"A $69.4-million county budget was proposed with no tax increase (,supposedly). A(n) (unfair and) controversial flat fee for waste was added. The $45 fee was widely opposed but ultimately approved (,anyway).
• A 13-year-old Kittrell boy drowned in a drainage ditch after playing ball following a heavy rain storm. Seven inches fell, washing out roadways.
(Which speaks once again to the need for a public swimming pool, and swimming lessons, in our area!)
I have been told the Kitrell boy did not drown because he could not swim...he made the mistake of riding a bike into a ditch that looked like it had only a few inches of water, but in reality was very deep. The force of the deep water pinned the bike against the boy and he was unable to push against the strong current.
We need still need the things I suggested, but this is not why the boy died, in this case.