Downtown beautification efforts still underway

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Beautification efforts in downtown Mount Olive continue in full swing.

Making the town look good was a major concern of former Mayor Joe Scott and was a priority in the platform of current Mayor Kenny Talton.

Town Manager Charles Brown also takes on a positive approach to a number of ideas in the works and sums up downtown beautification as “a work in progress.”

“As you know we have a young man who bought the old White’s Store property on Center Street and he plans to renovate it and out some shops in it, and we have a new seafood restaurant downtown,” Brown said.

He also said Southern Bank bought property and demolished the old buildings near its corporate headquarters on Center Street and has already begun work on a playground type rest area there.

It is located at Center and Main streets.

Officials are also working jointly with the Wayne County Arts Council for art projects in the downtown area, including a wall mural on the bank property.

“We continue to plug away to get things done in the downtown area, including new street lighting to be provided by Duke Energy Progress. The town board has to approve the type of lighting to be used and it should all be completed by the end of the month,” said the town manager.

A piano was also donated to the town and was placed in front of the chamber of commerce office for anyone to sit down and play.

Chamber President Julie Beck said the piano will be painted to be more attractive.

It is under an awning to protect it from the weather.

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