The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, Feb. 3

Summer will be two weeks shorter for students and teachers in the Catawba County Schools system - but that might not be such a bad thing, according to some.

More details on next year’s school calendar in the Friday edition of The O-N-E.

Newton-Conover High School received remains from the World Trade Center, and the 110-pound piece of 9/11 history will be unveiled during a community ceremony later this month.

High school dropouts hit an all time low statewide. How are Catawba County Schools and Newton-Conover City Schools faring? More information in the print and online editions of The O-N-E.

• A pair of Lenoir-Rhyne Bears are in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

• Conference wrestling titles are on the line Saturday.

• It is time to sign up for spring sports. Get details on registration for recreation department and club youth sports in The O-N-E.

• Did you see signing day pictures from area high schools? Check out photos Fred T. Foard, Bandys and Maiden, and see football athletes committing to their next level of education on The O-N-E’s Facebook page:

• Have you decided which candidate will get your vote for North Carolina governor? Share your thoughts in the online poll.

• Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter yesterday. See his photo in Friday’s edition of The O-N-E.

• A pair of Catawba County schools students have good horse sense - and they proved it during a nationwide conference recently.

• Find out how to protect your financial health online on the HEALTH page. Family Builders of the Catawba Valley are holding a information session for parents hoping to adopt or foster a child.

• Heath Shuler announced he won’t seek re-election.

• O-N-E Editor Matthew Tessnear said consumer confidence among restaurant-goers has taken a dive. Also on the PERSPECTIVES page, a letter-writer salutes a job well done by Newton Public Works.