Town voters to

decide referendum

RED SPRINGS — The Red Springs Board of Commissioners wants residents to tell them if they want to have an alcoholic drink with their meal while dining in town.

Beer, wine, and liquor-by-the-drink will be placed on the ballot during the Nov. 6 General Election.

Town Manager David Ashburn proposed allowing the vote on on-premise sales of alcohol at permitted restaurants and businesses. It is generally regarded as an economic tool to draw in restaurants and keep people from leaving town to dine out.

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Town mulling

rate increases

ROSEBORO — The town of Roseboro has struggled in the past few years to build the water and sewer fund and an increase in the sewer base rate last year still hasn’t generated enough money to fully sustain the escalating costs of maintenance.

Commissioners have discussed a water and sewer rate increase that could generate a possible $25,000 in the upcoming year. The final proposed budget will be made available to the public in the coming weeks, and the board has plans to vote on the budget later this month.

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Boil water advisory

in Lake Waccamaw

LAKE WACCAMAW — A boil water advisory was issued Wednesday for Lake Waccamaw water customers after they began experiencing periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system due to a leaking water main on Waccamaw Shores Road.

Low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.

Town officials advised that when water is restored, consumers boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water.

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Grant to allow for

more I-95 widening

FAYETTEVILLE — Thanks to a federal grant announced this week, Interstate 95 will be widened to eight lanes immediately north and south of Fayetteville

The $147 million infrastructure grant also will upgrade U.S. 70 to freeway standards to the coast, as well as bring broadband and telecommunications service to parts of eastern North Carolina.

The grant will help extends the widening of I-95 from Exit 56 to Exit 71. The state also plans to widen I-95 from Dunn to the interchange with Interstate 40.

From staff and wire reports.

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