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Voters in Ranlo – which is surrounded by communities that have approved beer, wine and mixed drink sales – will have a chance to decide Nov. 4 if alcoholic beverages would help or hinder their town.

Fall Concert: The Hickory Choral Society will present its annual Fall Concert at 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at First Baptist Church, 339 Second Ave. N.W., Hickory.

Children’s Garden: This weekend Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is celebrating the opening of the Lost Hollow: The Kimbrell Children’s Garden, its first major expansion in six years.

It’s Clinton Tabernacle AME Zion Church’s 100th anniversary, and members are abuzz with celebration plans.

Hope McAfee of Cornelius rides horses and trains at Horse Shadow Run, an equestrian facility in Charlotte.

Student-Athlete of the Week: Belmont Abbey College freshman Jonah Wilamowski was named the OrthoCarolina Male Student-Athlete of the Week Oct. 13.

Becky Alghrary-McRee’s life has taken her from Newton to Baghdad and back again. What she experienced gives her a unique view on events in the Middle East.

Democrat incumbent Gaston County Sheriff Alan Cloninger faces Republican challenger Jeffrey Don “Jeff” Bryson in a rematch in the Nov. 4 general election.

As the Gastonia City Council prepares to vote Oct. 21 on whether to again change its election cycle, leaders are divided whether a return to holding elections every two years – and spending an extra tens of thousands of dollars to do so – would prove advantageous.

A $20,000 collection of replicated ancient Greek and Roman body armor, plus 160 miniature replicas of famous U.S. lighthouses that Dr. James Hermann spent decades amassing, are available for public viewing at the Lincoln Cultural Center.

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