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Local News Archives for 2020-12

ACC Names Elon Their 2020 Business Partner Of The Year

Alamance Community College has named Elon University as their Business Partner of the Year for 2020. You might not know that Elon and ACC are pretty tight in several areas. For instance, ACC students can transfer to Elon as juniors. There are special scholarships set up for ACC students at Elon. Elon also allows ACC students to take courses there in medicine, landscaping, building and plant maintenance and other areas. Elon has hired several ACC grads over the years as well. 

BCA The Only Alamance County School To Receive Payroll Protection Money

A new report this morning on those PPP payments sent out earlier this year. You might remember this was the Payroll Protection Program. It was meant to help small businesses meet their payroll and keep folks going on unemployment. The report from the Triad Business Journal talks about all the schools in the Triad that received some of that money. It was mostly private colleges and some local private high schools. Burlington Christian Academy was the only one in Alamance County, getting a little less than 700,000. That was primarily as insurance against the lockdown becoming even more severe. 

Arrests Made In Altercation In Downtown Graham

More out of town folks causing trouble in downtown Graham. This time, it was a man apparently from Pittsboro, who got into a confrontation with a man from Graham. According to police reports, 64 year old Robert Butler of Pittsboro got into a verbal argument with 30 year old Avery Harvey of Graham. Both of them were charged with disorderly conduct.

Opposition Organizing to Buc-ees in Efland

Some folks in Orange County are starting to organize to block that new Buc-ee’s from going up in Efland. The 104 acre truck stop will include 120 gas pumps, 64,000 square feet of retail space and eventually a 120 room motel. Opponents though say it will cause irreparable damage to the environment. The Buc-ee’s would create at least 200 new jobs and millions of dollars to the tax base. The catch is, the location might very well be sitting on a protected Eno River watershed.

ARMC To Receive Pfizer Vaccine Today

Alamance Regional Medical Center should be getting their first shipment of the Pfizer version of the covid 19 vaccine. A little less than 1,000 for now. No word yet on how they plan to hand it out. 1,000 doses would be enough for 500 people, since it requires two jabs set a week or so apart.  

Burlington Man Dies After Being Thrown From Vehicle

In Burlington, a man and a woman were injured over the weekend, in a wreck on Fountain Place. They say the driver was a 62 year old Burlington woman, Norma Jean Corbet. They say she left the road and hit a light pole and a couple of trees. The passenger was 59 year old Donnie Lee Sellars of Burlington. He was apparently thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. They say it does look like speed was a factor, but no charges have been brought yet against the driver.

Positive Testing Leads To Temporary Closure For Sheriff And For Library

The Alamance County Sheriff’s front office is closed to the public for the rest of the week. They say some of their administrative staff has tested positive for Covid 19. The closure means no fingerprinting or applications for firearms until Monday. 

 

Also in Alamance County, the Graham public library will be closed until further notice. That comes after a staff member there also tested positive for the coronavirus.

Shooting Injures Two In Burlington

Burlington police say they are investigating a shooting last night at the Tucker Street apartments on Center Ave near Tucker. They say the call came in before midnight last night. They say they found 2 people shot. A 20 year old from Burlington and an 18 year old from Roxboro. They were apparently shot in the parking lot at the apartments. Burlington police say they have not arrested anyone yet, but they say they do know the victims and the shooter all knew each other. 

Possible Wintry Mix For Alamance County

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Alamance County. The Advisory begins at midnight Wednesday morning and will last until 12pm Wednesday afternoon. We expect a chance for sleet and freezing rain in the early hours Wednesday, changing over the rain by mid-morning Wednesday. There is a chance for some slight ice accumulation on bridges and overpasses. The North Carolina Department of Transportation is applying a layer of brine on the interstate through Alamance and Orange counties in anticipation of a glazing on the roadway. Travelers are advised to use caution.

Covid 19 Courtroom Restrictions Cause Confusion

Coronavirus restrictions can be confusing to everyone, not just us. For instance, the rules say the number of people allowed into a courtroom must be limited to only those involved in the case being heard. But the constitution provides for open trials. One local reporter was actually put in handcuffs this week, for insisting he be allowed to cover a case. Tom Boney of the Alamance News was ejected, cuffed and charged with contempt. Later the judge dropped the contempt charge. Several state and local news organizations have asked for clarification on where the constitution ends and the coronavirus restrictions start.

New Restrictions From The Governor For Covid 19

The Governor yesterday doubled down on his restrictions to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Roy Cooper announced restaurants and bars will have to stop selling alcohol at 9pm instead of 11pm. Small businesses he says, must close to the public by 10pm. The Governor also imposed a curfew from 10pm to 5am for everyone. But he also says there will be exceptions. You can leave if you are headed home or to work, or to the store or to get gas or groceries. He also says you do not have to show anyone any proof that you have somewhere to go.

 

By the way, Alamance County is still in the red category for the virus. The Alamance County Health Department says we have 874 active cases right now, with 51 of those in the hospital. They say there have been 121 deaths in Alamance County that are somehow related to the virus. 

Outdoor Fitness Court Opens In Mebane

Cone Health has built an outdoor fitness court in Mebane. There is a free app you can download, they say, to get the most out of the experience. The fitness court is the result of a 30 thousand dollar grant from the National Fitness Campaign, and 35 thousand from Cone Health. It is a 7 station fitness set up that the NFC started back in 2012. With the addition of the Mebane facility, there are now 100 across the country. 

Planned Truck Stop In Efland Brings Out Protesters

A group of protesters came out over the weekend in Hillsborough. They say they are worried about that new truck stop planned for Efland. The protesters say while they know there is nothing that will stop the development of eastern Alamance and western Orange County, they’re worried the new Buc-ee’s truck stop will be a bad thing. One concern is talk by the Department of Transportation that they will be closing one of the exits there in Efland, to handle the traffic for the new truck stop. 

Newly Elected Members Sworn In For Commision and School Board

John Paisley is the new Chairman of the Alamance County Commissioners. Paisley was sworn in this week. Amy Galey will stay on the board, but not as Chair. She, of course, is getting ready to leave for the North Carolina State Senate, so she had to step down as Chair. Also sworn in this week, Bill Lashley the younger and Pamela Tyler Thompson. All three were elected last month in the general election. 

Also this week, the newest members of the school board were sworn in. Donna Westbrook, Sandy Ellington Graves and Ryan Bowden. This gives the Alamance Burlington School Board a conserbative majority.

Burlington Police Identify Body

Burlington Police say they have identified the body they found outside WalMart on Friday. They say it was 55 year old James Michael Mayns of Burlington, and they say he apparently died of exposure. You might recall police were called to the Graham Hopedale Rd WalMart, when someone said they saw someone lying in the grass near the road. 

Greensboro Protester Turned Away By Governor and State Attorney General

It looks like a couple of state officials want to keep Greg Drumwright at arms length. Drumwright went to Raleigh last week, after saying he would be meeting with the Governor and the State Attorney General. He said he was going to complain to them about the way he was treated by local law enforcement. Both Governor Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein have tweeted their support for Drumwright for ignoring his arrangements for the protests. But as it turns out, the Governor and the State Attorney General were busy that day. Drumwright says he will remember this when the 2 run for re-election. 

Graham Skating Rink Now Open

The holiday skating rink in Graham is now open. You can skate for free for 45 minutes at a time. Skate rentals are free. You can also reserve the ice rink exclusively for your group for 25 dollars. Remember, government regulations call for only 20 people on the ice at any one time.

New Credit Union Being Built In Graham

If you have been wondering what is going up there at the old Sonic Drive-in on Main St in Graham, it will be a new credit union. Truliant says that is their building there between Food Lion and O’Reilly’s. As for the new State Employees Credit Union, that is going a little farther south near Moore St. It’s just been delayed by the pandemic.

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