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The city of Morganton officially opened its splash pads Wednesday at Martha's Park and MLK Jr. Park. The News Herald stopped by Martha's Park on Thursday to snap some photos of kids enjoying an early taste of summer. The splash pads will be open through Labor Day, the city said in a Facebook post. 

Several state legislators won’t be returning to the North Carolina General Assembly next January after primary losses on Tuesday. And former lawmakers trying to get back to the House or Senate had mixed results. Seven incumbents lost in primaries for seats in their current chamber. And two current House members lost Senate primaries. Those who failed to win include Sen. Deanna Ballard of Watauga County and Reps. Jamie Boles of Moore County and David Rogers of Rutherford County. Several primary races involved pairs of Republican incumbents drawn together by redistricting. At least five former lawmakers won legislative primaries.

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