August 17, 2008

Eastern Guilford Meeting to Discuss New High School

By Staff and Wire Reports

GIBSONVILLE -- Parents, alumni and other school supporters are invited to a meeting Monday at Eastern Guilford High School that will cover the construction of the new school.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the media center, 415 Peeden Drive.

Principal Travis Reeves will seek input on the redesign of the school seal and the future dedication ceremony. Guilford County Schools had to rebuild Eastern after the original school was destroyed by fire in November 2006. Students will attend classes in a temporary modular village on the same site until the new school opens next year.

For more information, call the school at 449-6311.

HEAT bus service returns as school year gears up

GREENSBORO -- The city transit system restarted its HEAT bus service Thursday, returning from a summer hiatus to provide free transportation for local college students.

Students use the service by displaying a school-issued fare card and college identification card. Students at N.C. A&T, UNCG, GTCC, Elon University School of Law and Bennett, Greensboro and Guilford colleges are eligible.

HEAT has seven routes that travel between the various schools and downtown, as well as some residential areas. A few routes won't be in full swing until Monday.

For information on individual routes, visit

HEAT buses also can be used by nonstudents, but those riders are charged the standard GTA fare -- $1.20 for most adult riders.

More local governments conserve water this year

RALEIGH -- Drought conditions persist, particularly in parched western North Carolina, and more local governments are conserving water than a year ago.

Of the 660 public water systems in the state, 54 percent had water restrictions in place as of July, said Wayne Munden of the Public Water Supply Section of the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

A year ago, only 12 percent of the systems had conservation measures in place, Munden said Thursday at a meeting of the N.C. Drought Management Advisory Council.

"People are conserving," Munden said. "We have extreme problems in the west, but at least the message is getting out."

A report Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 24 North Carolina counties, all in western North Carolina, are in exceptional drought, the most dire condition. More than a dozen are in extreme drought. Severe drought conditions prevail in Guilford County.

Juvenile, 4 teens charged in assaults, car break-ins

BURLINGTON -- Police have arrested four teens and a juvenile after a string of assaults and car break-ins Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

Burlington police said three people were assaulted or robbed in a four-hour period on the east side of Burlington.

In each case, police said, a suspect provoked a fight with a victim. Then, the rest of the group would join in and overpower the victim. Police said suspects also took small electronics and loose change from unlocked vehicles.

Police said the five suspects admitted to being gang members or having some association with a gang. All five have been charged and are being held at the Alamance County jail in Graham.

Maryland man arrested in theft of local woman's car

WILMINGTON, Del. -- A Maryland man wanted in North Carolina for stealing a woman's car has been arrested in Delaware.

Police said Rodney Vereen, 33, befriended a Greensboro woman before fleeing with her money and car. Vereen will be returned to North Carolina.

-- Staff and Wire Reports

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