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Security training

The Department for EMS Education is hosting a Department of Homeland Security training program titled “EMS Operations and Planning for Weapons of Mass Destruction” Sept. 19-21 at the Dallas campus of Gaston College.

The course is free and open to N.C. EMS, fire, emergency management, health care staff and volunteer departments. A member of the engineering extension service of the Texas A&M University System will be the instructor. Details: Kent Spitler, EMS education director, at 704-922-6249 or Joe DePriest

Bluesman to perform

The Gaston County Museum of Art & History will host a performance of bluesman John Dee Holeman from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday as part of the 10th annual “Blues Out Back” summer concert series. The show is on the lawn behind the museum in Dallas.

A native of Orange County, Holeman is a storyteller, dancer and blues artist . Holeman is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage fellowship and a N.C. Folk Heritage award.

For information, call Programs Coordinator Jeff Pruett at 704-922-7681, ext. 105, or The museum is at 131 W. Main St. Joe DePriest

Moratorium on hold

A moratorium on new or expanded bars, nightclubs and discos in Hickory is under its own moratorium while city officials correct a procedural mistake on notification for a public hearing on the issue.

Hickory City Council held a public hearing on the proposed four-month moratorium last Tuesday. During the hearing, an attorney for clients who want city approval for a nightclub pointed out a public-notification error by the city. Larry Johnson, the city's former staff attorney who now represents the would-be club owner, said state law requires two newspaper ads for public hearings on proposed moratoriums lasting in excess of 60 days. The city published only one ad.

The council asked staff to advertise a new public hearing for the earliest available date.

City staff have recommended the moratorium to give planners time to draft tighter rules for establishments that get most of their revenue from alcohol sales. Hannah Mitchell

Ham Radio Day

Ham radio operators and text message senders will see who's the fastest at Ham Radio Day 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Catawba Science Center Saturday.

Texters wanting to participate can call Bruce Beerbower at 828-322-8169, ext. 308, or e-mail

Ham Radio Day will also feature equipment demonstrations by local operators, who help communicate in emergencies such as hurricanes. Hannah Mitchell