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Man arrested for indecent liberties

By James Matthews


An Emma man was arrested Wednesday (May 20) on suspected sex crimes.

Edwardo Leverio Alvarez, 45, of Hazelwood Road, was arrested at his home Wednesday morning. He was charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child and a “sex offense free text” charge. All the charges against Alvarez are considered felonies. Read more...


Last Week’s Headline

Students voice opinions on air quality

 by James Matthews


Over a hundred students from the Leadership Academy at Erwin High School wrote responses to the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency, earlier this month.
Recently the WNCRAQA held a public hearing regarding renewing an air permit for the Duke Power Plant in Arden.
The notice for the hearing states, “The permit renewal concerns all of the air emissions sources at the Asheville Steam Plant, including two coal-fired boilers (Units 1 and 2) and two natural gas/ No. 2 fuel oil-fired, simple-cycle combustion turbines (Unit 3 and 4). Under the permit, Duke Energy Progress must demonstrate that it can comply with state and federal rules for controlling particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, visible emissions, volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants. The plant uses various air pollution control devices, including wet scrubbers, electrostatic precipitators and a selective catalytic reduction system.” The hearing notice goes on to state that the facility operators are required to “monitor air pollution control equipment,conduct periodic stack testing of emissions from boilers annually, operate continuous emission monitors for nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide.” Read more...

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