Special recycling day will handle household hazards

  • Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 12:59 a.m.

Special recycling day will handle household hazards

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, NCDA/CS and the Rowan County Department of Environmental Management are sponsoring a Special Waste Recycling Event, Wednesday, May 7, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Rowan County Recycling Processing Center, 1102 N. Long St. Ext., East Spencer.

Special waste will include pesticides, fertilizers, paint (limit 5 gallons), outdated or unused prescription/nonprescription drugs and other items. These are for household quantities only

Contact Caleb Sinclair at 704-216-8606 for more information.

Special day for K-9s April 26

A K-9 law enforcement community awareness day will be held Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church Family Life Center, 3020 Grace Church Road.

Donations to the event will provide a bulletproof vest for K-9 officer Zukko, handled by Rockwell Police Chief Hugh Bost. It will include a bake sale, hot dog sale, a K-9 demo and music. The event is sponsored by Kyle Roe’s Eagle Scout project for Troop 315.

Bitzer on ‘Charlotte Talks’ today

Hear Catawba College’s Dr. Michael Bitzer, provost and associate professor of politics and history, on the air this morning at 9 as he fills in for broadcaster Mike Collins as the host of “Charlotte Talks” on WFAE – 90.7 FM, Charlotte’s NPR station. Here’s a synopsis of today’s show:

There’s a huge demographic shift happening in America, as thousands of baby boomers retire every day and as the tech-savvy, well-educated and under-employed millennials come of age. The baby boomers will need Social Security and health care, and that costs money — and that risks bankrupting the younger generation. Paul Taylor from the Pew Research Center has studied this shift and what it may mean for the future of America and has laid out his findings in a new book, “The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Looming Generational Showdown.”

‘Drive to Live’ focuses on teens

With the beginning of prom season, North Carolina Highway Patrol will conduct Operation “Drive to Live” during the week of April 21. The operation will be conducted from 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. each day. The operation is an initiative by the Highway Patrol to reduce the number of teenage-related traffic collisions and deaths.

According to National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, young drivers are significantly over represented in fatal crashes, particularly 16- and 17-year-olds. One area that is particularly concerning is distracted driving. Our youngest and most inexperienced drivers are most at risk, with 16 percent of all distracted driving crashes involving drivers under 20. In 2013, the Highway Patrol investigated more than 47,013 motor vehicle collisions involving drivers and passengers who were between the ages of 15 and 19. Of those collisions, 86 resulted in one or more fatalities.

Troopers will be enforcing all traffic laws around the state’s schools and conducting traffic safety education programs at the high schools prior to the school year ending.

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