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 In the News, May 22, 2017 

Asheboro revives Zoo City Sportsplex idea

A private effort is nearing the halfway mark toward a half million dollars to help build a sports complex on city property south of town. Originally dubbed Zoo City Park when city officials bought 65 acres off Zoo Parkway, near the Old Cox Road intersection, the idea was put on hold in 2008 when the economy slowed. A scaled-down version of the first proposal was unveiled last year as a public-private partnership that links the city, the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA, the Central Carolina Soccer Club and Zoo City Lacrosse. It also came with a new name, Zoo City Sportsplex.

Washington Making Plan to Bring Wi-Fi Downtown

Washington’s City Council, during its meeting Monday, gave the green light for city officials to work with three organizations regarding their finanical assistance in bringing public Wi-Fi to the city’s downtown/waterfront area. The commitments come about two months after the council discussed plans for the city to partner with the organizations to provide Wi-Fi.

Flat Rock Park launches trail campaign

In June, the Flat Rock Park Foundation, along with the Village of Flat Rock, will begin a $300,000 campaign to complete the trails included in the Village’s recently updated Park Master Plan. “Our community in Flat Rock and Henderson County has generously supported the Park at Flat Rock’s development in the early stages. Now more and more individuals and businesses have the opportunity to see this park fully develop into a world-class place,” said Duncan Fraser, president of the Flat Rock Park Foundation board of directors.

Winston-Salem Fire Department unveils heavy rescue truck.

Described as a toolbox on wheels, the Winston-Salem Fire Department’s new heavy-rescue truck has all the bells and whistles. The custom-designed vehicle boasts battery-powered equipment to cut people free and blocks of wood for cribbing among its devices to help in rescues. “This is the latest and greatest, and there’s no other rescue truck like it around,” said James Brinkley with the fire department. “It allows us to expand our rescue capabilities for citizens.” The truck, unveiled at a public-safety briefing Thursday, replaces a 2001 Pierce Saber rescue truck and began its rotation May 4. It has already accumulated more than 1,000 miles and has aided in at least one rescue from a vehicle, which involved cutting away the car to free a trapped driver.