Panthers waive QB Baker Mayfield + Latest Moore County power outage updates

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1. Panthers release Baker Mayfield. Here’s what that move means for the QB depth chart

Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield on Sunday, November 27, 2022 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield on Sunday, November 27, 2022 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC.

The Panthers’ Baker Mayfield experiment is officially over.

Carolina announced today it waived the former No. 1 pick, ending his brief stint in the Queen City. Mayfield went 1-5 as the Panthers’ starting quarterback, and was benched twice during his 13-week regular-season run with the team.

Mike Kaye breaks down Mayfield’s departure and how it affects the team’s QB depth chart moving forward.

2. Latest update: Attack by ‘cowards’ could leave Moore County without power for days

Brothers Tom and Derek Markey carry a portable generator outside of Betsy’s Crepes restaurant on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, in Southern Pines, N.C. Tom Markey, an employee at the business, said the generator was purchased a few years ago for power outages due to severe weather, but this is its first use.
Brothers Tom and Derek Markey carry a portable generator outside of Betsy’s Crepes restaurant on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, in Southern Pines, N.C. Tom Markey, an employee at the business, said the generator was purchased a few years ago for power outages due to severe weather, but this is its first use.

Widespread power outages caused by vandalism continue to affect thousands in Moore County, just east of Charlotte.

The outages are the result of intentional damage by firearms to two electrical substations, according to Moore County and Duke Energy. Officials say estimates of power restoration might stretch into Thursday this week.

Martha Quillin and Dan Kane continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

3. With no power to fend off poultry farms, neighbors live with stench and nuisances

Perdue Farms official Mike Levengood visits a poultry farm near near Robersonville. The company works with farmers to locate farms in areas where they won’t create a nuisance for neighbors, he said. But people who live near poultry farms say they bring flies, vultures and overpowering odors.
Perdue Farms official Mike Levengood visits a poultry farm near near Robersonville. The company works with farmers to locate farms in areas where they won’t create a nuisance for neighbors, he said. But people who live near poultry farms say they bring flies, vultures and overpowering odors.

The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer’s investigation the state’s largest agricultural industry continues today.

After years of growth, poultry farms now raise more than 1 billion chickens and turkeys a year, generating billions of pounds of untreated waste.

Read the latest on Big Poultry today through Dec. 7 at charlotteobserver.com/bigpoultry.

4. On Background: Meet Jodie Valade, our planning and enterprise editor

Jodie Valade
Jodie Valade

Our “On Background” series is back and today we’re spotlighting our planning and enterprise editor Jodie Valade.

Jodie joined the Observer in January of this year, coming over from WFAE, Charlotte’s NPR member station.

Before shifting to news, Jodie spent two decades as a sportswriter, writing about the people and issues in sports, with a heavy leaning toward NBA coverage.

She is a graduate of Northwestern University, and originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan.

“I love that we have an opportunity to affect people’s lives every single day,” Jodie said. “Whether it’s from news that people need, or from stories that can change someone’s perspective or outlook on a topic, we provide vital information. It amazes me what people will tell you when you say that you’re a reporter, and I feel the weight and privilege of telling their stories.”

Get to know Jodie.

5. Some more stories to read

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Drew Nantais is a Senior Growth & Engagement Producer for the Charlotte Observer.
Drew Nantais is a Senior Growth & Engagement Producer for the Charlotte Observer.