People & Places Sunday, August 6

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 6, 2017

Wonders’ Football: past, present and future


KANNAPOLIS — Kannapolis History Associatespresents an evening with Gerald Hilton and “Wonders’ Football: The Past, Present and Future” featuring Dr. Mike Morton, Empsy Thompson and Mike Newsome.

Dr. Morton will share his personal history with the Wonders, UNC Tarheels and the NFL, how he graduated from Brown as a Morehead Scholar, attended and played football for UNC and joined for the NFL in which he earned a Super Bowl ring.

Thompson also attended Brown where he played football, baseball and wrestled. He attended UNC Pembroke where he again played baseball. Empsy returned to Brown in 1999 where he has served as teacher, coach, assistant athletic director and was recently selected as athletic director. He will be sharing the details of the new conference which the Wonders will be a part of.

As the Wonders’ head football coach, Newsome is excited and on fire and will deliver his expectations for the 2017 season and beyond.

There will also be a video presentation of the 1989 State Championship foot ball game followed by a Q&A period.

Monday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. in the A.L. Brown High School Social Room, 415 East First St. For more information call Phil Goodman at 704-796-0803.

Lupus support group 

A Lupus support group will begin meeting from 3-4 p.m. on second Wednesdays at the J.F. Hurley YMCA on Jake Alexander Blvd. The first meeting is Aug. 9.

Learn more from Alicia Allison, 704-963-1621. LUPUS: Living Under Pressure Ultimately Surviving.


The Rowan Redbuds

The Rowan Redbuds Garden Club met Thursday, July 27 at the Rowan Public Library. President Carolyn Alexander presided. If you are interested in visiting the club, call 704-637-0928 for more information.


PPT’s annual meeting 

Piedmont Players Theatre’s annual meeting is Monday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m., on stage at the Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. For information call 704-633-5471.


North Carolina Debutante Ball announced

RALEIGH — The Terpsichorean Club of Raleigh announces that invitations have been issued to the 91st annual North Carolina Debutante Ball to be held in Raleigh Sept. 7-9. The formal presentation of young ladies from across the state will highlight the weekend festivities.

The Terpsichorean Club, comprised of young gentlemen from the Raleigh area, was formed in the 1920s to sponsor an annual statewide Debutante Ball to present many of North Carolina’s prominent young ladies and to honor their families. The Ball has been held every year since 1923 with the exception of the World War II years.

Young ladies are selected by more than 200 nominators located throughout the state. Final approval of the Debutantes is made by the Terpsichorean Club members. The invitations are extended to the young ladies in recognition of the contributions their families have made to the economic, cultural, social and civic life of North Carolina.

Representing Salisbury:

• Grace Ruthanna Steinman (Grace), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Charles Steinman;

• Mimi Scott Webb (Mimi), daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Whitaker Webb III.

Representing Concord:

• Sara Wilder Bryant (Sara Wilder), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Wesley Bryant.

Representing Lexington:

• Elliott Parker Klass (Ellie), daughter of the Honorable and Mrs. Mark Elliott Klass;

• Sydney Elizabeth Parker (Sydney), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Todd Parker;

• Emerson Jane Williams (Emerson), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Richard Williams.


Salisbury Symphony auditions

The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra will hold auditions for Principal Percussion, Section Strings, and any others who want to be on the orchestra’s substitute list. Music Director David Hagy will hear auditions on Sept. 9 in the Williams Music Building on the campus of Catawba College. Auditionees will be asked to play a prepared piece of their choice, excerpts of the music director’s choice, and sight-reading.

For a list of excerpts and an appointment time, email Music Director David Hagy at

Other instrumentalists interested in being included on the substitute list should prepare standard excerpts for their instrument.

To obtain an audition time, contact James Harvey at the Salisbury Symphony Office, 704-637-4314.


Science Cafe: Imaging the Developing Brain in Autism

RALEIGH — 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24: Autism is a developmental disability that impacts an individual’s ability to interact with others and often results in impairment throughout life.

Current treatments, while critically important, have only modest success in ameliorating symptoms in most affected individuals. Recent studies suggest that autistic symptoms are not present in early infancy but emerge over the first two to three years of life. New research suggests that brain changes characterized by brain scans during this early period can accurately predict those children who will go on to have a later diagnosis of autism. This new research holds promise for pre-symptomatic detection and treatment during a period when the brain is most malleable and most likely to respond to intervention.

Speaker Joe Piven, MD, is professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at UNC and director of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. He has conducted research on autism for almost 30 years. He is the principal investigator of an NIH-funded, prospective brain imaging study of infants at high risk for autism.

This free forum will be held at the Daily Planet Cafe, Downtown Raleigh, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St.

Call 919-707-9800 or visit to learn more.


Kastner Bible on display until Aug. 19

Dallas — The Kastner Bible, printed in 1564, is now on display at the Gaston County Museum of Art and History.

This year, the Bible has been opened to showcase the woodcut depicting Genesis 11 — The Tower of Babel. The Bible, filled with stunning woodcut prints, was brought to America by Adam Kastner in 1745.

Due to the delicate nature of the book, it will only be on display until Aug. 19.

Gaston County Museum of Art and History, 131 Main St. in Dallas, is about an hour from Salisbury.


Costner/Kastner reunion

DALLAS — The 2017 National Costner/Kastner reunion will be held on Aug. 12 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 531 Hardin Road. All Costner/Kastner descendants and relatives are invited.

The pioneer Costner, George Adam Kastner, who was born in Germany, traveled to the United States on the ship Patience, in 1748. After arriving in Pennsylvania, Adam and his family migrated to present day North Carolina. He settled in the Old Tryon area where he started the Kastner Church. He became the first person to be buried in the Kastner Cemetery.

After the Kastner Church was destroyed in a flood in 1916, members began fellowshipping a few miles away with Philadelphia Lutheran Church. This year, Philadelphia celebrates their 250th year. We will be sharing history of the Philadelphia Lutheran Church throughout the day.

Sometime throughout the day or the week, you might like to visit the Gaston County Museum where the Kastner Bible is currently being displayed until Aug. 19.

Adam Kastner’s Bible contains wood art to depict Biblical scenes.

Current officers of the reunion are Todd Cloninger of Dallas, 704-922-4076; William Cloninger of Bessemer City, 704-824-7379; Vickie Costner Rudasill of Lawndale,

Find directions to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at


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