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 In the News, May 30, 2016 

Charlotte Earns Nation’s First Stormwater Program Aaa Bond Rating. Moody's has upgraded the City of Charlotte Stormwater Enterprise's rating to Aaa from Aa1 associated with the city's $155.7 million of outstanding stormwater revenue debt. According to Moody’s, “The highest quality rating reflects the prioritization of stormwater debt service, robust financial performance of the system, a strong service area, prudent governance and a manageable level of debt.”  Charlotte’s program is the first stormwater utility in the country with the Aaa rating.

Who foots the bill? The bridge on Wesleyan Drive in McAdenville is scheduled for replacement. The NCDOT will pay for the bridge. But if the town wants it to be similar to the fancy one on the other side of town, Pharr Yarns would have to pay the difference for the upgraded version.

Town of Southern Pines Gets Initial Look at New High School Site. Moore County Schools officials are moving forward with plans to locate a proposed fourth high school — the Advanced Career Center — on land along N.C. 22 adjoining Sandhills Community College. School officials went before the Southern Pines Town Council Monday to preview the project and the fact that it would likely need a special permit to locate on the site.

Benches invite visitors to experience St. Pauls. Take a stroll down St. Pauls' sidewalks and you're sure to come across a nice resting spot, or two, or three. Keep walking. There are more. Benches are appearing along Broad Street - each representing a point of pride for the town. The benches are a result of a portion of the St. Pauls N.C. Small Towns Economic Prosperity Program plan.