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 In the News, July 11, 2016 

New business owners choosing small towns over big cities. Many small town businesses struggle due to a lack of population and not enough tourism. That’s not the case in many Eastern North Carolina towns. Middle Street in New Bern, Queen Street in Kinston and Farmville are places that are booming with business.

Mills River considers purchasing land next to park, town hall complex. The town of Mills River is keeping its options open for expansion. Town leaders are looking to possibly buy a more than three-acre piece of property adjacent to the current 50-acre park and town hall complex. Possible ideas for the future include expanding the park or building additional town facilities.

What would $74M buy for Asheville? A community center in one of the poorest parts of the city. A greenway connecting South Tunnel Road to popular East Asheville recreation facilities. Hundreds of affordable apartments on land now occupied by municipal vehicles. Those are just a few of the big-ticket items city officials are promoting as possible benefactors of a $74 million general obligation bond whose fate voters could decide in four months.

Emerald Isle named a top Bargain Beach Town for 2016. According to a new report from RealtyTrac, there’s good reason to take your search for a bargain beach home, whether second home or investment property, to the Crystal Coast. The Town of Emerald Isle came in No. 6 among the Top 15 Bargain Beach Towns for summer 2016.

Saluda Tales features lore of early mountain railroading. "How the West Was Won: Trains and the Transformation of Western North Carolina" is currently on display at the Saluda Historic Depot, on loan from the Mars Hill University's Rural Heritage Museum.  The exhibit explores the coming of the railroads after the Civil War and the impact on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains.