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A Newton couple spreads holiday cheer every year with their brilliant Christmas display, and now their neighbors are returning the favor - by paying their power bill.
Read the story in the Friday print edition of The O-N-E, and online at www.observernewsonline.
The O-N-E invites you to share your favorite holiday lights. Send us pictures of the prettiest, the tackiest and everything in-between: www.observernewsonline.com/node/add/photossubmit. We'll publish the best pictures online and some may make it to the print pages of The O-N-E.
Conoverâ€™s police force is also spreading holiday cheer. Read how the Cops for Tots program is helping more than 100 children inside The O-N-E.
The end of the week also brings a big TGIF for Newtonâ€™s first full-time planning director - today is his last official day at work. Glenn Pattishall is retiring after 28 years with the city, and The O-N-E chronicles some of his experiences.
Also in the Friday edition of The O-N-E:
â€˘Â A Fairgrove Church Road convenience store was robbed and police are still looking for a man they believe waved a gun at the store clerk. Details on the incident and the Catawba County crime round-up are in The O-N-E print edition.
â€˘Â SPORTS: The rivalry between Bandys and Newton-Conover was renewed Thursday night on the hardwood. Found out how the boys and girls basketball teams fared in The O-N-E â€”Â pictures are in print and the complete story is online: www.observernewsonline.com/content/lady-trojans-n-c-boys-victorious.
â€˘Â Catawba County is getting its first roundabout - but is it safe? Share your opinion in The O-N-E reader poll: www.observernewsonline.com/content/safest-option-you-pick. Be sure to see Saturdayâ€™s print edition of The O-N-E to find out poll results revealing citizens' perspectives on guns in parks.
â€˘Â Catawba County Childrenâ€™s Advocacy and Protection recently gathers for its holiday fund-raiser.
â€˘Â Registration is underway for March for Babies. The event is April 28, 2012.
â€˘Â Catawba County Cooperative Extension Agent Dr. Glennie Daniels shares tips for reducing stress.
â€˘Â Drum and Willis-Reynolds funeral homes are holding open houses this weekend.
â€˘Â The O-N-E editor Matthew Tessnear offers his perspective on state legislators' wranling with school calendars. State leaders also share opinions on Gov. Bev Perdueâ€™s veto of a bill to repeal the Racial Justice Act.
See the Friday edition of The O-N-E for opinions, obituaries, comics and classifieds and visit www.observernewsonline.com for news updates throughout the day.