The O-N-E Morning Read: Wednesday, Nov. 30

Lions, tigers and other exotic animals in Catawba County?

They’re here — and they are lawfully allowed as North Carolina is one of eight states that do not regulate possession of exotic animals. Catawba County leaders want to change that, however, and the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E examines how the county’s animal control officials are trying to better regulate possession of exotic animals in area municipalities.

Meanwhile, county leaders are opening a new chapter in the Catawba County Library System. Plans are underway to create a library in Sherrills Ford. Read more in The O-N-E’s Wednesday edition.

Don’t miss the area crime round-up in The O-N-E print editions available throughout the county today, as well.

Other news readers will find in The O-N-E and online at includes:

• SPORTS: Micheala Beatty is the first-ever Bandys Trojan to ink a commitment to a college swim team. She is bound for Lenoir-Rhyne University, and you can see her picture and learn more about other Bandys commitments in The O-N-E print edition. In hoops action, St. Stephens and Bandys hit the hardwood - see complete coverage online,

• The Christmas in the Valley show opens Friday at the Hickory Metro Convention Center - and National Gourd Lady Margaret Sparkman, five-time International Whistler of the Year Phyllis Heil, the Fred T. Foard Honors Ensemble and Riverbend Middle School Quintet Band will be among featured guests. See more details in the Wednesday print edition of The O-N-E.

• Catawba County social worker Billy Poindexter published a book focusing on family-centered meetings practice.

• Santa House opens Saturday in Newton.

• Chiquita plans to move its headquarters to Charlotte and create jobs.

Pick up a copy of the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E for the “Pastor’s Voice” column, comics, weather, the Kids Page and obituaries.

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