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North Carolina parks set attendance record

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North Carolina's state parks set an attendance record last year. The state Division of Parks and Recreation says attendance at its parks increased 10 percent last year from 2013. The agency said parks attracted 15.6 million visitors in 2014. Full story...
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Topsail Beach leaders discuss parking fees

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video The Town of Topsail Beach is discussing doing away with their free parking. The town manager says they need the revenue to pay for long-term beach renourishment. Full story...
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More money going to Oak Island beach nourishment

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videoOak Island will get help from Brunswick County for beach erosion abatement and nourishment. Tuesday night, Brunswick County commissioners approved a request for $166,666 each year for three years. According to the action agenda item for the request, the state already gave the town $1.7 million for the project that's set to start in February. Full story...
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New Hanover, Pender schools want control of calendar returned

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Two local school systems are lobbying state lawmakers to return the control of local school calendars to local boards of education – a movement backed by the N.C. School Boards Association and strongly opposed by the coastal tourism industry, which suffered when school systems began cutting summer short a decade ago. Full story...
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Gov. McCrory unveils transportation plan & impacts for coastal towns

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videoNorth Carolina's first transportation funding plan using new standards has been unveiled, and Governor Pat McCrory says the plan has major impacts for the coastal towns of the state. Full story...
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Halloween Happenings: Haunted Pub Crawl

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videoTales of terror and creepy streets combine to make for a spooktacular Halloween weekend. Discover some of old Wilmington's most extraordinary and actively haunted pubs on a 2.5 hour adventure. Hoist a pint as you hear chilling, humorous and baffling tales of ghosts, unusual history, murder, mayhem and more. Full story...
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Faced with less federal money, leaders talk meal taxes

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videoAs federal funding for coastal communities declines, local leaders are working to figure out a way to make up for the lost money. One idea on the table - a meal tax on prepared foods and beverages. Full story...
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Wilmington riverfront voted best in US

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videoIt's official. Wilmington has the best riverfront in the United States. The downtown riverfront got the most votes in USA Today's 10Best Riverfronts in America poll. Full story...
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Carolina Beach Boardwalk extension project delayed again

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video The Carolina Beach Boardwalk extension project is at a halt -- again. Full story...
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New hotel to be built at Biltmore in Asheville

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Biltmore is building a second hotel at Biltmore Estate that's expected to create about 230 jobs. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported construction is expected to begin by mid-October. The Village Hotel will have 209 guestrooms and is expected to open in November 2015. Full story...
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