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 In the News, October 2, 2017 

A new gateway to downtown? See how architects re-imagine a Durham landmark

The City of Durham has been flooded with more than 1,000 responses about what it should do with the Durham Police Department Headquarters on West Chapel Hill Street after it is vacated next year. Now it can add a host of young architects to the mix. National architecture firm Perkins+Will has made the old police headquarters the subject of its annual design competition. “This is the last large and available development site within easy walking distance of the Durham train station, (American Tobacco) and the downtown business district,” Perkins+Will North Carolina-based Design Director Phil Freelon said.

Dreams, family ties, keep Clarkton buzzing

While many rural communities have seen people move away, Clarkton’s population has stayed fairly constant. “We’re a small town, so if something’s happening, word will get out about it,” said Jerome Myers, postmaster of the town’s cozy post office. While many rural communities hit their peak and have seen people move away, Clarkton’s population has stayed fairly constant. Nearly 800 people live there, and agricultural businesses have helped smooth out the economic potholes that plagued similar towns in the South. Downtown still shows the pain of nearly all southern small towns as once-proud brick buildings stand empty and time has left other buildings worn and battered.

New Bern celebrates moving ahead with new park

A mining company is donating several acres for use at a park in the east. While Martin Marietta Materials currently has its own legal battles underway in Beaufort County, New Bern officials say they are ready to see the positive outcome to this donation, even with some stipulations. It might seem like a drive off the beaten path, but New Bern City Manager Mark Stephens says big plans are in store for that big plot of land. "The advantage of 900 acres, almost, of property to work with, is you can really dream big," he explains. The city of New Bern has approved Stephens to move forward with finalizing a 55 acre land donation along South Glenburnie Road from Martin Marietta. "This was key, this was integral, this was the first step in the process to get us the property that we need to actually move forward with some bigger plans," says Mayor Pro-Tem Jeffrey Odham.

Garner Fire Department – a private organization – discusses becoming a town service

The Garner Town Council held a special meeting Tuesday morning with fire department leaders to talk about what the future of fire service there looks like. As it currently operates, Garner Fire and Rescue is a private organization that contracts with the Town and Wake County. Town leaders and fire officials discussed making the department a town service. Garner already helps fund the department, and Fire Chief Matthew Poole says out of all the discussions they’ve had on the issue over the years, Tuesday’s was the most productive.

Cycle NC Mountains to Coast Ride to stop in Elkin Sunday

Municipalities across the state of North Carolina are preparing for a significant increase in their population for a single night as about 1,000 cyclists and their support staff travel across the state. The first night of their 456-mile tour on Sunday will be in Elkin, where Adam McComb and his team from the Elkin Recreation Department as well as other entities have prepared to host most of them at Crater Park. “The town of Elkin, Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce and Explore Elkin is excited to host Cycle NC this weekend at the Elkin Municipal Park and in Historic Downtown Elkin,” said McComb.