The O-N-E Morning Read: Wednesday, Dec. 21

It is crunch time for construction crews at the new Newton-Conover Middle School and The Observer News Enterprise takes an inside look at the projects progress. Read more about the school in the Wednesday print and online editions of The O-N-E.

Be sure to visit The O-N-E Facebook page for an exclusive photo gallery of the school-in-progress,

Don't miss letters to Santa from the area's students. A special edition filled with their letters is coming Thursday, and some are already online today,

Meanwhile, Pierre Foods and students at Newton-Conover High School are working to help feed needy members of the community. Details only in The O-N-E.

Children were injured in a serious wreck in southeastern Catawba County that The O-N-E first reported Tuesday evening. Find updated information in the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E and online,

Be sure to follow The O-N-E on Twitter @TheONENews for breaking news updates throughout the day.

Other news featured in The O-N-E includes:

• The Lady Red Devils avenged an early season loss to Hickory on the hardwood. See pictures in The O-N-E and get the complete results action online,

• Don’t miss the “Photo of the Week,”

• Catawba County’s teen pregnancy rate has dropped to an all-time low:

• How did your favorite prep teams fare? Find out in The O-N-E prep notebook: Details include Fred T. Foard’s domination of Burns on the wrestling mats. Don’t miss pictures from the wrestling match on our Facebook page:

• Catawba County commissioners approved up to $62,699 in incentives for a new industry in the county that will create up to 80 jobs.

• Catawba County’s Farm Bureau received a statewide award for its effective legislative involvement. The Farm Bureau also recently donated books to Foard High School. See pictures and details in The O-N-E.

• A Hickory mobile home was destroyed by fire Monday.

• A Lenoir-Rhyne University student is a finalist in an international business competition.

• On the Perspectives page, leaders of the Catawba County Christmas Bureau offer thanks for the community’s support, while O-N-E writer Nash Dunn encounters obstacles as he tries to find a home for a stray bundle of furry joy.

See Wednesday’s O-N-E for obituaries, comics, the Kids Page, classifieds and state and local news and sports. Visit throughout the day for breaking news as it occurs.