Gov. Bev Perdue announces sales tax holiday

Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that North Carolinians can save money by purchasing items such as clothing, school supplies and computers during the state’s sales tax holiday that begins on Friday, Aug. 7 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 9.

“Especially during these tough economic times, it’s important that we provide families with a break when it comes to buying school supplies,” said Perdue. “The sales tax holiday will make it easier for families to buy the supplies they need, and I encourage all North Carolinians to take advantage of it.”
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East Meck principal named

East Meck principal named
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education named Richard B. Parker principal of East Mecklenburg High School at its July 28 meeting. Parker has been an assistant principal at East Meck since 1999. He began his career with CMS in 1989 as a physical education and health teacher at Quail Hollow Middle School. Parker received his bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill and his master’s from Appalachian State University. He received his principal certification from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.
East Meck’s former principal, Mark Nixon, will be the principal of the new Mint Hill high school.

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Matthews investments pave way to future

In 2008-09 the Town of Matthews spent approximately $750,000 to build new sidewalks, repair sidewalks, patch and pave streets in the Town. The Town uses monies from the state Powell Bill Fund, along with a $15 town “tag fee” that all residents pay annually, to cover the costs of these infrastructure projects. Continue reading

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Miss NC visits Raleigh

On Wednesday, July 22, Weddington native and Miss North Carolina Katherine Southard came to Raleigh to address the House of Representatives and the State Senate. She visited with lawmakers addressing issues dealing with children. She is pictured here with Rep. Jim Gulley.

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Myrick announces new VA health care center in Charlotte

US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) announced last week that the Department of Veterans Affairs plans to build a new VA Health Care Center in Charlotte by 2013.

“This is really great news for veterans in our district,” said Rep. Myrick. “Our current Community-Based Outpatient Clinic does great work, but is not equipped to meet the needs of our growing veteran community in Charlotte. This new facility will ensure that our veterans have the quality care that they so deserve.”

The new health care center was a project listed in the 2010 Department of Veteran Affairs budget request sent to Congress earlier this year.

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Mint Hill dog park update: estimates in, committee to be formed


Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License by SARhoundsTown Manager Brian Welch, in a memo sent to the Board of Commissioners last week, said estimates for building a dog park in Mint Hill came back from Mecklenburg County. Depending on the amenities in the park, it will cost between $75,000-$100,000. There are no funds set aside for the park, so money will have to found elsewhere. Welch also told the board they will form a dog park committee.

I do feel it would be prudent to establish the committee so that we could gauge overall interest and further investigate the possibility of alternate funding sources,” Welch said in the memo.

If the board approves the park, it will be built around the town’s communication tower near Fairview Park.

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