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Hickory City property taxes rise

Hickory City Council voted to approve a budget that raises property taxes and sewer fees. Property taxes will rise by 2.1 cents, and The Hickory Daily Record reports sewer fees will increase 3.75 percent.

Valdese man admits to killing girlfriend

A Valdese man admitted to shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend in Burke County on Monday night. The News Herald reports Jeremy Baldridge was arrested in connection to the murder of  Caitlyn Truax on McDuffy Road in Connelly