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

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.

In his four starts before the April 5 game at North Greenville University, Belmont Abbey freshman Aaron Rumburg pitched well, going 2-1 with an earned run average of fewer than four.

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.

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.

The clinic is scheduled for 9-11 a.m., or until rabies vaccination supplies run out, in the parking lot of the Social Services Division, 330 North Marietta Street.

The teens collected more than 700 pounds of food for dogs and cats at the Gaston County Animal Shelter.

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