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Although the Lenoir-Rhyne football team was coming off its best season ever as it headed into the 2014 season, it still had some questions to answer.

Senior holiday events: Several holiday events will be offered for seniors in December at the Gaston County Senior Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Highway, Dallas. All events are for senior adults ages 55 and older. For details visit www.gastongov.com. Also get details or register for any events by contacting the Gaston County Senior Center at 704-922-2170.

Holiday dinner theater: The Carolina Style Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will present a holiday-themed dinner theater performance 7 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex, 70 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County. Dinner will be served as a buffet.

Teen Art Wall: The Hickory Youth Council and the Hickory Public Library are seeking submissions of original artwork by Catawba County teens for the rotating exhibit showcasing teen art at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. Artwork will be juried by representatives from the Hickory Youth Council and the Hickory Public Library.

At age 16, the Rev. Anthony Freeman was called into the ministry.

By restoring a Lincoln County icon, John and Cyndi Dellinger of Lincolnton have taken their place in the historical timeline of the region’s once-thriving textile industry and created a new industry of their own.

Owen honored: Belmont Abbey College senior McKenzie Owen was selected as the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.

Author visits: Caldwell County author Gretchen Griffith will visit students at Stony Point Elementary on Dec. 9. She will present her book, “When Christmas Feels Like Home.”

A week after the second open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act began, a group of Gastonia health organizations is once again working to encourage people to buy coverage.

Technology inspires reading: Kiser Elementary media specialist Laura Long is using 31 Chromebook laptops in the school library to inspire reading among students this year.

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