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April 6, 2018

Wilkesboro Promotes Music Heritage as Community Builder

After three decades of MerleFest, the town of Wilkesboro is finally capitalizing on music to revive its downtown. It’s Motown, the Beatles and rock ’n’ roll — not just the usual bluegrass and folk tunes that are expected to attract more than 80,000 people to Wilkes Community College for four…

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April 6, 2018

City of Wilson Celebrates Start of U.S. 301 Redevelopment

Dreary weather didn’t stop officials and residents from gathering Tuesday morning to celebrate the start of construction to revitalize the U.S. 301 corridor. “301 highway is going to come back thanks to Congressman G.K. Butterfield who helped us get that TIGER grant. This area will come back and businesses will…

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April 6, 2018

Wilmington Film Production Lands NC Grant Funding

The only film production to stake its claim on the Port City so far this year has been approved to receive grant funding from the state. The teen drama “Words on Bathroom Walls,” which is slated to begin filming in early May, is eligible to receive $2,349,415 from the state…

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April 6, 2018

Shelby-Cleveland Tops Micropolitan Areas

“We’ve been very aggressive in terms of trying to get those areas ready for new industry to come in,” Shelby Mayor Stan Anthony said. “Our city, I’m convinced, has as much going on in terms of infrastructure improvements as we ever have.” James Jordan, Shelby plant manager for Clearwater Paper,…

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April 6, 2018

N.C. Economy Remained on Steady Growth Path in February

North Carolina’s economy remained on a steady upward trend in February, according to a monthly index compiled by N.C. State economics professor Michael Walden. The index rose 0.9 percent from January. The index measures leading state economic indicators, such as manufacturing employment hours and wages, residential building permits and initial…

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April 6, 2018

Ribbon Cutting Held for New Valdese Park

Valdese Mayor Chip Black spoke to those in attendance about why there is a need for a park. “There will always be those who say, ‘Why are you speeding our resources for a new park when we struggle to maintain our existing facilities and there are so many other capital…

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March 29, 2018

Durham Businesses Capitalize on City’s ‘Trendy,’ ‘Hipster’ Reputation

National lists describe the city of Durham as trendy, hip, exciting and growing. Just a decade ago, the Bull City had a much different perception. Now local businesses are using the change as an opportunity to cash in. More business are selling Durham products and apparel because so many people…

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March 29, 2018

Engineering Firm to Add Several Hundred Jobs in Mooresville

The engineering firm Corvid Technologies announced Tuesday it will spend $28.9 million to expand its headquarters in Mooresville, where the company plans to add 367 new jobs over the next 12 years.  In a statement released through Gov. Roy Cooper’s office, Corvid said its project will include two three-story buildings,…

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March 29, 2018

Grifols Continues Expansion in Johnston County with $210M Investment

Grifols’ two new facilities are the latest of several expansions that are making the Clayton site one of the largest plasma-manufacturing plants in the world. In December 2017, Grifols tripled the size of its footprint there by purchasing 467 acres of land for future expansion. In July 2017, the company…

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March 29, 2018

Development Boom Continues in Leland

When Southport resident Andy Beacham needs to shop, he drives to Leland. On Friday, Beacham took his dog Max to the newly opened Petsense in Leland’s Westgate Marketplace. “It’s wonderful for Leland and for us living in Southport,” Beacham said of the new businesses opening in Leland. “It’s nice because…

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