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Yesterday, commissioners were presented with a conceptual plan for a new dormitory-style, 144-bed jail that would be built beside the Wilkes County animal shelter. The concrete-block building would be enclosed with a chain-link fence and razor wire. Commissioners didn't reach a consensus during the work session, which was the first time that they had seen the plan, but they agreed to consider it further at next Tuesday's board meeting. "Time is of the essence," said Zach Henderson, the board chairman. "Every day we don't do something, we're going to risk being shut down by the jail inspector or ship prisoners out of the county with money we don't have."
The cost of building, furnishing and equipping a new jail would be about $4 million. Construction would take about a year, once approvals are granted, but the Winston-Salem Journal reports it's not clear whether the state would allow a dormitory-style jail.
The three are accused of stealing metal from Duke Energy Co. and Embarq on several occasions during first three weeks of this month. Police said that in one incident they apparently used one of Duke Energy’s forklifts to place a 1,000-pound roll of metal onto the truck they were using. They are accused of stealing 13 rolls of metal wire from Embarq and at least 1,000 pounds from Duke Energy.
Pruitt remains in jail with secured bond set at $25,000, while Schumate and Billings were released under $25,000 unsecured bond.
The school's annual fundraiser, the Tiger Walk that has schoolchildren walking around the track, raised $14,700 last year from students' families and business donations, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Court records indicate Johnson is set to appear Jan. 20 in Wilkes District Court.
The Catawba County Fire Marshal's office has not released much about what could have caused the explosion, but the Hickory Daily Record says there is only the brick frame of the garage and a couple of brick supports for the house after the 3:30 a.m. Sunday blast. No one was hurt in the explosion as the homeowner was in Charlotte for the weekend. Steve Bryant said there isn't even so much as a picture left that might have been inside the house. The investigation into what caused the blast is continuing.
The work will involve removing the old sewer main and replacing it with the new pipe in the same trench. The contractor will install temporary lines and pumps for a "pump around" operation between manholes while the work is under way. Also, the town plans to divert some of the wastewater to the Tyson Foods main, which runs parallel to the town line. The work is part of an $8.3 million wastewater system improvement project that includes work at the wastewater plant as well as to the feeder lines. The cost for the replacement of the 30-inch main is about half a million dollars.