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In light of this week’s explosion in Durham, I reached out to Daniel Shoffner with the Burlington Fire Department yesterday, and asked him what kind of calls they get for gas leaks. Just to give it some context, he listed back to 2016, when there were 34. In 2017: 42 calls, in 2018 63 calls. So far this year, 19. Now, I’m assuming that increase is because of the increasing construction going on in and around Burlington. And of course, that’s just Burlington…it does not include all the other fire departments in Alamance County.



And we’ve been talking about this for a while now…If you’ve been holding on to your hazardous waste, waiting for the next recycling day for that…it’s coming up tomorrow, April 13th.That’s left over paint thinner, household cleaners, solvents, brake fluid, antifreeze, used motor oil, pesticides, lead based and electronic batteries and such. Again that’s tomorrow at the Burlington Fire Training Center in Haw River.


If you’re looking for something to do this weekend…there’s plenty to choose from in Alamance County. At Holly Hill Mall it’s the annual Maker’s Faire, where you can see rockets, steam punk stuff, folks making and showing off some cool things, and showing you how to do the same. If you’ve always wanted to see what it’s like to invent something, create something wild or just pretty. This is for you. Maker’s Faire at Holly Hill Mall tomorrow. 


As heard on the maverick morning show - 4/11/19


The explosion in Durham yesterday created a response across North Carolina. Fire and Rescue from several counties, including Alamance and Guilford, volunteered to send help to Durham firefighters, but it looks like everything is under control. Firefighters were already on the scene when the explosion shook downtown Durham yesterday. They were there because someone smelled gas and called 911. Luckily, a lot of the residents and workers in the building had already been evacuated when the explosion occurred.


Alamance Burlington Schools is holding a skilled trades day today, where the kids will be getting some exposure to what kind of jobs are available in skilled trades and manufacturing. From 9;30 this morning until 2:30 this afternoon, representatives from Honda Power, Chandler Concrete, Kemco, NC DOT, Mebane Fire, ACC and others will be at Mean Arts Center. Some 600 ninth graders are expected to attend.




The city of Burlington has voted to endorse a state proposal concerning internet access. The bill in the General Assembly would allow local governments build towers and such, and then rent space on them to internet service providers. Actually, under current state law, that kind of thing is expressly forbidden. The North Carolina League of Municipalities is supporting this new bill, saying it will help downtown development in every city in  the state.



The Alamance County School Board still holding off on giving teachers a free pass to miss school on May 1st. 2 more local school boards voted just last night to allow their teachers and staff to attend that teachers rally in Raleigh coming up May 1st. That was Guilford and Forsyth counties. Durham County has also bowed to the pressure…giving their teachers the day off. ABSS students are already scheduled for Spring Break April 19th-26th.



The 2019 Dogwood Festival is a little more than 2 weeks away. The longest running street festival in Alamance County will be April 26th and 27th in Mebane. There’s a golf tournament that Friday, carnival rides, a 5K race and of course, Mason Lovette in concert that night. Saturday will include the car show, carnival rides and 3 entertainment stages along with all the arts and crafts of course. This is the 31st annual Dogwood Festival in Alamance County.

MONDAY NEWS - 4/8/19



The National Weather Service is warning us, we could see some strong storms later today and tonight. There’s a slight risk we could see some damaging winds, mostly those strong downburst winds when some storms pass over. Some lightning of course, maybe some brief heavy downpours that could result in some flooding. Just keep an eye out today and tonight and stay aware of what’s going on. I’ll have more on the weather coming up.


We’ve been telling you recently about plans to get wifi downtown in Burlington and in Graham. City and county officials are checking into grants and other ways to pay for the idea. It would mean anyone visiting downtown would have access to free broadband. Trying to appeal to those who refuse to go anywhere that cuts them off from their devices. Well, now Alamance County officials are hoping you can help them gather information. They want you to fill out a quick survey. How’s the internet access where you live? How fast is it? Would you be willing to pay more to get better access? The Alamance Burlington Schools are also getting in on it. That’s because studies have found as many as 20 percent of kids cannot finish their homework because they do not have internet access at home.


Some good news if you are hoping your little bundle of joy will end up going to Elon. It might not be as expensive by then. Elon is hoping to raise another 250 Million dollars over the next couple of years. They say about half the money will go for new scholarships. And by the way, construction on that new hotel in Elon is well underway. It will have 80 guest rooms, a restaurant and fitness center. It will be mostly for people visiting Elon, but it will also be open to the public.




These April storms are not the only indication that Spring has arrived. The Master’s Golf Tournament is coming up this week…seen by a lot of golfers as the official start of Spring. One of the events leading up to it was the drive, chip and putt competition for the kids…and one of the finalists in that this year was a 9 year old girl from Burlington. Gabriella Moorhead did not win the competition, but just being a part of it is a really big win for a kid. Ted Bonham has been her coach for the past 2 years. He says he expects she will be back next year. Gabriella’s father by the way, is Matt Moorhead.


Are you one of those who stands in line each year to get tickets to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. They come to the Triad each year around the holidays. Well, the man who founded the orchestra is actually in Burlington this week, to teach music. Mark Wood will be at Cummings and at Broadview teaching a master class and actually performing with the school muscians. The concert will be 7 o’clock tonight at Broadview Middle auditorium.


Another excuse for getting out there and working in the yard. The City of Graham is going to start rewarding you for having a nice yard. The Graham Appearance Commission and anyone can nominate a yard. The award will be made each summer, fall, winter and spring. And yes, you can nominate your OWN yard. Winners will get a yard sign, a press release and a picture of your yard on Graham’s facebook page.


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