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A special event called the Carolina Cycle Challenge, a charity ride funding pediatric cancer research, will roll out Oct.5 in Hickory.

Taylor Stricklin’s 2014 racing season was full of uncertainty when the year began; however, by September the 25-year-old Mount Ulla resident possessed a limited late-model track championship at Hickory Motor Speedway.

No injuries were reported in the blaze, which broke out shortly after 2 a.m. at a single-story house in the 2600 block of Davis Park Road.

Allen Millican, 69, first took up photography as a hobby.

A new grocery store featuring locally grown organic foods will open early next year in Hickory in the old ACE Hardware building on North Center Street.

Scholarships awarded: Two local students were among 132 winners of the Autobell Car Wash Inc. 2014 Academic Scholarships. The Charlotte-based business awarded $154,000 to employees in four states.

Katie Pate was named named head women’s basketball coach at Lenoir-Rhyne on Sept. 2.

Regional Artists Projects Grants: Applications for 2014-15 Regional Artist Projects Grants for artists of all disciplines living in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba or McDowell counties are being accepted.

University offers community award: The Institute for Emerging Issues at North Carolina State University will award the 2015 Emerging Issues High School prize for Innovation. The contest awards up to $5,000 to North Carolina youth for investing in their communities and taking initiative to solve local problems.

St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Conover is 127 years old, and its pastor, Roger Beaver, has served the St. Timothy congregation nearly a third of those years.

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