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New wastewater project: The town of Stanley broke ground Aug. 20 on a wastewater connection project with Two Rivers Utilities that will save the town millions in fees that otherwise would have been required to upgrade Stanley's sewer plant.

Conover resident Don Beal, 62, has been cutting hair nearly his whole life.

The renewal of the Moretz Mills building, a sprawling brick structure, is among several dozen old industrial buildings in Hickory being renovated.

As the Hickory Crawdads’ bus headed north toward Lakewood, N.J., in the early morning hours of Aug. 26, it carried a team that hovered on the cusp of elimination from the South Atlantic League playoffs.

CaroMont Regional Medical Center launched a $16.5 million project last week that will add more than 10,000 square feet of space and expand services in its emergency medicine department, said CaroMont Health President and CEO Doug Luckett.

New academic year begins: Gaston County Schools began its 2014-2015 school year on Aug. 25.

A group of seniors at Gastonia’s Adult Recreation Center have been playing chair volleyball for almost three years.

The Lenoir-Rhyne women’s team starts the season ranked 22nd nationally in preseason polls and being led by a new coach, Tammy DeCesare.

At the beginning of 2015, after 72 years, Organic Gardening magazine will cease publication. Rodale Inc., Organic Gardening’s publisher, says it will rebrand the magazine as Rodale’s Organic Life, offering ‘a fresh spin on food, garden, home and well-being.’

For nearly two decades Bowman Gray Stadium’s modified championship went to Tim Brown, Burt Myers or Junior Miller. This year the Bohn family took the honors. Danny Bohn won the modified title, his father, Eddie, was named Modified Crew Chief of the Year, and his older brother, Michael, claimed rookie honors.

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