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What You Need to Know about North Carolina for October 29, 2014

Working from one of Greensboro’s fine branch libraries today, the Hemphill Branch Library in Southwest Greensboro. An additional shout-out to the City of Greensboro for continuing to support branch libraries throughout the city. While we may not have as many as we used to and could use a few more, it’s better than none at all or depending on private businesses to fill the mold, as we’ve seen recently in New York, with their library system and the Bronx Barnes and Noble. Check out a photo of the interior below and then check out today’s North Carolina news:


News Across North Carolina for October 29

You may have noticed a lot more solar panels on fields and buildings throughout the state lately. You aren’t the only one. How solar energy is playing a role in the Senate race.

Charlotte’s Reid Park Community Association has received an award for their revitalization efforts from the American Planning Association.

Greensboro has a new community-driven craft making space.

According to this new study, North Carolina is now 16th best for business taxes.

The food of North Carolina politics: barbecue.

A nice note in Greensboro’s new city magazine 1808, about all the recent efforts to bring block parties and other pop-up activities back on our radar.

Meet Forsyth County’s new DSS director.

The final session for public input on the new Clemmons Library is scheduled for Thursday.

The Davison County Board of Commissioners has finally received enough funds, through a grant from the power company EnergyUnited, to build the long awaited 1-85 Corporate Center.

The state is now reviewing a potential school site in the Buncombe County community of Enka for environmental contamination.

Asheville has been named as National Geographic‘s 220 Word’s Best Cities.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools wants the ability to start school three weeks earlier.

Charlotte City Council members voted to continue to allow developers to pay a fee instead of creating a means to store and clean stormwater on developed sites.

The latest Case-Shiller Index, which uses Charlotte as a benchmark to measure housing prices over several metropolitan areas nationwide, is reporting decreases in housing prices over all this month.

A grad school classmate of Kristen’s continues to do amazing housing advocate work for the Greensboro Housing Coalition.

Several UNCG faculty and staff members held a silent vigil for their recently fired colleagues.

The Greensboro Symphony Guild looks back over 50 years of accomplishments.

The student who was elected to the city council in Elizabeth City after a court challenge to his campaign, has resigned to take a new job outside of Elizabeth City.

Golf cart public transit is coming to downtown Winston-Salem, thanks to winners of a small-business contest run by the city and the council approving new regulations for such a business to exist.

The Triad area has about 30% less rainfall than it should and reservoirs are slightly down. No cause to panic, yet.

An advanced technologies learning center planned for Cape Fear Community College has been put on hold.

Wilmington is the latest city to have issues with how Duke Energy trims its trees along utility lines.

Although it will solve some problems, Fayetteville VA officials have stated that the new VA hospital being built will not be a complete solution.

A new series from the Fayetteville Observer on the history of basketball’s Tobacco Road.

The first Triangle-area Publix opens today.

In memoriam of Raleigh’s first planning director, who recently passed away in Irvine, California at the age of 98.

Durham’s Major the Bull statue now has company, a sliver chalice, honoring the former CEO of Downtown Durham, Inc. Bill Kalkhof, widely credited with bringing downtown Durham back to life.

The first checks have been distributed to eugenics victims.

A former Durham city council member has died.

And finally, the things you supposedly miss when you move from North Carolina, at least according to BuzzFeed.

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