The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, April 5

Newton-Conover’s head coach for 13 seasons is leaving the Red Devils for the Cougars’ Lair.

Nick Bazzle was announced as the new head football coach for Alexander Central High on Wednesday.

“Our community will miss him,” said NCHS principal Kevin Campbell.

Get details on his 24 years spent at the school as well as Newton-Conover City Schools leaders plans to move forward without him inside the Thursday edition of The O-N-E.

Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry has renovated the service agency’s thrift store in hopes of providing better service for citizens.

An equipment building was destroyed by fire Wednesday, but Newton Fire Department firefighters saved the mobile home next to the building.

Plans for a gas station are moving forward outside Conover’s Wal-Mart SuperCenter, but not at the location approved when the big box project was originally conceived. One council member opposed the station, fearing damage to other Conover convenience stores on N.C. 16.

Fingerprints on a banana could deliver freedom to a Hickory man convicted of rape more than 25 years ago.

• Newton-Conover and Bunker Hill score top-five finishes at Wednesday track meet.

• The Easter Classic baseball tournament begins Monday, and match-ups for the opening round have been released. See the parings in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E.

• Area churches announces services for Holy Week and Easter:

• Scores from Wednesday’s softball and tennis are online in Prep Notebook:

• Connecticut Senate votes to eliminate death penalty. Coroner details Whitney Houston’s death. E-books spur reading among more Americans. These stories and more in national news:

• OUTLOOK spotlights the exciting renovations completes at YMCA Valley Connection.

• Honeybees swarm to Maiden tree, until beekeeper delivers them to new honey-making hive.

• Catawba County men arrested after strong of thefts in Boone.

• St. Stephens High School graduate completes basic training.

• Tenth Congressional district candidates pledge “clean campaign” in PERSPECTIVES, while N.C. Rep. Mark Hilton receives pro-life award. OUTLOOK editor Barbara Burns reflects on purples peeps and Easter egg hunts.