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 In the News, November 7, 2016 

Clayton peers into crystal ball. With the election cycle over and the apocalypse either assured or averted, depending on one’s view, people are thinking about the future. The Clayton Town Council spent two days late last month peering into its own crystal ball, trying to imagine what the town could be two or three decades from now.

In tiny N.C. town, church moved "by the hand of God" is prime tourist attraction. In 1874, the congregation of the Methodist Church in Swan Quarter sought a prime spot on Main Street from the owner, Sam Sadler, who refused, telling the people he had plans for that parcel. Another man donated a lot on Oyster Creek Road, several blocks from the desired location. The church was constructed there on short brick columns and dedicated in September 1876. A few days later, a big storm hit the town.

Castalia firefighters aid Lumberton fire company. Castalia fire department recently reached out to lend a helping hand to a fire company that was devastated by flooding from Hurricane Matthew. The Pine Terrace Volunteer Fire Department in Lumberton lost all four of its fire engines in the flooding that occurred following Hurricane Matthew. Castalia Fire Chief Robert Varnell Jr. said his department had a fire engine for sale and after seeing the effects of the hurricane on the state, the fire company members decided they wanted to donate it to a fire department in need.

East Spencer Commissioners look to expand job training program. With approval from other Rowan county commissioners, Vice Chairman Jim Greene hopes to expand a job-training program that would allow individuals to be certified and placed in other job markets in addition to the NC Manufacturing Institute. Greene has proposed bringing the N.C. Manufacturing Institute to Cleveland, China Grove, Rockwell and Salisbury’s West End community.