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Gaston College – which for a half century has opened an avenue to higher learning for tens of thousands of students and helped the area cope with an ever changing economy – will celebrate its 50th anniversary

Cooperative Extension Centennial Celebration: A celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Cooperative Extension and the Smith-Lever Act will be held 4-6 p.m. Oct. 12 at Betty G. Ross Park, 800 Madison St., Lincolnton. The event will feature hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, a cake auction, an old photo identification project and old-fashioned dress-up contests for youth and adults.

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.

In Gray Motorsports’ first year with a three driver contingent, the Denver-based Pro Stock team has all three cars in the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship.

Conover officials are using a unique way to solicit input from residents about a strategic plan that will guide the city’s growth and investment through the year 2026.

Three-week closure will let city repaint the unused water tower, which is considered a landmark.

ImageMark was able to print and deliver 12,000 limited-edition and numbered fliers to the Knights new ballpark while the team’s home-opener was still in progress.

Student-Athlete of Week: Belmont Abbey College men’s soccer midfielder Declan McQuillan was named the OrthoCarolina Male Student-Athlete of the Week for Sept. 8.

Sexual abuse prevention workshops: The Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County will offer free trainings for adults on how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The training is called Stewards of Children: Darkness to Light.

When the goldenrod blooms and mornings become crisp, Lincoln County invites thousands to delight in the crunch of fresh local apples, along with the crafts and hospitality of the region.

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