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The Western Piedmont Council of Governments is fine-tuning a long-term plan to make the region safer and more accessible for bicyclists, as planners determine which roads to prioritize for improvements.

Food drive tops 4,000: Students and staff at East Alexander Middle School recently collected more than 4,100 items in a canned food challenge to support local food banks.

The 30-year-old Catawba County native’s resume includes being a Peace Corps volunteer, videographer, and working to eliminate polio in the Central African nation of Cameroon.

SAT scores released: Gaston County Schools students in the class of 2014 earned an average score of 1423 on the Scholastic Assessment Test, one point lower than the average for the previous year.

Affordable Care Act clinics: Five, one-hour informational clinics about Affordable Care Act health insurance plans will be held at Catawba County Library locations as follows:

When Kyle Busch and the 42 other NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers reach Turn 1 at the start of Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Couchman and Loveseat will stand and cheer.

Approximately nine months after winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Denver-based Action Express Racing emerged from the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s inaugural season with four titles and the phenomenal accomplishment of completing every race lap in the 13-event season.

N.C. Community Garden Partners, a statewide nonprofit, will have its popular annual community gardening conference Oct. 25 on the campus of UNCAsheville. It will offer workshops designed to strengthen community gardening skills.

The Greater Hickory Kia Classic, the second-to-last event on the Champions Tour before the Tour Championship, starts Oct. 17 at Rock Barn Golf & Spa, but events leading up to the tournament begin Oct. 13.

The idea for the book started on the walk, Jimmy Wayne says.

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