Archives for February 2015

Town of Mocksville Declares March 2-8, 2015 Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

Mocksville, North Carolina – Mayor F.W. Slate has issued a proclamation declaring March 2-8, 2015 Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week in Mocksville.

“We encourage anyone in our community who has multiple sclerosis, or has a family member with MS, to learn more about the resources, programs, information and support available through the National MS Society and other agencies,” said Mayor Slate.  “Multiple sclerosis affects more than 13,000 people throughout North Carolina, and the Town of Mocksville encourages all citizens to contribute to efforts to find a cure for this debilitating disease.”

“We are grateful Mocksville has chosen to support our efforts to create a world free of MS,” said Kristina Fresnel McGraw, Chapter President of the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National MS Society.  “MS is the number one disabling disease among young adults, striking them in the prime of their life.  The National MS Society furthers cutting-edge research and provides vital programs and services for those living with MS in your community.”

The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is asking everyone to JOIN THE MOVEMENT to end MS now.  Mocksville residents can show their commitment to the MS movement with simple actions throughout the week, including:

  • Signing up to volunteer or participate at an upcoming chapter event
  • Forming a Walk MS team at www.walkMS.org
  • Emailing a legislator about an issue important to people with MS
  • Telling five people about MS Awareness Week
  • Supporting the Society – every donation moves us closer to a world free of MS

To find more ways to join the movement, and to encourage others to join, visit www.nationalMSsociety.org/nct

 

Duke Energy braces for winter storm in Carolinas; customers advised to prepare for possible extended power outages.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy is closely monitoring the winter storm forecasted to bring snow, sleet and freezing rain to North Carolina and South Carolina tonight and early tomorrow.

Line technicians, service crews and other personnel are available throughout the company’s service areas and are ready to respond.

Crews from Florida and other areas that are not expected to be affected by the storm will be arriving in the Carolinas this evening and tomorrow to assist with restoration.

Duke Energy urges customers

  • Do Not heat homes with a gas grill or bring a generator inside. Such equipment should be operated only outdoors, and only in well-ventilated areas. Manufacturer instructions should be followed.
  • Check on family members, friends and neighbors who have special medical needs or who are elderly.

Customers who experience an outage during the storm should call the automated outage-reporting systems for their respective utility:

Customers can also report an outage or view current outages online at www.duke-energy.com/storms

Additionally, customers who report an outage can choose to receive updates via text messaging until their outage is restored.

Safety
Stay away from power lines that have fallen or are sagging. Consider all power lines energized, as well as trees or limbs in contact with power lines.

Please report downed power lines to Duke Energy and your local police department.

If a power line falls across a car you’re in, stay in the car. If you MUST get out of the car due to a fire or other immediate life-threatening situation, do your best to jump clear of the car and land on both feet. Be sure no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.

Restoring power
Restoring power after an ice storm can be challenging, as travel conditions are poor.

Before power can be restored, crews first assess damage and determine which crews, equipment and supplies will be needed to make repairs.

Because of this, customers may see damage assessors patrolling their neighborhoods before crews arrive to begin work.

Crews prioritize work to ensure the largest number of customers are restored as quickly as possible. Essential services, such as hospitals and emergency response facilities, are the first priority.

If you lose power, please turn off as many appliances and electronics as possible. This helps with restoration efforts because it reduces the immediate demand on power lines when power is restored.

Once your power is restored, please wait a few minutes before turning your equipment back on.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at:www.duke-energy.com.

Notification of Discharge of Untreated Wastewater

General Statute 143-215.1C requires that the owner or operator of any wastewater collections or treatment works to issue a press release when an untreated wastewater discharge of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surfaces waters.

In accordance with that regulation, the following news release has been prepared and issued to the media in the affected county:

The Town of Mocksville had a discharge of untreated wastewater on January 30, 2015 of an estimated 1,200 gallons at 127 Wilhaven Dr.  The untreated wastewater was discharged into a drainage ditch which leads to Bear Creek in the South Yadkin River Basin.

The Division of Water Resources was notified of the event on January 30, 2015 and is reviewing the matter. For more information contact the Town of Mocksville at (336)753-6700.