The O-N-E Morning Read: Wednesday, April 11

High gas prices are causing a spike in fuel thefts, and now industries with tractor-trailer trucks are falling victim to criminals.

In Hickory, police have charged two men with attempted murder in connection with a March drive-by shooting that injured a teenager.

Almost 350 volunteers are set to help build a playground in honor of Zahra Baker. Businesses, municipalities and donors helped Catawba County Kiwanis Club raise more than $200,000 for the playground, and construction will begin Thursday.

Liter Sweep 2012 is almost here and volunteers are sought to help clean up roadsides throughout the county.

• Maiden topples the top-seeded team from South Iredell in the Catawba Valley Easter Classic in extra innings.

• Newton-Conover scored seven runs in the seventh inning to defeat Fred T. Foard in the Easter Classic. Get more scores from the spring break baseball tournament in The O-N-E.

• Fred T. Foard shuts out Bunker Hill in softball action during Cherryville tournament.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith signs a contract extension - he’ll likely retire a Panther.

• The Hickory Tavern Chapter of the DAR salutes winners of the American History essay contest.
Area artists win bookmark contest - see their picture in YOUR NEWS.

• Catawba Valley Community College President Dr. Garrett Hinshaw elected to National Junior College Athletic Association’s board of directors.

• City managers from Conover and Maiden earn credentials from international organization.

• GOP Presidential contender Rick Santorum suspends his campaign. More details on PERSPECTIVES along with O-N-E writer Nash Dunn’s reflections on the unique taste required for golf.

• Comeback falls short for Hickory Crawdads in Greenville:

• A major announcement is expected from prosecutors in the Trayvon Martin shooting case, and Bobby Petrino is out as head football coach at Arkansas: