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Homeowners in one Mooresville neighborhood are upset part of their subdivision will have to be torn down years after it was built. Piedmont Natural Gas says structures are built on top of its pipeline.
The gas company deals with this often and even with inspections, structures are built where they shouldn't be, leaving Home Owners Associations with few options.
Clare Pieratt and others who live at the Estate of Lake Davidson in Mooresville say they do not want to see the entryway to their community destroyed.
"You assume that everything is on the up and up and what's there has been properly placed there," Pieratt said. She says the decorative stone structure and fence outside her neighborhood were both there before the nearly two dozen homes were built a decade ago.
These yellow posts that say "natural gas pipeline" have been there as long as she can remember.
"I would find it hard to believe they would construct something without anyone's knowledge," Pieratt said.
But a few months ago, Piedmont told homeowners, part of the entryway, a berm and a well need to go.
Piedmont says it has 25,000 miles of pipeline, and often things are built on easements without their knowledge.
"While it's not something we experience every single day or every week it does happen," David Trusty a spokesman for Piedmont Natural Gas, said.
When it’s discovered, the company works with homeowners, often paying for structures to be relocated.
"It's discouraging. You would hope there are checks and balances within the county and the gas company and the developer," Pieratt said.
Piedmont says it's up to homeowners to know where a utility has an easement.
But these homeowners are fighting back, asking for a survey before their entryway is destroyed.
"In case of an emergency, they said it would be difficult to get in and remove these. But it would also be difficult in my opinion to get in and remove the road," Pieratt said.
Channel 9 checked with Iredell County’s planning department which said a permit is required for a permanent structure, even an entryway sign. But permits are not required for fences and the decision to build that is up to the property's developer. Channel 9 contacted but never heard back from the person who developed the estate of Lake Davidson.
Months of faltering sales, growing competition and pressure from investors, locally-owned Family Dollar is being sold.
Dollar Tree's buyout of Family Dollar is an $8.5 billion deal that could create the largest dollar-store chain in the country.
Eyewitness News anchor Scott Wickersham spent all day uncovering the local winners and losers from the major sale.
Dollar Tree is offering Family Dollar shareholders $60 per share plus a stake in the new company.
Leaders in Matthews, who just lost Harris-Teeter to Kroger are waiting to see how this latest merger will affect them.
“It’s a great loss but we understand this is a business decision,” said Hazen Blodgett, Matthews town manager.
Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor said he hopes the Dollar Tree business model keeps the large distribution center in Matthews.
Dollar Tree's nearest distribution store is 250 miles away in Savannah.
Their CEO said Monday any change that can save money is on the table and it may go beyond jobs.
The founders of Family Dollar, the Levine family, have been a big supporter of local arts, education and philanthropy.
It is sad when we lose jobs,” said Jane Thomas, a retail expert from Winthrop University.
She said shoppers could see an upside.
The larger company can offer better selection and prices.
“I think in the start of 2015, there will be some big sales promotions to cause an uptick in sales,” Thomas said.
Shareholders and government regulators still have to approve the deal and if that happens, the two companies could be merged in early 2015.
Current Family Dollar CEO Howard Levine would have to answer to Bob Sasser, head of Dollar Tree.
Activist investor Carl Icahn pressured the Levine Family Dollar to sell over the past couple of months.
Icahn is known for buying large stakes in companies then splitting them up and selling them off.
In this case, Icahn acquired 9.4 percent of Family Dollar.
He now stands to earn an estimated profit up to $174 million from the sale.
Dollar Tree has more than 5,000 stores and an annual revenue of $7.8 billion.
Meanwhile, Family Dollar has 8,200 stores and an annual revenue of 10.4 billion.
The combined companies could overtake the leader Dollar General which has more than $11,000 stores and annual revenue of $17.5 billion.
News of a possible sale sent Family Dollar stocks soaring Monday.
When the final bell rang, it was trading at $75.74 cents per share.
That's up more than $15 or nearly 25 percent on the day.Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:37:22 -0400
Eyewitness News has covered every development since a Charlotte missionary and a Samaritan's Purse doctor are infected with the Ebola virus.
The deadly virus has no cure, but a local infectious disease expert said the virus does not spread as easily as some others.
Doctors in the U.S. are on alert, but Dr. Christopher Polk an infectious-disease specialist with Carolinas HealthCare System, said even if the deadly Ebola virus reached the U.S., it likely would not spread as much as it has in places like Liberia.
Polk said concern about a rapid spread of the Ebola virus in the country is mostly unsubstantiated.
"Individuals really need to be in direct contact with individuals who are symptomatic," Polk said, adding Ebola spreads when a person comes into contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.
That person must also already show symptoms of Ebola, like an initial fever or sore throat, Polk said.
Charlottean Nancy Writebol, a missionary helping to eradicate the deadly virus in Liberia, is one of two Americans to contract Ebola.
"A lot of the difficulties in containing this outbreak in West Africa center on infection control measures," Polk said.
In West Africa, several patients often share a room and despite efforts to mitigate the spread, Polk said the hygiene precautions and sanitation measures taken in the western world are less prevalent in places like western Africa.
Missionaries like Writebol know there is no cure for the virus, which by some estimates has a 90 percent fatality rate.
You're treated with supportive measures, meaning fluids, replacing electrolytes and trying to support your body through the illness," said Polk, who added the sooner a person gets help, the better.
Measures are now being taken in western Africa to stop the further spread of the virus.
Polk said there is about a week incubation period between exposure to Ebola and the time when symptoms start developing.
Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees), according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Infection often spreads between humans because of direct contact with blood or other secretions of an infected person or exposure to objects that have been contaminated.
During outbreaks, Ebola can spread quickly within heath care settings, according to the CDC.
The Billy Graham Association released a statement Sunday night, click here to read it.Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:30:24 -0400 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories