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DMV not closing more offices

Reports that the Division of Motor Vehicles has closed more driver's license offices because of COVID-19 are incorrect, state officials said, noting that in fact some DMV offices have been reopening since a closure was announced in March.

The DMV closed a number of the offices around the state in March, mostly offices that were small or had small staffs. Since then, employees have been able to return to work in some locations. There are about 85 offices open, although they operate by appointment only.

Twenty-seven driver's license offices were still closed on Tuesday. In Northwest North Carolina, offices remain closed in Thomasville, Walnut Cove, Wilkesboro and Sparta.

Wesley Young

Meth charges filed against men after chase

Yadkin County sheriff's deputies have arrested two men they say led deputies and the N.C. Highway Patrol on an Aug. 10 chase that ended on Sloan's Mill Road in the Hamptonville community.

The two men ran from the scene, the Yadkin County Sheriff's Office said.

Investigators reported finding stolen items from recent vehicle break-ins and methamphetamine in the vehicle, the sheriff's office said.

A short time after the chase, Tyler Blake Hoots, 33, of Yadkinville was arrested and charged with felony conspiracy to traffic meth, maintaining a vehicle to sell a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a firearm, 11 counts of felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle and other offenses, the sheriff's office said. 

Heath Wayne Long, 35, of Hamptonville was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony trafficking in meth, conspiracy to traffic in meth, possession with intent to sell and deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, the sheriff's office said.

Hoots and Long were taken to the Yadkin County Jail with Hoots' bond set at $190,000, and Long's bond set at $85,000, the sheriff's office said.

Hoots is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 9. Long is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 2.

John Hinton

N.C. city sues to remove Confederate statue

LEXINGTON — A North Carolina city is suing to try to secure authorization to remove a Confederate statue from its downtown.

The city of Lexington filed the lawsuit Monday against Davidson County and a chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy, The Dispatch of Lexington reported Wednesday. The lawsuit asks for judgment that the city has the right to remove the statue and seeks a permanent injunction prohibiting the return of the statue once it has been taken down.

The downtown property that includes the statue, which was erected by the Daughters of the Confederacy in 1905, is owned by Davidson County.

Chuck Frye, attorney for the county, said in a news release that North Carolina law protects the removal of statues and monuments.

According to the lawsuit, the presence of the Confederate monument poses an imminent threat to public safety.

The Associated Press

College apologizes for supporting slavery

Davidson College issued a public apology Wednesday for its support of slavery during the school's first 30 years and unveiled plans to address a variety of problems ranging from building names to relations with Black people in the local community.

The school's board of trustees unanimously supported the commission's report and took full responsibility for the apology and a resulting action plan developed by the college. Davidson College has an enrollment of more than 1,800, 28% of whom are considered students of color.

"We have much work to do to understand the pain and injury the college has caused, as well as to appreciate fully the strength, gifts, and power of enslaved persons and our foundational indebtedness to them." Davidson College president Carol E. Quillen said in a video message.

One change involves the formation of committee from the board of trustees to consider a new name for the Chambers Building at the center of campus. According to the commission's report, Maxwell Chambers was a planter and cotton trader from Salisbury who engaged in slavery. 

Also, the commission found that between 1876 and 1962, Davidson College practiced racial discrimination and segregation consistent with local practices during the Jim Crow era.

The Associated Press

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