The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, Feb. 24

Catawba County’s Justice Center was a busy place Thursday, and The Observer News Enterprise is delivering all the details in the Friday print an online editions.

Michael Anderson was sentenced to at least 16 years in prison for the second-degree murder of his roommate last year. The 20-year-old’s guilty plea comes after he shot and killed Stephen Starr and mutilated the man’s body with an ax.

Another killer received a life jail sentence for pleading guilty to killing a 26-year-old woman in a Hickory mobile home park in 2006.

A former teacher at Fred T. Foard high School entered a plea agreement after he was accused of stalking a student.

Complete details on these stories inside The O-N-E.

There’s good news, too.

A soldier returned home from Afghanistan and surprised his young sons during a patriotic program at Mountain View Elementary School.

• Fred T. Foard wrestlers are gearing up to defend their state title Saturday.

• Bandys girls hit the road to take on North Stanly in the third round of the state basketball playoffs.

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• Senior Yoga classes continue in Newton.

• O-N-E Editor Matthew Tessnear salutes Newton-Conover City Schools ace speller on his fine performance during a regional spelling bee this week.

• What does the future hold for Carolina Panthers’ Jeremy Shockey? Depends on who you ask.