Homeschooled children benefit from kitchen table wisdom

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Nationwide, 1.5 million schoolchildren are acquiring their own kind of kitchen table wisdom. Federal data show a record number of American children have joined the ranks of the homeschooled, foregoing bus rides and backpacks for an unencumbered amble down the stairs.

As they study English literature and math algorithms at the kitchen table, these children are proof positive of the richness of educational freedom. The latest numbers — from spring 2007 — were published this June in the U.S. Department of Educations annual report, The Condition of Education. The data reveal a marked shift in the way American children are educated: between 1999 and 2007, homeschooled students nearly doubled in number.

In North Carolina, homeschooling has grown even faster. State figures show the number of homeschooled students more than tripled between 1999 and 2007-08. Continue reading


More than 1,300 charged in ‘Booze it & Lose it’ campaign

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept.
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Gov. Bev Perdue  announced that state and local law enforcement officers cited 1,340 motorists for driving while impaired during the “Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker” campaign, which ran June 29-July 5. A total of 53,614 traffic and criminal citations were issued statewide.

“Thanks to law enforcement officers’ continued dedication to removing impaired drivers from our roads, more families were able to enjoy the Independence Day holiday together,” Perdue said.

During the Governor’s Highway Safety Program campaign, officers statewide conducted more than 4,800 sobriety checkpoints and dedicated patrols. Counties with the highest number of DWI citations included: Mecklenburg (93), New Hanover (75) and Wake (66).

Officers also issued 4,881 safety belt and 729 child passenger safety violations, 15,293 speeding violations and 745 drug charges. In addition, they apprehended 285 fugitives from justice and recovered 45 stolen vehicles.

For county-by-county citation totals, visit the GHSP Web site,


Summer graduation to be held August 3

CMS will hold two summer commencement ceremonies for 390 graduates on Monday, Aug. 3. The ceremonies will be held at Bojangles’ Coliseum (2700 E. Independence Blvd.) at 10 am and 1 pm.
Here are the schools participating in the graduation ceremonies: Continue reading


$5,000 grant opportunity for local artists

Performing and literary artists can apply for up to $5,000 to support their artistic development through the Regional Artist Project Grant program.

The grant application deadline is Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at noon. Applications and guidelines are available at

Artists who have lived in the counties of Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, and York for one year are eligible to apply. Continue reading


Civitan Club begins in Matthews

A new Civitan Luncheon club is forming in Matthews. Club organizers invite community residents to attend organizational meetings held at Beantown Tavern. The club meets on Wednesdays from 12 till 1 pm. Once the club becomes officially chartered, the meetings will change to twice a month.

Civitan is a worldwide organization of everyday citizens who want to make a difference in their community. Members enjoy personal and professional development opportunities while focusing on helping others. Civitan’s major emphasis is to help people with development disabilities. Civitan funds the Civitan International Research Center, a developmental disability research and treatment facility located at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Continue reading