CMS notifies 304 teachers they’ll lose jobs

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools notified 304 teachers May 22 that they will not have jobs next year. The district will send similar letters the week of May 25 to teachers who meet the criteria for non-renewal established by the Board of Education – retirees, employees with end-of-year contracts and part-time teachers.
The letters are part of an ongoing reduction in force by CMS, made necessary by county and state revenue shortfalls. The district receives nearly all of its funding from Mecklenburg County and the state of North Carolina. Continue reading

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Senator Eddie Goodall Memorial Day message

From the office of NC Senator Eddie Goodall:

During this extended weekend, let us not forget that for many families this weekend serves as a solemn reminder of loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice. Through their sacrifice we can enjoy the full blessings and freedoms America provides.

I hope everyone will take time during your weekend gatherings and church services to put your thoughts and prayers towards those families and their loved ones who are no longer with us.

And for those currently serving locally and overseas, we pray that you may swiftly and safely return to your families. The liberties we all too often take for granted are made secure through your unwavering service.

(Senator Eddie Goodall served in the NC National Guard’s 113th Field Artillery Division, Bravo Battery from 1970 – 1976)

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Need a job? Check out Gov. Perdue’s web site

Gov. Bev Perdue today launched the JobsNOW Portal, a resource for job seekers, those exploring new career options, and entrepreneurs looking to start, grow or relocate a business in North Carolina.

“JobsNOW will help get our economy back on track and lay the foundation for a strong and sustainable economic future,” said Gov. Perdue. “The JobsNOW Portal will be a valuable tool for job seekers and businesses looking to expand or relocate.” Continue reading

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The little lady of summer

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Keri Russell sent this photo of her daughter Jenna Russell eating ice cream. Jenna is two years old and lives in Mint Hill. Kerri thought this would be a cute picture to kick off summer, and we couldn’t agree more. Said Keri:

Her dad is the Fire Chief in Mint Hill and supports the town tremendously. Not only does her dad support the town, but check out Jenna’s mug!

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Two-thirds of NC voters want charter school cap raised

Nearly two-thirds of North Carolina voters (65 percent) favor the state legislature passing a law to raise the current cap on public charter schools, according to a public opinion survey released today. The survey found that support for lifting the cap was strongest among African Americans (69 percent). Support is also strong among parents (66 percent) and across party lines—65 percent of registered Democrats favor increasing the number of charter schools, as do 70 percent of unaffiliated voters and 61 percent of Republicans. Continue reading

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Allen Tate Realtors participate in Realtors Care Day

realtor-care-day-078Allen Tate Realtors from the several offices joined with more than 700 realtor colleagues to participate in Realtors Care Day.

The inaugural event, an initiative of the Housing Opportunity Foundation (HOF) of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association, was held April 24. Realtor teams worked at 33 homesites throughout Mecklenburg and Iredell counties, helping homeowners make necessary exterior repairs on homes in critical need. Targeted homes were identified by regional Habitat for Humanity chapters and the City of Charlotte Neighborhood Development.

“This was an amazing opportunity to offer a helping hand to homeowners in our community struggling to make repairs to their homes and pay their mortgage during these challenging times,” said Judy Kendall, Branch Manager, Allen Tate Mint Hill office. “By giving of a few hours of our time, we helped make a huge difference in the lives of elderly and disabled citizens and those living in unsafe or substandard conditions.”

Nancy White and Judy Kendall from the Allen Tate Mint Hill Branch office participated in the day long project.

The event was made possible through the support of individuals, organizations and businesses throughout the community. HOF also received a $5,000 grant from the National Association of Realtors to help launch the initial Realtors Care Day, which is expected to become an annual community project.

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