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The city of Hickory will start picking up leaves next week.

Here is the schedule:

Nov. 10-14 and Dec. 15-18: Northwest A (city limits to the west; North Center Street to the east; north of Southern Railroad; and south of Geitner Road, Sixth Street N.W. and 16th Avenue N.W.)

Nov. 17-21 and Dec. 22-26: Northwest B (city limits north of Geitner Road; Sixth Street N.W. and 16th Avenue N.W. and west of North Center Street.)

Nov. 24-28 and Dec. 29-Jan. 2: Southeast and Southwest.

Dec. 1-12 and Jan. 5-16: Northeast.

Details: 828-323-7500.

Hannah Mitchell and Brianna Linden


Hickory residents are invited to a meeting to discuss the possible development of a dog park.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Highland Recreation Center.

Details: 828-322-7046.

Hannah Mitchell

Gaston County

The Gaston College Study Tours Program is celebrating its 30th year of educational and cultural tours of foreign countries for Gaston College students, faculty and staff and the community.

Two trips are planned. “Egypt: Land of the Pharaohs” will be May 19-29. “Archaeology of Mexico's Gulf States” will be Feb. 27-March 7.

For more information, contact Bob Blanton, Gaston College study tours director, at 704-922-6339 or

Leigh Pressley


Attention, nonprofits: The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday to submit your nonprofit organization's holiday wish list for the Neighbors' annual Giving Guide, which will run Nov. 30.

Here's what we need (in this order, please):

Exact name of the organization and exact address.

Description of the group's mission.

Material wishes: a list of goods your group could use.

Volunteer needs: a list of tasks your group needs volunteers for.

Phone number for the public.

Web site address, if you have one.

Please e-mail the information to or drop it off at or mail it to 371 Concord Parkway N., Concord, NC 28027.

Questions? Call Lukas Johnson, 704-786-2185.

How to contact us

Let us know of news, events, story ideas or just comment on this section – e-mail Reach editor Dan Duffey at, 704-868-7734 or Neighbors of Gaston/Catawba, 407 E. Long Ave., Gastonia, NC 28054