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Award-winning singer/songwriter set to return to Lake Gaston

Daily Herald

Date: 7/21/2016 8:20:00 AM

HENRICO — Mitch Barrett has been making a living playing music for decades, but it’s unlikely you’ve heard him on the radio. “I can’t help but write about what is happening in the world, and God almighty, music is as important now as it has ever

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• Surface Area: 20,300 Acres
Lake Gaston is a hydroelectric reservoir in east United States of America. Part of the lake is in the North Carolina counties of Halifax, Northampton, and Warren. The part extending into Virginia lies in Brunswick and Mecklenburg counties. Lake Gaston is roughly 35 miles long and covers over 20,000 acres, with 350 miles of shoreline.
The area surrounding the lake is home to more than 150,000 residents. The nearest towns are Littleton and Roanoke Rapids in North Carolina, and Clarksville and South Hill in Virginia.
The lake is not federally owned. It was formed when the Virginia Electric Power Company (VEPCO) built Gaston Dam on the Roanoke River to generate electricity for Dominion Resources, which owns the lake. The dam is located on the North Carolina side and generates electricity for Dominion North Carolina Power, which is the North Carolina operating company of Dominion Resources. The dam includes four hydroelectric generators, with a total generating capacity of 224 megawatts.
Lake Gaston is fed by water from Kerr Lake upstream, and supplies water to Roanoke Rapids Lake downstream, a smaller predecessor to Lake Gaston. This is one of the few areas of the country with three hydroelectric dams so close together.
Lake Gaston has long been popular for fishing and other water recreation. The lake is a favorite vacation spot, because it is close to the Research Triangle region of North Carolina and is close to I-85 and I-95. Lake Gaston was built for flood control, hydroelectric power and recreational enjoyment, including activities such as fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing and wakeboarding.
The lake has been a popular retirement destination since the 1970s. Retirees are drawn from all over the country by the rural feel of the area while also being close to larger cities. There are few vacant waterfront lots remaining on the favored parts of the lake. Some buyers are purchasing smaller homes and demolishing them to make larger vacation homes. Most waterfront lots now cost over $300,000.
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