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Pay it Forward Feast: East Alexander Middle School students and staff will sponsor the annual Pay It Forward Feast this holiday season.

Shoebox drive: The John Chavis Middle School Student Council recently sponsored the school’s annual Operation Christmas Child collection drive.

At age 13, Kodie Conner has quickly established himself as a victory contender in the Pro All Star Series, finishing fourth two consecutive years in the Pro Late Model standings.

Kristine Blankenship will take the new position Jan. 5, according to county police.

Joyce Edwards, who has worked with the social services department in Caldwell County since May 1983, is leaving Dec. 31.

The employee was bitten Nov. 26 by the dog, and test results by state officials confirmed rabies in the animal, according to Hickory police.

Authorities had sent two teams of searchers into the eastern side of Linville Gorge after several other hikers called 911 from the Table Rock parking lot shortly after dark.

Bus drivers honored: Sonya Fagan was recently named the Alexander County Schools Bus Driver of the Year for 2014. She drives a route for Sugar Loaf Elementary.

TRIO inducts new students: The TRIO/Educational Talent Search program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute recently inducted 127 students from middle and high schools across Caldwell County. The college held an induction ceremony Nov. 17 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.

Custodian wins new car: Gardner Park Elementary School custodian Stevie Anderson usually works at his job behind the scenes. But on Nov. 19, he took center stage as the 2014 Kia Outstanding Educator for Gaston County Schools.

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