The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, March 16

A Newton man is in jail after breaking into a church, several vehicles and leading police on a late night foot chase that ended in a ditch.

More details in the Friday print and online editions of The O-N-E.

A murderer who killed a man at a Hickory assisted living facility will spend at least 15 years in jail.

A forum at Catawba Valley Community College on Thursday revealed the economy is improving, but the region still faces hurdles despite promising new sectors of economic development.

Meanwhile, the Hickory region is among the nation’s top 10 for economic development announcements according to a national magazine.

• Maiden softball pitcher Hannah Callahan has earned a no-hitter and a perfect game in the young softball season. She and the Lady Blue Devils are off to a hot start.

• Carolina Panthers release veteran punter Jason Baker.

• How is your NCAA basketball tournament bracket faring? Get complete results from Thursday’s action:

• Get results from Thursday’s prep sports action in the Prep Notebook:

• What trait do you think is most important for Catawba County Schools’ new superintendent? Vote in The O-N-E online poll:

• Part of Newton’s Heritage Greenway is closed for repairs.

• The Daughters of the American Revolution have saluted a Newton-Conover High School teacher as Outstanding Teacher of American History.

• Cooperative extension agent Dr. Glennie Daniels offers tips for reducing sodium in your diet in HEALTH.
The O-N-E editor Matthew Tessnear details his experience in competitive eating in PERSPECTIVES. A N.C. opinion argues that Republican lawmakers in Raleigh are mis-guided when it comes to eliminating the estate tax.