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Hickory is seeking a long-term loan to expand the parking lot at the convention center, a long-awaited move that tourism officials say would help draw larger conventions and ultimately raise local economic fortunes.

Lacrosse honored for academics: The Belmont Abbey College women’s lacrosse team was one of 45 schools recently named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s Academic Honor Squad.

With one championship already in Joshua Brimecombe’s possession this year, the Concord resident has set his sights on the national title in the Legend Semi-Pro asphalt division.

Big bass will eat insects, larvae, snakes, worms, frogs, crayfish, grass shrimp, rodents, baby ducks and even their own offspring, as well as bream, crappie and white perch.

Jimmy Halliburton, 31, of Morganton, died when he was trying to clear a tree from a road at Tuttle State Educational Forest near Lenoir. Halliburton had worked as an education ranger at the forest since 2007.

The sheriff’s office said the body of an adult male was discovered shortly before 1 p.m. in the lake, off Dick Wilson Road.

Hickory police said the two officers involved in the shooting of 21-year-old Drew Marian Spencer of Taylorsville will return to active duty this week. They had been on paid leave during the investigation.

Compiled by Erica Batten

The shooting took place during an apparent domestic disturbance, according to police. The victim is the stepson of the alleged shooter.

Three former SEALs complete 12.5-mile course to raise money for veterans

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