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Conover officials are using a unique way to solicit input from residents about a strategic plan that will guide the city’s growth and investment through the year 2026.

Three-week closure will let city repaint the unused water tower, which is considered a landmark.

ImageMark was able to print and deliver 12,000 limited-edition and numbered fliers to the Knights new ballpark while the team’s home-opener was still in progress.

Student-Athlete of Week: Belmont Abbey College men’s soccer midfielder Declan McQuillan was named the OrthoCarolina Male Student-Athlete of the Week for Sept. 8.

When the goldenrod blooms and mornings become crisp, Lincoln County invites thousands to delight in the crunch of fresh local apples, along with the crafts and hospitality of the region.

Sexual abuse prevention workshops: The Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County will offer free trainings for adults on how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The training is called Stewards of Children: Darkness to Light.

Citizens’ Police Academy: The Gaston County Police Department is taking applications for the 41st session of its Citizens’ Police Academy.

Banjo artist Béla Fleck will kick off the Western Piedmont Symphony’s 50th anniversary season with a joint concert at the Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir on Sept. 26.

College Night: Students in Catawba County, Hickory, Newton-Conover and other neighboring school districts are invited to attend College Night 6-8 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Tarlton Complex at Catawba Valley Community College.

Graduation rate increases: Gaston County Schools posted its highest-ever four-year cohort graduation rate of 83.5 percent with the class of 2014, according to a recent report by the North Carolina State Board of Education.

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