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 In the News, July 18, 2016 

Gibsonville to unveil historical marker. The town of Gibsonville unveiled a historical marker Saturday, July 16 that will honor the town’s founder, Joseph Gibson. The marker will say: “Gibsonville is named for Joseph Gibson, (1785-1857), local plantation owner who provided grading services to the N.C. Railroad in 1851. The first train arrived on Oct. 9, 1855 and the depot was named Gibson Station. On Feb. 18, 1871, Gibsonville was granted a town charter. It is known as “The City of Roses” for the mass of rose bushes along the railroad tracks.”

Burgaw commissioners consider allowing fines for properties with unsafe conditions. Commissioners in Burgaw are expected to consider amending the town’s nuisance ordinance to allow for civil penalties for violations. The ordinance was designed to protect the public health and safety of the town’s residents by ensuring property owners correct unsafe conditions such as uncontrolled growth, collection of water, open story of junk, obstruction of drainage ways, etc.

Shark Incidents Prompt Emerald Isle to Restrict Shark Chumming. The Town of Emerald isle has temporarily restricted shark chumming activities on the beach and near shore areas in response to recent shark incidents in Carteret County. Chumming is now permitted during 8 p.m. and until 8 a.m. The restriction is effective immediately and will continue through September 15 and applies to the town's entire beach strand along the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Inlet.

Sylva town planners to consider food truck rules. Town planners in Sylva will address the growing number of food trucks soon, and how to regulate them. Right now, they fall under general business rules, but their mobility brings up specific issues, like where they can go without obstructing pedestrians, and how long they can stay in one place.