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Rain delay: Unusually high rainfall this summer has set back area construction (access required)

Heavy precipitation has left contractors and developers in the area wringing out their plans and looking for ways to get back on schedule. This summer, the Piedmont of the Carolinas has seen between 150 and 200 percent of its typical rainfall

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On The Level: Hoss Hinson – yes, the name is real. So is he. (access required)

On The Level: Hoss Hinson – yes, the name is real. So is he. <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Hoss Hinson is a cool name, and the guy who has it has the cool to back it up, too. The wrap-around-sunglasses-sporting, pickup-truck-driving, beard-wearing, hard-hatted and safety-vested vice president of the Monroe-based Godfrey Construction Co. showed up at East Mecklenburg High School taking swigs through a straw in a Big Gulp cup full of Mountain Dew.

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Rain spotlights erosion control issues (access required)

Rain spotlights erosion control issues <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Recent rainy weather has kept local inspectors chasing erosion control complaints near construction sites. Water and where it goes is always an issue, especially with Mecklenburg's rolling landscape, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services educator Sharon Foote. When development is taking place as well, rain plus disturbed soil can lead to a multitude of problems, she said.

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