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An elderly couple escaped their Catawba County home moments before it was destroyed by fire Wednesday. The O-N-E has complete details in the Thursday print edition and online at www.observernewsonline.com.
Wednesdayâ€™s residential fire came after a Tuesday night training exercise that gave firefighters a chance to hone their skills and prepare them to protect property during real fires. See exclusive photos and a first-hand account in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E. Be sure to visit our Facebook page to see a complete gallery of exclusive photos captured by The O-N-Eâ€™s Nash Dunn during the rip-roaring training exercise in Catawba.
Good jobs news is inside The O-N-E and www.observernewsonline today, too. A German company is planning a $4.2 million investment in a new Hickory manufacturing operation, and that will create 62 new jobs in the area. Pick up the Thursday O-N-E to find out how to apply for the jobs.
Outlook is also inside the Thursday edition of The O-N-E, and among the positive news featured this week is a spotlight on a growing library in the Bethlehem community.
Other news in the Thursday O-N-E includes:
â€¢Â On the day Catawba Countyâ€™s district attorneyâ€™s office earns a first-degree murder conviction, an assistant DAâ€™s DWI charge from Sunset Beach was continued. Both stories are on the front page of The O-N-E.
â€¢Â Bandys Highâ€™s JROTC earned high marks during a recent inspection. See the story and photo ONLY in The O-N-E print edition.
â€¢Â North Carolina public school students can probably expect a longer school year in 2012-2013. Why? Find out in The O-N-E edition on streets now.
â€¢Â SPORTS: A proposed conference realignment for area high schoolsâ€™ sports teams has been announced, and it could mean Catawba County schools will join some new foes - and familiar ones - in new conferences for the 2013 sports season. Meanwhile, county wrestlers are hard at work on the mat. Find out how Foard and Bunker Hill fared in a recent match in exclusive coverage online at www.observernewsonline.com.
â€¢Â Claremontâ€™s Christmas parade is set for Saturday.
â€¢Â On the perspectives page, find out more about Catawba Countyâ€™s strong credit rating, and Outlook editor Barbara Burns is bringing home the bacon ... or rather, dear meat.
Find classifieds, obituaries, comics, Lenoir-Rhyne athletics honors and more all inside The O-N-E Thursday edition.
Be sure to visit www.observernewsonline.com for news updates throughout the day.