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HICKORY — Holiday Pinecrest is proud to announce they have been honored with the 2023 Caring Star award. The award is determined solely by reviews of seniors and their families on Caring.com, a leading senior living referral service.

HICKORY — The Catawba County Council on Aging has received support for its food pantry from the Catawba Valley Community Endowment, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office confiscated a firearm from a student at Clemmons Middle School just before dismissal on Thursday, a day that also included several false reports around the state of school shootings, including one at Parkland High School.

Police in North Carolina say two people were found fatally shot in a car and two young children were found unharmed in the backseat. News outlets report that Rocky Mount police say employees arriving for work on Construction Drive around 6 a.m. Thursday spotted the bodies. Police say the children weren’t physically injured, but they were taken to a hospital for evaluation after spending hours in the cold on a night when temperatures dropped into the 30s. Police identified the people who were killed as Destiny Wiggins and Devone Brown. Police Chief Robert Hassell says family members have been notified and are at the hospital with the children, who are doing well.

North Carolina’s State Board of Education has backed an incremental approach to advance a potential teacher licensure overhaul. The board voted on Thursday with no opposition for a motion that in part envisions piloting or testing a new license and performance program before it could potentially be carried out statewide. It ultimately would take the General Assembly’s formal approval to move the idea forward and provide funding. A draft statewide plan that's been discussed would include higher instructor pay based on performance rather than years of experience. Board Chairman Eric Davis says creating pilots in school districts could help a statewide licensing remake become a success.

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