The O-N-E morning read: Wednesday, March 7

Sherrills Ford fire department's chief recently resigned amid community rumors that the department's board chairman says are untrue.

Keith Bost served Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue for 11 years. Deputy Chief Justin Butler is now in command as the board of directors prepares to search for a new chief.

"He (Bost) has some other opportunities in front of him, and we are losing a good man," said Chuck Connor, chairman of the department's board of directors.

More details in the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E.

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A 12-year-old Claremont girl continues to battle injuries suffered after a SUV hit her from behind Sunday night on Oxford School Road.

Cassie Cozzen, the daughter of Claremont Police Sgt. Duane Cozzen, is in intensive care at Carolinas Medical Center.

Meanwhile, authorities continue to search for the vehicle that hit her. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities at 828-466-5500.

Also in today's edition, a recent Newton Police Department raid netted an assortment of guns, pills and cash at a man's home in the city.

*Bandys' baseball team picked up a 25-0 win Tuesday night. See who led the charge on today's sports page.

*Foard and St. Stephens girls basketball players were named to the all-NWC team.

*The ACC's player, defensive player, rookie and coach of the year awards were announced Tuesday.

*A Conover man was arrested for his involvement in a drug ring that stretched from Mexico to Catawba County.

*Hickory experienced a sewer overflow this week, but city officials say area water was safe.

Only inside today's O-N-E

*Job-seekers were out in force Tuesday at Catawba Valley Community College for a job fair. See what citizens were seeking.

*A group of Newton-Conover Middle School students displayed their science skills at a recent regional event at CVCC.

*The Carolina Home & Garden Show begins Friday in Hickory. Find more details in today's O-N-E.

*Cops are investigating a group of forged checks at a Sherrills Ford lumber company.

*A memorial service Thursday will honor a fallen N.C. guardsman and fellow crew members of a helicopter that crashed last week.

*Catawba County United Way recently welcomed new members to its board of directors.

*A Hickory couple won big in an N.C. Education Lottery game.

*The O-N-E staff writer Nash Dunn noted the Hickory couple's winning ticket, in addition to other recent lottery winners in Catawba County, and said he believes it may be time to buy his first lottery ticket.