Better to burn out than fade away: Oakboro begins a new season of Cruise Ins

oakboro-cruise-inGreat weather and the season’s first burnout brought around 8,000 people out for the Oakboro Cruise-in and Burnout on Friday. Organizers estimated 400 bright, shiny street rods and classic cars lined the streets and parking lots. The event is always held the fourth Friday of each month and is the largest cruise-in held in a North Carolina downtown. For more information, visit www.OakboroCruiseIn.com.

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Matthews first quarter crime rate drops

The total number of crimes committed in Matthews dropped five percent during the first quarter of 2009 when compared to the first quarter of 2008. The number of crimes dropped from 551 to 523.

Violent crime in Matthews remains extremely low (they accounted for 14 of the 523 total crimes reported.) There were no murders or rapes reported during this period. Additionally, larcenies (down 16%), burglaries (down 3%), and auto thefts (down 50%) also declined. Continue reading

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Butler golf tournament nets $3,000 for booster club

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The 5th annual Butler High School Booster Club golf tournament was played April 18 at Emerald Lake Golf Club. Fifty-two players competed for multiple prizes, everyone had a great time and over $3000 was raised for the athletic programs at Butler High School. The winning team shot a sizzling 54! The winners were Bobby Fusco, Milt Walker, Tan Ganatra, Ed Sagedy and the athletes at Butler High School!–Submitted by Charles Kilzer, Tournament Director.

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Armed robbery last night in Mint Hill

Mint Hill Police Officers received a report at 8:29pm last night from a 17 year-old man regarding an armed robbery which occurred in the parking lot of the Dollar General located 8000 Blair Road, Suite A in Mint Hill. The victim was approached by a black male with gray hair who displayed black handgun. The suspect stated that he “hustling” and took a small camera that the victim was carrying. The suspect left the scene in a teal passenger car which was occupied by a white female driver and an additional black male passenger. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Garmon at 704-545-1085. Information can be given anonymously.

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Bevy of book sales at the Public Library

April 17, 2009 (Charlotte, NC) – Want to know one of a book lover’s best kept secrets? The answer is shopping at library book sales for lightly worn, but well-loved books at low prices. Many libraries use book sales as an opportunity to purge their shelves of older materials. Often, donations that were not able to be distributed in the collection are also for sale. All proceeds benefit the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC), helping to improve general library offerings.

Book sales are organized by PLCMC and its supporters. The sales listed below are just a sample of what’s to come. Be sure to check out the library events Web page for book sale updates.

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CMS students selected to attend Governor’s School

Thirty-nine Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students will pack their bags and spend six weeks studying dance, science, English, drama and more at the Governor’s School of North Carolina. The high school juniors and seniors will be among 800 students selected to attend the program from June 14 to July 25.

The students chosen from Butler High School are Willa Folmar (Drama), William Gerhard (Natural Science), Paul Horton (Drama), Phillip Krouse (Drama) and Ivel Posada (Social science). The students chosen from Independence High School are  Yekaterina Drega (Instrumental music, violin) and Tiffany King (Mathematics). Continue reading

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