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 In the News, January 9, 2017 

A safe sidewalk for kids is within sight in Zebulon. Town leaders had good reason to smile as they gathered for a ceremony along Shepard School Road Friday morning. They were there to break ground on the second and final phase of a sidewalk project that has faced some setbacks since it began in 2012. The new phase will complete a safe walkway between Zebulon Middle School and the Zebulon Boys & Girls Club. There used to be only a path – a just a few feet off the roadway – imprinted by those who walked to the club from school and the surrounding communities south of the highway.

Kinston moves forward with biosolids dryer. Kinston City Council is expecting to spend up to $2.5 million for a biosolids dryer to treat and sell the end result of the wastewater treatment process. At a recent city council meeting, the city’s finance director, Catherine Gwynn, presented an adoption of an ordinance to amend the biosolids Dryer Waste Capital project. The ordinance was approved with a unanimous vote from the council. The money is coming from a zero-interest loan, and the city can sell the end results of the treatment process to farmers as fertilizer to help pay back the money. The loan comes from the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund.

Leland to study Brunswick Forest intersections. The main focus of the study, approved by the Leland Town Council in December, is to consider intersection improvements at the Low Country Boulevard and Brunswick Forest Parkway intersection, said Town Manager David Hollis. The town is looking at modifying the intersection because “it’s a concern for the community and a concern for the town.” He said the town needs to determine how modifications would impact overall traffic in Brunswick Forest, including expected traffic patterns on a new, mile-long connection being built between Mallory Creek Plantation and Brunswick Forest.

Burlington wants to expand Paramount Theater. The city of Burlington is in discussion with the owner of Moorefield Florist to buy his building and expand the Paramount Theater into the space in downtown Burlington. The expansion would be considered an annex, consisting of community meeting rooms, an expanded lobby and offices, said David Wright, who has been managing director of the theater for 19 years. The theater was built in 1928 and is operated by the city's Department of Recreation and Parks.