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In The News, August 21, 2017

Fayetteville’s baseball stadium groundbreaking today

On the same day as the historic solar eclipse, Fayetteville will make history of its own when it breaks ground on a $33 million minor league baseball stadium on Hay Street. “How appropriate that the groundbreaking is on the day of the eclipse, which we haven’t see in 100 years,” Mayor Nat Robertson said. “This is the cusp of a real downtown turnaround.” On Monday, dignitaries, investors and Houston Astros executives will gather for the 11 a.m. ceremony at the site of the future 4,786-seat stadium, where a symbolic home plate is marked on a curb in the parking lot. It will be a moment years in the making, and perhaps the most significant milestone in downtown’s revitalization since the 1980s.

Quarry Park Opens in Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem's new Quarry Park opened on Tuesday. Parks and Recreations Director William Royston says the 12-acre park features a freshwater lake, walking and hiking trails, and a scenic overlook that gives a great view of downtown Winston-Salem. The park is the site of a former Vulcan quarry and includes overlooks, an observation pier, bathrooms, and green space. The project also includes construction of the Waughtown Connector, a greenway that connects the Waughtown area to the park and extends to the Peachtree Greenway to provide access from Reynolds Park and the Salem Creek Greenway.

Newton Grove board approves tower project

Town commissioners approved a renovation project for the town’s water tank. During a Monday night meeting, Southern Corrosion was selected for the work and will receive more than $87,500 following a proposal presented by Commissioner Steve Jackson. He said town leaders have been discussing the matter for several years. Some of the work includes installing a new frost-free vent and replacement of the interior ladder.

The town of Windsor receives a state of declaration

The town of Windsor is getting some much needed help this week. Governor Roy Cooper issued a state of declaration to help remove debris, provide emergency protective services and repair local roads. The state declaration means state funds will help pay the city of Windsor for 75 percent of the cost of those emergency protective measures. Estimates indicate the city spent nearly $89,000 to respond to the storm, clear debris and repair roads and bridges.