A new law recently signed by Gov. Roy Cooper requires state transportation officials to give priority to native plant species for roadside landscaping. Cosponsored by Southport Sen. Bill Rabon, the measure was praised by environmental groups as a way to help boost wildlife populations and encourage pollinators, such as bees and butterflies.

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A project to replace the aging cable-counterweight ramp system at the Southport and Fort Fisher ferry terminals will temporarily shut down the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry route beginning Jan. 6.

Contractors are hoping to complete the project and have the route reopened by April 6.

NCDOT News Release