The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Feb. 9

Fake money is causing a real problem throughout Catawba County.

Counterfeit $10 and $20 bills are appearing in nearly all of the county’s municipalities, and some of the funny money is being traced back to high school students.

How do you identify counterfeit bills? More details in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E.

Catawba County is home to 240 of the state’s sex offenders, and mobile device users can pinpoint exactly where those people live thanks to a new application.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, love is in the air, especially at the Catawba County Register of Deeds office. See OUTLOOK for a spotlight on the “mass nuptials” tradition at the deeds office and find out more behind the ideas that brought a day of weddings to the county’s justice center.

• Lenoir-Rhyne’s Lady Bears started the softball season with a paid of wins during Wednesday’s double-header.

• Maiden, Foard and St. Stephens picked up football victories, even though the season is long over. Why? Details in The O-N-E.

• Cam Newton is the NFL’s top rookie.

• Couples prepare to say “I do” at Catawba County Register of Deeds office.

• Area theater groups announce casts for new productions, and detail performances for the week ahead.

• Find out what is happening on the music, arts and theater scenes with the events calendar.

• Lawmakers are going back to Raleigh, but GOP leaders say there won’t be any votes.

• The Carpenter Foundation and Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet donate a new van to Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministries.

• OUTLOOK editor Barbara Burns says Punxsutawney Phil needs to step a aside. Read about her furry weather forecaster in PERSPECTIVES. Also find out how North Carolina’s congressional delegation fared on the conservation scorecard.

• Duke stuns North Carolina with a buzzer-beating victory in Chapel Hill: