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 In the News, November 21, 2016 

Communities come together to battle Western NC wildfires. As of Saturday, November 19, the U.S. Forest Service says that crews from over 40 states are fighting 16 wildfires in our state. The work of fighting each fire is directed by a particular agency, depending on whose land it started on. If it was state land, the N.C. Forest Service oversees operations. On federal land, the U.S. Forest Service leads. The Eastern Band of the Cherokee tribe has help from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. Through mutual-aid agreements in place for such emergencies, lead agencies request the manpower and equipment they need, and departments across the state offer what they have to match.

Southern Shores to test the waters on beach nourishment. Southern Shores plans to assess the public’s mood for joining its neighbors in a beach-widening project at an upcoming Town Council meeting set for Jan. 17. The meeting will examine the pros and cons, the costs, the engineering and, most importantly, whether property owners are interested in pumping sand onto the oceanfront.

Newton Grove leaders continues efforts to beautify town. Laura Wheeler of the Citizens Improving Newton Grove (CING) committee made a presentation to commissioners to improve the downtown scenery. Wheeler, a former commissioner, provided an update about some of the improvements at downtown’s roundabout and other areas of Newton Grove. Some of those include replacing lamp posts, placing trash receptacles around town and working wit North Carolina’s Department of Transportation (DOT) to improve broken curbs in the circle.

Greenville welcomes South Korean delegation from possible sister city. The city of Greenville is looking abroad at potential sister cities to further growth and diversity. Mayor Allen Thomas welcomed a delegation from South Korea and guided leaders from the city of Yeonsu-gu on a tour of Greenville. Korea native Byung Lee, who owns a taekwondo academy in Winterville, helped facilitate the meeting. Lee said the partnership could have a significant economic impact on Pitt County. “We have a chance to bring not only a culture,” Lee said. “We can bring a possibility of the city being grown business-wise. We can invite Korean company to Greenville to see possibility of opening in this area.”