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 In the News, October 9, 2017 

Officials boost innovation economy

During a Thursday morning work session, the Wilson City Council heard about a five-part plan to grow an innovative culture in Wilson as part of multi-year initiative. “Wilson is more important to our state to expand entrepreneurship and innovation success than others because if it is going to work on a broader state basis, Wilson is a petri dish,” said City Manager Grant Goings. “Wilson is the place where we’ve got to make it work.” Wilson was selected with four other communities to participate in Innovate NC, an effort led by the Institute for Emerging Issues to foster collaboration and determine the best practices to spur entrepreneurship. Stakeholders from Wilson participated in events across the state and hosted events centered around technology and Greenlight Community Broadband.

Elon wants to put the “park” in parking

The town of Elon might add a little green space to downtown, with the keyword being “little.” Kathleen Patterson, the town’s downtown administrator, is proposing that the town designate two downtown parking spaces as mini-parks, or “parklets,” with each space possibly containing greenery and seating. “Our sidewalks are tight,” Patterson said. “Anyone who has ever walked downtown knows that.” To that end, Patterson is proposing that the town transform two parking spaces into mini-parks, where people can congregate, giving them a place to relax. One of the parklets would be in a space at West Lebanon and Williamson avenues. The other would be in a space on Williamson Avenue in front of Pandora’s Pies and Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream.

N.C. State Treasurer's Office approves plans for proposed Laurinburg city hall

The Local Government Commission (LGC) with the N.C. State Treasurer's Office met Tuesday afternoon and approved the city's plans to build a new city hall, according to city officials. The new city hall would be 21,675 square feet and would house all city departments, including the police department. Officials said council members had been going back and forth on the issue for nearly two years and thought it was finally time to move forward with plans to build a new city.

Crowds pack in for festival

The downtown waterfront was filled to the brim with happy, smiling faces, the smell of freshly cooked seafood Saturday during the 31st annual N.C. Seafood Festival. The weather couldn’t have been better for this year’s festival, and the bright sun and brilliant blue skies lifted spirits of those working to make the festival a success. Tim Necaise, this year’s Chairman of the Board for the N.C. Seafood Festival, believed the forecast boosted turnout. “We are thankful for great weather. It's nice when we work hard to bring this festival to Morehead City, and we are rewarded with good weather,” he said.