New wastewater project: The town of Stanley broke ground Aug. 20 on a wastewater connection project with Two Rivers Utilities that will save the town millions in fees that otherwise would have been required to upgrade Stanley's sewer plant.
Closing the Stanley plant and connecting to Two Rivers also will help stabilize rates for Stanley residents. The work will be completed in about a year and will not require a rate increase for Stanley customers.
African artist visit: Zimbabwean artist Dominic Benhura is visiting Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden daily through Sept. 2 in conjunction with the garden’s ZimSculpt exhibition. Benhura, recognized as one of the world’s best Shona sculpture artists, has been honored for his work by the United Nations and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
ZimSculpt is on display through Sept. 28. The exhibit is curated within a horticultural display featuring the plants of south-central Africa. More than 100 sculptures are on display and offered for sale along with other smaller pieces and African art and jewelry. The garden’s show marks ZimSculpt’s fourth U.S. appearance.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is at 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. The exhibition is free with garden admission. Admission is free for garden members. For nonmembers, admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors ages 60 and older and $6 for children ages 4-12. The garden is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. For details, call 704-825-4490 or visit www.DSBG.org .
Boogie with Books: On Aug. 13, children came to Betty G. Ross Park in Lincolnton for storytelling and dancing at the Partnership for Children of Lincoln and Gaston Counties Boogie with Books in the Park event.
An estimated 200 people attended the event, and every child who came received a free book. Storytellers included: Judy Jones, Jennifer Sackett, Helena Brittain, Kelly Kinard, Molly Weakland, Pamela Sweezy and Amanda Cain.
Stanley Creek Massacre 5K/10K: Gaston County Parks and Recreation will host the Stanley Creek Massacre 5K/10K Race at 8 a.m. Sept. 27 starting at Kiser Elementary, 311 E. College St., Stanley. The race is open to the public. Runners should be checked in by 7:45 a.m.
All participants will receive T-shirts. Awards will be given to the top-finishing overall male and female and to the top three males and females in the adult and youth categories. Registration is $20 by Sept. 19 for ages 18 and older and $10 for ages 17 and younger. After Sept. 19, the cost is $25 for ages 18 and older and $15 for ages 17 and younger. Race day registration is available.
To register, visit www.racingtoes.com/stanley-creek-massacre-5k-10k-run/ or call the Gaston County Parks and Recreation Department at 704-922-2160.
Horseshoe doubles tournament: Gaston County Parks and Recreation will host a Friday Night Horseshoes Doubles Tournament at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at George Poston Park, 1101 Lowell Spencer Mountain Road, Gastonia. The entry fee is $10 per player. Registration closes at 6:30 p.m. the day of the event.
The tournament is open to all ages and skill levels. The number of classes will be determined by the number of players. A cash award will go to the top team in each division. For details or to register, call Gaston County Parks and Recreation at 704-922-2160.
GREAT Gastonia Kids Camp: Gastonia Police provided gang and drug resistance training to rising fifth-graders in the West and Central Patrol Districts during the GREAT Gastonia Kids’ Camp on Aug. 2 at the Erwin Center in Gastonia. The GREAT acronym stands for Gang Resilient, Excellent And Terrific kids.
Kids’ Camp participants spent an afternoon with Gastonia Police officers and heard messages related to drug, gang and bullying prevention. The camp also featured presentations from a CSI detective and a K-9 Unit member. The kids also participated in a pizza party with ice cream and attended a Gastonia Grizzlies baseball game with the officers. Each student received a camp T-shirt, a backpack filled with school supplies and a certificate.
Retirement: Maj. James Skipper of Gaston County Emergency Medical Services retired recently. Skipper started his career at Gaston County Medical Transport on Jan. 30, 1985, as one of the first employees of the newly developed service. A ceremony honoring Skipper’s career was held on Aug. 28 at GEMS Station No. 1 in Gastonia. Compiled by Gina Smith
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