State briefs: National seashore on Hatteras Island gets new beach access
The Associated Press
Saturday, May 18, 2019
BUXTON — A new beach access and parking area is opening along Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
National Park Service officials say the new access opens Friday in Buxton, at a site that previously served as a base for the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Buxton Beach Access is located at the end of Old Lighthouse Road. It includes space for 50 cars to park, portable restrooms and a non-slip wheelchair beach access mat.
A permanent restroom facility with showers and other site upgrades are being planned.
Sanders makes N.C. appearances during tour
ASHEVILLE — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made his first public appearances in North Carolina for his 2020 presidential bid as part of a long weekend traveling through the South.
Sanders’ campaign said the Vermont senator held outdoor rallies at midday Friday in Asheville and late in the afternoon in Charlotte. The Asheville event was at the Salvage Station venue and the Charlotte event was on the Central Piedmont Community College campus.
Sanders’ campaign said he was to talk about the need to restore voting rights, reform K-12 education, eliminate poverty and address environmental racism.
Sanders’ weekend tour also will take him to South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.
State PTA holds annual convention in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE — North Carolina’s PTA is holding its annual convention and the group’s welcome for the state’s schools superintendent is getting some opposition from some members.
The North Carolina Parent Teacher Association holds its annual convention in Charlotte on Friday and Saturday with a focus on leadership. The state PTA is a century-old volunteer organization advocating for students. There are nearly 1,000 Parent Teacher Associations in schools across the state.
An online petition launched last week urges the association to rescind its speaking invitation to State Superintendent Mark Johnson. About 100 people have backed the drive, saying Johnson is largely silent about increasing public school funding and supporting teachers but often advocates for charter schools and vouchers that help students attend private schools.
Man convicted after meth found in dog food bag
RALEIGH — A North Carolina man was convicted of drug charges after authorities say he was caught trying to make a transaction with methamphetamine hidden in dog food bags.
Brandon Duwayne Wright of High Point was convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute the illegal stimulant, according to a news release Tuesday from federal prosecutors.
Prosecutors say Wright, who is 33, traveled from Georgia to North Carolina in 2018 to deliver methamphetamine hidden in two large dog food bags and a box of laundry detergent. He was delivering the drugs to someone cooperating with authorities in the parking lot of a Walmart in Greenville, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors say he faces a sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.
Defense attorney Sean Vitrano declined comment on the conviction Thursday.