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Alas and behold! After over 200 days of virtual silence from Burke County’s political leaders about their prized Megasite, an expert on the project clearly and unequivocally disclosed long-awaited …
Burke County Manager Brian Epley has likened the development of the industrial megasite at the western edge of the county to a nine-inning baseball game. Right now, he says, we’re only in the …
TO THE EDITOR: Home is where your heart is and Morganton/ Burke County has been my heart for 55 years. Attention: Residents of Burke/McDowell and all over North Carolina, we need to be vigilant of …
Without question, Lake James – by far the cleanest lake along the Catawba River – is a tremendously positive selling point for Burke County, providing unparalleled opportunities for fishing, …
TO THE EDITOR: Hear ye, Hear ye! All Burke County residents and N.C. citizens!! We are all being bullied and tricked to board the Mega Titanic. Say no! What is happening all around our state, and …

BDI shouldn't market a Megasite that doesn't yet exist

Dear Editor: How can Burke Development Inc market a Great Meadows Megasite on the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina website ( www.edpnc.com ) before it is an actual site? …
Alan Wood, President and CEO of Burke Development, Inc., speaks at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Western Piedmont Community College last Friday. Wood spoke at length about the proposed Great Meadows Megasite.
 Alan Wood, President and CEO of Burke Development Inc., has at times been tight-lipped about the proposed Great Meadows Megasite project in western Burke County. But he had plenty to say about it last Friday morning.
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Flyers urging citizens to 'Stop the Burke — Lake James Megasite.'

Folks who attended Charlotte Water’s community forum in Hickory last week to learn more about a proposal to drastically increase the amount of water Charlotte pulls from the Catawba River were …

Future of Great Meadows Megasite Clarified by Burke Development's Alan Wood

Alan Wood addressed rumors and clarified plans for the Great Meadows Megasite at a Burke Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Wood dispelled claims of a …

Burke County revives conditional zoning amid development debates

The Burke County Board of Commissioners has approved the reintroduction of conditional zoning, previously paused since 2021. This decision, crucial for managing local developments, particularly the controversial Great Meadows Megasite

Jeff Brittain, Burke Commission Chairman

The Great Meadows Megasite — Knowns and unknowns

Since it first started garnering headlines late last year, the proposed Great Meadows Megasite in western Burke County has been the source of numerous campaigns of both information and misinformation.
The Burke County Planning Board votes on an issue early in Thursday's meeting. Later, the group voted 4-2 against the adoption of conditional zoning in the county.

There is another potential stumbling block in the path of the proposed Great Meadows Megasite: There will be no conditional zoning in Burke County. In a 4-2 vote Thursday, the county’s planning …
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The Burke County Planning Board will consider a return to conditional zoning for the county when it meets again next Thursday, a move that could impact the future of the proposed Great Meadows …
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Screen grab from video details development of Great Meadows Megasite

With an online petition against the proposed Great Meadows Megasite circulating and a maelstrom of misinformation swirling on social media, Burke County is making a concerted effort to clear the air. …
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Brian Epley

Notable quotes from Tuesday’s Burke County Board of Commissioners meeting: County Manager Brian Epley, discussing the need for renovations at the courthouse: “I like to say that its biggest …
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Ryan Hartnett speaks to the Burke County Board of Commissioners during the regular monthly meeting Tuesday. Hartnett and several other citizens addressed the issues surrounding the proposed Great Meadows Megasite in western Burke County.

There is growing public opposition to the planned Great Meadows Megasite in western Burke County, but Burke Development Inc. (BDI), which is pushing the project forward, insisted Tuesday evening the site will be environmentally safe and won’t turn into an eyesore. …
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Burke County Commissioner Johnnie Carswell

Burke County Commissioners quotes

Notable quotes from Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting of the Burke County Board of Commissioners: Commissioner Johnnie Carswell on the nomination for clerk Kay Draughn to continue in that role in …

County plans education effort on development of industrial megasite

Burke County Manager Brian Epley says there are plenty of misconceptions swirling about the proposed Great Meadows Megasite that straddles Burke’s western border with McDowell. He also says the …

Town Hall-style meetings to be part of Megasite public education sessions

Burke County government has vowed to do a public education campaign before a hearing is held on the rezoning of a large area that is part of the Great Meadows industrial megasite in western Burke and …

Burke County Residents Protest as Planning Board Postpones Rezoning Decision for Great Meadows Industrial Site

A near-capacity crowd of concerned residents packed Thursday night’s meeting of the Burke County Planning Board. Moments later, they all stood up and filed out, some of them mumbling curses under their breath.

Burke County Planning Board meeting on Thursday Dec 6 to discuss new megasite near Lake James

Social media posts have urged Burke residents to attend the meeting and voice their concerns that the megasite might be harmful to the environment given its proximity to Lake James.

Mega-success: General Assembly comes through with money for Burke/McDowell megasite

State and county officials share a laugh Monday morning during a check presentation for the Great Meadows Megasite near Exit 94 off I-40. The legislature allocated $35.8 million for purchase and infrastructure development. The site borders Burke and McDowell counties. Pictured, from left, are Sen. Warren Daniel, Rep. Dudley Greene, McDowell Commission Vice-Chair David Walker, N.C. Speaker Tim Moore, Burke Commission Chair Scott Mulwee, Burke Commissioner Jeff Brittain, and Rep. Hugh Blackwell.
In its current state, the 1,353-acre Great Meadows Megasite on the border of Burke and McDowell counties would make an outstanding deer hunting lease or a superb area for riding dirt bikes. But Burke …