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Daily News for April 28, 2014

Ocean Isle Beach via Wikimedia

Welcome to Placebook’s Daily News. Each day we will bring you a photo snapshot, as well as a news snapshot of what’s going on in local and state government, the economy, transportation, and development and construction today in North Carolina. The photo above is courtesy of Wikimedia and of Ocean Isle Beach, one of our southernmost beaches and one that’s not part of the Outer Banks. Its on the Inter-Coastal Walkway and it’s closer to Myrtle Beach to it’s southwest and Wilmington to it’s northeast. Do you have a great photo of a North Carolina place? Let us know via this email and social media if you want to submit it for feature and a credit in Placebook’s Daily News. And now, the actual news:

In the Triad

Many Guilford County agencies (and likewise other agencies in other counties statewide) depend on taxpayer-funded grants, which of course fluctuate due to property tax collection levels.

The NC Highway Patrol office that was in High Point will be housed in Greensboro starting today.

The Greensboro Coliseum is bidding for NCAA and MEAC tournament games for the years that the ACC Tournament is not in town.

Even though it’s not a seedy business and it will be built in a traditional, new urbanist manner, there are mixed feelings about a potential Family Dollar on Greensboro’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive just south of downtown Greensboro.

War Memorial Auditorium in Greensboro will be demolished in September.

Ten years of the Downtown Greensboro Ballpark.

Yes, the city of Greensboro, along with a lot of other places, regulates temporary signs.

The Piedmont Earth Day Festival was a success.

High Point residents: mark your calendars for May 20, where you can go to one of the places listed in the article and vote for what you think the priorities of the High Point Metropolitan Planning Organization should be.

Natty Greene’s is plotting its expansion, which would increase its distribution outside of North Carolina.

The News and Record‘s Jeri Rowe profiles the Renaissance Co-Op from the voice of the neighborhood residents it would serve, many who are desperate and somewhat discouraged about a solution, but hopeful for what’s next.

Greensboro’s Community Foundation turns 30.

In the Triangle

One hospital campus is about to open and a portion of another has been sold.

Why Uber picked Raleigh, in the words of Uber.

A Durham County Commissioner was just made aware of federal foreign trade zone benefits.

The Farmers Daughter shifts gears, including adding a “community-supported preservery.”

Construction on a new Durham fire station has fallen behind.

Durham council members are questioning the cost of a purchase of land and realignment of the intersections of Riddle Road, Fayetteville Street and Buxton Street.

In the Charlotte Area

A Charlotte developer touts their efforts to apply placemaking principles into their next development.

Charlotte ‘s immigrant integration task force held it’s first public hearing yesterday afternoon. It will hold two more in the coming weeks.

The toy train maker Lionel is now based in Concord and growing.

In light of changes to statewide economic development, Charlotte-area economic development organizations are launching a study to determine what’s next for them in the new climate.

In Asheville and Western North Carolina

Along with Charlotte area stores, Harris Teeter has lowered some prices in Asheville and Hendersonville area stores.

The Asheville-Citzen Times profiles the Asheville developer Rusty Pulliam.

Restaurants around the Asheville region are taking sides on gun control, just by determining if guns are allowed inside.

In Fayetteville, Wilmington and Eastern North Carolina

Fayetteville City Council will consider a 56-unit apartment complex in west Fayetteville.

The Dogwood Festival has produced a major economic impact on the city of Fayetteville.

The latest in the primary races for the GOP nominee for Pender County sheriff, the GOP nominee for New Hanover County Sheriff and Democratic nominee for  New Hanover County Sheriff.

More young farmers are cultivating fields in southeastern North Carolina.

Wilson leaders celebrate 40 years of Bridgestone Tire’s presence in the city and the economic achievements that followed its arrival.


The ten most visited state parks.

On Friday, several chambers of commerce throughout the state joined forces and lobbied Congress to not end the federal highway program.

Why Charlotte’s rents (and others statewide and nationwide) may vary from unit to unit.

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