The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, June 14

Did you know there are deserts in Catawba County?

The county has food deserts — communities far removed from the nearest grocery store or fresh food source.

Learn about the effort to provide these areas access to fresh foods in the Thursday print edition of The Observer News Enterprise.

Also in Thursday’s edition:
* Town of Catawba leaders may re-vote on the town’s 2012-13 fiscal year budget after controversy over whether the spending plan was adequately approved in a recent vote.

* Catawba County public education leaders say partnerships are the key to maintaining strong programs as state funding allotments continue to be uncertain.

* Several utility projects are set to begin soon in Newton.

* St. Stephens Lutheran School students recently visited the nation’s capital, and several participated in a special ceremony.

* Catawba County Library System recently received a $19,000 technology grant.

In sports
* Bunker Hill’s volleyball team has sold popcorn and cookie dough to raise money in the past. Now it’s raising money through a tournament — under the lights. Learn more in Thursday’s print edition of The O-N-E.

* Barbara Burns recalls childhood memories that reflect life’s simple pleasures.

For all these stories, local advertising, an events calendar and more, pick up Thursday’s print edition of The Observer News Enterprise at newsstands throughout the county.

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