Whitewater Center Will Not Open River Rapids Saturday; Amos' Hosts Final Show This Sunday

Mar 3, 2017

The U.S. National Whitewater Center will not reopen its river rapids Saturday as was scheduled. Mecklenburg County officials say the delay is of the center's own making. The center needs a permit from the county, but the center only sent in its application for the permit last Thursday, Feb. 23. The county is still reviewing the application.

Last year, County Commissioners passed new rules that require the center apply for an operational permit annually. The new rules were passed after a woman died from a rare brain infection she contracted from a so-called "brain-eating ameba" living in the center's water.

WSOC TV first reported that while the new rules went into effect Jan. 1, 2017, the center did not get its application in until last Thursday. The county is still reviewing the application and will need to conduct an inspection of the water before the center can be allowed to reopen its man-made river.

Amos' Southend Closes Sunday After Decades-Long Tenure

The local music venue, Amos' Southend, is preparing for its final weekend of shows before closing its doors after nearly 27 years in business.

The Charlotte Observer reports the property on South Tryon Street has been sold to a real estate company for $10.1 million.

It's the latest local music venue to shut its doors, following the Tremont Music Hall, the Double Door Inn, and the Chop Shop. The final show at Amos' is this Sunday at 4 p.m.

UNC Civil Rights Law Center Eschews New Cases Pending Review

Attorneys at UNC Chapel Hill's Center for Civil Rights say they've been instructed not to take on any new cases while state officials decide whether its work should be stopped altogether.

Media outlets report the UNC system's governing board will study whether the law center should stop its free legal work. The Center for Civil Rights has historically pursued lawsuits on behalf of poor and minority residents.

It's gone to court for residents of a predominantly black Brunswick County neighborhood who objected to a nearby county landfill, taken on school desegregation cases, as well as argued in the state Supreme Court on behalf of people who the state sterilized involuntarily.

Nina Simone's Birthplace Purchased By Quartet Of New York City Artists

The birthplace of Nina Simone, located in the small mountain town of Tryon, NC, will be preserved as a historical site after four African-American artists from New York purchased the home, according to a report in the New York Times.

The four artists pooled their money to purchase the small, three-room house for $95,000. The artists say they don't yet have a blueprint for what to do with the property, but that they do hope to both preserve the house and in some way honor Simone's legacy.