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December 14th

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.

December 13th

Stedman takes Newton mayor office

December 13, 2011

For the first time in Newton's 150-year history, a woman has sworn to "faithfully execute" the duties of the office of mayor to the "best of her ability."

With her son Charles Stedman holding a Bible and her family surrounding her, Anne Petree Stedman was officially installed as Newton's mayor on Tuesday.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

December 13, 2011

This photo of poinsettias inside the Bunker Hill High School greenhouse is The Observer News Enterprise news photo of the week.

Bunker Hill, Bandys and St. Stephens high school students are selling poinsettias to benefit their greenhouse programs.

To submit choices for photos of the week, and to submit news tips, email onenews@observernewsonline.com or call 828-464-0221.

New structure for training

December 13, 2011

Newton Fire Department’s new training trailer is a lot more than a box with fake smoke.

The $120,000 structure has a repelling wall, roof-pitch simulators, moveable breech walls, a maze and a burn room that heats up to more than 1,000 degrees, among other features.

“There are so many things you can do,” said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder.

Leaders weigh search options

December 13, 2011

The Catawba County Schools Board of Education is at a crossroads in its search for the system's next superintendent.

Current Superintendent Glenn Barger will retire June 30. School board members met Tuesday and started to discuss whether they want to replace Barger with an experienced superintendent or a talented assistant administrator.

Tech school recruits N-C students

December 13, 2011

In an economic climate filled with unemployed citizens, tech graduates are finding jobs.

The Universal Technical Institute — which recruits area high school students to its schools in Mooresville and 11 other locations across the nation — landed jobs for four out of five of its graduates in automotive, motorcycle, and other technician roles in recent years.

Section of I-40 to be closed

December 13, 2011

The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will close the right lane of eastbound Interstate 40 at mile marker 124 in Hickory at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to repair a 60-foot section of highway.

Weather permitting, the work will be completed no later than Friday, according to NCDOT.

The concrete slab under the highway has deteriorated and will be replaced. Once that is completed, crews will repave the highway. The paving work will be done during the day while temperatures are above 40 degrees, according to NCDOT.

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