The O-N-E Morning Read: Tuesday, Feb. 28

Ex-NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield faces more felony charges - this time for theft in Caldwell County.

A long-time attorney and former city council candidate was found dead in his Conover home, just months after he was the subject of a N.C. State Bar investigation. Lew Waddell Jr. was an attorney for almost 50 years, and he previously served as government attorney for Catawba County, Catawba and Maiden.

A Hickory High School student is charged with raping a 14-year-old girl during a youth church gathering.

Details on these stories and more in the Tuesday print and online editions of The Observer News Enterprise.

Conover police arrest a suspect in string of church break-ins. Police caught him in the act after he broke into Family Health Care Practices near the city's downtown.

The trial is underway for a woman accused of embezzling money from the Webb A. Murray Elementary School PTA.

• Spring is in swing in the sports arena, and Maiden's Blue Devils are off to a good start with a win over Lincolnton in their tennis opener.

• Newton-Conover High School is celebrating the newest state champion wrestlers: Addison Klutz and Franklin Wepner. See complete wrestling results from the weekend's state championship action in The O-N-E.

• Hickory High School has named a new head football coach, Tom Harper, who is leaving conference foe Alexander Central to lead the Tornadoes.

• A man has been charged with filling a false police report after claiming he was kidnapped and went missing for four days:

• Matt Kenseth wins bizarre Daytona 500: Be sure to check out exclusive video of Juan Pablo Montoya's fiery crash on the video network.

• Do you support a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in North Carolina? Vote in The O-N-E's online poll,