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Archive for December, 2011

NC residents wary of railroad expansion project

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A planned railroad improvement project has dozens of businesses and residents in southern Rowan County worried about where they’ll be left once it’s complete.

The Salisbury Post reports that 59 businesses and 28 residences could be affected by plans to build 11 miles of new track on the North Carolina Railroad between Salisbury and Kannapolis.

Officials say not all of those affected will have to move. But some, like Brothers Tire Sales in Kannapolis, are so close to the railroad corridor they anticipate either moving or having to shut down.

Business owners say much of their uncertainty stems from not knowing how much they’ll be compensated for their property.

Department of Transportation spokeswoman Greer Beaty says the agency wants to compensate people fairly.

Plans should be finalized by March.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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NC city hears out unhappy sanitation workers

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

GREENVILLE, NC (AP) — Greensville officials say they’re making slow but steady progress in resolving a dispute that saw dozens of sanitation workers walk off the job in a one-day protest last month.

The Daily Reflector of Greenville reports that a committee including managers and employees has met three
times to discuss the workers’ complaints.

Public Works Director Wes Anderson says the talks have been good, but haven’t yet identified specific actions the city can take.

Last month, about 62 of 72 department employees walked off the job over a proposal that would have replaced time clocks with reporting to a supervisor.

The workers have since met with local politicians and civil rights groups.

City Councilman Dennis Mitchell says the underlying issue seems to be workers’ perception that they’re not treated with respect.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Hoarding may have trapped NC man in deadly fire

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — North Carolina police say a man who died when fire struck his condominium complex may have been trapped inside by the things he’d collected.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police describe 55-year-old Thomas Burgess as a hoarder, and that may have blocked his escape. Police say they found a tremendous amount of combustible materials all over his apartment in Charlotte’s Myers Park section.

Neighbors say they tried to bang on Burgess’s door Monday night but couldn’t get in. Police say the apartment’s door was partially blocked.

A neighbor says Burgess lived in the condo for more than 16 years, and his mother lived there too until her recent death.

Fire investigators believe the blaze started because of an electrical problem.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Brunswick News & Notes – Teacher of the year; pageant winners

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Brunswick County Schools has announced that Melissa Warren, English teacher at South Brunswick High School, has been selected as the North Carolina Southeast Region Teacher of the Year.

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Brunswick News & Notes – Fundraiser; volunteer training; animal waste applicator class

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

A fundraising event will be held for New Hope Clinic on Dec. 30 at the Bald Head Island Club on Bald Head Island.

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