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Dispute over Reidsville Confederate statue goes to court [Photos]

Fracking concerns residents along Dan River

DANBURY,  Va. — A bill regarding hydraulic fracturing has made its way through an N.C. state legislative committee and is causing concerns for some people living along the Dan River.

David Hoskins, who makes his living offering canoe and kayak rentals along the Dan River in nearby Danbury, is concerned that  “fracking” — the practice of mining natural gas  deposits — has the potential of having a devastating impact on N.C.

“We really want to keep the natural resources as they are. Having major corporations come in, take all the profits out, leave all the liabilities for the county’s citizens. That’s not a good deal,” Hoskins said.

Hoskins’ concerns are that businesses would be severely impacted if the water were to be contaminated by fracking.

Man accused of cutting woman in Rockingham Co.

REIDSVILLE, N.C. — Deputies are looking for a man accused of cutting a woman from her chest to her belly with a shingle knife Sunday in Reidsville.

Elvin Adams, 36, allegedly injured the woman at a home 1683 Hwy 158 E. in a domestic assault.

Deputies said the victim has been treated and released from the hospital.

Adams has warrants on him for assault on a female and assault with dangerous weapon inflicting serious injury.

No other details were released. Any with any information on his whereabouts can call the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office at 336-634-3232.

KKK cross-burning promoted on fliers in Reidsville

REIDSVILLE, N.C. — Fliers promoting a Ku Klux Klan cross burning were distributed in Reidsville about a week after a KKK protest in Eden.

Godanriver.com reported Saturday that the fliers were placed in and around Sherwood Drive, Linville Drive, Reids School Road and Poplar Street

The flier reads, “Join us, the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan for a rally and cross lighting, Saturday, May 26, Harmony, North Carolina. Free Admition (sic)-White People Only. No alcohol, drugs, fighting, glass bottles or weapons. Free on site camping-all major motels in area. Souvenirs. Vendors. Food and beverages for Sale. Cross lighting at dusk-a white unity event. Live country band. Security provided by LWK.”

Contact information for those wanting to attend is also included, the website reported.

Deputies seize over $300K of marijuana plants in Mayodan

MAYODAN, N.C. – Rockingham County Sheriff’s deputies seized marijuana plants growing near N.C. 770.

On Thursday, narcotics detectives seized 255 marijuana plants growing in a wooded area near Park Road and N.C. 770.

According to detectives, the plants have an estimated street value of $306,000 or $1,200 per plant.

An investigation is ongoing and charges have yet to be filed.

One of the marijuana plants located and seized in a wooded area near Park Rd. & NC 770 in Mayodan (Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office)

Greensboro man charged with cocaine possession

ROCKINGHAM, CO. — A man was arrested after deputies said they found cocaine in his vehicle after he tried avoiding a police checkpoint Sunday in Madison.

Colin Duane Bailey, 41, of Greensboro, allegedly had 10 crack cocaine rocks after being stopped by deputies and troopers.

Deputies they were conducting a license checkpoint on Ellisboro Road and Bailey tried turning around and fleeing the scene.

Authorities said he was stopped and searched shortly later. He was charged with felonious possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver crack cocaine.

Bailey was placed in the Rockingham County Jail under a $15,000 secured bond and had court planned Thursday.

No other information was released.

‘Hero’ dies saving two others from river near Madison

MADISON, N.C. — A 20-year-old man who died Thursday after jumping into the Dan River to save two swimmers who were washed over a dam is being remembered as a hero by those who knew him. 

Steven Sizemore, of Sandy Ridge, was swimming with a group of 6-8 people in the Dan River near Lindsay Bridge Road near Madison around 8 p.m.

Two people from the group — an 18-year-old and her 20-year-old boyfriend — were washed 40 feet over the dam after struggling to battle its current.

Sizemore jumped in the river attempted to push the struggling swimmers away from the hydraulics. 

“They were caught in this and he went in and somehow was able to free them,” said Rusty Gray, chief of the Madison Rescue Squad.

All three were eventually washed 100 yards downstream. Sizemore helped the struggling swimmers to shore, but then himself went underwater.