CHARLOTTE â€” The Charlotte Bobcats signed power forward/center Melvin Ely to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract Wednesday giving them a veteran presence in the middle.
The move comes one day after they lost free agent center Kwame Brown to the Warriors.
An eight-year NBA veteran, Ely has played in 373 games for the Clippers, Bobcats, Spurs, Hornets and Nuggets. He holds career averages of 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds, while shooting .460 from the field. Last season, Ely averaged 2.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12.2 minutes in 30 games played for the Nuggets.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will delay closing its Hickory and Conover mail processing centers until May, the agency announced Tuesday.
In response to requests made by multiple U.S. senators, USPS has agreed to delay the closing or consolidation of any post office or mail processing facility until May 15, 2012.
In a statement, the agency said it will hold off on closings to give Congress more time to pass what it called â€ścomprehensive legislationâ€ť that will help the agency avoid bankruptcy.
Gary Bernard Mathis, 64, of Conover, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at Frye Regional Medical Center. The Mathis family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton.
Carole Sigmon Little, 71, of Conover, died Dec. 14, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Little family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
Catawba County education and business leaders are assembling the pieces of a workforce training puzzle that they say will make futures brighter for all ages.
Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) announced Wednesday morning it now operates the Champions of Education (COE) and Education Matters programs that serve students in the county through advocacy events and business partnerships.
Education Matters and COE will operate as part of CVCC's Student and Community Engagement Division. The partnership became official Oct. 1.
As Catawba County's child population becomes more racially diverse, Newton-Conover City Schools (NCCS) leaders say they are emphasizing the development of strong reading skills at the elementary level.
Fifth-graders are helping third-graders with reading at Shuford Elementary. High school students are scheduled to work with Thornton Elementary students on vocabulary and reading skills. Second-grade students at South Newton Elementary are grouped into science classes based on their reading levels.
The wheels on the bus go "roundabout."
Thatâ€™s the phrase students at the new Newton-Conover Middle School may be singing as they ride home from school next year.
The main entrance at the new, state-of-the-art school will be flanked by a traffic roundabout instead of a four-way stop or signal light.
It is the first roundabout in Catawba County on a state or municipal road.
Newtonâ€™s newest mayor was installed in office Tuesday night, and moments later, Newton City Council appointed her mayoral challenger to fill her unexpired council term.
Find out all the details in The O-N-Eâ€™s Wednesday print and online editions. The O-N-E was first to break the story online and at our Twitter feed, @TheONENews. Follow us to get breaking news tweets every day.
Catawba County Schools leaders are starting their search for a new superintendent. Find out the options they are exploring in The O-N-E on newsstands now.
Leading 30-23 at the half, the Newton-Conover boys basketball team scored 14 straight points to open the second half, which helped them pull away for the 54-39 victory in Tuesdayâ€™s conference opener against Maiden.
Kevin Halloway scored 13 points for the Red Devils (4-2, 1-0), while Thomas Corpening, Kevin Cline and Joshuwell McCombs each scored eight points.
Maiden (3-3, 0-1) was led by Jalen Gibbs with 12 points and Jason Gantt with eight points.
Newton-Conover 68, Maiden 29
The St. Stephens wrestling team improved to 12-4 on the season, sweeping a tri-match between Bunker Hill (6-5) and East Wilkes.
The Indians earned four pins against the Bears, including Justin Kidd at 120 pounds, Hunter Schronce at 132 pounds, Ian Martin at 145 pounds and Matt Baker at 220 pounds.
Both St. Stephens and Bunker Hill earned wins over East Wilkes, who did not show up and forfeited its matches.
Bunker Hill competes again this weekend at the Pirate Invitational at Porter Ridge High School, while St. Stephens travels to West Lincoln.
CHARLOTTE â€” The Charlotte Bobcats are gearing up for some small ball.
Starting center Kwame Brown agreed to a one-year contract worth $7 million with Golden State on Tuesday, leaving the Bobcats with one of the shortest starting lineups in the NBA.
The Bobcats planned to run quite a bit this season anyway, but now it will be imperative to play an up-tempo game.
"When you're so small you don't want to play half court with guys," said point guard D.J. Augustin. "You want to run and play transition and get some easy points off fast breaks."