It is time for Catawba County property owners to pay up or pay interest. Property taxes are due today. Pick up Thursday’s edition of The O-N-E to find out how to make your tax payment without waiting in line.
Zahra Baker’s father, Adam, is expected to enter a plea deal on felony charges today. Visit www.observernewsonline.com  for details about the deal as soon as it is announced.
Claremont is hoping to renovate Francis Sigmon Park, and the city is hoping a state grant will aid improvements such as a new softball field, greenway and parking lots. More details online: www.observernewsonline.com/content/claremont-seeks-park-grant-—-again.
In sports, Fred T. Foard wrestlers are tuning up for conference action on the mat. The Tigers faced East Burke and Lincolnton on Wednesday. How’d they fare? Find out with The O-N-E online: www.observernewsonline.com/content/tigers-earn-impressive-sweep-cavs-wolves . See pics of the Tigers in action in The O-N-E’s print edition
In other news:
• Bandys’ girls improves to 13-0 basketball court. See area prep sports results in the Prep Notebook: www.observernewsonline.com/content/prep-notebook-trojans-top-bears-move-... .
• Newton firefighters heat up winter air at the city’s new training trailer. Pictures in The O-N-E.
• St. Stephens Lutheran School students deliver gingerbread boxes and gifts to the Catawba County Children’s Advocacy Center.
• Sign improvements in Conover sparked a Wednesday afternoon fire at a hotel.
• Are you ready to hit the slopes? The slopes in the High Country are ready for you. Get the ski forecast only in OUTLOOK.
Classifieds, state and national sports and great ideas for “things to do” all inside the Thursday edition of The O-N-E. Visit www.observernewsonline.com  for news updates throughout the day.