N.C. GOP to Dems: Support Obama on charter schools

Republican members of the North Carolina Senate and House of Representatives cited President Obama’s enthusiastic support for charter schools and called on their Democratic colleagues to join them in eliminating the charter schools cap.  Current N.C. law restricts the number of charter schools in our state to only 100.  A number of bills to raise or eliminate the cap are pending in the General Assembly. Rep. Jim Gulley and Sen. Eddie Goodall, both of whom represent the Mint Hill area, have led the fight in Raleigh to lift the cap on charter schools. Continue reading

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Bob Rowland is Distinguished Rotarian of the Year

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Bob Rowland with Rotary president Tanya Nix

Bob Rowland of Mint Hill was announced as the Distinguished Rotarian of the Year last week at Mint Hill Rotary Club’s Thursday. Bob is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Mint Hill.  He and his wife Brenda have two daughters, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.  His company, Turn-Key Financial Builders, Inc., builds financial institutions.
Recently, he has been the guiding force for the club’s project to construct restrooms for visitors to the Mint Hill Historical Society.  He has been involved at every stage of the project, including securing subcontractors and materials and doing much of the labor.  In this, as in his other contributions to our community, Bob has always deflected attention and praise away from himself to members of the club as a whole.
The club’s golf outing is its largest fundraiser and Bob annually serves on that committee.   Bob is also co-vice president for the Mint Hill Historical Society Board of Trustees and has worked on other renovation/construction projects for that organization.
Bob participates in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg and in the North Carolina State Senior Games, where he has won numerous medals, including many gold medals.   He currently is section hiking the Appalachian Trail, having completed 850 miles so far.

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Mint Hill resident, Ann Marie Radke, receives scholarship

Anne Marie Radke has received The Golden Anniversary Scholarship in the amount of $6,000 fromrad08.jpg The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. The honor society for women educators promotes excellence in education and personal and professional growth of women educators, leading in the field of graduate scholarships given to members and emphasizing leadership development for its more than 106,000 members in 16 countries. A member of the Society’s Alpha Zeta Chapter in North Carolina, Radke is attending Wingate University, where she is majoring in Educational Leadership and is a member of their first doctoral cohort at the Metro campus. Radke has also been awarded the 2009 Gilbert-McNairy Scholarship of $4,000 from the Eta State Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. She will receive the state-based scholarship during the Eta State Conference April 25, 2009 in Greensboro. Radke is in her fifth year as principal at Piedmont Middle School in Union County. Continue reading

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Empty Bowls Project hopes to fill bowls in Haiti

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Covenant Day School will feed six village orphanages in Haiti for an entire month from proceeds of their international Empty Bowls Project, “Sip Soup on the Sixth at Covenant Day School.”  Three thousand dollars was raised and 100 percent of these funds will be used to feed the hungry children in these Haiti orphanages. Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger around the world.  Four hundred seventy Covenant Day School lower and middle school Fine Arts students sculpted and hand painted ceramic bowls which were offered for a nominal donation in exchange for a simple meal of soup and bread.  The “Sip Soup on the Sixth at Covenant Day School” occurred  during their annual GrandFriends’ Day celebration.
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Sen. Goodall wants to study if DMV should ask about living will

Sen. Eddie Goodall, who represents Mint Hill, Matthews, and some of Union County in the state legislature, wants to study whether the DMV should ask drivers if they have a living will. If the driver does, and wants the information recorded on their license, then Goodall thinks this could help in situations like Terry Schiavo.

According to the News and Observer:

“I’ve talked to a lot of nurses and people in palliative care,” he said. “They say there’s a big need for more education about living wills because families go through misery trying to make these end-of-life decisions.”

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Shot fired at Matthews Police last night

getimagefromdbby_0.jpgA Conway, S.C. man fired a shot at Matthews Police last night after a routine traffic stop. The incident happened near the Hoods Road Shopping Center on Matthews-Mint Hill Road at 2 am. Police say 52-year-old Terence Lee Houchins was stopped because he had a homemade license plate. Houchins pulled a handgun a fired one shot at police. No one was hit. Houchins is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon and impersonating an officer.

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