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local Employees go on strike

Local AT&T employees take part in a strike by workers in the entire southeast region. The News-Topic reports the strike is in protest of the representatives AT&T sent to negotiate a new contract with union officials. About

volunteer coach forced out of position

Former teacher forced out as a volunteer coach after report surfaces of previous conviction. The News-Topic reports that Robert Dula, a former masonry teacher at Hibriten, is no longer serving as a volunteer middle school assistant coach

charges filed in deadly motorcycle accident

Terri Parker-Thompson Hengst faces charges of misdemeanor death by vehicle, failure to wear a seat belt and reckless driving to endanger. The News-Topic reports N.C. Highway Patrol stated Hengst veered left of center, directly into the path

house fire kills family pet

A Granite Falls home was destroyed by fire on Thursday afternoon. The News-Topic Reports the home owned by Clyde Penley was heavily damaged by fire and smoke. Penley and his wife also lost their family puppy in

arrest made in police car break-ins

An arrest has been made in a case involving five law enforcement car break-ins. The Hickory Daily Record reports N.C. State Bureau of Investigation announced in a release that Jermichael Junior Hunt, III was arrested and charged