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Eden city workers getting health coach

EDEN, N.C. — To help lower health costs and keep employees fit, the city hired a health coach to guide workers on eating healthy and exercising.

“I’m going to be able to help them achieve whatever they want to,” said health coach Emily Juengel.

Juengel will be responsible for meeting with all 306 city workers one on one, evaluating their current medical and physical conditions, and getting them started on a plan to get them healthier.

“They know they’re supposed to be exercising,” Juengel said. “A big part of why I’m here is to be able to actually motivate them to actually do it.”

That motivation will be critical for some.

Sixty-one city workers have severe or chronic illnesses like kidney disease, diabetes or hypertension. One hundred and twelve employees are at risk.

“We want everybody who works for the city of Eden to be safe and healthy,” said Sergeant Sam Shelton who is on the city’s Wellness Committee.

Rockingham Co. seniors robbed in FEMA scam

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Seventy-three-year-old Reda Ferguson has been on the edge for the past three days.

“I don’t want to be a victim again,” Ferguson said. “I feel like I can’t trust anybody.”

She is one of two people in Rockingham County who were robbed Saturday afternoon by a man in a white pickup truck claiming to be a FEMA agent.

“He said he was here to check out some trees,” said Ferguson, who lives in Stoneville.

He claimed he was there to assess damage from the ice storm in February, asked her to come outside, and if anyone else was home.

“I felt like something was wrong,” Ferguson said.

It was.

While Ferguson was outside, another man was in the home.

When she walked back in her home, more than $400 worth of jewelry, prescription pills and cash were gone.

“We see scams every day,” said Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page.

Multiple vehicle break-ins reported in Rockingham Co.

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Investigators with the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office are seeking leads in the multiple vehicle break-ins reported over the weekend.

Numerous break-ins were reported in the Sandy Cross area of Reidsville, including four on Sandy Cross Road, two on Robinson Lane and one on Michrob Lane.

An outbuilding on Irvin Farm Road was also broken into this weekend.

Anyone with information about the break-ins should call the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office at 336-634-3232 or Crime Stoppers at 336-349-9683.

Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office warns residents of scam

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office is warning people of a scam they said is taking place in both Rockingham and Henry counties.

Deputies said one scammer will approach a home and pretend to be a Federal Emergency Management Agency agent to lure the homeowner outside.

While this is happening, deputies said another person will enter the home and steal items.

Deputies did not say how many times this has allegedly happened or any details on the suspects.

Authorities said if this happens to anyone, they should call 911 or the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 634-3065.

Authorities release identities of fishermen missing on Belews Lake

STOKESDALE, N.C. — Authorities have released the identities of two men who went missing on a fishing trip Thursday morning at Belews Lake.

Jacob Allen Line, 27, and 44-year-old James Pascual Bohenstiel were reported missing Thursday, according to officials with Stokes County Emergency Services.

Rescuers from multiple agencies have been doing scuba, sonar radar and ground searches in hopes of finding the men.

A truck, boat trailer and boat were found and officials have determined that they belong to the missing fishermen. Personal items, including clothing, were also found in the vicinity of the boat.

Rescuers are focusing their search on an area where the boat and personal items were found, according to Stokes County Emergency Services Director Greg Collins.

The area is known as a “hot hole” and is near the Duke Power Steam Station where hot water comes out of the station and into the lake.

‘Wanted’ suspect sought after woman shot in Rockingham Co.

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Authorities are looking for a man in connection with a shooting that occurred on Saturday in Ruffin.

Deputies say an 18-year-old Reidsville woman is recovering at the hospital after she was shot at the Mead Lake Apartments in Ruffin.

A warrant for arrest has been issued for Brent Deangelo Hairston of Eden. He is being charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.

Hairston is known to frequent the Ruffin area of Rockingham County and should be considered armed and dangerous, deputies say.

Hairston is described as a 22-year-old black male, 5’8”, 200 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

He has “smile now die later” tattooed on his left arm, “Lord forgive me” on his left shoulder, “only God can judge me” on his right arm.

Discharge from Belews Creek power plant affects water quality

STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — On a small tributary of the Dan River, several miles upstream of the Rockingham County power plant owned by Duke Energy that contaminated the river with coal ash in February, sits another power plant, one of Duke’s largest.

It’s called the Belews Creek Steam Station, in southern Stokes County.

From this power plant, a coal-waste substance known as bromide, discharged legally into the tributary, has been causing trouble for the downstream town of Madison and the city of Eden, as well as buyers of Madison’s and Eden’s drinking water, such as Rockingham County and Henry County, Va., according to public-record emails between officials with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.