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I-485 Gets Attention From The Top As Debate Continues Over Charlotte Congestion PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 26 January 2015 05:59

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - As Charlotte grows, so does the congestion on the Queen City's main transportation loop, I-485. And pressure is growing for the state to open a now-vacant lane that was built as part of a future toll road.

This week, Gov. Pat McCrory weighed in, saying in a statement that he and Transportation Secretary Tony Tata want to meet with local leaders " to discuss solutions for inadequate design, infrastructure and funding issues that were created years ago, which have been causing serious traffic congestion on I-485. We are open to reviewing and considering all viable options.”

DOT build the now-vacant lane during a recent widening project. It is coned off from traffic until a future express lane project is built. The early building of the lane saved taxpayers $18 million, according to the governor and Tata.
“We are always committed to working as efficiently as possible to minimize cost and increase productivity as we build important connections,” said Secretary Tata. “This project was designed to meet the needs of the community at the request of local leaders, and we will continue reviewing any options with local leaders to ensure we deliver the best solution for our citizens.”

William Sutton Jr. Appointed To 4th Judicial District Court Judgeship PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 January 2015 06:33

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - William B. Sutton Jr. has been appointed District Court Judge for the 4th Judicial District, which covers Sampson, Duplin, Onslow and Jones counties.

Sutton fills a vacancy made by  the retirement of Chief District Court Judge Leonard Thagard. He was appointed to the post by Gov. Pat McCrory, who said in a statement he believes Sutton's expertise in civil and criminal cases will be an asset to the Court.
Sutton has a private practice in Clinton, which he has run since 1989. He has represented civil and criminal cases in both District and Superior Court.

Sutton received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his law degree from Campbell University.


City Of Thomasville To Benefit From Building Reuse Grant PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 January 2015 05:44

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina's Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved a building reuse grant of $500,000 for the city of Thomasville.

New Commerce Secretary John Skvarla made the announcement, which includes a commitment for 40 new full-time jobs from a private firm, according to a story in a Commerce Department e-publication.

The buildings involved have been vacant for three years and date back to the 1970s and 1980s. The grant will help refurbish them for the manufacturing company that will move in: Ennis-Flint.

The RIA was established as part of the Rural Economic Development Division at the N.C. Department of Commerce to assist with the review and approval of grants for rural areas in the state.

NCACC Offers Worshop For Newly Elected County Officials PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 05:58

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Come one, come all. That's the message to newly elected members of county commissions from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners. The invitation is to attend a two-day orientation hosted in conjunction with the UNC School of Government.

"Entire boards are encouraged to attend," reads the posting on the group's website.

The sessions will be held in four locations Friday, January 23.

Details can be found at http://www.sog.unc.edu/node/1195/sog-program/view-offering/420


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