The O-N-E Morning Read: Wednesday, April 4, 2012

While most Conover businesses were closed Monday night, Conover City Council approved a move that will significantly increase the cost of doing retail business.

More details in the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E, but the change in Conover’s schedule of fees means every retail business will be required to pay at least $100 to operate in the city. In many cases — where a business posts more then $1 million in sales — the bill will be much higher.

One Conover City Council member says the move will “dampen” economic development in the city.

In Maiden, town leaders are voicing concerns about the escalating costs for a new town hall. After an initial projected cost of $1 million, cost estimates have climbed to $2 million for a building on Maiden Town Council member called a “Taj Mahal.”

Three people were injured in a multi-car collision that impacted Conover traffic during lunch hour Tuesday.

Apple’s plans in Maiden are seeing new light as the company details its hopes to build a “silent” power plant.

• Hickory Crawdads are gearing up for their 20th season. A season preview is inside The O-N-E.

• Newton-Conover freshman earns All-American status at national wrestling tournament, while other area grapplers also competed in the Virginia event.

• Alexander County Schools Board of Education is is expected to hire a new head football coach at Alexander Central High School, and the rumor mill is operating overtime. Will the new coach be a name Catawba County knows well? Visit for details after the noon BOE meeting.

• CVCC student named 2012 Newman Civic Fellow.

• Maiden man inducted into hall of fame after working for more than 25 years with Ryder Transportation Services.

• U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry puts millionaires over Medicare, according to the Democratic Congressional campaign Committee. Details on PERSPECTIVES, along with The O-N-E reporter Nash Dunn’s perspective on true love and marriage.
Peoples Bank salutes 24 associates with “Peoples Choice Awards,” the company’s highest service award.

• Maiden scores wins over Newton-Conover in softball and baseball, but the Red Devils dominate on the tennis court. Get scores from golf, baseball, softball and soccer in prep Notebook:

• Baylor’s women finish the season undefeated, collect college hoops title. Will Andrew Luck go to Indy? And what is happening in the NBA? Get national sports from The O-N-E:

• Does diversity in Catawba County impact your life positively or negatively? Vote in The O-N-E online poll:

• Plane crashes into Publix store. Tornadoes rip through Dallas, Texas area. The National Weather Service is testing new graphic warnings. Get complete national news from The O-N-E: