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State Auditor Releases Reports On Craven, Richmond, and Jones Counties PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 September 2014 08:19


RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - State Auditor Beth Wood's office has released results of agencies within three North Carolina counties: Craven, Richmond, and Jones.
The audits found no reportable deficiencies
Auditors looked specifically at the operations of the Clerk of Superior Court operations.
All three audits can be found at www.ncauditor.net
N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Provides Grants To 17 Local Governments PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 14:58

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Seventeen North Carolina cities and towns are $4.1 million richer, thanks to grants distributed by the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund for parks and recreation projects. One county -- Graham -- also received an appropriation.

The matching grants are intended to help fund land acquisition, development and renovation of public park and recreation areas. 
More than 60 applications were considered.
"Through the local grant program of the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, state and local governments have been partners in providing open space, outdoor recreation opportunities and stimulus to local economies," said Mike Murphy, director of the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation in a statement announcing the grants. "The result has been environmental stewardship, healthier citizens and improvements in the quality of life in North Carolina."
The local governments receiving grants in the most recent cycle are: 
-- Mint Hill, which received $335,000 for the Brief Road land acquisition
-- Red Springs, which received $48,000 for land acquisition
-- Linden, which received $212,400 for Linden Park
-- Landis, which received $402,269 for the Lake Corriher Wilderness Area Park
-- Fairview, which received $317,550 for Fairview Park
-- Valdese, which received $215,600 for Downtown Park
-- Star, which received $47,500 for the Forks of Little River Passive Park
-- Plymouth, which received $353,800 for Wilson Street Park
-- Richlands, which received $65,734 for Venters Park Redevelopment
-- Sims, which received $75,000 for the Sims Community Park
-- Belville, which received $160,897 for the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville
-- Warsaw, which received $300,000 for the Memorial Park Redevelopment
-- Elizabethtown, which received $215,000 for Leinwand Park
-- Raleigh, which received $250,000 for the Horse Shoe Farm Nature Preserve Park
-- Wilsons Mills, which received $250,000 for Wilsons Mills Community Park
-- Smithfield, which received $350,000 for Inclusion Park
-- Graham County, which received $500,000 for Graham County Park.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 14:59
Attorney John Bowers To Succeed William Constangy As District 26-B Superior Court Judge PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 September 2014 15:30

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Charlotte attorney John Bowers will fill the seat of retiring Superior Court Judge William Constangy. Bowers will serve District 26-B in Mecklenburg County. 

Bowers, a UNC Chapel Hill graduate, was appointed to the seat by Gov. Pat McCrory.
"John's vast and varied litigation experience will be of tremendous benefit to the Court," said Gov. McCrory in a statement announcing the move. 
Following law school, he served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Justice John Webb of the North Carolina Supreme Court. 
He has experience representing clients in the areas of commercial and employment litigation, First Amendment and constitutional law and appellate advocacy.  
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 15:31
State Parks Officials and Triangle Governments Working To Fend Off Infestation In Eno River PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 September 2014 09:27

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - It's a plant called hydrilla, and state parks officials and NC State researchers say it is infesting parts of the Eno River in the Triangle area and it must be stopped.

The state Division of Parks and Recreation says research shows it is spreading down river at the rate of up to one mile each year. It appears to be concentrated at the east end of the park in Durham County. 
A multi-agency task forces hopes to initiate containment efforts in 2015 and to fend off the potential for hydrilla to reach Falls Lake in 12 years.
A broad public education effort hopes to identify the best methods of treatment for the river within Eno River State Park, according to the state agency. Those may be chemical treatment, removal of the plant by hand, introduction of grass carp, which feed on hydrilla, or a combination of those methods. 
Hydrilla is a submersed aquatic plant that can create nearly impenetrable mats of stems and leaves on the surface of lakes, rivers and other waterways. An invasive species from Asia, hydrilla impedes recreational use of waterways, crowds out native vegetation and can ultimately harm fish and other aquatic species. The plant can also clog intakes where rivers or reservoirs are used for drinking water supplies and irrigation.
The task force involves partners from the N.C. Division of Water Resources as well as other state and federal agencies, Durham and Orange counties, and the city of Durham and town of Hillsborough. 
The hydrilla at Eno River State Park likely came from fragments that floated down from an upstream reservoir or was carried on boat trailers or bait buckets. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 09:28

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