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Caldwell County has received a $400,000 state grant to renovate the former Cytosol Ophthalmic building in Lenoir.

Galexe Pharma Sciences will open a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in the building. The firm plans to hire 55 workers and invest $8.6 million during the next three years.

Galexe Pharma Sciences will locate its headquarters, manufacturing and research and development facilities in the building. Average annual salaries will be $60,000.

The grant comes from the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center's Building Reuse and Restoration Fund. It was announced by Republican state Sen. Jim Jacumin, who represents the 44th district, including Burke and Caldwell counties.

The building was built in 1980 and has 19,135 square feet that includes office space, clean rooms, manufacturing and shipping areas. It sits on about five acres

Foothills Performing Arts opens its new season this weekend with a British comedy, “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of Macbeth.”

Scott Woodard, from Lenoir-Rhyne University, directs the comedy, with Jane Boggs as his technical director. Cari Wisniewski is stage manager and B.G. Forbes is the costumer.

The play continues today and Sept. 19-21. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are 3 p.m. at J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, 1913 Hickory Blvd. (U.S. 321), Lenoir. Tickets range from $6 to $10.

Auditions for October's “The Raindrop Waltz,” will be 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the FPA theater at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in Hudson. There are parts for five men, three women and a small boy.

Foothills Performing Arts recently celebrated its 31st season with the Annual Willy Award Banquet in the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.

The Best Production Award went to Lying In State,” written by David C. Hyer and directed by Michael Philyaw. Awards were given for Best Character Actress and Actor/Adult to Naomi Younce for “Lying In State” and to Lauren Tucker as Snoopy in “You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

Best Supporting Actress and Actor/Adult went to Angel Clark for “Lying In State” and Stephen Starnes for “Of Mice and Men.” Best Leading Actress and Actor/Adult were given to Jane Boggs for “Misery” and Peter Bost for “Of Mice and Men.”

Youth awards were given to Taylor Ingle and Michael Terry for Best Supporting Actress and Actor in “Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business.” Kiersten Scott and Caleb Stirewalt of “Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus” won for Leading Actress and Actor/Youth.

Special presentations were awarded to Todd Raby as the Eliza F. Bishop Volunteer of the Year and to Carolyn Icard, the recipient of the Doug Carter Award, given to the individual most contributing to the growth and development of theater in Caldwell County.

Dianne Whitacre Straley