The O-N-E morning read: Friday, Dec. 23

Christmas is two days away in the Hickory Metro, and many organizations are still working to make it a merry holiday season for their neighbors.

Newton-Conover High School, and several other organizations, served a free lunch Thursday to those in need in the community. Several Catawba Valley Community College groups recently collected gifts for the needy, and area businesses donated gifts to children and teens in the Conover area. Read about those stories today in the Friday edition of The Observer News Enterprise.

Also in today's edition and online at
* Elisa Baker and her attorneys are reportedly working on a plea deal for federal drug charges she faces.
* The PGA Champions Tour released its schedule this week, and a fall stop at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover is included. The Greater Hickory Classic will be Oct. 12-14.
* A Maiden man faces a charge of taking indecent liberties with a minor following a Dec. 9 incident in Lincoln County.
* Three Maiden men were arrested as part of a five-county drug bust conducted by law enforcement agencies.
* The O-N-E Editor Matthew Tessnear says in his Friday column that Christmas gets better, and more meaningful, with age.

In sports:
* Coverage of the "Hoopin' at the Hill" junior varsity basketball tournament at Bunker Hill High School.

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