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Jones County school bus driver named North Carolina's best
June 7, 2013
Charles Mantie places first at the annual North Carolina State School Bus Roadeo. The Jones County Public Schools driver earns the distinction after navigating a school bus through an obstacle course that tested drivers' skills in mastering a diminishing clearance, backing, making a tight turn and parallel parking.
North Carolina Senate proposes cuts to bus replacement funding
June 6, 2013
Funding would be cut by $28 million for 2013-14, a reduction of 42% under the Senate’s budget bill. Lawmakers are also proposing to increase the mileage limit on school buses in the state from 200,000 miles to 250,000 as a cost-savings measure.
Bus drivers for North Carolina districts honored
June 6, 2013
The drivers, who serve Surry County Schools, Mount Airy City Schools and Elkin City Schools, are recognized at a banquet for their years of safe driving. Tim Burton of Surry County Schools is named driver of the year for 2012-13.
North Carolina bill would increase bus-passing fines
April 8, 2013
Under the North Carolina School Bus Safety Act, the fines for such a violation range from a minimum of $500 to $5,000 depending on whether the motorist is convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony offense. The act also includes provisions for driver’s license revocation.
Bill would raise speed limit for North Carolina school buses
March 21, 2013
The legislation would let loaded and unloaded school buses in the state drive 55 mph, up from 45. The bill’s sponsor calls slow-moving buses on high-speed roads “a hazard,” but another legislator cites concerns for student safety in allowing buses to drive faster.
North Carolina bill would revoke bus passers' licenses
February 26, 2013
Under Senate Bill 16, the license revocation periods range from 30 days to two years depending on whether the motorist is convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony offense. On Tuesday, the bill passes a third reading in the Senate.
Father of teen killed by stop-arm running speaks out
January 10, 2013
Nearly four years ago, 16-year-old Nicholas Adkins was fatally struck by a vehicle that failed to stop for his school bus. North Carolina then passed legislation that stiffened penalties for such a violation and allowed stop-arm cameras on school buses. With the anniversary of Nicholas’ death approaching, his father talks with a news outlet and gives a stark reminder of the dangers of stop-arm running.
Mothers to be charged for boarding school buses
December 10, 2012
Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Schools police say the women will be charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct for two separate incidents last week. In the first incident, a woman approaches a student on the bus with a baseball bat, and in the second incident, another woman allegedly starts cursing and screaming at the driver when she’s told to get off the bus.
Boy thrown over car after being struck by bus passer
December 6, 2012
Police say the boy escaped serious injury in Wednesday’s accident, with a captain from the Graham (N.C.) Police Department saying that the child “didn’t seem hurt at all.” Motorist Crystal Lashawn Clay is charged with passing a stopped school bus and careless and reckless driving.
Thomas Built produces 50,000th Saf-T-Liner C2
November 1, 2012
Contractor Dean Transportation takes delivery of the milestone school bus. Thomas Built Buses launched the C2 model in 2004, designing it from the ground up and building it in the High Point, N.C., production facility created specifically to produce the innovative bus.
Boat serves as school bus for N.C. students
October 10, 2012
Some children who live on a peninsula on Lake Norman have drastically shortened their commute by taking a boat to school. Scott Huseby started by ferrying his three children across the water to SouthLake Christian Academy, and he has since expanded the service to other families at no charge.
1st-grader killed by truck near bus stop
September 4, 2012
Janell Simmons is standing across the street from her siblings while waiting to be picked up for school. As a pickup truck and school bus approach the stop from opposite directions, Simmons attempts to cross the street and is hit by the truck.
First Student names location manager, wins new contract
August 1, 2012
Dave Chappell will oversee all transportation operations in Greensboro, N.C., including safety and maintenance for Guilford County Schools. In other news, the company will provide school transportation for the Nebraska panhandle under a four-year agreement with Gering and Scottsbluff Public Schools.
New school bus seat, ownership shift at SynTec
July 30, 2012
SynTec Seating Solutions’ new S3C seat, which can be converted between belted and non-belted options, will be available on school buses starting this fall. The company is now fully owned by global seat belt and air bag maker Takata.
After bus fire, N.C. districts check for wiring issues
February 28, 2012
No one was injured in the Feb. 8 school bus fire, in which worn wire coverings were found to be a likely cause. State officials direct school transportation departments to perform special inspections to help prevent any further incidents.
N.C. bus driver wins $283K jackpot
February 23, 2012
Audrey Childers, a school bus driver and substitute teacher from Mount Holly, wins $283,484 in the Carolina Cash 5 lottery. Childers says she will use her winnings to purchase a house.
Thomas Built again steps up production, staff
February 9, 2012
The school bus manufacturer adds 50 new line positions and increases production levels in response to large orders from the state of North Carolina and other customers. The company also expands its field sales and service teams, releases results of a fuel economy test and earns an environmental award.
5 N.C. districts test cameras to catch stop-arm violators
October 6, 2011
The pilot program uses a surveillance system that positions three cameras on the outside of the bus. The goal is to cut down on the more than 2,000 illegal passing incidents that school buses in the state experience each day.
N.C. Transportation Hall of Fame honors industry veteran
September 30, 2010
Thomas Built Buses sponsors the Perley A. Thomas Award for Excellence in Pupil Transportation. This year's recipient, Don Byrnes, served the industry for 32 years as a transportation director and past president of the North Carolina Pupil Transportation Association.
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