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Brig. Gen. Charles “Chip” Luckey was nominated recently to be appointed by President Obama to the rank of major general in the Army.

Luckey, who recently returned from a yearlong tour of duty in Iraq, will serve as an assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He will begin his two-year assignment in Washington, D.C., on June 1.

Luckey is a partner at Blanco Tackabery and Matamoros, and a member of the firm's litigation practice group. He practices at the firm's Winston-Salem and Lake Norman offices.

David Hubbard of Terrell was one of 970 cadets who recently graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

The 2005 graduate of Bandys High School was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army and will join the infantry branch.

While at West Point, he was a member of Company F2, earned the Army Parachutist Badge and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge.

Iredell County Girl Scouts Elizabeth Davis and Mary-Claire Spencer are recipients of the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.

They were recognized for their community service project, for which each volunteered more than 65 hours at LifeSpan Circle School, a preschool for mentally disabled children.

They painted murals, donated handmade curtains and installed synthetic turf on the playground. They also provided air purifiers and bought a playhouse for the children.

Davis is a junior at South Iredell High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Beta Club. She is the daughter of Kenneth and Melanie Davis.

Spencer is a junior at Statesville High School, participates in cross country, swimming and soccer and holds leadership positions on all three teams. She is the daughter of Earl and Laura Spencer.

U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell, D-N.C., and the Cabarrus Arts Council recently honored Tessa Pfeifer, the winner of the 8th District Congressional Art Competition.

The Concord High School junior's drawing of an owl took top honors and will be displayed in an exhibition in the tunnel leading to the Capitol in Washington for one year. Pfeifer also will receive three round-trip airline tickets from Southwest Airlines to Washington.

Winners' artwork will be unveiled at the Congressional Art Competition reception in Washington next month.

The N.C. Cooperative Extension's Cabarrus County Center will host a series of home canning classes starting Tuesday.

Classes will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday; 1-4 p.m. June 10; and 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 15 and 17 at 715 Cabarrus Ave. W., Concord. Cost is $12, which includes a light snack, “The Ball Blue Book of Preserving” and a chance at door prizes. Details: 704-920-3310.

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