Licenses go vertical for drivers under 21
Driver's licenses for N.C. residents under 21 got a makeover Wednesday, as the state began issuing vertically formatted cards designed to help clerks more easily identify underage customers.
State officials and lawmakers pushed for the change to hinder young adults' ability to buy alcohol. A state study showed that some were able to buy them even after presenting IDs that showed they were underage.
“With the vertical licenses, it becomes immediately apparent to a store owner, to a bartender, to someone who will be selling beer or alcohol, that this is an underage driver,” Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner William Gore said.
North Carolina follows more than 20 other states that have redesigned their cards. Associated Press
A town hall forum on the impact of immigration in the state will be held tonight. Mecklenburg County Sheriff Chipp Bailey joins Jim Johnson of the Keenan Flagler School of Business, the director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the head of El Pueblo advocacy group for the panel discussion. Topics for the 6 p.m. discussion at the Pease auditorium of Central Piedmont Community College will be the 287(g) program, crime, the economy, health care and the national perspective. Franco Ordoñez
Cabarrus County Concord
A voter registration drive will be held from noon to 3p.m. Saturday at Pop's Homestyle Cooking, 280 Concord Parkway South, Suite 125. Voters are invited to register or check their voter status. Food will be provided. The drive is being sponsored by the Iota Delta Sigma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. Details: 704-641-4159.
Catawba County Newton
Most of the 153 dogs confiscated from a Catawba County home Tuesday due to unsanitary conditions will be available for adoption today.
The rat terriers are at the county shelter behind the Justice Center off U.S. 321 Business. The terriers and about a dozen great Danes were taken from a home after an anonymous caller complained they were living in poor conditions. A rescue group has taken the great Danes and some terriers.
The county is waiving adoption fees. Anyone wanting to make donations to help in the cost of the adoption effort can call 828-465-8228. To see pictures of the dogs, go to www.catawbacountync.gov/depts/es/animal.asp. Hannah Mitchell
Gaston County Gastonia
Gastonia police Chief Terry Sult is leaving to become the chief in Sandy Springs, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta.
A longtime Charlotte-Mecklenburg police captain, Sult became Gastonia's 20th police chief in 2004. In Charlotte, he rose through the ranks from volunteer dispatcher at age 14 to patrol division commander of the uptown area.
Sult, 51, takes his new job Oct. 27.
Sult was the top candidate in a pool of 62, according to the city. Incorporated in 2005, Sandy Springs has a population of about 90,000. Sult will head a department with about 130. Joe DePriest
Rowan County Salisbury
Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory was involved in a minor car accident on his way to a campaign stop in his run for governor.
The campaign said Wednesday that McCrory was traveling down a Salisbury street when another vehicle hit the car he was in.
Neither McCrory nor the campaign aide driving the car was injured. McCrory later traveled in the same vehicle to his scheduled event in Winston-Salem. Neither driver has been charged. Associated Press