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Asheboro City Council approves 44-unit subdivision design

Asheboro City Council approves 44-unit subdivision design

ASHEBORO — The City of Asheboro council met Thursday with a proposal for a new subdivision as well as updates on various parks on the agenda.  The first action the council took was to accept a withdrawal of a variance request from the Windcrest Acres subdivision public hearing that was held and continued at last month’s meeting. “The city received a written request from the Windcrest Acres, Section 4, withdrawing the variance request that was seeking to remove curb and gutter as a requirement for the development.” The council was then presented with a presentation recognizing downtown Asheboro making it…
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Randolph County declares state of emergency as effects of Hurricane Ian begin

Randolph County declares state of emergency as effects of Hurricane Ian begin

ASHEBORO — As wind and rain increased throughout the Triad region due to Hurricane Ian, Randolph County officials have declared a local state of emergency effective Friday at 1 pm. The State of Emergency is declared for all unincorporated areas of the County. The moves comes two days after Gov. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.) declared a state-level emergency in advance of the hurricane. Cooper's office said the state of emergency was needed so farmers and those preparing for the storm could quickly get ready for the heavy rain that is likely to fall. The county declaration serves as a precautionary measure…
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Randolph County School System employees to receive bonus pay

Randolph County School System employees to receive bonus pay

ASHEBORO – The Randolph County Board of Education met Monday and was presented with a resolution to provide bonus pay to nearly all of its employees. The board approved the resolution to provide COVID-19 Premium Pay to Randolph County School System Employees due to pandemic-related disturbances and staff shortages through the ESSER funds. “We have great staff members, they’re highly qualified, and they are loved and appreciated by our school system’s leadership and the board of education,” said Superintendent Dr. Stephen Gainey. “And so we want to present this tonight as a recommendation to try and keep staff members with…
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Fire Marshal’s Office to start charging for specific services

Fire Marshal’s Office to start charging for specific services

ASHEBORO — The Randolph County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday, September 6, with the Fire Marshal’s Office’s request for a new fee schedule, the fire district reformatting, and the purchase of property for the I-74 Industrial Site; the key items on the agenda for consideration. The Fire Marshal’s Office brought forth a request before the board to add a fee schedule to some of the services that the office provides. “Since the inception of the North Carolina Fire Code in the early 1990s, Randolph County Fire Marshal’s Office has provided permit consultation, plan review, and specialty inspections services free of…
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Sunday early voting removed in Randolph County

Sunday early voting removed in Randolph County

ASHEBORO – There will still be weekend early voting in Randolph County for the 2022 general election, but there will be a slightly different twist. The Randolph County Board of Elections voted to nix a Sunday early voting date for this fall. Instead, there will be three Saturdays when early voting is conducted. Melissa Johnson, who’s director of the county’s Board of Elections, said there was interest from some citizens to restore a Sunday date at last week’s August meeting. However, that decision had been made nearly a month earlier and needed to remain in place based on the board’s…
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Asheboro Council to engage with Piedmont Triad Regional Council for support on two projects

Asheboro Council to engage with Piedmont Triad Regional Council for support on two projects

ASHEBORO — The Asheboro City Council met Thursday and authorized engagement with the Piedmont Triad Regional Council, the annexation of property into city limits, and the approval of a contract for turf on the Zoo City Sportsplex. The council approved authorization to engage the Piedmont Triad Regional Council for two different projects.   The first project is for grant services related to the construction of the David and Pauline Jarrell Center City Garden. “At the last council meeting, I informed the council of our intention to work with the Regional Council to pursue grant funds for the construction of the…
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Local state of emergency officially terminated in Randolph County

Local state of emergency officially terminated in Randolph County

ASHEBORO — The Randolph County Board of Commissioners met Monday where the local State of Emergency was officially terminated, and the board approved multiple financial items.  One of the first items of action that the board took was for Chairman Darrell Frye to officially terminate the local State of Emergency in Randolph County that had been enacted in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic following the end of the statewide State of Emergency in North Carolina. “Looking back, they always say hindsight is 20/20, but I think we did about as good as we could do through that process,” Frye…
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Asheboro City Council approves change order for Zoo City Sportsplex

Asheboro City Council approves change order for Zoo City Sportsplex

ASHEBORO — The City of Asheboro Council met Thursday, where they approved a budget amendment for unexpected costs related to the Zoo City Sportsplex, as well as held multiple public hearings for rezoning requests. The council approved a $2,674,019 budgetary amendment to account for a change order with Terry’s Plumbing and Utilities, Inc. regarding the Zoo City Sportsplex Project. “This work includes $940,953 of additional rock removal from the site,” said City Engineer Michael Leonard, PE. “The estimated excavation was for 10,000 cubic yards, and we ended up encountering approximately 24,500 cubic yards, most of which was in phase two.”…
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Four Fire Districts officially restructured to remove fire tax cap

Four Fire Districts officially restructured to remove fire tax cap

ASHEBORO — The Randolph County Board of Commissioners met Monday, June 6 where they officially approved the abolishment and subsequent restructuring of four of the county’s fire districts. The County closed the final public hearings for the fire tax district restructuring for Climax, Franklinville, Guil-Rand and Westside fire departments and passed the resolution to officially change all four of them.  The four fire departments will still cover the same areas, the only change is that they will no longer be held to a 15 cent fire tax cap, albeit the departments still would have to get approval by the Board…
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Some county schools will see new start times this fall

Some county schools will see new start times this fall

ASHEBORO — The Randolph County School Board met Monday and approved a tiered bussing pilot program. The new program is intended to mitigate the current bus driver shortage and meet the State’s Department of Public Instruction efficiency ratings. County bus routes were more than two hours this school year, with pickup times starting before 5:30 am. In some cases, students were being dropped off at home after 5:30 pm. By focusing on elementary and middle school routes, the county expects to significantly cut down route times and limit the number of necessary drivers. This pilot system does not come without…
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