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What You Need to Know about North Carolina for October 17, 2014

So it’s Friday! Last night at Greensboro’s City Market, we partook in fire dancers, tacos and the brand new Spice Cantina restaurant pictured below:


If you are in Greensboro tonight, come by, they are now serving food and drinks. Before you get out and about, check out Friday’s set of news:

News Across North Carolina for October 17

Rockingham County Schools has suddenly decided to cut the hours of its teacher assistants and the change will go into effect on Monday.

Also in Rockingham County, a magistrate has resigned due to not wanting to perform same-sex marriages.

Those that want to participate in the state’s Bike Helmet Initiative for children now have until October 31 to do so.

If you feel like you have way more pumpkin patches, apple bobs, spooky woods and mazes and all sorts of fall-themed farm activities to go to this year, then yes, it’s true, at least according to the state department of agriculture’s report on “agritourism.”

How fundraising is going in the two major congressional races impacting Greensboro. Fundraising reports from the District 2 congressional race.

Speaking of fundraising, a $1 million  gift to Arts Greensboro will help the city turn an existing rehearsal space at the Greensboro Cultural Center into a 400-500 seat sized venue that will be available for arts groups and others who want that size of space to rent for events.

More on the Gibbs Hundred Brewing Company and the Spice Cantina’s openings tonight.

A High Point University survey has found that 61% of the population thinks they could hold elected office.

The partnership between the Triad’s CBS affiliate WFMY, the economic development arms of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem and several aviation related companies to promote the aviation industry in the Triad, has been renewed, at least on the city of Greensboro side.

Seventy-three artists and organizations have received grants from the Forsyth County Arts Council this year. And several New Hanover County artists and groups are getting grants directly from the N.C. Arts Council.

Now that the Forsyth County Central Library has closed for renovations, advocates for the homeless are looking for other places for them to go during the day, as the library was a key place for day shelter for many.

This is what our winter could be like. There are many opinions on this, even in this one article.

BB&T is cutting 800 jobs, despite almost doubling its income over the third quarter.

This Henderson County Sheriff has taken the notion of community policing into a old-west inspired direction of creating a posse. Yes, he is training up citizens to be emergency responders and he refers to them as a posse.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Association of Educators has endorsed their county’s quarter-cent sales tax measure that has been placed on the ballot.

Ogden, a community near Wilmington that’s seeing a lot of retail and commercial growth, will be getting a “high-end” grocer anchored by a center of other shops and offices. Rumors are flying about who that “high-end” grocer will be.

And this online outdoor equipment store will be making its brick-and-mortar debut in downtown Wilmington in November, in a spot that would be familiar to fans of One Tree Hill, as the location of Karen’s Cafe.

Several Hartnett County organizations have received grants to help improve access to healthy food.

The Cary Sears is closing.

Durham County Commissioners are concerned that too many mental health organizations are merging statewide.

And finally, the area where Lake Crabtree’s walking and biking trails is now officially on a year-to-year lease from the RDU Airport Authority, to the county. This is what could put these natural areas at risk for commercial development in the future.

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