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 In the News, January 23, 2017 

Winterville to allow microbreweries with eye toward business growth. The town of Winterville has passed an ordinance allowing microbreweries in the town in hopes of capitalizing on the industry’s success in North Carolina and bring business to the town. “Microbreweries is something that has just taken off in North Carolina, but I think Winterville would be a great candidate for a microbrewery,” said Stephen Penn, the town’s economic development planner. Success with Mother Earth Brewery in Kinston and Duck Rabbit in Farmville inspired Penn to bring the same result to Winterville.

Elon looking for old-timey photos. The town of Elon wants residents and others to share their memories of downtown as part of its efforts to become a "Main Street" community. Downtown development administrator Kathleen Patterson is soliciting historical photographs of the downtown. The photos “will be of great assistance to the town as we try to show the history of the town and its development from a railroad depot to the beautiful town it is.”

Knightdale police hold community relations forum. Police leaders and an advisory board the town formed in 2015 held a police and community relations forum Jan. 12, mirroring what has been a trend recently among police departments in the region. The event, held at Town Hall, gave members of the community a chance to speak out on matters relevant to their local police. “The purpose of the forum is to engage residents and other area stakeholders in conversation about the topics and issues that are most important to our entire community,” police Chief Lawrence Capps said.

Norwood looks for development through funds for Retail Academy. The town of Norwood is looking for development opportunities through Retail Academy, which is a sector of Retail Strategies. Retail Strategies is a “national retail firm partnering with cities across the nation to grow retail opportunities.” The company acts as a go-between for potential investors and towns. “They try to find, through their network, companies that are looking to come to a town like Norwood,” said Town Administrator John Mullis. Norwood hopes to receive developments which will capitalize on the seasonal beach traffic traveling U.S. Highway 52.