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Authorities release identities of fishermen missing on Belews Lake

STOKESDALE, N.C. — Authorities have released the identities of two men who went missing on a fishing trip Thursday morning at Belews Lake.

Jacob Allen Line, 27, and 44-year-old James Pascual Bohenstiel were reported missing Thursday, according to officials with Stokes County Emergency Services.

Rescuers from multiple agencies have been doing scuba, sonar radar and ground searches in hopes of finding the men.

A truck, boat trailer and boat were found and officials have determined that they belong to the missing fishermen. Personal items, including clothing, were also found in the vicinity of the boat.

Rescuers are focusing their search on an area where the boat and personal items were found, according to Stokes County Emergency Services Director Greg Collins.

The area is known as a “hot hole” and is near the Duke Power Steam Station where hot water comes out of the station and into the lake.

Historic Seven Island Bridge finds home in King

KING, N.C. — For nearly a decade, the historic Seven Island Bridge has been collecting rust in the woods in Danbury, waiting for someone to restore it.

Now the bridge has found a home in a new city.

The Danbury Town Council voted on March 26 to transfer the steel truss bridge – which used to span the Dan River – to Vivian Fulk. She plans to move it to her 36-acre farm in King, which is visible from Goff Road and open to the public when she hosts events.

Local preservation advocates have been working for a few years to pursue other options that would keep the bridge in Danbury, but nothing had been finalized by the council vote.

Mayor Janet Whitt said the bridge is deteriorating rapidly.

“Any of the things they wanted done with it were awesome. … I just feared by the time they could ever do anything it would be crumbled to the ground,” Whitt said.

Piedmont residents practice ‘plein air’ painting

STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — These days just about everyone has a camera on their phone and capturing the world around us is pretty simple.

In this edition of Roy’s Folks, meet some people who take a bit more time creating lasting images of the things they encounter. Rather than simply pressing a button on a smartphone, they do it the old fashioned way with paint and canvas.

Discharge from Belews Creek power plant affects water quality

STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — On a small tributary of the Dan River, several miles upstream of the Rockingham County power plant owned by Duke Energy that contaminated the river with coal ash in February, sits another power plant, one of Duke’s largest.

It’s called the Belews Creek Steam Station, in southern Stokes County.

From this power plant, a coal-waste substance known as bromide, discharged legally into the tributary, has been causing trouble for the downstream town of Madison and the city of Eden, as well as buyers of Madison’s and Eden’s drinking water, such as Rockingham County and Henry County, Va., according to public-record emails between officials with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Men found guilty of chaining dog to back of pickup in Stokes County

SANDY RIDGE, N.C. — Two men have been found guilty in connection to a dog that was abused, chained to the back of a pickup and killed last September.

Jose Lopez and Jonathon Mason Evans have been found guilty of felony animal cruelty. Both have been sentenced to 90 days in jail and a suspended sentence of 7-18 months.

Evans, then 18, was found guilty of abusing the German shepherd mix dog and then chaining it to the back of a pickup truck. After that, Lopez, then 35, drove the truck down the road, killing the dog.

Brittany Southern lived on the street where the incident occurred Sept. 2, 2013 in Stokes County.

“(Evans) picked the dog up over his head and slammed it down on the ground twice,” she said. “I’ve never seen anything like this happen around here.”

Southern said she saw what happened from her porch, along with her brother Adam Southern and their friend Robbie Davidson.

North Stokes students put farm to good use

STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — Do you know where your lunch came from? Or who harvested it? Or how it was grown?

When there’s lettuce on the menu at North Stokes High School, students know exactly where it came from. Some of them even helped grow it.

North Stokes has the first school farm in the state certified to serve its produce in the school’s cafeteria. Federal regulations require all produce served by schools come from producers with GAP certification – a standard of good agricultural practices set to ensure food safety.

The school received its certification just last week and has already begun using its lettuce crop for lunches. Cafeteria Manager Bertha Amos said she used the first harvest in a salad mix last week.

“It makes a beautiful salad,” Amos said.

Hydroponically grown

Windy weather expected for the Piedmont

A low pressure system moving up the East Coast will bring winds to the Piedmont that could be as strong as 50 mph on Sunday in Surry and Wilkes Counties.

One to two inches of snow is possible across the mountains Sunday with wind gust as high as 65 mph.

Sunday afternoon highs in the Piedmont will be in the mid to upper 50s. A few showers are possible during the first half of the day followed by slowly clearing skies.

Winds will settle down Sunday night with Monday morning temperatures falling to near freezing. If anyone has tender plants outside, they may want to bring them in or cover them.

Monday will begin a streak of very nice weather with sunny skies Monday through Wednesday and highs in the low to upper 70s by Wednesday. Morning lows will be in the low to mid-40s.

Thursday will be partly cloudy with highs in the mid-70s. Morning lows on Thursday will be in the low 50s.