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Archive for December, 2009

Icy forecast for western NC in time for Santa

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Any dashing that Santa Claus – or anyone else – has in mind for northwestern North Carolina might turn into slipping and sliding instead.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the region effective for Christmas Eve through Friday morning.

Forecasters say heavy icing is possible late Thursday and early Friday as a strong low pressure system combines with a warm front to produce up to one-half inch of ice over northwestern North Carolina. Meteorologists expect temperatures to remain below freezing, which could lead to icy conditions.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Any dashing that Santa Claus – or anyone else – has in mind for northwestern North Carolina might turn into slipping and sliding instead.

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NC agency picks education over fences for bridges

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina transportation officials say an education effort would be more effective than putting fences on the state’s parallel bridges.

Multiple media outlets reported the state agency had been considering more fences on bridges like the Interstate-440 crossing in Raleigh where two good Samaritans died after stopping to help at wrecks.

The Department of Transportation study examined more than 13,000 bridges and analyzed crash reports. It says 73 good Samaritans have been injured and 21 killed in the state since 2000. The study showed four sites where people have accidentally fallen from bridges.

Highway administrator Terry Gibson says the state doesn’t want to discourage people from helping, but wants them to be safe.

The DOT is considering distributing fliers to schools and driver’s education programs.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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North Carolina transportation officials say an education effort would be more effective than putting fences on the state’s parallel bridges.

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What’s Happening: December 25-27

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

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After the presents are unwrapped, enjoy a thirty-minute Christmas light show set to music. It is at 228 West North Shore Drive in Boiling Spring Lakes. The show has more than 30,000 lights. You can listen to the music on 95.3 FM. Food and monetary donations for charities will be accepted.

The 25th annual holiday show at New Elements Gallery continues this weekend. Hours Saturday are from 11:00 until 5:30 p.m. The gallery is located at 216 North Front Street.

It is a tour like no other. It is the Festival of Lights at lu Mil Vineyard in Elizabethtown. A light show is synchronized to music as you tour the vineyard on the double-decker bus or hayride. The cost is $5 per person with a free muscadine slushie or hot cider. It runs Saturday and Sunday. For ten dollars, enjoy a Christmas buffet.

Saturday, join a park ranger for an informative talk and stroll through the Winter Wonderland. Use clues to ID trees by shape, fruit and growth habitat. Meet at Lake Waccamaw State Park at 3:00 p.m. for the holiday hike. It is free.

Didn’t get enough toys for the holidays? Then head over to Cape Fear Museum Sunday afternoon for a toy workshop. Toy-time is a hands-on workshop. Toy time starts at 2:30. It is designed for children ages five through twelve. Workshops are $4 per person plus museum admission.

You can always find out what’s happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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videoIf you have family visiting you for the holidays, you don’t have to keep them indoors this weekend. Marcy Cuevas tells us What’s Happening.

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Final part of I-40 rock slide work starts Monday

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Final work is to start Monday to remove tons of rocks that fell on Interstate 40 near the North Carolina-Tennessee state line.

The rockslide on the North Carolina side of the road Oct. 25 blocked the highway in both directions, leaving motorists with long detours.

The Charlotte Observer reported Thursday it’s expected to be March before the interstate reopens. Crews on Monday are to start 24-hour-a-day operations to drill holes for 590 rock bolts. The bolts can be more than 4 inches wide and the holes will be up to 120 feet deep. Van Denton with the state Department of Transportation says the rods should keep the rocks from moving.

When the bolts are in place, crews will haul away debris and then repair damaged asphalt and a battered concrete barrier between the east and west lanes.

Information from: The Charlotte Observer

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Final work is to start Monday to remove tons of rocks that fell on Interstate 40 near the North Carolina-Tennessee state line.

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NC town debate: Community tree or Christmas tree?

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

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CARY, N.C. — What do you call a pine tree decorated with lights and ornaments? In one North Carolina city, residents may find out next month.

Multiple media outlets reported in the Raleigh suburb of Cary, trees decorating the town hall are called “community trees.” Some leaders and residents say they should be called Christmas trees.

The debate has filled the town council’s inbox with angry e-mails. Some say that “community trees” are examples of political correctness gone too far. Others say naming the trees after
Christmas excludes residents who don’t celebrate the holiday.

Councilman Don Frantz has wants city council to vote on the issue in January.

Frantz says town hall decorations should include all faiths but that any tree with presents underneath and nativity scenes decorating its branches is a Christmas tree.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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What do you call a pine tree decorated with lights and ornaments? In one North Carolina city, residents may find out next month.

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