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RED SPRINGS — A member of the Red Springs Beautification Committee on Tuesday alerted the Board of Commissioners to a budding threat to the town’s dogwood population.

Fran Ray told commissioners that several dogwoods throughout Red Springs have contracted anthracnose, a disease caused by a fungus that gradually kills the trees.

“This has to be taken care of before it gets out of hand,” she said. “We getting worried because it’s stripping the dogwood trees. It will not get better before it gets worse.”

Commissioner David Shook pointed out that fungicides could be purchased to curtail the escalation of anthracnose.

Ray, Shook and other commissioners stressed that residents with dogwoods should immediately inspect the trees for fungus to prevent the disease from spreading.

During the meeting, the commissioners heard a proposal from Walter Lewallen concerning the establishment of a disc golf course in town, similar to the one at Luther Britt Park in Lumberton.

Town Manager James Bennett was in favor of the idea.

“We’ve heard time and time again from people young and old that there aren’t many recreational opportunities in Red Springs,” he said.

Mayor John McNeill suggested that Bennett and Commissioner Murray McKeithen visit a course in Lumberton to get a sense of how well such a project would work in Red Springs.

In other business, the commissioners:

— Recognized Tanner McPhaul as the Flora Macdonald Academy Student of the Month.

— Classifies two old police cars as surplus in order to sale the vehicles for scrap metal.

— Took action to apply for the Small Town Main Street program through the North Carolina Office of Urban Development. The program provides financial assistance for downtown development.

— Scheduled the town’s Ethics Training meeting for May 14 from 10 a.m. until noon.

— Tabled a salary study on pay grades until the town’s budget meeting, which will be held Thursday at 6 p.m.

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