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Bags of books

June 14, 2011

As the children of librarians, Carmen Winstead and Meredith Gladden aren't strangers to reading or to books.

"When we were growing up, we had a lot of books to read," Winstead said.
Not every young person in Catawba County is as fortunate.

That's why the two rising seniors at Fred T. Foard High School wanted to help spread reading and books to other young people. They orchestrated a book drive at Blackburn Elementary School that collected 2,948 youth and children's books.

GA passes ‘Zahra’s Law’

June 14, 2011

The North Carolina General Assembly agreed Monday to make it illegal to dismember a body to conceal a crime.

The new law was initiated by the local district attorney’s office and will re-word an existing law to make dismembering a corpse to conceal a crime a Class C felony.

State representatives Mark Hilton and Tim Moore drafted the bill that has roots in the Zahra Baker case.

Baker is the 10-year-old Hickory girl who was originally reported missing Oct. 9. After her remains were found nearly a month later, Elisa Baker, Zahra's stepmother, was charged with second-degree murder.

Newton-Conover schools cut 14 TAs

June 14, 2011

The Newton-Conover School System will cut 14 teacher assistant positions next year to compensate for funding being retracted by the state, school officials announced Monday.

NCCS Superintendent Barry Redmond said the school system must return about $852,000 in discretionary reversion funding to the state and cutting positions is one of the only ways to create that money.

N.C. lawmakers pass 'Zahra's Law'

June 14, 2011

RALEIGH — The General Assembly has agreed to make it illegal to dismember a body to hide a possible crime or other evidence of an unnatural death. The move occurred following the death of a 10-year-old girl with disabilities reported missing from her North Carolina home last fall.

The Senate gave final legislative approval Monday night to the measure. The bill now goes to Gov. Beverly Perdue's desk.

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