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 In the News, September 11, 2017 

Six black women leading NC police departments make history

For the first time in North Carolina history, there are six female, African-American police chiefs. Four of them are in the Triangle: Raleigh's Cassandra Deck-Brown, Durham's CJ Davis, Morrisville's Patrice Andrews and Fayetteville's Gina Hawkins. "When I walked in today, I had to just stop for a second because I saw these women, and I thought, 'Let me just soak it in,'" Andrews said when the four chiefs met for an interview with WRAL News. From the first day of police academy, the chiefs said, they quickly got a reality check that they would have to work twice as hard to get through because they were women. Deck-Brown's class at the Raleigh Police Department had only four women, which she says was a record at the time.  "We've broken a glass ceiling," Deck-Brown said. "So, becoming chief, the honor is knowing that somebody else has that opportunity to get there.”

North Topsail to receive part of $6.2 million state grant

North Carolina has granted more than $33,000 to North Topsail Beach to renovate their town park. A press release from Governor Roy Cooper’s office this week announced $6.2 million in funds for local parks and recreation projects had been awarded as part of the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. N. Topsail Beach’s town park was included in the list and the town will be receiving $33,075, according to Katie Hall, the public information officer for the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. “The Town will be using the grant funds to replace playground equipment and signage at the Town Park on New River Inlet Road,” according to a statement emailed to The Daily News from N. Topsail Beach Public Information Officer Carin Faulkner.

Town of Ayden pitches in to help school in Texas

As preparations for another Hurricane continue, the town of Ayden is looking to help out the state of Texas. Ayden Elementary School and town leaders decided to join the fight to help Stephen F. Austin Elementary school in Texas through the Schools for Schools program. The program allows schools to offer support with food, clothing and monetary donations to other schools in need. Mayor Stephen Tripp said the donations serve as a reminder of a time when the town was in need. “Ayden Elementary School was destroyed by tornadoes that came through this county and another school in another area donated school supplies to the school,” said Mayor Tripp. “We see it as a way to give back to another school that was given to us.”

Statewide Bicycle Riders to Make Pit Stop in Spring Hope

It’s official; Spring Hope will be a major pit stop for the Cycle NC Mountains to the Coast ride in October. After several weeks of hints and rumors, Spring Hope town officials have confirmed that Cycle NC riders will be coming through Spring Hope, some of them twice. In a business question and answer session to the Spring Hope Chamber of Commerce, town manager Jae Kim explained the pit stop. “Several hundred riders will come through Spring Hope on the Knightdale to Wilson leg of the Mountains to the Coast ride,” Kim said. “Spring Hope will be a stopping point along the route for rest. Some of the riders will then continue on to Wilson, but many will be completing what is called a century ride, which is 100 miles. Those riders in the century ride will depart Spring Hope and ride to the Country Doctor Museum in Bailey. Those riders will then return to Spring Hope before departing for Wilson,” Kim said.