Mint Hill and Matthews residents: Does the state have unclaimed cash for you?

Rep. Jim Gulley wants people of Mint Hill and Matthews to know they might be have unclaimed  property from the State Treasurers office.  How much? There is about $442,000 waiting for people from this area to claim.  For example, Aris Kiser of Lebanon Road is owed more than $700 from the state. Click here to see the full list of people who are owed money. If you want to claim the money they can visit or contact Gulley’s office at 919-733-5800 or by email.


More CMS schools make AYP for 2008-2009

Preliminary results show that more than 100 schools made Adequate Yearly Progress in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools during the 2008-2009 year. But district officials cautioned that changes in state rules this year may have allowed many schools to clear the bar, and those gains could disappear next year.
The state’s preliminary calculation, based on end-of-year testing and other school measurements, showed that 111 of 163 schools measured at CMS made Adequate Yearly Progress as defined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The new rules that helped many schools clear the bar this year will not have the same impact on next year’s results, and the CMS superintendent said that this year’s results should be read in full context. Schools from this area: Continue reading


Mint Hill Grill and Deli Hosts School Tools 2009 Collection Site

The Mint Hill Grill and Deli will serve as the central Mint Hill collection site for School Tools 2009, the eighth annual campaign to collect new school supplies for students in the Charlotte region, August 1 – 31. There are more than 80,000 students living in poverty in the Charlotte region and many of these students will show up on the first day of school empty handed.

“We encourage everyone to stop by and help us fill up the boxes for this worthwhile project,” said Tom Daly, co-owner and general manager of the restaurant. “Our Mint Hill citizens have come out in broad support for School Tools the past six years, and we expect that our boxes will be full well before the end of the official campaign.” The collection boxes are located just inside the restaurant. Continue reading


Myrick: “If American’s aren’t going to have a choice on health care after this, neither should we

US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) will offer an amendment next week to the health care reform bill currently being marked-up in the Energy and Commerce Committee.

The amendment will require the President, Vice President and all Members of Congress to enroll to in the public health care plan created by HR 3200, the America’s Affordable Health Choice Act. Rep. Myrick will offer this amendment with Reps. Roy Blunt, Phil Gingrey and Lee Terry. Continue reading


Matthews seeks input from public with town survey

How do you describe the Town of Matthews to your coworkers, family, and friends? Why do you live here or operate your business in the Town?

The Town has launched an initiative to answer these questions and is asking the community to help. The Town has an online survey which will aid in this process. To access the survey go to Please fill out the survey by July 31.

“We are striving to find out what makes us a great Town and what do we need to improve upon,” said Communications Director Annette Privette Keller “From this research we will develop our brand – a communications and marketing plan in order to recruit and retain businesses and jobs.”

Brands are used to develop a logo and key message points for the Town. By using a brand consistently, it incorporates messages in all Town departments, activities, and signage. “Our brand is our calling card. It is a way of succinctly articulating our message and what we are all about,” continued Keller. “The brand will be used in the promotion of the Town and in its marketing efforts as we work to recruit businesses and retain businesses in the Town. A branding Initiative also gives citizens a way to demonstrate their support and love of their town even if it is as simple as buying a t-shirt with the brand on it.”

Contact Annette Privette Keller, Matthews Communications Director at 704-847-4411 ext. 230 if you have any questions.


Teens could win cash prize in Public Library’s first teen talent competition

Take The Stage, the Public Library’s first talent competition for teens, is on a quest to find talented 12-18 year-olds. Teens that can sing, dance, or perform spoken word are needed to share their flair with the community. A $100 prize awaits the winner of the grand finale, set for August 8 at 2 p.m. at ImaginOn. Grand finale participants will also have the chance to meet Power 98 D.J. Jeanine Davis, who will host the event. The following libraries will hold first-round auditions for Take The Stage:

7/13, 6 p.m., South County Regional
7/21, 3:30 p.m., North County Regional
7/23, 3:30 p.m., University City Regional
7/27, 4 p.m., Freedom Regional
7/30, 6 p.m., Independence Regional

To register, interested teens should visit to view contest rules and to complete a registration form.