Recent media reports have indicated a lack of Highway Patrol in eastern North Carolina. Captain John Nyberg of Troop A says the shortage is real and they have sustained a minimum of troopers for years. Nyberg says Troop A currently employs 121 Highway Patrolmen, but the ideal number is 150.
"That number is one that's been around for quite a long time, and you don't have to look that far to see how much the population has increased over the years."
At some point before Friday at midnight, the President is expected to order across-the-board budget cuts to save $1.2 trillion dollars over the next ten years. Jared Brumbaugh spoke with Congressman G.K. Butterfield about how sequestration could impact eastern North Carolina.
“It appears it’s too late, that it’s definitely going to happen.”
If the sequestration goes forward, most of the effects could be felt in our area immediately. Butterfield says military readiness and middle class families would be hit the hardest.
5,000 gallons of wastewater has spilled into a creek in Jacksonville, following more than an inch and a half of rain on Tuesday. The City’s Maintenance and Utilities Superintendent Pete Deaver was at the site Thursday afternoon testing the water.
“There is nothing else we can do. The rain water helps it dilute the affluent that reaches the waters. We have made some repairs to the man hole where the overflow occurred.”
Changes are coming to the way the Division of Motor Vehicles collects vehicle property tax. The Tax and Tag program will allow the DMV to consolidate vehicle property taxes along with registration renewals into one single payment. The DMV will begin sending out registration renewal notices this summer that show both fees on the same invoice. By mid 2014, all NC vehicles will be incorporated into the system.
Several non-profits in Greene County are joining forces to save the local Animal Shelter.
Earlier this month, the Greene County Animal Shelter announced it would experience a significant funding reduction of 13,000 dollars. Several non-profits and volunteer groups such as Friends of Greene County Animal Shelter and Greene County Humane Society have offered to help collect supplies before the reduction takes effect on July 1st. Lynn Graves is the President of Greene County Humane Society.