The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Feb. 16

Newton has seen an increase in participation for youth sports offered by the city’s recreation department.

In fact, the increase in participation for sports like basketball and soccer is so great that the city is scrambling to find places for practice and games.

Meanwhile, the city’s recreation department staff is also facing ever-increasing expenses for the Newton swimming pool, which city council voted to open in 2012.

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Newton Martial Arts has an expanded into a new facility in Newton’s downtown area, and it isn’t the only operation filling space in the central business district. The city’s commercial development coordinator said seven other businesses have opened within city limits in January alone.

A man from Maiden won $250,000 in the N.C. Education Lottery.

Efforts to find Asha Degree continue 12 years after the child disappeared along N.C. near the Catawba County line.

• Newton-Conover’s Lady Red Devils hoops win on Wednesday may have been ugly, but it was enough to get the team into the Catawba Valley Athletic 2A Conference tournament finals.

• Bunker Hill’s boys clawed hard against West Caldwell, but it wasn’t enough to top the Warriors in the CVAC 2A tournament semi-finals.

• Harrison Barnes helps lift North Carolina past Miami in college hoops action:

• The bond has been reduced for a Conover woman who is accused of tampering with the IV of her infant in a Charlotte hospital:

• Catawba County Extension and Community Association leader receives district award.

• Catawba Valley Community College installs a new trustee.

• Author events are set for libraries in Newton and Sherrills Ford.

• A tuition increase creates a new burden on middle class families, according to an editorial on PERSPECTIVES. You can also find out more about the value of “community journalism” and a great source for information in Catawba County. U.S. Sen. Richard Burr also argues that the President’s proposed budget would hurt the economy.