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Fall festival: Hiddenite Elementary will host a Fall Festival 1-5 p.m. Oct. 25 at the school.

With just a little more than two weeks before the general election, candidates for the Catawba County Board of Commissioners are preparing for a forum to try to strengthen their bid for the office.

Environmental award: Three Gaston Day School students – Katie Danis, Mary Hunter Russell and Grace Wynkoop – recently won the President’s Environmental Youth Award from the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

According to a letter sent to parents from board members of the school, Piedmont Community Charter School will eliminate its high school classes in the 2015-16 academic year.

Entering the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season finale at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Joe Ryan Osborne trailed Spencer Davis by only five points in the battle for rookie honors. A broken left wrist cost Osborne the opportunity to challenge for the title.

Little Miss Gastonia Pageant: The annual Little Miss Gastonia/Little Miss Gaston County Pageant will be held Oct. 18 at the Gaston School of the Arts, 825 Union Road, Gastonia. Girls ages 0-19 years from Gaston and surrounding counties are eligible to enter.

Art competition: The Arts Council of Lincoln County is seeking entries for its annual Paul C. Rhyne Art Competition. The public may view the exhibit Oct. 20-Nov. 15 in the galleries of the Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 E. Main St., Lincolnton.

Gaston County health officials said Wednesday that at least 55 of the more than 400 people who attended a church conference earlier this month in Bessemer City have exhibited symptoms similar to those of salmonella.

SAT scores released: Gaston County Schools students in the class of 2014 earned an average score of 1423 on the Scholastic Assessment Test, one point lower than the average for the previous year.

The 30-year-old Catawba County native’s resume includes being a Peace Corps volunteer, videographer, and working to eliminate polio in the Central African nation of Cameroon.

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