County or state regulators will be required to approve land disturbances along South Carolina's Lake Greenwood under a county-approved erosion control plan. The new ordinance addresses long-held concerns expressed by county engineers.
City council members in Bainbridge Island, Wash., are considering changes to the way the city handles ethics complaints after dismissing the idea of disbanding the volunteer Ethics Board. Some council members say that Ethics Board members are not maintaining neutrality, while others say recent ethics concerns are unrelated to the board.
Paragould, Ark., Parks Director Pat Austin has responded to Facebook posts claiming that people got sick while swimming at a city aquatic center by having the pools inspected, which showed there were no problems. Still, the rumors have hurt attendance.
About 120 teenagers, many of whom had never rowed before, attended the first rowing camp held by the Tampa, Fla., Parks and Recreation Department. The department is offering more rowing programs for children and adults next month.
The Onion Creek flood zone in Austin, Texas, has been transformed from a residential area into recreation and park space. Staff have had to clear out nonnative trees and plants left behind by former residents.
The Bowling Green, Ohio, Parks and Recreation department will manage 20 acres acquired by the Black Swamp Conservancy for the Wintergarden/St. John's Nature Preserve. "Our interest is protecting it as a natural habitat," conservancy Executive Director Rob Krain said.
Maddie's Magnificent Play Park in Colonial Heights, Va., will become the area's first barrier-free playground. The project has been funded over the course of years by numerous nonprofits and donors.
People with legitimate emergencies in Independence and Maple Plain, Minn., should be calling 9-1-1 rather than depending upon the cities' nonemergency line, contacting officers directly and seeking assistance through social media, says Police Chief Gary Kroells. "If you need a police officer response, if you need to speak with a police officer in person, call 9-1-1," urged Kroells.
Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada, has had an excessive number of unintentional 9-1-1 calls this month -- nearly 400 -- caused in part by phones being activated while in someone's pocket or similar place. There are several ways to prevent pocket dialing, including using a device's keypad lock.
Maryland state Sen. Cheryl Kagan, D-Montgomery, says T-Mobile had been charging customers a $1 fee for 9-1-1 per line, rather than per account, leading some businesses and households to overpay. T-Mobile says the state's law was unclear and it supported legislation that took effect this month specifying that the fee, now $1.25, is per line.
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