The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Dec. 1.

An elderly couple escaped their Catawba County home moments before it was destroyed by fire Wednesday. The O-N-E has complete details in the Thursday print edition and online at

Wednesday’s residential fire came after a Tuesday night training exercise that gave firefighters a chance to hone their skills and prepare them to protect property during real fires. See exclusive photos and a first-hand account in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E. Be sure to visit our Facebook page to see a complete gallery of exclusive photos captured by The O-N-E’s Nash Dunn during the rip-roaring training exercise in Catawba.

Good jobs news is inside The O-N-E and www.observernewsonline today, too. A German company is planning a $4.2 million investment in a new Hickory manufacturing operation, and that will create 62 new jobs in the area. Pick up the Thursday O-N-E to find out how to apply for the jobs.

Outlook is also inside the Thursday edition of The O-N-E, and among the positive news featured this week is a spotlight on a growing library in the Bethlehem community.

Other news in the Thursday O-N-E includes:

• On the day Catawba County’s district attorney’s office earns a first-degree murder conviction, an assistant DA’s DWI charge from Sunset Beach was continued. Both stories are on the front page of The O-N-E.

• Bandys High’s JROTC earned high marks during a recent inspection. See the story and photo ONLY in The O-N-E print edition.

• North Carolina public school students can probably expect a longer school year in 2012-2013. Why? Find out in The O-N-E edition on streets now.

• SPORTS: A proposed conference realignment for area high schools’ sports teams has been announced, and it could mean Catawba County schools will join some new foes - and familiar ones - in new conferences for the 2013 sports season. Meanwhile, county wrestlers are hard at work on the mat. Find out how Foard and Bunker Hill fared in a recent match in exclusive coverage online at

• Claremont’s Christmas parade is set for Saturday.

• On the perspectives page, find out more about Catawba County’s strong credit rating, and Outlook editor Barbara Burns is bringing home the bacon ... or rather, dear meat.

Find classifieds, obituaries, comics, Lenoir-Rhyne athletics honors and more all inside The O-N-E Thursday edition.

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