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 In the News, August 19, 2010 


Locust supports ABC system. Locust City Council took a proactive step during the last City Council meeting with the passing of a resolution in support of the state’s current public ABC system. According to the resolution, the city of Locust is in favor of continuing the current Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) system as established by state law. Chapter 18B of the North Carolina General Statutes establishes a uniform system of control over the sale, purchase, transportation, manufacture, consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages with the local governments serving as the controlling agency.

ABC board concerned about city’s alcohol permit proposal. The North Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control commission has expressed concern over the Wilmington City Council's proposed guidelines for deciding which bars should receive alcohol permits. The council developed a draft of guidelines to better handle the problems that happen in downtown Wilmington, such crimes as unruly behavior and excessive noise. "We did a citizens survey last year and the No. 1 problem that was cited was it's dangerous to come downtown at night," said city council member Kevin O'Grady. The ABC Commission is in charge of issuing the permits. In a letter to the city, the commission said the guidelines are a step in the right direction but also raise some concerns.



MCNC wins $76M in federal funding for project. Research Triangle Park-based nonprofit MCNC will receive more than $75 million to upgrade the infrastructure needed for broadband connections in 69 rural North Carolina counties, Gov. Beverly Perdue’s office announced Wednesday. The $75.8 million allocation in federal stimulus funds from the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Agriculture will be added to a $24 million grant made to MCNC in April by the Rocky Mount-based Golden Lead Foundation. That grant was required for MCNC to be eligible for the federal funding. Add in an additional $6 million in matching funds from private sources, says CEO Joe Freddoso, and MCNC has a pot of $105 million to pour into its North Carolina Research and Education Network, or NCREN, a fiber network serving schools, universities and research centers across North Carolina.



Addressing the problem. With all the land grabs and shifting boundaries, western Wake County can sometimes feel like the Wild West. Those who live on the frontiers of the area's growing towns are often left pondering: Where exactly am I?  It's especially confusing if they're looking in the mailbox for answers. That's because zip codes, here long before the latest version of a town's corporate limits, just don't budge whenever a new town reaches in. Recent annexations by Holly Springs to the north have left many of its bona fide citizens and businesses wondering why they're stuck with an Apex mailing address.



Wake towns save with online surplus auctions. Used vehicles, outdated computers and printers, gold jewelry and vacant buildings. All of this and more - surplus property owned by towns in western Wake County - can be yours, if the price is right. And if you've got a little time to spare. Government agencies in Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville are increasingly turning away from previous methods of disposing of excess property, such as hauling unused items to state-run surplus sites or contracting with private auction companies.  The new game, according to municipal purchasing managers, is the online auction. "It's a better method because we can sell as we go," said Pam Kitto, purchasing manager in Apex, which has used online auctions for about five years. "We don't accumulate a lot of surplus goods this way, which is good because we don't have the space for it."