North Carolina environmental regulators said Friday they expect to levy fines against Duke Energy to penalize the company for its coal ash spill into the Dan River earlier this month. But the move by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources comes amid criticism that agency officials knew there were problems at the site and didn’t do anything to stop them, which led to the Feb. 2 spill.
Two homes in the Mill Creek Landing subdivision at Lake Gaston were destroyed Monday afternoon in fires believed to have been started by burning leaves. The Roanoke-Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene shortly after 2:15 p.m. and found two adjacent mobile homes burning when firefighters arrived.
Water temperatures in Lake Gaston are in the high 40s to low 50s, and fishing is fair. Bass are being caught in the back ends of the creeks on jigs, grubs and large, slow-rolled spinnerbaits. Topwater baits, fished in the backs of coves, are taking trophy bass.
It appears that an insurance agent, who rented vacation homes on Lake Gaston, has illegally pocketed money. North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced Thursday the arrest of Robin Michelle Crabel, 46, of 28 Walnut Hill Drive, Ebony, VA
At their monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 5 at 9:30 a.m., Sgt. Jon Hart of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Conservation Police, and Sgt. Carl Hatcher, NC Wildlife Resource Commission Enforcement Division will be the guest speakers.
If I told you that a creature nearly 5 feet long, up to 80 pounds, and capable of eating nearly 150% of it's body weight A DAY was lurking in Lake Gaston (and now Kerr Lake), you would likely be concerned.... Well, in actuality there IS a creature such as this that you share the water with in many reservoirs, lake, and ponds across the United States. Don't rush out of the water just yet however....
Brett Hartis, an aquatic extension agent for Lake Gaston, provided an update on efforts to control the spread of hydrilla in Lake Gaston at the January meeting of the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors on Monday.