The Mint Hill Mustangs beat North State tonight 6-2 in Greenville, NC to win the state championship in baseball. The 10-11 year old team lost in the previous game to North State to force the deciding championship game. To read the story, go to the Greenville Reflector. To see photos of the state championship games by the Mustangs, check out Roger Harding’s photos.
The amendment to automatically enroll the President, Vice President and all Members of Congress in the public option created by HR 3200, the America’s Affordable Health Choice Act, failed along a party-line vote last night.
The amendment – offered by Reps. Sue Myrick, Roy Blunt, Phil Gingrey and Lee Terry – was ruled not germane by committee leadership, and was tabled by a vote of 36-22.
“This shows that the majority is more concerned with pushing through a bill for political gain than with considering how it will affect the American people,” said Rep. Myrick. “The idea behind this amendment is most certainly germane to the conversation on health care reform. We’re taking away the choice of the American people with regard to their health care, and by not being allowed to even consider this amendment, we are telling the American people that the rules don’t apply to the people who make them. It isn’t right.”
This Friday, August 31, kids across Charlotte will be “bouncing for birthdays” at all four Monkey Joe’s locations to help benefit local homeless children. Monkey Joe’s will host an area-wide Family Fun Friday event to kick off its new partnership with local non-profit Birthday Blessings, a Charlotte-based organization that brings birthday joy and support to homeless children and their families.
Family Fun Friday will offer a discounted admission of just $5 per child, along with $2 pizza and nachos and lots of free giveaways throughout the day. 20 percent of the day’s proceeds from each Monkey Joe’s location will benefit Birthday Blessings. Event hours are 10 am to 8 pm at the Lake Norman, Matthews, Pineville, and University locations. To benefit the recent expansion of the Blessings Baskets Program, donations of baby care-essentials and gift cards
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools released today its latest versions of boundary maps for the new Mint Hill high school. CMS will announce student placement for the new high school, Butler, Independence, and East Meck at its August 11 meeting. Pick up a copy of today’s Mint Hill Times to read more about the Board of Education’s update on the boundary process at Tuesday’s meeting.
Taking a cue from David Letterman, a John Locke Foundation expert has compiled a new top 10 list to battle misconceptions about North Carolina’s private schools. That list makes up the bulk of a new Parent’s Guide to private schools.
“This guide is a first step in a larger effort to correct decades-old misconceptions,” said Terry Stoops, JLF Education Policy Analyst. “As Benjamin Franklin knew, better information leads to better decisions. Better information about our state’s private schools can help families make more informed choices about the kind of schooling that best meets their children’s needs.”
The parent’s guide is based on survey results Stoops compiled this spring from 117 of North Carolina’s private schools. “Results of this first-of-its-kind survey should help lay some popular myths to rest.”