The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, March 31

Catawba County leaders are hoping area schools can get more proceeds from lotteries like this week’s Mega Millions lottery.

Have you bought your lottery ticket yet?

The lottery issue is part of Catawba County commissioners' legislative agenda that also includes other goals such a restoration of local funding the county has lost. County leaders want state leaders to avoid unfunded mandates and allow local governments more flexibility.

St. Stephens junior Jakia Propst finished second in a statewide poetry competition and won $100 for herself and $200 for her school.

The Adrian L. Shuford YMCA is going spin crazy, with a brand new spin studio that features 16 spin bikes. The studio at the Conover Y opens with Spin-A-Mania Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and guests get in free throughout the event.

Coming in The O-N-E’s weekend edition is DIVERSIFIED: A special exploration of our unique community. What would Catawba County look like if could take a glimpse in the mirror? We deliver the details in Profile 2012.

• Maiden High’s Thomas Lilly won the Catawba County golf championship Thursday, while Hickory High won the team championship at Catawba Country Club.

• Bandys sophomore hoops senstation Madi Story earned a spot on the Associated Press All-State team.

• UNC’s “Big Three” underclassmen are going to the NBA.

• Does diversity impact your life? And if it does, is the impact positive or negative? Vote in The O-N-E online poll:

• Fred T. Foard falls in softball for the first time this season. Get details and a round-up of Thursday’s high school sports results in Prep Notebook:

• Check out our new online feature: The O-N-E shot podcast. It is a snapshot of news delivered in The O-N-E and is created in partnership with our friends at The MESH: Look for the official launch coming next week!

• There’s a detective on the case for foster children who have lost contact with families and loved ones. The Family Finding Program is a partnership between Catawba County Social Services and Children’s Home Society of North Carolina.

• A weekend tennis event at Rock Barn Golf and Spa will raise funds for Relay for Life.

• Autism is becoming an “epidemic” in America.

• Bluegrass legend and N.C. native Earl Scruggs dies.

• The Center on Congress offers a defense for politics on PERSPECTIVES, while The O-N-E editor Matthew Tessnear defends fluffy tailed creatures that are being victimized on area roadways.

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