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 In the News, October 17, 2016 

Elkin medicine drop-off events slated. The Elkin Police Department will be hosting several events in conjunction with Operation Medicine Drop, which is a partnership of Safe Kids North Carolina, the Riverkeepers of North Carolina, NC State Bureau of Investigation, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of North Carolina and local law enforcement agencies. The groups work together to encourage the public to safely dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medication.

Carrboro floats idea for low-cost, public-private business park.  Affordable commercial space is rare in Carrboro, but the town might have a way to help. The Board of Aldermen got an update recently on “Project 86,” a staff-generated idea for building a warehouse business park for smaller crafts to larger assembly-type manufacturing operations on 22 acres off Old N.C. 86. The town bought the land for $775,000 in 2002 with plans to build a public works facility, and the site could support about 95,000 square feet of flexible space, including four 20,000-square-foot buildings, one 10,000-square-foot building and one 5,000-square-foot building.

Grocery co-op shows what a determined community can do. The doors opened Friday at the Renaissance Community Co-op, and the first thing that shoppers see entering the door is what has been lacking from this East Greensboro area for 18 years: Piles of sweet potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, apples, and bananas.

Several NC Cities among nation’s fastest growing. Personal-finance website WalletHub has identified the U.S. cities that grew the fastest from 2009 to 2015. WalletHub compared 515 cities across 14 metrics, including population growth rate, college-educated population growth and unemployment rate decrease and several NC cities made the list and Concord broke into the top 10.