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The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, May 18

May 18, 2012

It looks like bankruptcy woes for the U.S. Post Office are going to hit the Hickory Metro again. The post office plans to close the distribution center in Conover, and that's a move that could impact hundreds of jobs in the area.

Speaking of jobs, long-time educator and Fred T. Foard High School Principal Sally Bradshaw is retiring from hers. She leaves the system June 30th after 30 years on the job.

Have you noticed the Internet cafe's and sweepstakes parlors popping up around the area? They are appearing everywhere, and now Maiden has created a $250 fee and permit system for the business. In Conover, it will soon cost the internet gaming parlors $2,500 and an additional $1,000 per computer terminal.

You can find out more about what happens at these businesses inside the Friday print and online edition of The O-N-E at www.observernewsonline.com.

SPORTS:
• Big-time rivals St. Stephens and Hickory are going head to head on the soccer field as they both continue their quest for a state title. The game is at St. Stephens Saturday night at 6.

• Friday night, Fred T. Foard continues its run in the softball playoffs. The Lady Tigers host Erwin, and we'll deliver coverage in our weekend edition and online at observernewsonline.com.

• Tri-City Christian baseball player Evan Harris committed to play at Montreat College.

• Hickory Crawdads third baseman and Las Vegas native Drew Robinson is in the "Diamond Dads" spotlight.

PRINT EXCLUSIVE:
• The Zahra Baker Playground officially opens Saturday at Kiwanis Park in Hickory.

• Mill Creek teacher Michael Slaughter is Catawba County Schools teacher of the year.

• Caldwell County teacher suspended for her discipline methods. She put a special needs child in a cardboard box at a Lenoir elementary school.

• Girl Scounts earn their Bronze Award.

• Elk of the Year saluted by Newton Elks Lodge.

• A long-time Newton Conover coach says the Red Devils football program will soar again. Also on PERSPECTIVES The O-N-E Editor Matthew Tessnear said increasing utility bills are inspire him to seek residence elsewhere.

ONLINE ONLY:
• Trayvon Martin or John Edwards? Which story interest you more?

• Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 team wins the annual pit crew challenge:

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