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Out of 189 communities included in the survey, Hickory ranked 186 in healthy eating, 189 in exercise and 188 in community well-being.

HICKORY — As the Hickory area continues to rank poorly in some national studies of well-being, local leaders are pursuing initiatives intended to improve the lifestyles and health of residents.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. retired from driving in November and signed on to be an analyst, and he gets his next shot behind the mic next week after making his debut at the Super Bowl.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. won a checkered flag before he leaves to check out Olympic gold.
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The Hickory Daily Record's mayoral forum is underway. City of Hickory mayoral candidates are (from left to right) Lou Wetmore, Hamilton Ward, Will Locke and Hank Guess.
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A Conover woman said she no longer attends the Newton Soldiers Reunion because soldiers in the parade yelled the N-word at her.
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Fire departments respond to lumber yard fire in Connelly Springs

A fire broke out early this morning at a lumber yard on Texas Fish Camp Road in Connelly Springs, Burke County.
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Fred T. Foard placed six of its seven wrestlers in the top four of the 2A state individual wrestling meet, with freshman Landon Foor and senior Allan Pyatte claiming state championships as the Tigers took the overall team title to wrap up the three-day tournament Saturday night.

GREENSBORO – The freshman and senior were drill partners at wrestling practice this season. They played a large part in their team’s overall success.
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Five girls teams and six boys teams learned their playoff destinations Saturday after the North Carolina High School Athletic Association released the official state tournament brackets. Opening-round games begin Tuesday at the higher seeds.

HICKORY – For 11 Hickory-area basketball squads, it’s time to put on their dancing shoes.
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#GALLERY: On Saturday, hundreds gathered for the Hickory Bird Fair at the Hickory Metro Convention Center.

On Saturday, hundreds gathered for the Hickory Bird Fair at the Hickory Metro Convention Center.
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#Photos: Take a look back at some of the top stories of the week, in pictures.

Here are some of the top news stories of the week in photos, as selected by the Associated Press.
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Catawba County deputies said 25-year-old Cheng Lee is charged with felony discharge of a firearm after the shooting Friday night at the AdvancePierre Foods plant in Claremont.

CLAREMONT, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a husband firing a shot to scare his wife in the break room of a North Carolina food processing plant caused a panic.
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Luke Walling, president of Temprano Techvestors, a business-to-business software products company based in Newton, said any applicant they consider for a job needs to have good communication skills to start.

HICKORY – Sometimes being successful in life comes down to simply showing up.
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Richard Ables scooped up a loose ball knocked free by teammate Cody Young and took it to the rim with less than two seconds on the clock for the deciding score.

MORGANTON – There were enough heroes from both Hickory and McDowell in Friday’s Northwestern 3A/4A conference tournament final at Freedom High School to start a whole new series filled with
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“This championship shows that our team has proven a lot, and we can win anything,” Newton-Conover sophomore Chyna Cornwell said. “It’s the best accomplishment ever.”

HICKORY – The Newton-Conover girls basketball team claimed the 2A South Fork conference title Friday with a dominating win over Lake Norman Charter, 54-28, at CVCC's Tarlton Complex.
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#Photos: Olympians are having some fun with their helmets.

In the Olympic sport of skeleton, the athletes come at you head first, which gives us a nice glimpse of the artwork adorning their helmets. Take a look:
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At the vigil in Parkland, not all students were confident that policymakers can solve the problem.

As the shooting began, the teenagers captured the sound of gunfire on their phones. When it didn’t stop, they texted their parents and took to social media to share each
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Could this movie do more than provide entertainment for fans?

LOS ANGELES - "Black Panther," Marvel's African-oriented comic book adaptation, is shaping up to be the most successful movie at the box office ever for a film with a primarily
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#Photos: This week there are photos from the 100th day of school celebrations at Jenkins and Viewmont Elementary Schools and fundraising events hosted by Mountain View Elementary.

The following gallery is a look at different educational activities throughout the different school systems in Catawba County the Hickory Daily Record recently covered.
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In North Carolina, it’s a state law for all public school systems to be required to maintain emergency response plans to address nearly any foreseeable threat.

HICKORY – With the recent high school shooting in Florida, the discussion of safety has been a natural talking point in school districts across the country.
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