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 In the News, September 19, 2016 

Trucks bypassing weigh-in station cause havoc for downtown Seagrove. You can sit on the corner of downtown Seagrove on any given day and watch tractor trailer trucks from all over the nation rumbling and barreling through town. They arrive via N.C. 705 and alternate U.S. 220. You can hear them from 4:30 a.m. throughout the day and night until around midnight. Mayor David Fernandez isn’t sure why they are using N.C. 705, “The Potter’s Highway,” but he has a good idea why they’re using alternate U.S. 220.

Bladenboro raises new flag; Depot Building focus of preservation. Town commissioners in Bladenboro held a ceremony that officially completed the project to install a new flag pole in front of the town hall. Mayor Rufus Duckworth was assisted in raising a flag donated by Woodmen of the World by several first-responders as a number of residents watched.

10 Rural Towns funded for Wi-Fi in downtown. The Appalachian Regional Commission today announced $272,000 in funding for 10 rural N.C. towns, including Bryson City, Forest City, Granite Falls, Hudson, Morganton, Rosman, Valdese, Walnut Cove, Rutherford College and Wilkesboro, to strengthen public Wi-Fi.

Surf City Sees Minimal Beach Erosion This Year. The effects of beach erosion can be felt up and down the North Carolina coast due to tropical weather, but town officials in Surf City say beach erosion hasn't been that bad this year compared to years past. "Last year about this time, Hurricane Joaquin was out in the ocean, and that was the perfect storm in a sense for erosion," said Larry Bergman, Surf City town manager. "We had pretty much all of our beach, about six miles, have some form of erosion."