The O-N-E Morning Read:Tuesday, May 22

Catawba County wrecks killed two people within 15 minutes of one other Sunday.

A Sherrills Ford man died in the first wreck on Mount Pleasant Road near Terrell just after 4:30 p.m. Highway Patrol says a 55-year-old man crossed the road's center line on his motorcycle and hit a car head-on. Troopers say speeding led to his accident.

Minutes later, a 15-year-old Salisbury girl died after the car she was riding in drove through a stop sign and was struck by a truck at the intersection of U.S. 70 and N.C. 10 in Catawba.

Details from these stories inside the Tuesday edition of The O-N-E.

A Sherrills Ford man will spend 8-10 years in prison for his role in a 2011 drunk-driving crash that killed a Denver woman. Police say the man was drunk when he crashed his pickup into several vehicles in February 2011. One of those vehicles was driven by Sandra Fay Campbell, who died in the crash.

Catawba County leads the state in recycling. The county recycled more than 56,000 tons of materials in the last fiscal year, about 15,000 tons more than any other county in the state.

A Hickory man was released from prison Monday after serving almost 24 years of his life sentence. He’s on parole as the state's innocence commission prepares to consider his rape conviction.

A playground built in memory of Zahra Baker opened this past weekend at Kiwanis Park in Hickory. The Zahra Baker All Children’s Playground includes equipment safe for children of all abilities. For more photos from the playground opening, visit The Observer News Enterprise page on Facebook.

• Two Catawba County teams are still in the hunt for state championships. Fred T. Foard hosts Franklin on Tuesday night in the state softball tournament. In advance of the game, The O-N-E profiles Foard’s third baseman Ashley Oliver.

• St. Stephens plays for a West regional title in soccer tonight at Charlotte Catholic. The Lady Indians defeated Hickory on Saturday, 3-0. They travel to Charlotte Catholic for Tuesday night’s 3A West Region championship game. The winner is bound for the state title contest.

• Catawba Valley Community College is in the Junior College World Series. The Buccaneers play their first series game in Oklahoma on Saturday.

• Newton salutes the “Yard of the Month.”

• The O-N-E Sports editor is a fan of Newton’s big citywide yard sale, but he think it could be better. More in PERSPECTIVES, along with the “Tackling Teen Drinking” column.

• Bunker Hill graduate completes basic military training.