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 In the News, June 13 2016 

Carolina Beach Town Hall gives historic exhibits new life. Carolina Beach Town Hall is unveiling some historic exhibits next week thanks to the help of the folks at Fort Fisher. The four dioramas that will be on display are part of the same collection seen at the Fort Fisher Museum.

Towns join lawsuit over beach access. Two towns decided last Wednesday to back Emerald Isle in a legal battle over property rights and land use. The town boards of both Indian Beach and Pine Knoll Shores met for their regular board meetings at their town halls and unanimously passed motions to contribute to the legal fees for Emerald Isle in the Nies v. Town of Emerald Isle civil complaint.

In downtown Huntersville, long-anticipated road improvement project moving forward. Huntersville is moving ahead with plans to smooth the flow of traffic through downtown, after a little more than a decade of consideration. The multimillion-dollar project would involve realigning the northern and southern ends of Main Street to connect with N.C. 115, building either roundabouts or signalized intersections at both.

Wrightsville Beach ranked among best small beach towns. Wrightsville Beach was ranked 22nd by editors of Top Value Reviews for their list of 30 Great Small Beach Towns on the East Coast. "North Carolina is chock-full of great beach towns, but one of the most popular is Wrightsville Beach," the site stated.

Zebulon Town Board approves rezoning request related to solar farm. Zebulon commissioners followed the recommendation of town staff and the Planning Board in approving the rezoning of a 5.5-acre parcel to a lower-density residential classification that matches the two contiguous parcels to the south, which take up about 41 acres.

Asheville named a top retirement destination by Where To Retire magazine. Asheville has been selected a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions. Asheville is profiled in a feature titled “8 Rejuvenating River Cities” in the July/August 2016 issue, available nationwide on June 14.

Towns get state funds for land-use projects. Gov. Pat McCrory's office announced last week that Wrightsville Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Shallotte were three of five coastal communities awarded grants. The funds, offered through the Division of Coastal Management under the  CAMA grants program, will help the towns pay for planning projects like mapping, beach access and erosion control.