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Conover resident Don Beal, 62, has been cutting hair nearly his whole life.

At the beginning of 2015, after 72 years, Organic Gardening magazine will cease publication. Rodale Inc., Organic Gardening’s publisher, says it will rebrand the magazine as Rodale’s Organic Life, offering ‘a fresh spin on food, garden, home and well-being.’

For nearly two decades Bowman Gray Stadium’s modified championship went to Tim Brown, Burt Myers or Junior Miller. This year the Bohn family took the honors. Danny Bohn won the modified title, his father, Eddie, was named Modified Crew Chief of the Year, and his older brother, Michael, claimed rookie honors.

When the Avett Brothers promised financial help to keep the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm Park operating after it was cut from the county budget, donations and other offers of came pouring in from Avett fans.

Lincolnton writer Bill Keever’s two books tell of the experiences of his rich life, combined with characters he invented based on his neighbors and people he’s met along the way.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley

Founder and executive director Angela Dreher said funding challenges became too much for the shelter to remain open. In her Aug. 19 announcement, she said she expected electricity and water for the facility to be shut off as of the close of business that day.

Arts at the Abbey: Belmont Abbey College recently announced the 2014-2015 season lineup for Arts at the Abbey. The season includes local, regional and international artists from Europe and South America performing at the Abbey Basilica on campus.

Reading program recognized: The Y Readers program, a partnership between Lincoln County Schools and the YMCA, was recently chosen for the 2014 Excellence in Summer Learning Award.

Summer projects completed: Summer may mean a break for students and teachers, but it’s one of the busiest times for school maintenance workers and construction crews.

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