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.
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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."
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.
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.
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Newton Fire Departmentâ€™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.
â€śThere are so many things you can do,â€ť said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder.
Ramona Cornwell Hoyle, 81, of Maiden, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton, where she was a resident for nine years. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Hoyle Family.
Josephine Kale Singleton Burke, 78, of Catawba, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Burke family.