The O-N-E weekend read: Dec. 24-25

Christmas has reached the Catawba Valley again.

Inside the Christmas weekend edition of The O-N-E, you can read how the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police made Christmas brighter this week for children of all ages at Catawba Valley Medical Center and Frye Regional Medical Center.

You'll also find the story of a golf tournament that incorporated the work and donations of many Hickory Metro organizations that collected gifts and money for needy children.

The O-N-E Staff Writer Nash Dunn went on a Friday search to ask what people want for Christmas. He returned with varied responses — some good, some bad.

And the mood of The O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard changed this week during a visit with a winner of the shop-local Hometown Christmas contest.

Also in the weekend edition:
*A comprehensive preview of the upcoming Catawba Valley Classic tournament at Hickory High School and Catawba Valley Community College. You'll also find a look back at previous tournaments as the event celebrates 25 years of raising money for school athletic programs.

*Newton-Conover High School recently helped students gain perspective — in many forms — of the Holocaust.

*According to AAA, a slight decrease in fuel prices may lead to an increase in traffic on the roads this holiday season.

*A recent AP poll finds adults, especially moms, believe in the importance of Santa Claus this season.

All that — plus obituaries, comics, classified listings, more opinions, and state and national news — inside the weekend print edition of The O-N-E. For breaking news throughout the week and to vote which story was Catawba County's biggest in 2011, visit