Symone Stukes won the National Poetry Out Loud District Competition last Sunday, February 1 at Imaginon. Symone will advance to the State competition in Raleigh. If she wins in Raleigh, she’ll proceed to the finals in Washington, DC for the big bucks ($50,000 in scholarship money). James-Charles Antoine, school 2nd place winner, didn’t win but represented Independence well!
The Charlotte Business Journal is reporting that General Growth Properties Inc, the Chicago based company which was partnering with Childress Klein to bring the Bridges of Mint Hill mall to this area, has received an extension to pay some of its debt through March 15.
In a annual report by the John Locke Foundation, a North Carolina think tank, compensation for North Carolina teachers ranks 14th in the nation. The study also showed compensation has doubled in the last 20 years, eclipsing the rate of other state employees who saw just a 56 percent increase in pay. Hear Terry Stoops John Locke Foundation education policy analyst, talk about the report here.
Mecklenburg County is pleased to announce its participation in Recycle and Win, a joint effort with the City of Charlotte, the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville, Coca-Cola and Harris Teeter that will make recycling easier and more rewarding than ever.
Residents of Mecklenburg County will receive a packet in the mail that will include a list of recycling dos and don’ts and an official Coca-Cola program sticker. To participate, follow the recycling tips, and place the sticker on your recycling bin. If the Prize Patrol sees the sticker on a bin full of appropriate recyclables, you will win a $50 gift card to Harris Teeter. The Prize Patrol will award 10 gift cards a week for one year.
The program kicks off Feb. 2, 2009. Continue reading