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Postal plant closures delayed

December 14, 2011

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 “comprehensive legislation” that will help the agency avoid bankruptcy.

Prosperity puzzle

December 14, 2011

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.

Schools adjusting to diversity

December 14, 2011

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.

County gets first roundabout

December 14, 2011

The wheels on the bus go "roundabout."

That’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.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Dec. 14, 2011

December 14, 2011

Newton’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-E’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.

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