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 In the News, November 14, 2016 

Town's challenge: Add retail on NC 3, but 'keep it rural'. Mooresville commissioners could approve a zoning text amendment Monday night to add two neighborhood center nodes -- areas that support small-scale retail for the surrounding housing developments -- along N.C. 3. According to the N.C. 3 Corridor Study, an employment center is recommended for the intersection of the highway and Rocky River Road.

Princeville tries to save fire department. The town of Princeville's fire department is trying to replace almost all of its equipment, which was damaged last month by Hurricane Matthew. Fire Chief James Powell tells the Rocky Mount Telegram (http://bit.ly/2f78yV4) that the department "is in a desperate situation" because the storm destroyed three of its five engines. Powell says the department paid $105,000 for the three vehicles in 2014.

Blue Star Memorial Marker dedicated on N.C. 58 in Pine Knoll Shores. A year after the first Blue Star Memorial Marker appeared along N.C. 58 on Bogue Banks, a second has been dedicated along the highway to honor the men and women of the United State Armed Forces. A crowd gathered in Pine Knoll Shores recently for the dedication and unveiling of the new marker located at the intersection of N.C. 58 and Pine Knoll Boulevard.

Greenville City Council approves Town Common facelift. The Greenville Town Common will be getting a facelift over the next couple years after the City Council approved a long-term $19 million plan to add bathrooms, a boat dock and more to make the park more family friendly.

Spring Lake Fire Department receives high state rating. The Spring Lake Fire Department has received one of the highest ratings in the state under the N.C. Response Rating System, the town announced. The Office of State Fire Marshal recognized the department for its ISO Class 2 rating. Scores from the N.C. Response Rating System can range from one to 10, with 1 being the highest and 10 not being recognized as a certified fire department by the state. The lower the rating suggests that a department is overall better equipped to respond to fires in its district.