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 In the News, July 5, 2016 

Coastal towns backing Emerald Isle in legal challenge over beachfront property rights. North Carolina coastal communities are stepping up to support the Town of Emerald Isle in a legal challenge involving beachfront property rights. The North Carolina Supreme Court will hear a civil complaint filed by two Emerald Isle residents against the Town of Emerald Isle that challenges the town’s right to convert what they say is their private beachfront property to public use.

Gator found at Jacksonville city hall. A woman walking by city hall last week was startled by an alligator on the New Bridge Street side of the building. Officials placed orange safety cones around the alligator and brought in a wildlife specialist to remove the reptile. The gator measured about two and a half feet long and according to Chris Kent, a biologist with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, the reptiles could be between eight and 12 years old.

Trailblazing towns have big pans for a ‘beautiful amenity’. A place to enjoy nature and an aid to economic development — that’s one of the goals for the Deep River State Trail — a 15-mile portion of which will wind along the Deep River and through Randolph County. Read about what each municipality plans to do with their section.

Huntersville program keeps kids safe. Safety Town is a 4-day program for children entering kindergarten in August.  It teaches life-saving lessons on strangers, traffic, fire, pedestrians, guns, poisons, drugs, playground, bus, and bicycle safety. The child-sized town includes working traffic lights, miniature street signs (stop, pedestrian crossing, railroad crossing, etc.), crosswalks and eight colorful little buildings representing our town.

Maggie Valley website biggest bang for the buck. Maggie Valley’s website earned high marks for transparency, especially in regard to maintaining an updated calendar and keeping the public informed about special announcements.

Six NC cities make the “Best Place to Retire” list. What states do you think of when you hear the words "retirement"? The cliché leads us to associate the state of Florida with retirement, so it may be surprising to see which NC cities Bankrate says are the best. Out of 200 national cites listed, Wilmington ranked the highest among the other NC cities (Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Concord, Charlotte, and Asheville).