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 In the News, July 10, 2017 

Apex to open 'ninja warrior' fitness park Saturday

Apex will open the new Elevate Fitness Course on Saturday, which the town says is the first of its kind in the country. Inspired by the popular obstacle course fitness trend, the course features a variety of pieces where participants can jump, balance and climb. It's designed with teens in mind - ages 13 and up - because of the size and difficulty of the devices. Younger kids may have fun here, but they might not be big enough to reach up or use the equipment as intended. But, Angela Reincke, Apex parks planner, said the town's parks and recreation department will be creating programs for all ages and abilities there, including, potentially seniors and those with special needs.

Star chosen for Small Business program

The town of Star was chosen from a number of communities across the state by the N.C. Rural Center to participate in an innovative and progressive opportunity created to assist small towns with reinvigorating their economy. The STARt Up Team, which made the announcement on June 30, consists of volunteers and invested citizens who have been meeting since 2015 to develop a process designed to support existing small businesses and foster development of new business in the Star downtown district.

McAdenville wins $858,000 grant for sewer project

The town of McAdenville has been awarded an $858,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to assist with its South Fork sewer project. The venture will involve the construction of a new wastewater pump station and force main to allow for the elimination of the McAdenville municipal wastewater treatment plant and the Pharr Yarns industrial wastewater treatment plant. Once the project is completed, wastewater previously treated at the two 50-year-old facilities will be consolidated to Gastonia’s Two Rivers Utilities system for treatment. “McAdenville is pleased to receive this additional funding support for what is truly a critical project for our community,” said McAdenville Mayor Jim Robinette. “This project is about partnership and the town of McAdenville sincerely appreciates the involvement and support of all of its project partners and funding agencies.”

Downtown Concord launches new history tour app

The Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) has just released an App dedicated to the Downtown Concord experience. This free interactive application is a great resource to both visitors and residents alike. The highlight of the app is a self-guided historic walking tour of Downtown Concord. Beacons have been installed at over fifty sites in the immediate Downtown area that will utilize Bluetooth technology to create an interactive tour. Users will need to enable Bluetooth to receive the self-guided walking tour communication. This self-paced tour will inform participants of the history of a particular building with accompanying images of yesteryear. Users will also learn about the businesses that occupy the building present day. The self-guided walking tour is a co-sponsored venture of the City of Concord, Historic Cabarrus Association/Concord Museum, Residents of Historic Concord and the CDDC. 

Rocky Mount power agency earns accolades

Rocky Mount Public Utilities is one of the highest rated municipal power providers in the country, according to a recent national award. The utility again earned the Reliable Public Power Provider designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service. As part of the designation, the city utility also received diamond level recognition for the fifth time. Diamond level signifies that 100 percent of the required criteria were met. Rocky Mount is one of only two public power providers to receive the Diamond level recognition five times. The utility stands out because of its customer service, employee training and mutual aid agreements, ElectriCities CEO Roy Jones told the City Council when presenting the award last week. “Rocky Mount Public Utilities is a leader in the state and across the nation,” Jones said.