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for Southern City Vol. 50 Issue 6, June 2000
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The All-America City Award, a program of the 106- year-old National Civic League, annually honors ten communities best exemplifying grassroots citizen involvement and collaborative problem solving. Gastonia is an All-America city for 2000. New Bern was one of the thirty finalists. Gastonia previously won the award in 1963, and New Bern was a winner in 1989.
Fayetteville Mayor J.L. Dawkins died May 30, 2000. First elected mayor in 1987, Dawkins was mayor longer than any other individual. He also served twelve years on the city council. Among his accomplishments was leading the revitalization of Fayetteville's once notorious Hay Street.
Fifteen counties, including Pitt, draw water from the Upper Cape Fear and Black Creek aquifers. The water is with- drawn faster then replacement is possible. Salt water is seeping in from the ocean, and the ground above the aquifers is becoming less porous. State and local governments, industry, business, and agriculture are meeting to develop regulations to save the already-depleted aquifers.
Specialized parks in cities and towns across the state offer unique experiences, safe places to practice sports, and opportunities to play. Four parks are profiled: The Point (Oak Island); Ryan's World (Chapel Hill); Kids Together Playground (Cary); and Disk Golf (Zebulon).