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Homecoming: Belmont Abbey College recently announced dates for Homecoming 2014.

They range in age from 55 to 91, and not one is satisfied by whiling away her life sitting all day in front of a TV set. They love to meet people, make friends, sample the cuisine at restaurants and enjoy joint shopping outings.

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.

Tommy Rieman speaks calmly and matter-of-factly about his life’s extreme highs and lows since he deployed to Iraq as a 21-year-old in 2003.

Family Movie Night: “The Lego Movie” will be shown at 8 p.m. July 25 for Family Movie Night at Dallas Park Horse Arena, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Highway, Dallas.

Gala steering committee: A steering committee has been announced for this year’s Caldwell Memorial Hospital Foundation fundraising gala. Donations from this year’s event will be used to revitalize the hospital’s Family BirthPlace.

Head to Rydell High (aka Hickory’s SALT Block Auditorium) July25 for the preview performance of Carolina Broadway Theatre Company’s production of ‘Grease.’

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.

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