Tickets for the three races already scheduled in 2010 go on sale in January or February instead of April as originally planned. That's due to strong demand. "We would like to have one or two more races in this first year, but we are working hard to have other events there" for the financial stability needed to bring the speedway back to life, said McBride. Although emphasizing that Speedway Associates wasn't trying to take anything away from existing venues in the region, he told the paper the community can help accomplish success of the venture by utilizing the speedway for local events. "It can't just run three races a year and survive…. We need something going on each month and possibly bi-weekly."
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At the height of the outage, more than 25,000 members of the cooperative were without power in Watauga, Ashe, Caldwell, and Alleghany counties as well as parts of Wilkes and Avery counties. Power restoration efforts were helped by crews from crews from 11 different utilities including neighboring cooperatives Rutherford, Randolph, Piedmont, EnergyUnited, UnionPower, Pee Dee, Lumbee River, and Central EMC, and Blue Ridge Energies as well as crews from Pike Corporation, Carter Utility Services and Asplundh Tree Expert Company.
Public Relations Director Renee Whitener said the lengthy outage is an unusual event for Blue Ridge Electric, as the ice storm damaged nearly half the cooperative's 3,000 miles of power lines and took down some 150 power poles. Hundreds of outage source locations and damage to the system occurred in areas served by the cooperative in very remote, mountainous terrain. Heavy debris and fallen trees also blocked access to major as well as secondary roads early in the restoration process.
Funeral services will be held 11:00am Saturday at Millers Creek Baptist Church. Burial will be in Calvary Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery in Glendale Springs. The family will receive at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home from 6:00 until 8:00 tomorrow night.
Some local board members say their concern is that if the state's overhaul includes privatizing ABC stores, then they would be giving up too much control of state liquor sales. They say the current state-run system has kept liquor sales in North Carolina efficient and effective. He says it also should not be overlooked that ABC boards are able to give back to the community.
A 2008 report by the state's program evaluation division suggests that at the very least, North Carolina's ABC system needs updating. It says the mission of local boards is currently not clearly defined, and that the state should consider changing its ABC system to one found in other states, which includes the option of private sales. This decision will likely need to be made by the legislature as to how to control, or give up control, of the over 400 ABC stores throughout the state.