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Banjo artist Béla Fleck will kick off the Western Piedmont Symphony’s 50th anniversary season with a joint concert at the Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir on Sept. 26.

College Night: Students in Catawba County, Hickory, Newton-Conover and other neighboring school districts are invited to attend College Night 6-8 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Tarlton Complex at Catawba Valley Community College.

Graduation rate increases: Gaston County Schools posted its highest-ever four-year cohort graduation rate of 83.5 percent with the class of 2014, according to a recent report by the North Carolina State Board of Education.

Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen has been singing to people since she was six. She’s a favorite at a Mooresville law firm’s annual “Blues & Burritos” charity fundraising event on Sept. 19.

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.

Team Penske brought an IndyCar championship to Mooresville when Will Power finished first in the series. Teammate Helio Castroneves finished second.

Tara Gist-Savage, 40, pleaded guilty in a Charlotte courtroom to one count of wire fraud and one count of filing a false tax return.

A local network of teachers and organizations that hopes to use schoolyard gardens as a way to reach students has grown dramatically during its first year and is looking to expand even more.

Cameras clicked as traffic whizzed past a landmark on Langtree Road near Herring Way, but no one took photos of passing cars and trucks. Instead, members of the Mary Slocumb Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and interested observers focused on a granite marker.

Mooresville-based Specialized Mobile Exhibits created a nationally touring 9/11 exhibit for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and it will celebrate its one-year anniversary on the road on Sept. 11

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