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Hundreds of volunteers are at work in Hickory today as construction continues on a handicap-accessible playground in memory of Zahra Baker.
A community-build event kicked off Thursday at Kiwanis Park, and the effort to build the Zahra Baker All Childrenâ€™s Playground continues through Saturday.
Read more about the community playground effort in the Friday print edition of The O-N-E.
Also in the Friday edition, a commission finisher for a diverse array of manufactured products is consolidating its Pennsylvania operation into already-existing Catawba County facilities.
Officials for TSG Finishing LLC expect the move to add at least 50 jobs to the Greater Hickory Metro.
Greater Hickory Metro residents have until Tuesday to file 2011 income tax returns or file for an extension from the Internal Revenue Service. This yearâ€™s deadline is April 17 because the usual April 15 deadline falls on a Sunday. Find more tax reminders and preparation tips inside The O-N-E.
* Bobby Lutz, a successful former eastern Catawba County softball coach and father of the N.C. State University assistant basketball coach by the same name, died at his Denver home. He was 76. Find service information in the Friday edition of The O-N-E.
* A Frye Regional Medical Center team recently performed a right heart cath that diagnosed hypertension, a first at the hospital.
* Frye recently welcomed a new doctor to its FryeCare staff.
* A singing sister duo from Sherrills Ford is set to perform at an upcoming bereavement-support groupâ€™s dinner.
*A chemical fire injured an employee at a Hudson plant on Thursday.
* The Hickory Crawdads kicked off the 2012 home schedule Thursday night at L.P. Frans Stadium. For results from the game and a behind-the-scenes look at preseason preparation for Thursday nightâ€™s opener, pick up The O-N-E.
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