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 In the News, July 25, 2016 

N.C. environmental chief visits Edenton lighthouse. The state’s top environmental official got a first-hand look Wednesday at how a state $125,000 grant is providing better access to a historic landmark in Chowan County. N.C. Secretary of Environmental Quality for the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Donald van der Vaart toured the historic 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse during a visit to Edenton. The DEQ helped fund the ramp used by visitors to reach the lighthouse that sits in the waters of Edenton Bay on the downtown waterfront.

CSX picks Rocky Mount for planned $272M rail hub. Railroad behemoth CSX has said it would make Rocky Mount an East Coast hub for shipping and receiving cargo containers. The company will build the Carolina Connector, an “intermodal terminal”. The terminal will draw and reroute containers from East Coast trains and trucks and from North Carolina’s ports in Morehead City and Wilmington.

Waynesville will get an arboretum thanks to public/private partnership. A new public/private partnership is blossoming in Waynesville, and the fruits of its labor promises to be a gift for generations to come. The town of Waynesville has teamed up with the Mountain View Garden Club to establish an arboretum on 43.54 acres around the Waynesville Recreation Center.

Asheville and North Carolina will host first-ever Beer Marketing and Tourism Conference in 2017. The first-ever Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference will take place March 28-30, 2017 in Asheville, North Carolina. Beer and tourism industry leaders from throughout North America and beyond will gather for three days of education, discussion, and networking. Asheville and North Carolina are natural hosts for this conference.