Mint Hill readying for fall

carolina-leaves.jpgIt’s leaf blowing and raking season in North Carolina! What to do with the leaves? I spoke with town hall today and they said to remember that all leaves you want picked up must be in bags. No more than 10 bags of leaves or any other yard debris will be picked up per week per household.

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CMS to grow next year

School started two months ago in Mint Hill and Mecklenburg County, but it’s never too early to start discussing next year. Charlotte-Mecklneburg Schools already expects more students next year, and the system released today 2009-2010 magnet enrollment information and nonmagnet enrollment changes for next school year.

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Madness 2008 photo contest winners

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of this year’s Madness photo contest. They are: Best Madness: Neecie Herndon; Second best: Michael Cox; Honorable mention: Neecie Herndon. Best parade: Michael Cox; Second best: Michael Cox; Honorable mention: Scott Lang. Best Beauty Pageant: Jacob Michael. Best Kids only: Jacob Michael; Second best: Natalie Barnett.

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The state of CMS

Superintendent Peter Gorman will give his State of the Schools address Thursday at 8 am at the Duke Energy building in downtown Charlotte. From the CMS press release:

CMS students will join Dr. Gorman and members of the Board of Education for this report on the state of the schools. The event will highlight CMS students and their achievements, with speeches from Board Chairman “Coach” Joe White and Dr. Gorman and several performances by students in and around the program.

The student performances should be fun, but we wonder if CMS will give bad news along with the feel-good news in the state of the schools address. For example, what’s the deal with exaggerating the number of students eligible for free or reduced lunches?

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New cure for cell phone, driving addiction

People have become so addicted to cell phone use, they need a computer system to tell the caller and texter the message can’t be received because they are driving. Nationwide Insurance unveiled a new technology today with Aegis Mobility and NASCAR today called DriveAssist—a new cell phone technology that helps eliminate the temptation of the No. 1 distraction.

DriveAssist also allows options to the caller, including the opportunity to leave a message, send an audible alert or request a callback.

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