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The Catawba Valley air is crisp and cool Friday morning,
While many residents will snuggle inside warm homes and warm jackets, some families arenâ€™t so fortunate. The Observer News Enterprise continues its observance of Hunger and Homelessness Week with an examination of poverty on display in the areaâ€™s elementary schools. Did you know more than half the students at South Newton Elementary School qualify for free and reduced lunches due to their familiesâ€™ income level?
An Illinois-based trucking company is breathing new life into a Conover manufacturing facility and railway transfer station. Read about Luckey Logisticsâ€™ growth, only in The O-N-Eâ€™s Friday print edition.
Of course another Friday brings another round of playoff football for Maiden and Bandys. Check out The O-N-E for a breakdown of tonightâ€™s games for the Blue Devils and Trojans, and donâ€™t miss The O-N-Eâ€™s exclusive photo of WNNCâ€™s Coca-Cola Golden Helmet of the Year winner.
Other news included in the Friday O-N-E:
â€˘Â The Catawba County Christmas Bureau is up and running and welcoming donations.
â€˘Â Ex-NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield faces new charges after stolen furniture was seized from his home. Details online, www.observernewsonline.com.
â€˘Â Newton City Council honors the N.C. 2A Volleyball State Champion Newton-Conover Red Devils. The picture is only in The O-N-E.
â€˘Â HEALTH: Catawba Valley Medical Center opens a new facility that delivers hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Get Catawba County Extension Agent Dr. Glennie Danielsâ€™ tips for avoiding â€śholiday traps.â€ť
â€˘Â After N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis said heâ€™d ask a House ethics committee to consider investigating N.C. Rep. Stephen Laroque and his non-profit business, the lawmakerâ€™s attorney says the investigation is â€śpartisan political bait.â€ť
Catawba Countyâ€™s N.C. Rep. Mark Hilton is one of two state House members who received loans from LaRoque.
â€˘Â SPORTS: Catawba Valley Community Collegeâ€™s Lady Bucs pick up hard-earned hardwood win.
Pick up a Friday edition of The O-N-E for more news, and visit www.observernewsonline.com for news updates throughout the day.