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 In the News, June 5, 2017 

Local business helping gift visitors with a taste of Franklin

It has always been customary for town leaders to provide distinguished visitors or citizens being honored by local government with a gift. In the past, the town of Franklin has provided a pen or coffee cup. Now, the town of Franklin will be gifting individuals with a little taste of Franklin, which also supports a growing local business. “For several years I have been thinking about something from the town of Franklin that we could give to visiting dignitaries, celebrities and anyone who does anything for the Town,” said Franklin Mayor Bob Scott. “I wanted something unique that promoted Franklin and our local businesses.  During BizWeek I had the opportunity to tour Harmony House Foods and I was impressed by what they are doing and how their product is shipped across the country.  When I attend NC League of Municipalities meetings one of the board members brings peanuts to us.  So, when I saw that Harmony House had freeze dried berries I asked John Seaman if he could make up small jars of the four berries that grow in Franklin and Macon County.  Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries with the town logo on it. John liked the idea and had a prototype to me in a week with the town logo on the lid..  We showed it off at the Town Board meeting and everyone liked it.”

Kannapolis Flyover shows what West Avenue will look like

The City of Kannapolis has released an animation of the West Avenue streetscape which is the first component of the city’s visionary Downtown Revitalization Project. The streetscape is designed to curve and wind through the main core of downtown – West Avenue. It will feature green and outdoor spaces that will complement the new sports and entertainment venue, apartments, retail and restaurants. It will also include improvements to the surrounding streets of downtown. “This streetscape is critical to creating an experience for the people who will live, visit and play in our city. It is an outdoor space designed to serve as our living room and we want everyone to feel welcome and to spend time and ultimately invest in our downtown,” commented Kannapolis City Manager Mike Legg.

To win back commuters, CATS buys new buses

The Charlotte Area Transit System is trying to make traveling better for commuters by buying 11 new buses that will operate on express routes. The buses have reclining seats, overhead reading lights and overhead storage compartments. Some are already being used. Others will be put into use over the summer.

Roanoke Rapids gets certified as a retirement community

Roanoke Rapids has become a destination for those looking to retire. Visit North Carolina, which is part of Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, declared the city as a Certified Retirement Community on Thursday. Now whenever people look to retirement, whether from in or out of state, they receive information on Roanoke Rapids, as well. “‘I want to retire to Charlotte. I want to retire to Asheville. I want to retire to Wilmington.’ Regardless of where they’re asking for, they still get information on our certified retirement communities,” said Andre Nabors, Visit N.C. and Retire N.C. partner relations manager. Retire N.C. said a Certified Retirement Community requires being within 30 miles of a hospital and/or emergency medical services, and the community must also work toward gaining support of churches, clubs, businesses, media and other entities to increase the program’s success in bringing retirees.