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November 16, 2018

Whirligig fest a bonanza for Wilson businesses

The N.C. Whirligig Festival brought an estimated 50,000 people to historic downtown Wilson on Nov. 3 and 4, which had a big effect on local businesses’ bottom line. We actually did really good. It was like Black Friday crowds on Saturday and real steady stream of customers on Sunday. Both…

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November 16, 2018

Danville City Council looks at potential plan for new White Mill Building

The White Mill has been an eyesore for years in Danville. It’s the first thing you see when crossing the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge into Main Street, but city leaders hope to make the building a destination in the future. Members of Danville City Council experienced what the…

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November 16, 2018

Union Square Designs Approved; Other Bond Projects Move Forward

Following a presentation by design firms LandDesign and 505Design at the November 6 City Council meeting, Hickory City Council unanimously approved the plans recommended by the Bond Implementation Commission for renovating Union Square and enhancing the streetscapes in downtown to better coordinate with City Walk plans. The plans increase “dwell…

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November 16, 2018

Marion is Small Town of the Year for 2018

Marion’s growth and vitality has earned it the Small Town of the Year Award for 2018 from the N.C. Rural Center. The award was presented Friday morning during the organization’s 2018 Rural Assembly, which was held in Raleigh. The Small Town of the Year Award recognizes a town or small…

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November 16, 2018

Downtown Vision Plan draft available for public comment in Mebane

The plan is the product of ten months of work led by Allison Platt of Rivers & Associates, LLC in coordination with city leaders. It features five chapters that analyze downtown strengths and weaknesses, proposes concepts that can build upon downtown’s assets and address needs, a vision that realizes these…

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November 9, 2018

Downtown Wilson development snowballs with new businesses, renovations

Recruitment, renovation and rebranding. Historic downtown Wilson is popping with activity, and this weekend’s N.C. Whirligig Festival is the perfect time to see the progress firsthand. “I truly believe we’re finally getting to that tipping point in downtown development,” said Kimberly Van Dyk, Wilson planning and community revitalization director. “We…

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November 9, 2018

Winston-Salem again makes Top 10 Digital City

The center cited the city’s use of data to better allocate city resources and combat such issues as blight in neighborhoods; its development of an “open data” portal that will be a prominent feature on the new city website now in development; its implementation of an online sign-up tool for…

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November 9, 2018

Downtown Spruce Pine improvements continue

Another 200 feet of sidewalk has been poured along Oak Avenue, part of Spruce Pine Main Street’s ongoing efforts to promote a more connected and pedestrian-friendly town center. The new stretch will help link favorite spots as far east as the City Drive-In with the rest of downtown. The project…

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November 9, 2018

$48M concert, sports venue opens in Rocky Mount

Thousands of people gathered Thursday for the Rocky Mount Event Center’s grand opening celebration. “We designed this building to be very flexible,” said Mayor David Combs. “There is nothing like this in North Carolina, I can tell you that, and there is certainly nothing like this in eastern North Carolina.”…

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November 2, 2018

Swinging for the fences: Kannapolis sports complex swings into construction phase

In a couple of years it will be time to play ball in a new stadium in Kannapolis. The city celebrated the start of construction of its new Sports & Entertainment Venue in downtown on Chestnut Avenue by swinging for the fence and shooting off the confetti on Tuesday. The…

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