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Free prostate cancer screenings are being sponsored by Catawba Valley Medical Center, Frye Regional Medical Center and Viewmont Urology Clinic for men 50 or older who haven't been screened in six months or more.

The screening will be offered 2-4 p.m. Sept. 15 and 16 at FryeCare, 1781 Tate Blvd, SE, Suite 101, Hickory.

The test also will be offered 2-4 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18 at Catawba Valley Medical Center's Health First Center at Valley Hills Mall, 1960 U.S. 70 S.E. in Hickory. To register: 828-485-2300.

Rodney Jackson, 42, of Boone, led the field at the 21st Annual Soldiers Reunion 5K Run on Aug. 23 in Newton. Jackson finished the course in 17:51.

Morgan Turner, 17, of Lincolnton, finished first among women with a time of 20:41.

Second place went to Travis Franklin, 15, of Lincolnton, with 18:36. Anna Wright, 28, of Conover, 21:01, was the second-finishing woman.

Andy Smith, 25, of Claremont, finished third among men, running 18:37. Ashley Kale, 16, of Maiden, ran 21:18 to finish third among women.

Tony Little, 41 of Lincolnton, won the mile Fun Run with a time of 6:51, while John Caldwell, 13 of Newton, placed second with 7:22. Chris Hoke, 36 of Conover, placed third with 9:30.

The top three females in the Fun Run were Kasey Boger, 11, of Hickory, who finished in 9:47; Libby Minter, 8, of Maiden, 10:59; and Hannah Skeen, 13, of Hickory, 11:08.

The event attracted 229 runners.

PGA Champions Tour star Tom Kite will compete in this year's Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn Presented by Kia Motors. The Champions Tour golf tournament is Sept. 8-14 at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover. Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004, Kite has made three appearances at Rock Barn.

Capt. Wayne Haigler of Lenoir recently received the Master Pilot award, honoring his 50 years in aviation, including over 26,000 flight hours without an accident.

Haigler received the award in Asheville from Cindy Carter, president of the Western North Carolina Pilots Association.

During the Korean War, Haigler was a Navy pilot where he flew the SNJ trainer; PB4Y2 (Navy version of the B-24 bomber); and the Lockheed Neptune P2V anti-submarine patrol aircraft.

During a 35-year career with Eastern Airlines, Haigler flew the Martin 404; Convair 440; Lockheed Constellation; Lockheed Electra; Douglas DC-9; Boeing 727; and Airbus A300.

The Catawba Valley Association for Counselors and Therapists has elected officers for 2008-09.

Officers are president, Dr. Bill Mitcham, director/therapist at The Marriage Maintenance Center at Hickory; vice president, Dr. Sara Stevenson, director, Training and Consultation Services, NCFRC; and treasurer, Beth Mills, licensed professional counselor with Vocational Rehabilitation of Hickory.

Communication coordinator is Leslie McKenna, licensed professional counselor at Brian S. Hissom & Associates of Hickory.

The association meets the first Thursday of each month.

Catawba County Library System has added dozens of titles to its adult and children's DVD collection.

Animated features for children include “The Jungle Book 2,” “Gumby Essentials” and “The Aristocats.” Among the educational choices: “Meet the Letters,” “Meet the Numbers,” “So Smart! Spanish,” “California Sea Lions” and “Rock 'n' Learn: Writing Strategies.”

A raffle for a red 2008 Corvette is being held by Rotary clubs in Western North Carolina to raise money to fight polio abroad.

Tickets are $25 each. The winning name will be drawn May 3.

The international Rotary Foundation is trying to raise $100 million over three years to match a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help eradicate polio.

Details or tickets: Lee Worsley 828-294-0700.

The Shuford Seniors of the Catawba Valley YMCA will take a day trip Sept. 24 to Wytheville, Va., to hear “Gospel Music of Elvis.” $69, includes transportation, lunch and dinner theater show. Details: Nanci Gregory 828-464-6130.

Dianne Whitacre Straley