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 In the News, March 6, 2017 

Step into this hobbit-sized compound to glimpse Asheville, N.C.'s, artsy history. Tucked behind a looming modern wing of the Grove Park Inn is an easy-to-miss but enchanting collection of Arts and Crafts-era buildings that give you a different look into Asheville’s past. This hobbit-sized compound, called Grovewood Village, houses two free museums, artists’ studios, an art gallery, an upscale restaurant and an outdoor sculpture garden nestled among the pines.

Newton named Tree City USA. Newton was named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of the city’s commitment to effective urban forest management. Newton has achieved Tree City USA recognition each of the last six years. The honor is awarded to cities that have a tree board, maintain a tree-care ordinance, spend $2 per capita annually on community forestry, and celebrate Arbor Day.

Film and Fiddle Tunes Highlight Mill-Town Past. When filmmaker H. Lee Waters went to Kannapolis, N.C., in 1941, he probably didn't guess that the footage he shot there would be screened more than 70 years later in Vermont. Waters, a photographer by trade, made ends meet during the Great Depression by making movies. He traveled around shooting footage of townspeople in Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina, then showed the films on the big screen. The mill town of Kannapolis was one of 118 locales he captured on a total of 252 reels.

CMSD considers aid agreement with towns. The Contentnea Metropolitan Sewerage District, which provides sewer to Ayden, Grifton and Winterville, will work with the town of Ayden to draft an interlocal agreement that would set the conditions of how the town provides help to the district. The text of the agreement would then be made available to Winterville and Grifton so they could adopt the same conditions.

Mount Holly installing new ‘welcome’ signs. “Connecting Community & Nature,” Mount Holly’s new tagline is scrolled across Mount Holly’s new “Welcome” signs being constructed at five gateway locations throughout the city. Each will feature an arched red metal design with the tagline and words “Welcome to Mount Holly” surrounded by concrete pillars inlayed with decorative stones. The signs will replace decades-old wooden welcome signs in all locations except one.