The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Feb. 23

Newton’s fire department faces burning needs, including a new fire station.

The downtown facility was last renovated in 1958, and a new station has moved from city leaders’ “want” list 10 years ago to the “need” column today.

More details in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E, including insight into the debate over the location for a new facility.

Also get details about the city fire department’s efforts to fund more firefighters in an effort to meet national standards for structure fire response.

Hickory young professionals share their ideas for retaining young people in the region. What tops the list of desires for young people? More details in The O-N-E.

Volunteers are sought for a Hickory playground to be built in Zahra Baker’s memory.

• Newton-Conover’s Lady Red Devils basketball team was bounced from the state basketball tournament in an overtime heart-breaker at home:

• Bandys’ Lady Trojans are still hot, however, and Madi Story’s 31 points help lift the ladies into the third round of the state title chase.

• See the Thursday print edition of The O-N-E to get a preview of the 26 wrestlers bound for state competition today.

• Be sure to pick up the Thursday edition of The O-N-E for OUTLOOK. Inside this week a preview for the year’s NASCAR season, as well as a look at the arts and entertainment events in the Hickory Metro for the week ahead.

• The Belfast Boys are presenting a free concert for seniors. More details in YOUR NEWS along with the “Things to do” calendar.

• Maiden High School is hosting a meet and greet with the new football coach on Friday.

• It is time for leaders in North Carolina to step up, according to opinions in PERSPECTIVES. Meanwhile, Lincoln County’s “dean of the GOP” throws his support behind Ken Fortenberry in the U.S. House race. In the wake of Ash Wednesday, OUTLOOK editor Barbara Burns reminds us that we are all dust.