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 In the News, February 13, 2017 

Town of Belville to break ground on site of new town hall. The Town of Belville is expected to break ground today to kick off the start of construction for the Belville Municipal Facility. A number of state and local officials will be at the groundbreaking to take part in the formal shovel-turning event. “Our dream of having a town hall that everyone in the region can enjoy has become a reality,” said Mayor Mike Allen.  “We would like to invite the residents of our community to the ceremony to help celebrate the long-awaited start of construction on our municipal facility.”

Carolina Beach getting first fire boat. Fire Chief Alan Griffin said the town is converting a former Coast Guard boat to use as a fire boat. Some of the modifications include lights, a new paint job and a hose. Having the boat, the chief said, should mean safer waters as firefighters and rescuers will be able to head to a problem on the water without waiting for boats from New Hanover County, Wilmington or the Coast Guard.

Thomasville rebranding effort taking shape. The Chair City will soon rethink its branding strategy to better market and adapt its amenities to current and potential residents and businesses. Thomasville Area Chamber of Commerce President Keith Tobin said Wednesday that the chamber signed a contract Monday with 365 Degree Total Marketing out of St. Simons Island, Georgia, for work on the city's strategic planning and brand development process.

Shelby continues move towards new multipurpose complex. Shelby City Council took steps to move along with the proposed multipurpose recreation complex at the Hanna property on McBrayer Springs Road on Monday. Council approved two resolutions Monday, one to authorize the filing of an application with the NC Local government Commission in the State Treasurer’s Office for approval of a financing agreement and another to authorize city staff to solicit competitive bids for the project.