The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, Nov. 18

The Catawba Valley air is crisp and cool Friday morning,

While many residents will snuggle inside warm homes and warm jackets, some families aren’t so fortunate. The Observer News Enterprise continues its observance of Hunger and Homelessness Week with an examination of poverty on display in the area’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 families’ income level?

An Illinois-based trucking company is breathing new life into a Conover manufacturing facility and railway transfer station. Read about Luckey Logistics’ growth, only in The O-N-E’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 tonight’s games for the Blue Devils and Trojans, and don’t miss The O-N-E’s exclusive photo of WNNC’s Coca-Cola Golden Helmet of the Year winner.

Other news included in the Friday O-N-E:

• The Catawba County Christmas Bureau is up and running and welcoming donations.

• Ex-NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield faces new charges after stolen furniture was seized from his home. Details online,

• Newton City Council honors the N.C. 2A Volleyball State Champion Newton-Conover Red Devils. The picture is only in The O-N-E.

• HEALTH: Catawba Valley Medical Center opens a new facility that delivers hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Get Catawba County Extension Agent Dr. Glennie Daniels’ tips for avoiding “holiday traps.”

• After N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis said he’d ask a House ethics committee to consider investigating N.C. Rep. Stephen Laroque and his non-profit business, the lawmaker’s attorney says the investigation is “partisan political bait.”

Catawba County’s N.C. Rep. Mark Hilton is one of two state House members who received loans from LaRoque.

• SPORTS: Catawba Valley Community College’s Lady Bucs pick up hard-earned hardwood win.

Pick up a Friday edition of The O-N-E for more news, and visit for news updates throughout the day.