The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, March 2

The “queen” of Newton-Conover City Schools is leaving her throne.

Friends, students and peers celebrate Melanie Elrod’s decades of service to the school system she has called home for 34 years.

See the story in the Friday print and online editions of The O-N-E.

A Newton man is in jail after using a flashlight to beat his friend during a robbery.

Ex-NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield surrendered to police for felony indictments in Caldwell County.

A man who is missing after a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crash has ties to Catawba County.

A rabid raccoon found in east Newton marks the third case of rabies in 2012, and two dogs were exposed to the infected animal.

• A sinkhole at near Hickory High School’s baseball complex means county teams’ games against the Tornadoes will be played in alternate locations.

• Fred T. Foard topped Bandys in softball, 2-1.

• Are feral cats a problem in Newton? Vote in The O-N-E online poll:

• Newton-Conover’s Red Devils picked up a win over a N.C. top 5 foe. Complete results in the pre notebook:

• Newton’s Kiwanis Club is planning a chicken dinner fundraiser to support scholarships for area high school students.

• Gold medal winner Craig MacFarlane shared his story with students at St. Stephens Lutheran Schools.

• Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright is running for the state auditor’s post. See his official campaign announcement on Perspectives, along with O-N-E Editor Matthew Tessnear’s new technology prognosis.