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ABSS Will Be Offering Summer School To Catch Up

The North Carolina General Assembly is still working on a bill to try and help our kids catch up from the educational losses caused by the Governor’s shutdown of public schools. One of the bills would require all public schools to offer at least 6 weeks of summer school. Parents could still opt out of sending their kids though. Another bill would focus on 3rd grade reading, which educators say is key to success in the rest of the kids' lives. The last time the General Assembly passed such a bill, the Governor vetoed it, even though he has claimed repeatedly that early reading skills are a priority for him. 

Former Alamance County Commissioner Pushes For Open Government

North Carolina State Senator Amy Galey continues to make her mark on the General Assembly. Galey is pushing a bill that would force the government to be more open on why a taxpayer supported employee was disciplined or fired, or promoted. It is called the Government Transparency Act of 2021. Galey, a former Alamance County Commissioner, says the public has a right to know when and why any police officer, teacher or any other government employee is disciplined, demoted or fired. This is not the first time the General Assembly has tried to make the government bureaucracy more honest. A similar bill in the late 1990’s passed the state Senate, but was killed in the state House. In 2011 the same idea was passed in the state House but died in the State Senate.

Activists Look For Democrat Scientists To Run For Office In North Carolina

If you are a scientist, a new political action group wants you to run for political office in North Carolina. Unless of course, you are a politically conservative scientist. 314 Action says its goal is to get Democrat scientists in office in North Carolina, to push for climate change laws and advance the narrative that the world will end in 12 years. The group says it is targeting North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Lawsuits Filed Against Graham PD

A couple of local activist groups have now filed suit against the Graham Police Department. They say hiring a former Greensboro officer who was fired for shooting at the car of an escaping suspect is putting minorities at risk in Alamance County. On the face of it, that would seem curious, but the real complaint is that officer Doug Strader was one of 8 Greensboro officers investigated back in 2018, after a black suspect died while in police custody. All of those officers were cleared of any wrong-doing. Graham Police spokesmen say Strader is being treated like any other rookie cop, and is undergoing training.

Downtown Graham Easter Egg Hunt This Weekend

It's Easter Weekend, and there are 3 chances for an easter egg hunt in downtown Graham Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is for kids 2-11 and it is not a competitive event. It's just for fun. Friday 6-9pm. Saturday all day and Sunday 1-6.

One Suspect Still At Large After Car Chase From Alamance To Orange Counties

 

A car chase that started in Alamance County this week ended in Orange County. But deputies tell us one of the suspects is still at large. The Alamance County Sheriff’s Office says deputies pulled over a gray 4 door Mazda, but the 2 people inside refused to get out of the car, and the driver took off down Highway 54 past Swepsonville. They say deputies used what is called the pit maneuver to disable the getaway car just before it crossed the county line. Orange County deputies took the passenger into custody, but they say they are still looking for the driver. They say he is 27 year old Corey Montrell Moore of Siler City. The passenger in custody is identified as 23year old Alexxa McKnight of Burlington.   

Covid Cases Continue In Alamance Coiunty

The Alamance County Health Department says there are 406 active confirmed cases of Covid19 in isolation right now. 7 of those are in the hospital while the rest are pretty much on the honor system. The Health Department says since this all started more than a year ago, Alamance County has seen 257 deaths the health department attributes in some way to coronavirus.

Elon MDA and Law School Named Among Best In USA

A couple more honors for Elon University. The MBA program at the Alamance County school has been named one of the top 100 in the country. The US News and World Report ranking also includes 4 other North Carolina Colleges in the top 100. UNC-Greensboro, UNC Charlotte, Wake Forest and NC State.

In addition to that, the Elon Law School has been ranked among the top 20 percent for legal writing. US News and World Report says Elon tied with Duke for teaching legal writing. Elon Law also ranked among the best for legal advocacy.

NAACP Files Lawsuit Against Alamance County Commissioners

Look for more activity in downtown Graham in the coming weeks and months. The State Chapter of the NAACP has officially filed a lawsuit against the Alamance County Commissioners. They say the monument to the Confederate war dead is racist, a threat to public safety and a violation of state law. They name the Alamance County Commissioners as the defendants in the lawsuit that was filed Tuesday.

Another Sewer Spill At Boyd Creek Lift Station

Yet another sewer spill reported in Graham over the weekend. Once again, it came from the old Boyd Creek Lift Station. Heavy rain caused the spill there on Ingold Drive in Graham. Graham officials say they know the facility is old and worn out. It was built in 1959. They say they have been trying to put together the 2 and a half million dollars it will take to replace it. 

Sock Puppets Release 2021 Schedule

The Burlington Sock Puppets have released their official schedule for this season. As we have known, the first game for the year will be an away game on June 3rd against Princeton. The first home game will be June 5th against Danville. The Sock Puppets will be playing 27 home games and 27 away games. The entire season will be sponsored by Visit Alamance, and all the home games will be at Burlington Athletic Stadium.  

Gibsonville Man Killed On Interstate In Greensboro

A Gibsonville man shut down interstate 85 Friday morning, when he was struck and killed just south of Groometown Rd in Greensboro. They tell us 34 year old William Curtis Walker had just had a single car wreck, but was okay, and was walking away from the wreck crossing the interstate. He was hit by a big rig northbound as he crossed the interstate. They tell us no charges are being filed. 

Alamance County Commissioners To Tour Schools Wednesday

Alamance County Commissioners will be taking a road trip this week. They say they will meet on Wednesday, to take a tour of Alamance Community College, ABSS and the Dillingham Center. The idea is just to get a look, not to take any votes or conduct any other business. They say the tour will start at 8 o’clock Wednesday morning. 

Town Of Elon Still More Restrictive Than Governor Calls For

This weekend Alamance County businesses had their first shot at fewer restrictions from the Governor. Business appeared brisk and traffic was fairly heavy for the weekend. The Town of Elon has also echoed the lifting of their more restrictive measures. Town officials immediately increased limits of 25 people inside and 50 outside. That is still more restrictive than what the Governor issued. His orders are for 50 inside and 100 outside. That of course is twice the Elon edict. According to Governor Roy Cooper, towns can impose stricter limits, but not more lenient limits. 

21 Year Old Alamance County Man Charged With Abduction

An Alamance County man is facing charges, after a 17 year old girl went missing, and her family called the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies say it turns out she had been taken by 21 year old Elvis Reyes-Morales. Investigators say Reyes-Morales lives on Swepsonville-Saxapahaw Rd and has been charged with abduction of a child. They gave him a $25,000 secured bond.

New Barrier Built To Protect Graham Monument

Something new is being added to the Alamance County monument to local soldiers who died in the American Civil War. Officials say they are putting up an extra layer of protection. Another barrier to prevent anyone from tearing it down. The monument has been a focal point for protesters airing a variety of issues, including what they see as inherent racism and unfair treatment by society. There had been some concern when workers first started on the new barrier, with some folks thinking the workers might be there to take down the monument.  

LabCorp Steps Up For At-Home Testing

Burlington based LabCorp is once again being called upon to handle the coronavirus pandemic. This time LabCorp will be in charge of a program for the state health people, to make at-home test kits available for people on welfare or otherwise unable to get to a test facility. The program will start with 35 thousand test kits, provided free to anyone receiving Food and Nutrition Services or disabled, or facing what are called barriers to getting tested.  

 

 

Burlington Starts Project To Identify and Preserve Historic Buildings

The city of Burlington is launching a campaign to find, list and preserve historic sites within the city. They have hired what they call a cultural resources consulting company to head up the project. They say they will start in the neighborhood around S Church, Tarleton Ave and W Webb Ave. The idea is to identify houses and other buildings that can be restored using federal tax dollars and getting them on the register of historic places. There will be a zoom meeting about all this coming up next month.

Burlington Starts Project To Identify and Preserve Historic Buildings

The city of Burlington is launching a campaign to find, list and preserve historic sites within the city. They have hired what they call a cultural resources consulting company to head up the project. They say they will start in the neighborhood around S Church, Tarleton Ave and W Webb Ave. The idea is to identify houses and other buildings that can be restored using federal tax dollars and getting them on the register of historic places. There will be a zoom meeting about all this coming up next month.

Shredding Event In Gibsonville Over The Weekend

We’ve been talking a lot about identity theft recently and about scams a lot of folks are falling for. This Saturday there is an event that could help you avoid becoming a victim. It’s a shredding event in Gibsonville. It will be Saturday at Eastern Guilford Middle School, and has been set up by the McLeansville Fire Department. In case you have never been involved in one of these. You bring your old documents, the ones that have personal information like your social security number. They will shred them for you. Security experts have long said we should all have personal shredders in our homes, where we can destroy our bank statements and such. Again, this will be Saturday at Eastern Guilford Middle School in Gibsonville. It will run from 10am to 2pm, and will be hosted by the McLeansville Fire Department. 

Elon and ACC Team Up For Community Service For Students

Alamance County College says it is teaming up with Elon University this year, in what are called “service learning” opportunities. Service Learning is what we used to call community service, but educators have been working to make it more structured. For instance, before the service they ask the student why they chose that community service. Afterward, they ask them what they have learned. This collaboration between ACC and Elon will mean a job for a coordinator, a 10 hour a week work schedule, and 10-25 student volunteers. 

CDC Changes Guidelines For Return To School

Kids in Alamance Burlington Schools are already back a few days each week. In a few weeks, all of them are expected back to traditional days and hours. The Centers For Disease Control says it has come across studies that show the coronavirus has very little chance of spreading in our schools, and has issued new guidelines. Some of those include the idea that the kids do not have to stay 6 feet apart. Now, they can be 3 feet apart, as long as they are wearing masks. As of next month, all public schools in North Carolina have been told to go back to the traditional way of doing things. Private and charter schools of course have mostly been back to normal for most of this entire year, with no problems reported. Several medical organizations have been saying all along that it is worse to keep kids away from schools than it is to isolate them at home. 

Elon Offers Alternative To Spring Break

A lot of colleges and universities across the country are trying to get their kids to not go wild for Spring Break this year. At Elon University, officials are offering an alternative. Stick around and do community service. Actually Elon does this every year, with 5 programs students can sign up for that last a week, and are as much as 8 hours away from Alamance County. This year, the Elon Spring Break community service programs are just for the weekend, and are only in Burlington, Greensboro and Chapel Hill. 

General Assembly Considers Bill To Prevent Boys From Playing On Girls Teams

There is a bill in the North Carolina General Assembly that would ban boys from playing on a sports team designated for girls. 30 states across the country have similar bills in their local legislatures, and 2 other states - Idaho and Mississippi - have already passed them. Opponents of the bill say it is based on what they say are “out-dated generalizations about male and female bodies.“




 

Alamance County Included In Military Exercise Out Of Ft Bragg

It happens each year, and even with the pandemic, it will be happening again this year. It’s the Robin Sage military training, and it will be in at least 24 North Carolina counties in the coming weeks, including here in Alamance County. Robin Sage is the name given the military exercise out of Ft Bragg, where soldiers will be conducting covert operations as if they are in hostile territory. Most of it will be out of your sight, but if you do come across a bunch of camouflage soldiers in your woods or your fields, just keep moving. 

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