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November 1, 2013 

James Sauls

Elections set for Tuesday

Voters will go to the polls in Wake, Franklin and Granville counties Tuesday for municipal elections in a dozen towns north of Raleigh.

The polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. in Wake Forest and Rolesville in Wake County; Bunn, Centerville, Franklinton, Louisburg and Youngsville in Franklin County; and Butner, Creedmoor, Oxford, Stem and Stovall in Granville County.

Among the contested municipal contests Tuesday are mayoral races in Wake Forest, Youngsville, Oxford and Stem; commissioners races in Wake Forest, Creedmoor, Franklinton, Louisburg, Oxford, Stem and Youngsville; and the town council race in Butner. For complete election results, go to www.newsobserver.com. From staff reports

Sauls gets economic post

Raleigh leaders on Tuesday named James Sauls as the city’s new economic development director.

Anyone who’s familiar with Sauls’ work might think he already holds the job. For the past two years, he’s been the director of Raleigh Economic Development, a separate entity under the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce that partnered with the city to recruit new jobs and companies to Raleigh.

Now he’ll do similar work from within city hall, reporting to planning director Mitchell Silver.

“After three rounds of searches over the past nine months, I am thrilled we found the best candidate right here in Raleigh for the economic development manager’s position,” Silver said in a news release. “James is a proven leader. He knows Raleigh and has brought jobs and great projects to our city.”

Sauls replaces Dwight Bassett, who held the job for just seven months in 2012 before he left Raleigh and returned to his old job in Chapel Hill.

Sauls also brings small-town experience to the job as the former economic development director for Fuquay-Varina, where he still lives.

He’ll start his new job on Monday and expects the transition should be easy. “It is great that I already have relationships with Raleigh’s economic development partners,” he said in the news release. “Now it is just a matter of strengthening those relationships.” From staff reports

Road closure postponed

The scheduled closure this weekend of Rolesville Road for work on the Rolesville U.S. 401 Bypass project has been postponed because of the threat of rain. The new schedule has the closure taking place from 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, until 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, weather permitting.

The closure is needed so the contractor can install a pipe under the road between Quarry Road and Virginia Waters Lane.

During the closure, through traffic going toward the town of Rolesville will be detoured to turn left on Mitchell Mill Road, right on Jonesville Road and right on U.S. 401 to return to Rolesville Road. Drivers leaving Rolesville will follow that route in reverse. There will be local traffic access for Century Farm Road.

The work is part of a $25 million project to build 5.8-miles of the bypass between Louisburg Road and N.C. 96. It is intended to alleviate traffic congestion for commuters between Raleigh and Franklin County in one of Wake County’s fastest growing communities. From staff reports

Red Hat Amphitheater caps biggest season

More than 100,000 revelers packed the Red Hat Amphitheater this past season, including near or capacity crowds at the inaugural IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass weekend, Life in Color, a free Silversun Pickups concert, best new artist fun., The Killers and Imagine Dragons.

In total, 109,098 ticket holders attended 29 shows at the Downtown amphitheater from May 2 through Oct. 5. This is an increase of more than 50 percent compared with last year’s attendance of 70,084. In 2011 and 2010, attendance was 90,284 and 75,431, respectively.

“We set out to put on a diverse series of shows and offer something for everyone,” said Taylor Traversari of Red Hat Amphitheater. “Thanks to our city team and our friends at Live Nation, we hit both those milestones and created a rockin’ experience for our community.”

The amphitheater, which holds a maximum of about 6,000 people, hosted shows from Top 40 to R&B to indie to bluegrass.

The city of Raleigh partners with Live Nation, which books a majority of the shows at the Red Hat Amphitheater. From staff reports

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