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NCDOT to pick up storm debris in Davidson, Davie Counties

RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation crews will begin picking up debris along state-maintained roads in Davidson and Davie counties this week after March’s ice storm.

The first debris sweep in these counties will begin Tuesday, April 15, and is expected to take several weeks to complete.

Residents who live on state-maintained roads in Davidson and Davie counties are asked to place debris along the side of the roadway as soon as possible.

Do not place debris in travel lanes or in areas where it will block drainage, mailboxes or fire hydrants, or create issues for motorists and pedestrians.

Please keep the following in mind while collecting debris for removal:

Heavy rains cause flooding, leaks at Davie County High School

MOCKSVILLE, N.C. – Monday’s heavy rain caused flooding and leaks at Davie County High School. For many students and parents, according to who you ask, it’s another example of why the county either needs to renovate the high school or build a new one.

“It’s just comes with the territory,” said Jessica White, a senior at Davie High. “If we wake up [and] it’s pouring down rain, then we can’t wear shoes and socks because our shoes will get wet.”

On May 6th, voters will take up a $54.4 million school bond referendum to build a new high school, for the entire county, on 53 acres off Farmington Road between Mocksville and Advance.

The group, One Davie High, is trying to drum up voter support for the bonds that will help alleviate overcrowding at the school and add facilities Davie High School currently doesn’t have, like an auditorium.

Davie Co. community rallies for new high school building

DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. — More than 400 showed up for the rally at Davie County High school to gain support for a new building.

The “Fun for One Pep Rally and Family Day” offered games, raffle prizes and music for attendees as well as information as to why the community should vote yes for a new Davie County High School.

People could register to vote for the May 6 date and ask questions about the proposed renderings on display.

The plans drafted estimate a building cost of $56.3 million dollars.

Parents say not only does the current school building require a long list of leaking repairs but does not hold enough space for athletic, art, student activities.

The final date to register before the May 6 vote is April 11.

Davie County High School was built in 1956 with about 700 students with a capacity of 1,000.

There are currently about 1700 students.

Voters to decide on $54.4M Davie Co. school bond referendum in May

MOCKSVILLE, N.C. — Voters in Davie County will once again take up a $54.4 million school bond referendum on May 6.

Voters overwhelmingly rejected referendums in 2003 and 2007 that called for Davie High School to be renovated and a new high school to be built near Advance.

This latest bond referendum calls for one new high school, for the entire county, to be built on 53 acres on Farmington Road between Mocksville and Advance.

“I graduate from Davie and so did my parents,” said Erica Bost, a former teacher and now a full-time stay at home mom, who volunteers with the group One New Davie High.

The group is trying to drum up voter support for the bonds that will help alleviate overcrowding at the school and add facilities Davie High School currently doesn’t have.

Federal disaster aid available for Piedmont after winter storm

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to North Carolina to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm during the period of March 6-7.

The president’s action makes federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged in Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person and Randolph counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Elizabeth Turner has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

Federal funding needed for road repairs in Piedmont

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Officials with FEMA are surveying storm damage in Davie and Davidson County this week.

FEMA’s assessment of the damage, caused by several snow and ice storms, will determine if federal dollars will be available to help transportation officials pay for debris removal along the highways.

“We’ve cut [the debris] back to where it’s safe for the traveling public,” said John Rhyne, an engineer with the Department of Transportation District 9. “But [the debris] is still laying on the shoulders of the roads and we want to get them up.”

Storm debris is one of many transportation projects topping their to-do list. Replacement of road reflectors and guardrail cables are being handled by contractors while transportation crews deal with the many potholes created by the winter storms. How fast those repairs happen has to do with the weather and the makers of hot mix asphalt.

Tractor trailer crash closes part of I-40 in Davie Co.

DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. — A wreck involving a tractor trailer and car has closed a portion of I-40 in Davie County Monday morning.

The accident happened around 12:45 a.m.

A tractor-trailer driven by Michael Jones, of Durham, reportedly rear ended a Chevrolet Aveo driven by Patricia Peebles, of Winston-Salem, who was slowing to take an exit.

Officials say the crash happened on I-40 eastbound at the N.C. 801 exit in Mocksville.

Peebles and a passenger were transported to an area hospital where they were treated and released.

Jones has been cited with reckless driving.

The road was reopened around 9 a.m., but there were periodic closings to allow heavy duty wreckers to pull the 18-wheeler out of the woods and off the road.