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The city will replace the stormwater culvert near Georgia Street and Young Avenue beginning Jan. 3. Georgia Street will be closed to through traffic between Young and Chestnut Jan. 3-March 4. A detour will be posted. Local traffic will have access to driveways.


McGuire Nuclear Station employees collected about 200 bicycles and helmets and hundreds of toys and games, and Marines picked them up last week and distributed them to children in need as part of the U.S. Marines' annual Toys for Tots collection drive.


Members of the Charlotte Swing Dance Society will offer swing dance lessons Wednesday nights Jan. 5-Feb. 23 at Bailey Road Recreation Center, 11900 Bailey Road. Cornelius PARC Department, 704-892-6031, ext. 160;


Hundreds of cyclists are expected Jan. 8 for the 13th annual Polar Bear Ride. Register at 704-896-3331.


Children in kindergarten through fifth grade can attend Mooresville Recreation Department's "Fun Days" at the War Memorial Building, 220 N. Maple St., Monday-Thursday and Dec. 27-31. $15 per day. Register at the recreation office, 418 Carpenter Ave., or call 704-663-7026.


The Fantastic Shakers will play beach and dance music for Statesville's New Year's Eve Celebration at the Statesville Civic Center. Doors open at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31; the show begins at 9. Tickets are $25, including party favors and heavy hors d'oeuvres. A cash bar will be open. 704-878-3586.

West Shore

Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter said his office is strengthening patrols in the N.C. 16-N.C. 73 business district in Denver through the Christmas shopping season to deter thefts and vehicle break-ins.