November 28th, 2011
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.
Newton lit up its downtown Sunday night as hundreds celebrated the beginning of the Christmas season.
The cityâ€™s â€śLight Up The Townâ€ť drew a crowd to the courthouse square for music, singing and homemade treats.
Children lined up around the square for free pictures with Santa Claus and $3 rides on a camel named Bubba.
Anne Stedman, Newtonâ€™s mayor elect, welcomed the crowd to the holiday celebration.
Bunker Hill basketball at Alexander Central
Maiden basketball at Lincolnton
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.
St. Stephens basketball at Maiden
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” Carolina finally found a venue where it could win on the road â€” Indianapolis.
Cam Newton threw for 208 yards and ran for one touchdown Sunday, while DeAngelo Williams scored twice to help the Panthers hold off the winless Colts 27-19 for their first road victory in nearly two years. Carolina had lost 12 consecutive road games since beating the Giants in New York on Dec. 27, 2009.
Jonathan Stewart ran 10 times for 70 yards, while Williams finished with 15 carries for 69 yards. Newton ran nine times for 53 yards.
Ray Cletus Cansler, 77, of Newton, died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Cansler family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton.
Louise Berry Sites, 82, of Newton, died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 at her residence. The Sites family has entrusted the arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.