The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, Dec. 16

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: We'll publish the best pictures online and some may make it to the print pages of The O-N-E.

Conover’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 Newton’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:

• 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.

• 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 —  pictures are in print and the complete story is online:

• Catawba County is getting its first roundabout - but is it safe? Share your opinion in The O-N-E reader poll: Be sure to see Saturday’s print edition of The O-N-E to find out poll results revealing citizens' perspectives on guns in parks.

• Catawba County Children’s Advocacy and Protection recently gathers for its holiday fund-raiser.

• Registration is underway for March for Babies. The event is April 28, 2012.

• Catawba County Cooperative Extension Agent Dr. Glennie Daniels shares tips for reducing stress.

• Drum and Willis-Reynolds funeral homes are holding open houses this weekend.

• 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 Perdue’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 for news updates throughout the day.