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Entries for September 2014

To help the City monitor the tree disease commonly called "weeping conk", Statesville City Arborist Shawn Cox is asking citizens to please leave this fungal growth alone if they see it growing on tree roots. The fungus appears during the fall and Cox returns each year to assess how the disease is progressing. "It appears that some of the fungal growth is being kicked off or removed," said Cox, "and it's important that I am able to monitor the disease."

Cox is primarily concerned with the trees that grow on city right-of-way. "There is no cure for the disease," he explained. "The only response is to monitor the advance of the decay and remove the tree when it becomes a high risk of failure. This is a public safety issue," Cox stressed.

For more information about this disease, please contact Shawn at or 704-902-3852.

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Statesville Police Chief Tom Anderson is very aware that more than 1,000 motorcyclists will be in Statesville over the next five days to pay tribute to Harley legend Don Tilley. That's why Anderson is urging all motorists to be extra alert and share the road with motorcycles.

"We want the events and services for Mr. Tilley to be a time of remembrance and celebration of his life and contributions to our community," said Anderson about the Statesville native who was killed Friday night when lost control of his motorcycle on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville.

"The most appropriate way to commemorate his life is for all drivers to show good judgment, look twice and follow traffic laws," he stressed.

The scheduled N.C. Harley Hog Rally will bring about 500 motorcyclists to Statesville Thursday evening (Sept. 4). It is expected that more riders will be in the area over the weekend building up to the memorial ride on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 7) from Salisbury to Statesville High School stadium between 5-6:30 p.m. Following a service on Monday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m., riders will ride from the St. Phillip The Apostle Catholic Church to Iredell Memorial Gardens.

Anderson said the Statesville Police Department is working with area law enforcement and emergency response agencies to assure that the rides are conducted safely. To keep up with traffic news related to these events, please check the City's website at or Facebook page.

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Nancy Davis
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