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 In the News, August 15, 2016 

Chatham County considers incentives to attract new hotel to Pittsboro. With construction nearing completion later this year for the new Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro, county government leaders are looking ahead at ways to draw bigger events to the $12 million venue. A proposal is on the table for an incentive package offer to attract a developer to build a 100-room hotel in Pittsboro. The hotel, they say, could better position the new conference center as a site for conventions and the large events.

Carolina Beach Town Council approves chickens as pets. Residents in Carolina Beach can now legally have chickens as pets after a 3-2 vote from town council Tuesday. Several people spoke at the public hearing, all in favor of allowing chickens as pets. Chicken owner James Wind gave a presentation about his birds and argued why they should be allowed. He and his wife Diane said the chickens provide a clean food source and are fun to be around.

Some Edgecombe County towns look to target derelict properties. Neighboring Edgecombe County municipalities are looking to improve their curbside appeal. The Tarboro Town Council deleted a provision allowing for junk cars on private property at its meeting Monday and the Princeville Town Board of Commissioners has set a public hearing for its Aug. 22 meeting to hear comments on proposed strengthening of property appearance rules.

Main Street renaissance: WNC’s small towns confront growth, change. With housing options limited within Asheville city limits, current residents and newcomers to the mountains are increasingly looking towards the surrounding small towns and communities as a place to settle down or launch a new business. In response, towns across WNC are managing the opportunities, and challenges, that come with growth.

Upstate and WNC cities up for top outdoor towns in the South. Several cities in the Upstate and Western North Carolina are competing to be named one of the top 3 outdoor towns in the South. Some of the N.C. cities in the competition are Brevard, Bryson City, Sylva, Franklin, Cherokee, Morganton, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Asheville, Boone/Blowing Rock, Charlotte, and Greensboro. There will be 3 winners - 1 small town, 1 medium town, and 1 large town.