November 29th, 2011
RALEIGH â€” A North Carolina economic development panel has approved an incentives deal worth more than $22 million to bring the global headquarters of banana giant Chiquita Brands International from Cincinnati to Charlotte.
The state Economic Investment Committee voted Tuesday to approve the deal, which includes more than $20 million in state incentives and more than $2 million from local government to bring at least 375 high-paying jobs to North Carolina by 2014.
Thereâ€™s a new emerging threat to education in Catawba County, and it has little to do with teacher lay-offs, school calendars or school system consolidation. Instead, this growing threat impacts students' ability to learn, educators' ability to teach, and law enforcementâ€™s ability to provide security.
Less than two weeks after playing in the football playoffs, rivals Maiden and Lincolnton went at it again â€” this time on the basketball court.
The Wolves held off a fourth quarter rally by the Blue Devils to earn an 88-84 triple overtime victory in Lincolnton.
Lorenzo Carter and Alonzo Moseley scored a combined 67 of the Wolves' 88 points in the game. Carter scored 39, while Moseley added 28 points.
Lincolnton pulled ahead 10-2 early in the contest behind six points from Carter, but Maiden gathered itself and eventually tied the contest at 19-19 before the end of the quarter.
Prep basketball, wrestling and swimming dominate the local sports schedule this week. CVCC and Lenoir-Rhyne basketball teams are also in action.
St. Stephens basketball at Bandys
North Lincoln at Bunker Hill basketball
Fred T. Foard basketball at West Lincoln
Maiden wrestling at Hibriten (vs. Hibriten and East Burke), 6 p.m.
N-C wrestling at Alexander Central, 7 p.m.
Fred T. Foard basketball at Bandys
Bandys wrestling at North Surry High School (West Wilkes HS), 6 p.m.
Fred T. Foard wrestling at Bunker Hill (North Stokes), 5 p.m.
On Thursday, it will become illegal in North Carolina to dismember a body to conceal a crime.
N.C. Session Law 2011-193, also known as â€śZahraâ€™s Law,â€ť will go into effect. The new law makes it a felony to disturb, vandalize or desecrate a human body in an attempt to conceal a death or murder.
The law was initiated by the district 25 attorneyâ€™s office and will re-word an existing law to make dismembering a corpse to conceal a crime up to a Class D felony.
State representatives Mark Hilton and Tim Moore drafted the bill that has roots in the Zahra Baker case.
School safety threats waste time and money, and students who make threats face serious consequences.
That's the message Catawba County school administrators and the sheriff say parents should teach their children, following a handful of safety hoaxes in the past month at several county schools.
In light of several apparent "copy cat" bomb hoaxes made at area schools in recent weeks, The Observer News Enterprise clarified its reporting policy on those types of false alarms.
"The O-N-E will not report on any bomb threat hoax that occurs at any school in our coverage area," said O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard. "We believe the proliferation of news stories reported by media outlets in Catawba County and throughout the region only serves to exacerbate a serious problem that wastes a significant amount of time for law enforcement and school administrators."
When Mary Furtado applied for the International City County Management Association (ICMA) Fellow program in 2004, she was asked to list the governments she most wanted to work with. Catawba County was at the top of her list.
Seven years later, she gets her wish.
Furtado will soon begin working as Catawba Countyâ€™s new assistant county manager.
With Black Friday and Small Business Saturday behind us, the Christmas season is in full swing and Newton has set the holiday spirit aglow.
The cityâ€™s annual â€śLight up the Townâ€ť event was Sunday, and www.observernewsonline.com is the only place to find coverage. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for a special photo gallery of the festive holiday occasion.
On the sports beat, the Carolina Panthers collected their third win of the season. Get complete game coverage online at www.observernewsonline.com.
RALEIGH â€” The North Carolina General Assembly cut short its Thanksgiving weekend Sunday to gear up for what Republican leaders say may be the last chance to pass substantive legislation for the next six months.