The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, April 27

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is still on the campaign trail even though he said he is getting ready to drop out of the race. He stopped by a Conover restaurant Thursday to pump up Republican support in the presidential primary. 

Maiden Town Council voted 4-1 to approve construction of a new $2 million town hall. The project will give the town a government center four times larger than its current town hall.

The last survivor of the Battle of the Bulge tossed out the first pitch at Crawdads Stadium this week. Read more about Conover resident Elmer Lint and get more information on all these stories in the Friday edition of The Observer News Enterprise and online at

Battle of the Bulge survivor and Conover resident Elmer Lint tosses out the first pitch during Hickory Crawdads game this week. Read more about his story in The O-N-E.

• The NFL draft is under way, and the Panthers used their first round pick to select Boston College Linebacker Luke Keekly.

• A pair of Newton-Conover tennis players won the conference tennis championship this week. Get all the area high school sports score in the Prep Notebook online at

• The O-N-E continues its Diamond Dads series with a spotlight on center fielder Chris Grayson.

• The O-N-E is delivering voter information on all the candidates for Catawba County commissioner and the U.S. House District 10 races The weekend edition also includes an update on increased traffic at the polls. 

• Be sure to pick up the weekend edition of The Observer News Enterprise to find out more information about a re-use and redevelopment  project that's bringing Skull Coast Brewery to an old mill in Hickory. The brewery is just one part of a development that's creating space for a restaurant, a live entertainment venue, shops and more. 

• Concordia Christian Day School earned second place in a Lenoir-Rhyne Language festival.

• A Maiden man is representing Cargo Transporters in a national driving contest.

• Frye Regional Medical Center received cardiac accreditation.

• Church leaders oppose an amendment to the N.C. Constitution, and The O-N-E Editor Matthew Tessnear argues that Catawba County's sleepy county seat could use a wake-up call.

• At this point in the recovering economy, do you think a town should invest $2 million for a new town hall? Vote in The O-N-E’s online poll:

• The Charlotte Bobcats are the worst NBA team ever - at least in terms of winning percentage. Also get a breakdown of all the NFL draft’s first-round picks:

• Have Secret Service agents hired prostitutes before? College conference leaders plan to proposed a four-game championship play-off, and 9,000 Marines are being transferred off Okinawa: