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 In the News, June 27, 2016 

Williamston receives accreditation for National Main Street program. The Town of Williamston received accreditation and marks for high performance from the National Main Street Center. Williamston is one of 44 North Carolina communities cited for economic vitality and fidelity in following the best-practice standards for historic preservation and community revitalization championed by the center. New Bern, Washington, and Wilson also made the list.

Wilmington attracts life sciences startups. Forbes Pharma & Healthcare readers will most likely know of Wilmington, North Carolina, as the world headquarters of PPD, the global contract research organization founded by Fred Eshelman. But did you know that Forbes ranked Wilmington #2 on The 10 Best Cities To Start A Business 2015?

Belhaven to work on drainage problems to help prevent flooding. Town officials in Belhaven are trying to make the best of their current resources while also planning for future improvements. Belhaven Town Manager Woody Jarvis says he is working with Public Works to tackle their drainage issues by making sure the storm grates, pipes and ditches already in place are maintained and cleaned out appropriately to reduce the impacts from excessive water.

State helps fund municipal projects. The state has approved funding of water and sewer projects for two Twin Counties municipalities as part of a $10 million statewide grant to improve rural infrastructure and spur job creation. Tarboro will receive $949,750 for an industrial park water project and Nashville is set to receive $292,425 for sewer lines near an innovative sweet potato processing plant. Also, neighboring municipality Wilson received a $500,000 loan to support the renovation of a vacant grocery store as part of the state’s Community Development Block Grant.

Fuquay-Varina delays vote Duke Energy substation third time.  A vote on Duke Energy’s proposed electricity substation won’t happen until at least Sept. 20 after the town board agreed to the company’s request for more time to negotiate with residents and revise its plans. This is the third time since April the board has allowed the utility more time to revise the conditions of a rezoning petition that would allow it to build the facility on land bordered by the Springhill subdivision to the south, Wade Nash Road to the north and N.C. 55 – known as Broad Street – to the east.

NC ranked 4th for best road trips (and tied for #1 in number of scenic byways). North Carolina was ranked the fourth best state in the U.S. for the most "fun, scenic and wallet-friendly road-trip destinations" by WalletHub, an online personal finance website. The site evaluated all 50 states based on factors like driving and lodging costs, road conditions and safety, and fun and scenic attractions.