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Coates Spring/Summer 2008

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T h e U n i v e r s i T y of n o rT h C a r o l i n a at Ch a p e l h i l l K N A P P -S A N d E r S BU i l d i N G C A m P US B OX 3330 CH A P E l H i l l , N C 27599-3330 Nonprofit Org. US Postage PAID Permit 216 Chapel Hill NC w w w . s o g . u n c . e d u Printed on Recycled Paper Residents of the Highland neighborhood in Gastonia are seeing progress on a vacant lot that local leaders have been trying to redevelop for several years. The Gateway Senior village Housing Development, a 40-unit apartment complex, began construction in February and should be complete by April 2009. The city-owned property will have space remaining that may be used for a grocery store. Jones County has opened a state-of-the-art multipurpose facility. The 18,000 square-foot Jones County Civic Center is versatile enough to accommodate all types of training, entertainment, and meetings. Phone connections and Internet services are provided. The Civic Center is available to business and industry, governmental agencies and organizations, schools, and private individuals for professional and private events, concerts, dances, drama productions, industrial trade shows, and distance learning activities. Nash County is one of five counties included in the governor's 21st Century Communities program, a move that will help spur economic growth in the area. Local leaders will work with a task force from the NC Department of Commerce to create and implement plans for development. Counties are selected for the program based on factors such as unemployment and commitment of community leadership. Robert Stubbs Hight, a longtime public servant in Vance County, passed away January 19, 2008. Hight served for 33 years as attorney to the vance County commissioners. n n n n & NE wS NOTES N O R T H C A R O L I N A Submit news from your community for the next issue of Coates Connection to Faith M. Thompson at fmthomps@sog.unc. edu or 919.962.8477.

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