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Abernethy Laurels challenges DOT

June 20, 2011

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.

NC passes looser gun laws

June 20, 2011

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,” according to the bill. The bill would protect in-danger citizens at work or while being carjacked, as well.

SBI investigates fire

June 20, 2011

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.

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