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 In the News, November 28, 2016 

Elkin Mayor Lestine Hutchens receives highest state honor. As members of the community gathered to recognized outgoing Elkin Mayor Lestine Hutchens and Commissioner J.L. Lowe, little did Hutchens know she was to be given the highest civilian honor to be bestowed in the state of North Carolina — the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

A Day in the life of Turkey: Quiet Southern town has rhythm of its own. You don't have to wait for the "Welcome to ..." signs on the edge of town to let you know you've arrived in Turkey. The town water tower, decorated with a strutting gobbler, gives it away. The town of about 300, located just east of Clinton in Sampson County, looks just like so many other small, Southern railroad towns.

Tryon mayor completes Advanced Leadership Corps training. Tryon Mayor Alan Peoples was one of 12 municipal officials who recently completed the Advanced Leadership Corps training offered by the School of Government at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, in conjunction with the North Carolina League of Municipalities and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

Leland police officer’s act of kindness helps new resident in town. When David Johnson called to report his missing wallet, he was lucky Cpl. Dustin Melton with the Leland Police Department took his call. Johnson recently moved to Leland from Boston. Last week, he was distracted by a family emergency, and left his wallet on the trunk of his car before driving away.

Where the Police Protect Venus Flytraps. North Carolina has a long and colorful bond with Venus flytraps, the carnivorous plants that grow in the wild only in a 75-mile radius around Wilmington. But some people have taken that fondness for the flytrap too far, officials said, with poachers trafficking in thousands of plants plucked illegally from the wild, as well as from gardens and nurseries.