The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, Dec. 9

A downtown Maiden institution is marking a century of service with a special celebration. Read the story of Piedmont Hardware only the Friday edition of The O-N-E, which also includes details about the big anniversary party coming Saturday.

In crime news, four Hickory High students have been charged in a string of break-ins throughout northwest Catawba County. Find out who has been charged with the crimes, and see their photos in The O-N-E’s Friday print edition.

The O-N-E's print edition is also where readers will also see a photo of the newest elected official in Conover taking the oath office and find out more about Catawba County Schools system’s battle to reserve inclement weather days in the school calendar.

Other news featured in the Friday print and online editions of The O-N-E includes:

• A business expansion in Burke and Alexander counties will create 231 news jobs. Details were first reported in The O-N-E’s online edition Thursday afternoon,

• The O-N-E’s exclusive web edition also delivered breaking news of the latest shooting at Virginia Tech on Thursday. Be sure to see updates to this story:

• ONLINE POLL: People with permits will be allowed to carry concealed handguns without restrictions at Hickory city parks and recreational facilities following approval this week by Hickory City Council. Should handguns be allowed in public parks and recreational facilities without restrictions? Share your opinion at The O-N-E home page,

• See the CRIME ROUND-UP for details on thefts throughout the county:

• SPORTS: Newton-Conover’s grapplers conquered the defending state champs in wrestling action, while Fred T. Foard scored a sweep. See wrestling photos in The O-N-E’s Friday print edition where readers will also find out how the Bandys Trojans fared in hoops action.

• A new business in downtown Newton have flooring needs covered.

• Newton police delivers meals and smiles to the city’s senior adults. Find out about the Conover Santa cops program in The O-N-E, too.

• A physician at Gastroenterology has been saluted in a statewide business magazine.

• PERSPECTIVES: Matthew Tessnear thinks Catawba County is on right economic development track, and Congressional candidate Ken Fortenberry calls on incumbent U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry to quit protecting corrupt colleagues.

See comics, obituaries, classified and the weekend Things to Do Calendar in the Friday print edition of The O-N-E and visit for news updates throughout the day.