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 In the News, October 31, 2016 

2016’s Best Places to Raise a Family in North Carolina. In light of the sweeping transformation of the Tar Heel State that have made it an attractive home for families, WalletHub’s analysts compared 85 of its cities based on 21 key indicators of family-friendliness. Find out where your town or city ranks.

Gibsonville residents donate to flood victims. After their own fall festival was rained out Oct. 8, Gibsonville residents came to the Town Greens in scores Saturday to help flood victims down east. An iconic Salvation Army red kettle was stuffed with $621.09 in donations, and a truck was filled with bags of clothing, cleaning and household supplies for needy families recovering from flooding related to Hurricane Matthew.

City of Asheville and buskers reach agreement on street performing rules. The City of Asheville and its busking community have reached a deal on how street performing and the congestion of downtown can mix. On Tuesday evening, an amended ordinance was unanimously approved by city council with the blessing of the Buskers Collective. A process that started out contentious led to compromise. Downtown residents, businesses, buskers and police all worked together to keep an Asheville tradition alive.

Oak Island mayor to head up NC tourism networking group. Oak Island Mayor Cin Brochure has a new title. She’s now the Chair of the NC Association of Resort Towns and Convention Cities. Brochure was elected during the group’s meeting in Raleigh on Sunday. The Association is an affiliate organization of the NC League with a mission ‘to unite the resources of Resort Towns and Convention Cities as a means to enhance the economies of towns, cities and the state of North Carolina by seeking support for the travel and tourism industries.'

Towns get share of $147M awarded for transportation, infrastructure projects. The N.C. Department of Transportation is distributing more than $147 million to 508 cities and towns throughout North Carolina to support municipalities in the maintenance, repair, construction, reconstruction, widening or improving of roads, in addition to the planning, construction and maintenance of bikeways, greenways and sidewalks.