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Two men robbed the Community One Bank on 12th Avenue NE about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

It was the second such case in recent months, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Healing Tree, on the southwest lawn of the Lincoln County Courthouse, glows with a fuzzy rainbow of crocheted and knitted colorful strips. Each hand-stitched strip represents a victim of child abuse.

Ricardo Miguel Magallanes, 32, of Lincolnton, was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual offense, authorities said.

Dropout rate decreases: The dropout rate for Gaston County Schools has decreased from 3.43 percent in 2011-2012 to 1.61 percent for the 2012-2013 school year, according to a recent report from the State Board of Education and N.C. Department of Public Instruction. Gaston’s dropout rate also is below the state rate of 2.45 percent.

Parks Master Plan: Learn about proposed updates to Catawba County’s Parks Master Plan during a drop-in public meeting from 4-7 p.m. April 22 at the Catawba County Government Center, 100-A Southwest Blvd., Newton. The public is encouraged to share input regarding recommended plan updates.

Sabbatical award recipient: Lee Carol Giduz, executive director of Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, has received a 2014 Sabbatical Award from Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Every year, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation honors North Carolina nonprofit leaders for their service and commitment to the sector.

Holy Week begins April 13 with Palm Sunday services, followed later in the week by Maundy Thursday and Good Friday observances.

The community of Belmont pulled together in the search for my missing dog, Gizmo.

Last season was the year of the home run for the Hickory Crawdads. Led by third baseman Joey Gallo’s 38 bombs and second baseman Ryan Rua’s 29, the Crawdads set a new South Atlantic League record with 179 four-baggers for the season.

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