The O-N-E Morning Read: Wednesday, March 21

Catawba County government approved almost $300,000 for repairs at schools in the Newton-Conover and Hickory Public school systems. One project will replace HVAC systems at Shuford Elementary, while another will repair a sinkhole near the baseball complex at Hickory High.

In other education news, the team of spellers from South Newton Elementary won the sixth annual Red Hot Spelling Bee presented by The Observer News Enterprise. The fun night of team-spelling raised funds for Newton-Conover Education Foundation.

North Carolina is planning a new electronic system for renewing and issuing driver’s licenses. Planned changes include new three-dimensional driver photos.

See The O-N-E crime round-up for details on the latest arrests and crimes throughout the county.

Citizens can safely and legally disposed of unwanted and expired medications during a medicine drop in Conover on Thursday and Friday.

• Foard’s Lady Tigers are off to an 8-0 start in softball, thanks in part to the Shubert father-daughter team.
• Maiden’s softball team improves to 8-1 with a 10-0 shutout of South Iredell.

• Student scientists represented Catawba County 4-H at regional science fairs. See their photo and get the complete story in The O-N-E.

• Newton plans annual citywide yard sale for May 19.

• Claremnt Postmaster Trina Kirby and U.S. Postal employees salute Mark Yount as he joins the USPS “Million Mile Club.”

• The Neighbors Network breaks ground on a new home in Conover to be called “The Mayor’s House.”

• The O-N-E staff writer Nash Dunn shares his opinion ... that public opinions are unpopular. Also see PERSPECTIVES for state opinions which encourage voters to avoid knee-jerk reactions to the same-sex marriage amendment.

• Get high school scores in The O-N-E prep round-up:

• Six race suspension, points penalty overturned for Jimmie Johnson’s race team, crew chief:

• Check out pictures from Newton-Conover Education Foundation’s Red Hot Spelling Bee on The O-N-E’s Facebook page: