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WPCC president announces 2020 retirement

Western Piedmont Community College’s president has announced his intention to retire, but he’ll serve one more year on the job before stepping away. The News Herald reports Dr. Michael Helmick’s retirement would go into effect June 30.

Taylorsville dispute ends in stabbing

A dispute between neighbors in Taylorsville ended with one man suffering from stab wounds to the chest and a teen girl arrested Wednesday afternoon. The Hickory Daily Record reports the attack took place off Wood Road, near

New standards for Cajah’s Mountain homes

Residents of Cajah’s Mountain can expect new standards for the appearance and safety of properties starting July 1. The News-Topic reports homes must have weather-tight windows and doors that are fitted with locks, no siding or roof

Grease fire closes Checkers restaurant in Hickory

A grease fire at Checkers fast-food restaurant in Hickory closed the restaurant yesterday morning. The fire damaged the restaurant’s grill, exhaust hood and ventilation system and The Hickory Daily Record reports it is unclear how long the

Foothills Solstice Celebration

The Foothills Solstice Celebration will be taking place Saturday at the Caldwell Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The festival will help raise funds for Shelter Home of Caldwell County.

Baton house destroyed in explosion

An explosion destroyed a house in Baton yesterday. Around 6 a.m. The News-Topic reports the house was lifted off of its foundation due to what is believed to be a rotted gas line.

Wanted Texas man arrested in Taylorsville

A Texas man wanted on charges of aiding people in crossing the United States border illegally was recently arrested in Taylorsville. The Hickory Daily Record reports Jessie Barnes was taken to the Alexander County Detention Center and