STATESVILLE – Iredell County Partnership for Young Children (ICPYC) has started a new program, Iredell Safe Seats – a service that will provide families in Iredell County with car seat safety checks by certified passenger safety technicians, parent/caregiver education on child passenger safety and hands-on assistance with proper installation and use of child restraint systems and seat belts.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants under 1 and 54 percent for toddlers ages 1 to 5.”

Iredell Safe Seats services will be provided for families in Iredell County by appointment only. People interested in scheduling an appointment should call 704-878-9980.

ICPYC is a nonprofit dedicated to measurably increasing learning and healthy development of children birth to age 5 in Iredell County.

For more information, call 704-878-9980 or visit The ICPYC office is at 734 Salisbury Road in Statesville.


Honey flow splits to be discussed

STATESVILLE – The Iredell County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. July 17 at the Iredell County Agricultural Resource Center, 444 Bristol Drive.

A presentation on the pros and cons of post-honey flow splits and how to perform them will be given. All veteran beekeepers are encouraged to participate and give input during this program. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The public is always welcome to attend these meetings.


CRTPO plans study of I-77 area network

In mapping out the details of a regional transportation network, the road goes on forever and the planning never ends. And for the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) – the federally mandated group responsible for coordinating the transportation planning process in Mecklenburg, Iredell and Union counties – one of the next steps in that process will be a detailed study of the Interstate 77 corridor.

According to a section in CRTPO’s most recent newsletter, the organization plans to authorize a “comprehensive look at the multi-model dynamics of the corridor and the surrounding parallel network.” The statement says the study will target major connections on the I-77 corridor and the key elements that influence travel behavior and safety within CRTPO’s planning area, which stretches from Statesville to the South Carolina border with I-77 as the major artery

The purpose of the project, for the I-77 corridor and the parallel network (which includes N.C. 115 and U.S. 21), is to develop a corridor strategies report identifying prioritized, implementable projects. Those projects would be considered in updates to the Metropolitan Transportation Plan and the Transportation Improvement Plan.

According to the CRTPO release, “The outcome of this study will provide recommendations to regional decision makers, elected officials, technical staff, the business community and the general public on the feasibility, benefits and impacts” of potential innovative solutions to transportation concerns. Those solutions, the release states, would be used to “develop recommendations for future projects along I-77 and the adjacent transportation corridor.”

A Request for Proposals is being compiled summarizing the study objectives, and CRTPO will be hiring a consultant to assist with the study.


Fort Dobbs to hold Archeology Day July 28

STATESVILLE – Fort Dobbs will host Archaeology Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 28, offering visitors a glimpse of materials left buried and untouched for hundreds of years.

Fort Dobbs is a North Carolina Historic Site that is the state’s link to the French and Indian War. 

The N.C. Office of State Archaeology-led recovery efforts and objects not displayed before now can be seen.

The public is invited to assist with recovery by sifting through excavated soil samples for a $1 fee.

For more information, call 704-873-5882. Fort Dobbs is at 438 Fort Dobbs Road.


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