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If you’re more than 7 feet tall, you’re likely to stand out on any college campus.

Unity Award: James Converse Biggers Jr., and Judge Jesse B. Caldwell III will be presented with the 2015 Gaston County MLK Unity Award during a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 19 at the MLK Plaza on the corner of Marietta Street and Long Avenue in downtown Gastonia.

Bond commission committee: Hickory City Council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 to receive input on a bond commission ordinance.

Dozens of men will gather Feb. 21 in Gastonia to commemorate the glory days when their 1958-1969 Pop Warner football teams won nine state and three national championships – and to honor their head coach Earl Groves.

On Jan. 10, people streamed into the newly repurposed, sole remaining shop of the once sprawling 13-building, 13-acre Piedmont Wagon & Mfg. Co. at 1020 Main Ave. N.W. in Hickory.

Sportsmanship awards: Three Belmont Abbey College sports teams were recently honored with the 2014 Conference Carolinas Fall Team Sportsmanship Award. Belmont Abbey won the sportsmanship award in men’s and women’s cross country and women’s volleyball. Winners are selected in a vote of the league’s student-athletes and coaches.

Looking for ways to make Hickory more attractive, residents are planning to turn a downtown parking lot into a park.

Hiddenite happenings: Hiddenite Elementary School will host several events in the coming weeks.

Math project: A math project at Belmont Central Elementary became a lesson in giving when four classes worked together to collect more than $700 in coins for families in need.

UNC Charlotte’s Real Talk – A Community Conversation series will continue its discussion of the African-American male this month with ‘Heart and Soul: What the Health of the Black American Male Means to the Entire Community.’

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