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 In the News, May 30, 2017 

Mural brightens downtown Wilson alleyway

“It’s beautiful. To work here every day it’s good to have some brightness. This morning it kind of calmed my day at work, so that’s great. Anything that beautifies Wilson or gives a calming effect, I think it’s great, and for one just having some kids out here painting, I think it’s awesome,” said Darnell Thoms. This enlightening effect on Thoms was a collaborative project between students from the Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education and Wilson Downtown Development Corp. The two entities spent last week creating heritage murals at 106 E. Barnes St., a project supported by a $1,500 grant from the Wilson Arts Council Grassroots grant program.

NC Fire Department Getting $1M for New Tech

High Point firefighters often are the first to arrive on the scene of an emergency, and they could get there faster thanks to technological upgrades planned for the agency's 14 stations. City Manager Greg Demko's proposed budget includes $1 million for new station-alerting systems that will replace the current method of dispatching calls over the airwaves. Officials said the new technology will reduce dispatch call-processing times and replace an aging and obsolete system.

Fix already easing chronic N.C. 12 flooding in Southern Shores

Southern Shores officials say the $450,000 storm-water management project at the intersection of N.C. 12 and East Dogwood Trail is nearing completion and has eased persistent flooding for the past several weeks. “The improvements are already working as evidenced by the removal of highway-standing stormwater during the last two large rains,” said Town Manager Peter Rascoe. Water drains into the adjacent infiltration area, known as a dry pond, across from the town’s east fire station, where it is naturally absorbed.

New Program Recycles Cigarette Butts

A new recycling program aims to reduce the number of cigarettes that end up in our waterways, on our streets, and in our landfill. Keep New Hanover Beautiful recently partnered with the City of Wilmington to recycle butts. The city has installed 110 new cigarette butt disposal canisters in and around Wilmington. At the current collection rate, the Keep New Hanover Beautiful Cigarette Litter Recycling Campaign expects to recycle more than 2,000 pounds of cigarettes within the first year.