November 29th, 2011
County officials are asking the state to review how it governs public possession of lions, tigers and other exotic animals.
North Carolina is one of eight states that do not regulate the possession of exotic animals. State law, rather, entitles county and municipal governments to handle the issue â€” something officials say is inconsistent and could cause safety issues in an emergency.
County officials say a new library in the Sherrills Ford area will help satisfy the communityâ€™s growing population and needs.
Catawba County has hired an architect to design a new county library in the Sherrills Ford area.
Officials have budgeted $2.9 million over the past several years for the building that will more than triple the space of the current branch in Sherrills Ford, said Dewey Harris, assistant Catawba County manager.
Holiday shoppers will enjoy entertainment, gift and decorating ideas and more Friday through Sunday at the second annual Christmas in the Valley in Hickory.
The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Hickory Metro Convention Center.
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."