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 In the News, January 2, 2017 

Town of Beaufort’s fire department to move into $3.2M upgrade. The Town of Beaufort’s fire department is getting a major upgrade. The $3.2 million project’s been in the works for the last 10 years and it’s almost set to open. The new 12,500 square foot facility is taking the place of the department’s current 5,600 one just a few blocks up the road. “There will be six bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, a training room, three drive-thru bays, a tool room, it’s gonna be a head turner,” said Assistant Chief Richard Lovick, Beaufort Fire Department.” It will also be an improvement to the town’s fire ratings. The new building has three bays which will hold up to six trucks. The current one has four. Adding the additional trucks will cut down on insurance premiums.

Town of Stanley gets a new place to play. Tug Deason Gym had its official grand opening December 29th in Stanley. Named for long-time Recreation Director Tug Deason, the new gym completes a $1.5 million project including the adjoining Harper Park. Deason led the charge to create Harper Park which opened four years ago and includes 17 acres of land and cost $1 million to develop. The heavily used park boasts a splash pad, a playground, two baseball fields, a pet-walking area, a paved walking track, a nature trail and volleyball and basketball courts.

Gibsonville visitors center books the caboose. The evolution of the historic caboose, a landmark in downtown Gibsonville, is complete now that it is the official visitors center of the town. Earlier this year, the Gibonsville Merchant's Association approached the Board of Aldermen to create a full-time visitor’s center, suggesting that the town rent a space and staff it. The board decided against funding it, but the plan was not derailed. “The idea was still valid,” said Neil Bromilow, chairman of the Gibsonville Promotions Committee. So, Bromilow and others put another plan on track: turning the caboose into a visitors center.

Hottest Cities For Food: Two NC Towns Beat Out New York City. Two of North Carolina's most popular cities made the cut on a new list of the best cities for food in 2016, even beating out New York City. The food and restaurant website, Zagat, created a list of 2016's best food cities by ranking the number of exciting new restaurant openings, award recognition and national media attention for cities with the biggest culinary innovation. Charlotte came in at ninth place and Asheville in seventh on Zagat's list of the 26 Hottest Food Cities of 2016.

In Wake Forest, football binds the old and new. When it comes to high school football, Wake Forest still has small-town pride and a strong community spirit – the kind that draws hundreds of fans to Friday night games and rallies the community when a state title is in sight. Like other towns on the outer edges of Wake County, Wake Forest has been transformed by Raleigh’s growth. About 39,000 people live in Wake Forest, roughly 17 miles north of downtown Raleigh. In 1990, the town had a population of about 5,600.