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HIDDENITE — The Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center announces registration for a painted barn quilt class on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center’s Educational Complex at 70 Hiddenite Church Road in Hiddenite. The class instructor is Carol Mitchell of Taylorsville.

CLAREMONT — Carolina Caring and Rising Hope Farms in Claremont have teamed up to offer Brighter Days Children’s Camp for youth ages 5 through 18 who have lost someone close to them. The camp will be offered on Thursday, June 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The rain date is Thursday, May 30.

A 68-year-old man has been charged with murder in the deaths in a mother and son from North Carolina who were found dead in the grass behind their apartment building. Police in Hope Mills, just south of Fayetteville, announced Saturday that Rodney William McCrary has been charged with two counts each first-degree murder and kidnapping. Police say he lived in the same apartment building as 48-year-old Julie Camacho Smith and her 25-year-old son, Desmond Miles Brewington. They were found dead Wednesday morning. McCrary was being held without bond. Hope Mills Police Chief Stephen Dollinger told The Fayetteville Observer that a motive was not immediately known.

Authorities say a North Carolina school bus driver is charged with driving while impaired after an accident in which a construction worker was hit. News outlets report Raleigh police responded to a report late Friday morning of an accident west of downtown. There were no children on the bus, but police said the bus hit a construction worker, who suffered injuries to his legs. Officers charged the bus driver with operating a school bus after consuming alcohol and impaired driving in a commercial vehicle. The driver has been removed from driving duties for the Wake County Public School System and is suspended pending an investigation.

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