The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Dec. 8

Detours are ahead for motorists driving along N.C. 16 as major repairs are planned for a pair of bridges in Conover.

Orange pylons already hint at coming detours for the N.C. 16 bridge over U.S. 70 south of Conover. Meanwhile, repairs will also completely close the N.C. 16 bridge over I-40 in coming weeks.

See complete details on construction plans as well as detour information in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E and online at

In other news, the top man at Newton’s hometown bank is retiring. Find out why Tony Wolfe is stepping down from Peoples Bank ONLY in The O-N-E.

Catawba County’s Museum of History has new, safer lighting that is more energy efficient, thanks to a $15,000 grant the city of Newton obtained through the federal stimulus package earlier this year. Read more about it in Thursday’s edition of The O-N-E and online:

Other news featured in The O-N-E today:

• SPORTS: St. Stephens’ boys edge Newton-Conover in hoops action, while the Lady Red Devils blasted Saint’s girls. Be sure to see the prep notebook for a complete sports round-up, including results from Maiden action:

• A police chase involving a Hickory man in stolen vehicle ended on I-40 on Monday, and The O-N-E has the details.

• Zahra Baker’s remains have been returned to her father Adam Baker, but he can’t take them back to Australia until he resolves criminal charges against him.


• The O-N-E is giving away money! How do you win? Join Sherrills Ford resident Sue Weiss in supporting locally owned businesses in the Hickory Metro that are participating in The O-N-E’s Hometown Christmas program.

• Two Catawba County EMS employees received life-saving awards. Details only in The O-N-E’s Thursday edition.

• PERSPECTIVES: Tips for helping those in need during the holidays, and Newton mayoral candidate Wes Weaver states his case for appoint to a soon-to-be-vacant Newton City Council seat.

• Find all the weekly specials at Honey’s IGA.

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