Around the Region


The Concord City Council recently adopted its 2011-12 budget effective July 1 that contains no tax increase or increases in water, wastewater or stormwater base charges or rates.


Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Hopewell High School Academy of Engineering to buy new equipment and upgrades to its instructional technology.


The N.C. Community Sailing & Rowing Center, based at Blythe Landing Park on Lake Norman, received $5,000 from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to help pay for three recently purchased access dinghies for its adaptive sailing program. 704-947-7245 (SAIL);


The Davidson Board of Commissioners honored Town Attorney Rick Kline with a plaque last week for his 35 years of service with the town.


The Depot, 103 W. Center Ave., will host an Art Express Creative Summer Art Camp beginning at 9 a.m. Monday for ages 5 through 7 and June 27 for ages 8 through 10. Classes for ages 11 through 14 and jewelry-making classes will be in July. Apply at or at the Depot.


Troutman Police Chief Matthew Selves has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Police Executives Association. The association advances police administration and crime prevention, fosters cooperation among North Carolina police departments and promotes enlistment, training unity and police efficiency.


The Statesville City Council has approved a change in local law that will allow menu boards in the city that are currently limited to 32 square feet to be increased to 52 square feet. The larger size will allow restaurants to display expanded menus and calorie information for their customers.

West Shore

Catawba Riverkeeper David Merryman will discuss the upcoming Secchi Dip-In project, an international effort to improve water quality, at the Lake Norman Covekeepers meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Lincoln Fire Department, 406 S. Pilot Knob Road, Denver, just south of the intersection with N.C. 73. Details: Ben Benoit, 704-489-6249.

The Westport Community Association in Denver will host its annual July Fourth parade on July 2. Details: Ken Andrews, 704-489-6099;