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BYU

Brigham Young University's Theater and Media Arts will offer adult acting training for non-BYU students who want to learn more about acting or sharpen their skills so they can perform in stage productions in the area.

Classes are Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 23-March 20. The teacher is a professional actor from New York. Cost is $86 and classes will be held at Alta Vista Educational Center, 1045 E. 1630 South, Orem.

For more information, call 356-0526.

Mapleton

A new zone that regulates mining and heavy manufacturing has been added to the city code book.

The zone includes sexually oriented businesses as a conditional use, City Councilman Stuart Newton said. Until the zone was approved on Wednesday, Mapleton didn't have a specific zone where such businesses could go, which left the conservative city open to having them in any zone. Officials have looked at annexing an area south of town that includes a gravel pit for an area to put sexually oriented businesses but lacked the proper zoning ordinance.

The council also addressed zoning for the property, between Slant Road and U.S. 89, changing it from manufacturing to low density residential as part of the city's revamped general plan.

That's good news for the Nebo School District, which hopes to eventually put a high school or junior high on the property to serve the Mapleton and Spanish Fork areas, Newton said. Last August the council rejected a high density residential project in that area.

Just when a new school will be built has not been determined. The district will likely need to bond for a new school but there is nothing currently on the schedule, said Francis Larsen, the district spokeswoman.

Wednesday was the first meeting for newly sworn in Mayor Dean Allan and council members Lori Allen, Ben Card and Cynthia Edmunds.

Payson

When Brad Daley was elected to the City Council, he left a vacancy on the Planning Commission, where he served as vice chairman.

That vacancy won't be filled until April, when planning terms expire, the City Council decided on Wednesday. With six other commissioners on the panel, it can still make majority decisions, said development director Glade Robbins.

"We have plenty," he said.

UVSC

Utah Valley State College will honor four alumni for their years of service during the Student Scholarship Gala on Jan. 16 as part of this year's homecoming festivities..

The distinguished Service Award will be presented to Ed Pinegar, a teacher instrumental in bringing The Center for The Advancement of Leadership to campus.

The Alumni Legacy Award will be given to Karin Swendsen, director of the Nursing Department at the college for more than 36 years. Provo resident Jeri Allphin will receive the Alumni Pinnacle Award. Allphin is former president of the School of Business Alumni Board. The Wilson Sorensen Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Ann Richardson of St. George. She served students at UVSC for 17 years as a student council adviser, director of student activities and administrative assistant.

Two other awards will also be given. Recent UVSC graduate Andrea Green of Springville will receive the Young Alumni Award and a current student will be surprised with the Distinguished Service Award.