Gaston County Schools

January 10, 2011 by · Comments Off on Gaston County Schools 

Gaston County Schools, During a typical evening on Sunday, Bi-Lo in Belmont has two to three lanes will be open for customers.

This is hardly the case last night as the threat of a heavy snowstorm threatened in the minds of people.

“We’ve got 10 lanes open at the moment,” said Jason Morrison, deputy director of the grocery store, at about 19 pm Sunday.

Morrison said all the store’s sales have increased by more than 30,000 and on average about every day since Friday, when forecasters began to say the snow on Monday was a certainty.

“It has been well all weekend,” he said. “We have a lot of bread, milk and eggs and things like that. But we are getting low on some other points in time.”

As the sun rises this morning, the flakes begin to fall in Gaston County, “said Andrew Kimball, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Greer, SC

“We seek to develop the snow probably right around dawn or right then, around 7:30 am,” he said.

About three to five inches of snow expected to fall through the afternoon, when the precipitation will change in a mixture of sleet and freezing rain. This “light glaze” will continue to come until some time Tuesday morning, Kimball said.

“Monday and Monday night, we are not expected to be above zero,” he said. “So the roads are very slippery. And the temperature will struggle to get the freezing point Tuesday. ”

Gaston County Schools announced no changes to his schedule Monday as Sunday night. Schools spokeswoman Bonnie Reidy said officials would watch the weather and control of roads on Monday morning to determine what to do.

“We are waiting and watching the weather,” said Reidy.

Officials from the NC Department of Transportation pushed area residents to consider staying home Monday rather than risk havoc on icy roads.

The Department of Transport did not intend to brine to Gaston, Lincoln and Cleveland counties Saturday and Sunday. If snow falls, the salt workers plow snow and spread as needed, and engineers continue to watch the forecasts to decide what strategies to use, according to the website of the State.

The notice at the end of last week allowed the city of Gastonia to get a head start on preparations. Gastonia does not use salt water, which is designed to help prevent formation of ice on roads where snow or ice begins. Instead, the city uses slag, a mixture of sand and salt, “said Superintendent of Public Works Dale Denton.

The city has 15 large trucks equipped with plows and spreaders have 10 slag and two graders who are ready to go to work, “he said.

“Early morning is what we hear in so far as it will start snowing,” said Denton. “We’ll all be ready to go at 7 o’clock”

The town starts to slag on the hills and bridges. Once an inch of snow has fallen, the plows begin to roll.

Major thoroughfares such as Franklin Boulevard U.S. 321, Garrison Boulevard and Redbud, Union and New Hope roads receive priority treatment.

“Sometimes we make several passes over them,” said Denton. “Whatever we get those cleared and nature under control, we travel on secondary roads.”

The city also gives priority to the inputs of the fire department and police station, lots of parking, and along Court Drive at the entrance to Gaston Memorial Hospital.

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December 13, 2010 by · Comments Off on TDOT CAMERAS 

TDOT CAMERAS, TDOT Going to install the more cams on roads, Accident arose in the mid-state as rain fell for several hours during the night and all day Tuesday. TDOT said the steady stream of rain can cause puddling, which is puddles on the highway. The reasons for the rising waters can vary from drainage problems to the problems of the road. TDOT and said they are making sure they identify and address trouble spots.

Jim Lott with AAA said driving too fast and too close to the beginning of most accidents in the water, even causing hydroplaning.

“Your driving ability will be affected, your braking ability will be affected and more things can happen,” said Lott.

To monitor traffic and identify problems affecting traffic, TDOT has 83 cameras. After the first year, they plan to have nearly 150.


December 13, 2010 by · Comments Off on Tdot 

Tdot, Lisa Yount and her husband are storing some of their “essential elements” for the forecast winter weather.

“We all today. Bread, oreos, beer and Coca-Cola diet is all we need,” she said.

If you were in last winter, you may remember we had no snow until early January. And that memory is still in the minds of many.

“I do not think I’ll go anywhere,” said Jenny Watson, who is planning to stay in, watch some football and make Christmas cookies.

While others are not as concerned.

“It really does not seem too worried,” said John Deschenes.

TDOT maintenance crews have already taken the necessary precautions. They spent all of Friday to brine on the roads in advance, and will continue to do Sunday afternoon, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

According to TDOT, they have many resources available for use in East Tennessee at the battle of ice and snow this season, including:

– 214 salt trucks

– 54,920 tons of salt

– 211 snowplow

– 103 trucks brine

But some, like Yount, said they tend to avoid risk.

“I’m not leaving,” she said. “I get everything done before because I do not want to risk any damage to my vehicle and myself.”

News Channel 5, Wcpo, Whio Weather, Whnt, Whas, Wkrc

October 26, 2010 by · Comments Off on News Channel 5, Wcpo, Whio Weather, Whnt, Whas, Wkrc 

News Channel 5, Wcpo, Whio Weather, Whnt, Whas, Wkrc, (AFP) – Dangerous winds hundreds of flights grounded at Chicago’s O’Hare airport and maritime traffic stop Tuesday Great Lakes as a strong storm whipped the central United States.

The National Weather Service warned that violent storms would send damaging winds and tornadoes struck the Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

“It’s really blasting up there,” said Pat Slattery, a spokesman for meteorological services.

“It will explode and it is liable to last until tomorrow.”

The intense low-pressure system has reached levels equivalent to a Category 2 or 3 hurricanes and would probably set records in several states, said Slattery.

High winds associated with intense surface low “to allow the storm to form themselves into bands that are capable of producing damaging winds and swaths of a few strong tornadoes,” the weather service warned.

“State of Emergency and local managers are monitoring this situation very dangerous.”

Near hurricane force winds toppled trees and power lines, damaged buildings and snarled the morning commute.

“I did not even try to use my umbrella,” said Chicago resident Mara Davis, 33, who were awakened repeatedly at night by the storm.

“The buses were so slow, I opted for a taxi. And it took forever because the roads were so bad. ”

Ships bound for the port of safety before the storm that was predicted to kick in massive waves reaching up to 27 feet (eight meters) over Lake Superior and 12 feet (3.7 meters) on the Lake Michigan.

“We have three Lakers who came and docked for the day,” said Adele Yordi, spokesman for the Duluth (Minn.) Seaway Port. “There are a few thousand footers that we know at anchor just outside the port. They will wait out the storm there.”

While the weather service was able to give adequate warning of the boat captains oncoming storm, some were too far from the port and place to drop anchor in the lake and “position themselves so that they are broadsided by the waves, “said Yordi AFP.

More than 300 flights were canceled at O’Hare and those that are still grounded or departure delays have been about 30 minutes, officials said.

“A ground stop was in effect at O’Hare earlier today, which means that there were no departures, but there were flights arriving, spokeswoman Karen Pride said.

“The airport was never closed.”

Tennessee Election Results

August 6, 2010 by · Comments Off on Tennessee Election Results 

Tennessee Election ResultsTennessee Election Results, The Republican primary for the nomination for governor had his share of land to be hung up by candidates. At one point, Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and the U.S. Representative Zack Wamp made accusations at each other’s participation links with the interests of gambling.

On Thursday, the two men went to war in the polls and Haslam came out the winner when the election results were final Tennessee. Haslam will be the Republican nominee to become the next governor of Tennessee.

As the election approached and the calendar turned to June, Wamp took the first shot. Wamp Camp sent a press release in which the candidate questioned the Haslam family had an interest in the game. The family owns the Haslam Pilot Travel Centers in several states where casino gambling is legal. Wamp suggested that an association may have formed between commercial interests and gambling.

Haslam immediately denied the charge and proceeded to accuse some of their own. The campaign claimed that Wamp Haslam took the contributions of the business of the Cherokee Nation Political Action Committee. The Committee openly represents the interests in Indian casinos.

If the allegations were true or not playing does not matter to voters on Thursday. Haslam won the fifty percent of the Republican primary vote.Wamp finished second, twenty percentage points behind Haslam. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey finished third with twenty-two percent of the vote. Ramsey was affected by the perception of the legislators currently in office.

Tennessee is one of the many states that hold primaries prior to the midterm elections in November. In most states, the issue of play will be the key to which candidate comes out on top.

In recent years a casino boom has occurred in the U.S., and the importance of the issue may be more on the race of governor of Alabama. The candidates have drawn the lines in the sand along party lines on the question of play, with Republicans seeking to maintain the status quo, and the favorite Democrat Ron Sparks hoping to regulate gambling in the state.

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