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What You Need to Know About North Carolina for September 8, 2015

What You Need to Know About North Carolina for September 8, 2015

Welcome back friends! Or should you be saying that to me. Who knows. Anyway, in case you missed it last week, I am now doing an audio version of this email/blog. Click above to get to that link and play me while you are whipping up breakfast, getting your daily run in and the like.

I hope you enjoyed your Labor Day weekend. Before I get to the news links, I want to highlight the image I’ve chosen for the week. In the past, I’ve tried to change imagery every day, but I’d like to start highlighting one image a week, some from my personal collection, others from the great public domain and Creative Commons archives. Just like everything else we post here, there will be a story behind it.

Today’s story is that I, Kristen,  love patterns. Even better, when said patterns are things I encounter in my everyday life. The pattern shown above is the interior of the railroad tunnel that connects the two sides of UNC-Greensboro (Alma mater #2!) and also the Glenwood neighborhood, where I have many friends and spent some of my best elementary school years. I invite you to share a pattern in nature or architecture that you feel speaks to daily life. It doesn’t have to be in North Carolina, but if it is, I could feature it in a future week’s round up, with your explanation of why you like it. Reply back to the email with that photo or a link to it or leave it in the blog comments or include a link to it in the audio comments on SoundCloud. Without further ado, your news for September 8, 2015:

The latest wrinkle in the development of the Guilford and Randolph County megasite is a cell phone tower. Two of them to be exact. Cell companies often sign complicated leases to landowners for the ability to use the land and when not just a cell company, but people hoping to make your land the next big car manufacturing thing, it could be hard to compete.

Get ready to travel to the N.C. mountains this fall. Dr. Kathy Mathews, a biology professor at Western Carolina University who specializes in plant systematics, has released her annual fall foliage report. She predicts the best scenery in recent years in her report this year.

Dowd YMCA in Charlotte will remove a stone carving of the Confederate flag on its property.

If you aren’t a resident of Fayetteville and want to use some of its parks and recreation services, you may be required to pay for that privilege soon. At the same Fayetteville City Council meeting a discussion was held on changing city council terms and how members are elected.

And finally, as an attempt to help the state’s honeybee population thrive as more things such as mites and disease threaten to kill it off, you’ll start to see more sunflowers and canola plants in the roadside wildflower plantings cultivated by the state DOT.

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