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A growing number of “for sale” and “foreclosure” signs seem to indicate that a decades-old decline in the neighborhood that surrounds the old Loray Mill in West Gastonia is continuing.

Compiled by Leigh Pressley

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.

Library improvements: Hickory Public Library will make improvements after receiving a distribution of more than $43,000 from five endowments that are managed by the North Carolina Community Foundation.

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

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