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In The News, August 7, 2017

Locomotive Christened "Town of Cary"

The Town of Cary is going places – namely, back and forth between Charlotte and Raleigh. That’s because NC DOT locomotive number 1871 has been christened "Town of Cary" and will be put into service on that Amtrak route soon. On Tuesday, August 1, state, local and Amtrak officials gathered with citizens and railroad enthusiasts at the Raleigh Locomotive and Railcar Maintenance Facility to christen two new engines: locomotive 1871 became Town of Cary and locomotive 1984 became City of Kannapolis.

Town installs ‘access deck’ for easier beach trips

It can be difficult for the handicapped to enjoy the beaches. That’s why Carolina Beach is making it easier for those in wheelchairs to access the sand. After listening to input from residents and visitors, the town has installed an access deck. It’s a non-slip system of panels placed over the sand to make it easier for people that have a hard time walking to get out onto the beach.

Morrisville installs internet exchange locations

Morrisville police have set up a camera-monitored spot at their headquarters where online deals can be done safely at what the town calls Internet Exchange Locations. The spots are in front of the station at 2600 C Town Hall Drive, where video cameras will record what happens when a seller and buyer meet to complete a transaction arranged on Craigslist, Offer Up or other social media sites. "With the increasing popularity of buying and selling [via] apps, we felt it was important to provide our residents, or those in the area, with a safe place to make a purchase or sell an item," said Police Chief Patrice Andrews.

Smart meters could save water users money

Some new technology is spreading across communities in the Charlotte area -- tech that you may not even notice but that could save you money. Radio antennas are popping up on street signs collecting data from your house. The smart meters that now cover all of Kannapolis are a big leap forward, city spokeswoman Annette Privette Keller said. Many of the city's water meters were 20-plus years old and no longer as accurate as they once were. The new ones are equipped with transmitters that are read wirelessly and the data is sent to City Hall.