The O-N-E Morning Read: Tuesday, April 17

The debate over a same-sex marriage ban is heating up in Catawba County. Voters will start going to the polls Thursday, and Bandys has a new girls basketball coach.

Details on these stories and more in the Tuesday edition of The Observer News Enterprise and online at

Catawba County commissioners support a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in North Carolina, but the vote was split 3-2, just like the opinions of more than 30 people who spoke for and against the marriage ban.

The O-N-E was first to report on this story through our Twitter feed. You can follow our tweets @TheONENews. Details about Monday night's meeting are in the Tuesday print edition of The O-N-E, and you can see more of the story at

That marriage amendment will be on the ballot voters will see when they go to the polls this year. Those polls open officially for one-stop voting Thursday, but only one early voting site will be open this year. Budget cuts means voters can only go to the Newton library to cast a vote before May 8's general election day .

The primary ballot includes county commission races, as well as primary elections for the 10th Congressional District and this year's presidential race.

State Troopers remind drivers to pay attention when driving on the interstate after a Monday wreck on I-40 stalled traffic and sent one person to the hospital. That wreck happened because a driver wasn't paying close attention.

Meanwhile, a man was killed and two others were seriously injured in a Hickory head-on collision that happened when one driver crossed the center line of Highway 127. Charges are pending.

Catawba County reported its fourth rabies case of 2012 after two fighting dogs encountered a rabid raccoon in Newton. Vaccinations for the dogs weren't up to date, and now they've been quarantined.

• Bandys has a new girls basketball coach. Boys basketball coach and Bandys graduate Mark Story will take over the girls squad after Beth Queen stepped down in March.

• Newton-Conover High School is asking area residents what they want in a new head football coach. The school held a community meeting seeking input on Monday, and comments are being welcomed by the school's athletic director.

• Foard hosted St. Stephens on Senior Day in boys prep tennis action Monday. The Catawba County rivalry went to the wire, and the Tigers picked up the match win during doubles competition.

• To get prep sports scores throughout the week, check out The O-N-E's prep notebook at

• A team of environmentalists from Concordia is bound for regional competition. See their picture in Tuesday's edition of The O-N-E.

• Catawba County store selling cloth diapers aims to set a Guinness Wolrd Record on Saturday.

• Lee Trevino is coming to Rock Barn Golf and Spa for Hickory Sportsmen Club meeting in May.

• Republican congressional candidate Ken Fortenberry wonders, "Where does Patrick McHenry really live?" in PERSPECTIVES, while N.C. Capitol Letter profiles other candidates seeking election to the governor's mansion.