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Track accolades: Cherryville High School’s Trent Friday was recently named the North Carolina and the Gatorade National Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

This column attempts to answer some of the questions posed by our readers. Here are a few that might be of interest to everyone.

Der Xiong’s job is immigrant agriculture agent for the Catawba County office of N.C. Cooperative Extension – emphasis on the word ‘agriculture.’

Chalk Fest: The Cleveland County Arts Council and the Uptown Shelby Association will host Chalk Fest, a sidewalk chalk-drawing event, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 9 on the sidewalks along the north and west sides of Court Square in downtown Shelby. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. on Lafayette Street in front of the Earl Scruggs Center. All chalk art must be completed before judging begins at 12:30 p.m.

Humane Society needs: The Humane Society of Catawba County requests in-kind donations to support its new animal shelter in Newton. Between the Newton and Hickory shelters, Humane Society of Catawba County now cares for around 275 animals. All donations are tax-deductible.

Durham selected: Former Belmont Abbey men’s basketball forward Darryl Durham (2011-2014) is one of 13 student-athletes nationally to be selected for the Sport Changes Life Foundation in Ireland.

A historic and community center could open in a historic library in Ridgeview as soon as early next year. Besides holding a trove of memorabilia from the black community here during the segregation years, the center is to host meetings by groups including the local NAACP chapter.

Ask Hickory Crawdads pitcher Ryne Slack to autograph a game program, and he will sign with his right hand.

Assistant principal: Jason Evans was recently named assistant principal at West Alexander Middle School.

Racing lured Sheldon Crouse from California to North Carolina at age 17, but after about three years of working on Legend cars, he turned his attention to becoming a first responder.

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