The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Jan. 26

Catawba County leaders are considering plans to merge the county’s Alchohol Beverage Control office with Alexander County’s. Why? What does that mean?

Details in the Thursday print and online edition of The O-N-E.

After a night-time crash during a summer district attorneys conference at the beach, Assistant District 25 Attorney Eric Bellas was charged with operating a bicycle while intoxicated. This week, charges against him were dismissed in Brunswick County.

See The O-N-E’s coverage to find out how a biking while intoxicated charge gets dismissed:

Catawba County’s aid agencies are counting the area’s homeless.

A Hickory man will serve 13 years in jail after pleading guilty to the murder of his roommate in Conover.

The county’s young scientists are operating calculators with potatoes, and finding out which drinks have the most electrolytes. Find out more about the county’s annual science far in The O-N-E.

Hickory is in bloom in this week’s OUTLOOK.

SPORTS: Lenoir-Rhyne’s men win; the ladies lose on the hardwood.

Also featured in Thursday’s print and online edition of The O-N-E:

• U.S. Sen. Richard Burr offers his response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union, and the Associated Press “fact checks” the address on PERSPECTIVES.

• OUTLOOK features the cutest babies and pets.

• Area churches work to brighten the days of the county’s homeless.

• 50 N.C. mayors support N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue’s plans for a temporary sales tax hike.