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Girl Scouts Say Neighboring Motocross Track Is Too Noisy

Staffers of a Randolph County Girl Scout camp are showing concern for excessive noise at a neighboring motocross track.

Twin Oaks sits in the countryside of Randolph County. Intended as a practice track designed for a handful of people, the track recently had 45 riders show up.

"We started a few jumps and made a trail. Friends started coming over, and they told their friends. Before we knew it we had a lot of people," said Ricky Loflin, owner of Twin Oaks.

The track has grabbed the attention of not only nearby tracks but county commissioners and a nearby girl scout camp for completely different reasons.

Camp Keyauwee sits through the woods only about 1/4 mile from the track. Staffers and campers said the track has a history of making too much noise, especially at night.

"This is a camp for girls to come out and enjoy nature and provide education, so to have the bikes riding at night is a nightmare," said Charlotte Elliott, program manager of Camp Keyauwee.

Update: Homicide Suspects Arrested in Candor

Police in Candor said two men wanted in connection with a homicide that happened on Sunday are in custody.

The alleged incident occurred around 2:15 p.m. on Whiskey Road in Candor.

Police did not provide any details about the homicide investigation.

Officers arrested Reggie Moore and Tony Quick in connection with the homicide.

Asheboro Public Library Expanding Parking Lot

Asheboro Public Library Expanding Parking Lot

Additional parking spots are currently being added to the Asheboro Public Library at 201 Worth St. in Asheboro, according to the library's website.

The lot is expected to open in mid-summer with 35 more parking spaces and four handicapped spaces, two-way access via the Cox Street driveway and two drivers-side book drops.

Pavement in the driveway and on the west side of the current parking lot is being taken up first.

The driver’s side book drop will be temporarily relocated to a space beside the other book drop.

Randolph Co. Man Charged with Selling Cocaine

A Randolph County man has been arrested after detectives found crack cocaine and guns inside his home.

31-year-old Benny Dewayne Spinks's home at 4274 Huntingwood Road was searched Wednesday by detectives with the Randolph County Sheriff's Office and the Ramseur Police Department.

During the search, detectives seized 3.5 grams of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and two firearms along with ammunition, deputies said in a news release.

Spinks has been charged with felony possession of cocaine, intent to sell cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The suspect was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond.

Wounded Soldier Josh Craven Gets Therapy Dog

Local wounded soldier Josh Craven got a much-needed friend in meeting his new therapy dog for the first time on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old Army Specialist from Asheboro lost his left leg in Iraq in 2010. Josh has been recovering ever since at an Army hospital in Washington.

Josh and his wife came home to visit family and friends in Asheboro Wednesday. During their visit, Josh had an opportunity to meet and spend some quality time with their new five-month-old puppy, "Fleet."

Within an hour of meeting each other, Josh and his puppy quickly became best of friends.

"It's more real now that I actually get to see and pet him. Now I see his personality; he's pretty laid back like me," Josh said with a light-hearted laugh.

Josh has traversed huge milestones in his recovery thanks to months of physical therapy, such as with his ability to walk on his prosthetic leg without a cane.

Man Sentenced to Probation for Cockfighting

Man Sentenced to Probation for Cockfighting

A man charged with cockfighting near Seagrove more than two years ago pleaded guilty in Randolph Superior Court Tuesday, according to the Asheboro Courier-Tribune.

Jerry Lee Furr, 68, was sentenced to 18 months supervised probation, a $500 fine, court cost and $322 restitution to the Randolph County Health Department.

He will also forfeit $2,800 seized by officers at the scene, the paper reported.

Furr was charged with illegal rooster cockfighting Jan. 31, 2009 in Ramseur. Twenty-five roosters were found dead during the bust and 130 were seized.

Source: The Asheboro Courier-Tribune.

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NC Zoo Polar Bear Exhibit To Triple in Size

One of the North Carolina Zoo's two polar bears has been moved to a temporary home while the exhibit undergoes two years of renovations.

Aquila was sent to the Detroit Zoo on Tuesday. It was his second stint in Asheboro, after he was first at the exhibit from 1994 to 2002. He returned in 2009.

His companion, Wilhelm, will stay at the exhibit and will be moved to a non-exhibit area when construction begins in the summer.

Zoo officials said the renovations will triple the size of the zoo exhibit. Construction is scheduled to be completed by 2013.

The N.C. Zoo has had five polar bears in its history.