The N.C. Zoo Council recently voted to approve an increase in the cost of admission to the North Carolina Zoo. The council, which is comprised of 15 members appointed by the governor to oversee the operation and development of the zoo, held a virtual meeting to discuss the matter on February 8. According to Pat Simmons, Director and CEO of the North Carolina Zoo, “zoo funding comes 50% from the State with the other 50% from gate ticket sales,” but the cost of running the zoo has gone up over the years. Revenue from ticket sales has not grown to match the increased maintenance cost. The North Carolina Zoo’s proposal, which was approved, will increase the in-person ticket prices from $15 to $20 for adult admission. In addition, it also recommends a new seasonal rate to accommodate the fact that many African animals’ habitat requirements change in the colder months. Finally, a fixed discounted rate of $5 per person was proposed for holders of electronic benefit cards to make it easier for economically disadvantaged populations to enjoy a day at the zoo. The approved proposal has been sent to the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources for a final decision. If approved, the price changes could go into effect as early as mid-March.
ASHEBORO – Klaussner Furniture Industries, which once had been the largest employer in Randolph County, is shutting down operations at all its facilities, the company announced Monday. The company was tightly tied to Asheboro, which housed its corporate headquarters. According to a news release: “Klaussner’s lending source has unexpectedly refused to continue to fund the […]
MONCURE – VinFast, a Vietnamese electric vehicle manufacturer, broke ground on their proposed billion dollar facility in Chatham County Friday, July 28. In an event attended by VinFast executives, the Vietnam Ambassador to the United States, Gov. Roy Cooper as well as various government officials, VinFast laid out their future plans and goals regarding the […]