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Student artist honored: Chia Mee Xiong, a seventh-grader at West Alexander Middle School, was recently selected as a state art winner. Her work will be displayed in the lobby of the North Carolina Legislative Building for a year.

Top students honored: Gaston County Schools recently honored 27 students in the class of 2014 who achieved valedictorian or salutatorian honors. Each was recognized during high school graduation ceremonies.

Ridgeview cultural revue: Professional visual and performing artists who grew up in the Hickory area will perform in the Ridgeview Cultural Revue at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 in the S.A.L.T. Block Auditorium, 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory.

Troutman voters will decide Nov. 4 whether to allow an ABC store to operate in the town. By a 4-1 vote, the Troutman Town Board voted July 10 to hold the special referendum. There is no ABC store in Troutman, so when residents want to buy liquor, they must either travel north to Statesville or south to Mooresville.

Steve Arpin’s racing experience covers a wide spectrum, ranging from snowmobiles to dirt to NASCAR, and it all has been instrumental in the Huntersville resident becoming a title contender in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship.

A Catawba County Superior Court jury deliberated about 2 1/2 hours before returning guilty verdicts against April Jean Anderson, authorities said.

The attack was reported shortly after 11 p.m. July 6 near Springs Road in northeast Hickory, authorities said.

The 2-year-old boy suffered cuts and bruises on his face, including a 1 1/2-inch gash, from the bottle, authorities said.

Hickory Crawdads catcher-outfielder Joe Jackson never knew “Shoeless Joe” Jackson, the great-great-great-uncle whose name he carries.

Folkmoot: The Hickory International Council will bring Folkmoot, a festival celebrating global cultures, to Hickory at 7 p.m. July 20 in the SALT Block Auditorium, 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory.

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