June 21st, 2011
CONCORD (AP) â€” Gov. Beverly Perdue is waving the green flag to make stock car racing North Carolina's official sport.
Perdue planned to visit Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday and sign a bill that makes official the state's close and longstanding connection with the popular pastime.
Elementary school students urged legislators to place stock car racing on the list of state superlatives â€” the state bird is already the cardinal, the turtle is the state reptile and the sweet potato the official vegetable.
GREENSBORO (AP) â€” John Edwards' defense team is slated to be in a federal court in North Carolina to talk with prosecutors about evidence and motions in preparation for trial on charges of campaign finance law violations.
Court records show the hearing scheduled late Tuesday morning in Greensboro. It was not immediately clear if Edwards will appear in court with his attorneys.
Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education announces a new meeting schedule.
The Board will now meet the first and second Mondays of each month. The first Monday will be the work session meeting held at the NCCS Central Office, and the second Monday will be the regular board meeting held at the 1924 Courthouse.
For July, the board will have one meeting, which is set for 7 p.m. July 11 at the 1924 Courthouse.
The meetings are open to the public. Anyone wishing to speak at the July 11 BOE meeting needs to sign the open forum sign-in sheet posted at the second-floor entrance door.
A local retirement community is voicing concern about plans to expand N.C. 16 to four lanes.
Officials from United Church Homes and Services and Abernethy Laurels said Monday the proposed divided highway will create significant safety hazards for many individuals for a variety of reasons.
The next phase of the decade-long N.C. 16 widening project will expand the two-lane portion of N.C. 16 north of Tower Road to Claremont Road to four lanes. Most of the 8.2-mile stretch of highway will have a median separating the north and south directions.
State officials recently passed a bill that gives gun owners the right to use deadly force on unlawful intruders and allows for more access to concealed firearms across the state.
Under the new bill sponsored by N.C. Rep. Mark Hilton, citizens will be able to fire at intruders lawfully under "a reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily harm,â€ť according to the bill. The bill would protect in-danger citizens at work or while being carjacked, as well.
State and county officials are still unsure what started the blaze that destroyed a restaurant in Sherrills Ford that is one-half mile from the closest fire station.
Catawba County Fire Marshal Mark Pettit said Monday that his office, as well as the SBI Arson Team, is still investigating the blaze that wiped out the Pier 150 restaurant on N.C. 150 in Sherrills Ford on Saturday.
Pettit didn't comment if arson is suspected, but said it is not uncommon for a SBI Arson Team to be dispatched for a commercial fire.
Mary Elizabeth Callaway Mundy, 76, of Catawba, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2011 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Mundy family.
Gary Sesciel Parker, 68, of Maiden, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Parker family.
A fire destroyed a Sherrills Ford restaurant early Saturday morning.
Pier 150 caught on fire at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. The Catawba County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire.
Newtonâ€™s fire chief is denying claims that his department has â€śofficiallyâ€ť stopped providing mutual aid to other areas in the county.
â€śWe have always provided mutual aid, and we are continuing to do that today,â€ť said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder. â€śWe do still respond to mutual aid from any department who requests that from us.â€ť
County commissioners have authorized a design phase for a new animal shelter, a facility that County commissioner Tom Lundy said may begin construction during the 2011-12 fiscal year.
Catawba Countyâ€™s current animal shelter has a capacity of 78 animals, but houses about 200 dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals on a daily basis. Walking down the shelterâ€™s hallways, about seven dogs are assigned to one run â€” numbers that shelter manager Jay Blatche said are unacceptable.