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 In the News, June 6, 2016 

Nags Head wants to officially close road now owned by ocean. The town of Nags Head has scheduled a public hearing on its plans to close a road that’s now owned more by the Atlantic Ocean than the town. Nags Head has spent thousands of dollars over the last decade on what once was a paved two-lane road about 500 feet long with a row of high-end houses on each side. But the surf destroyed the asphalt a long time ago. The road now is just a narrow, sandy path.

Charlotte makes Amazon’s list of Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities for 2016. A nice distinction for Charlotteans and the ranking is based on which cities with populations of over 500,000 purchased the most reading materials — books, magazines and newspapers in both Kindle and print formats — online at Amazon.

Lexington Receives Upgrade in Moody's Bond Rating (City Council Goal #6). The City of Lexington has received notification from Moody’s Investors Service that an upgraded bond rating is in order!  Lexington increases its ratings from A1 to Aa3 based on Lexington's $2.1 million of outstanding general obligation (GO) bonds.  Bonds are rated at the time they are issued, and both bonds and their issuers are periodically reevaluated to see if a ratings change is warranted.

Wrightsville Beach ranked among best small beach towns. Wrightsville Beach was selected by editors of Top Value Reviews for their list of 30 Great Small Beach Towns on the East Coast. Wrightsville Beach was ranked 22nd on the list.

Budget hearing draws mixed comments. A pay increase for city employees was the main focus during a public hearing Thursday night on Mount Airy’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year. Citizen comments ranged from the idea that those workers are deserving of extra money, to the notion that municipal personnel already are treated well — including more benefits and perks than the average local citizen.