Fire damages Matthews dental office

The office of Dr. J.D. Kisella, located at 1208 Mann Drive, Matthews, was heavily damaged by fire around 12:20 p.m. today. The Matthews Fire & EMS Department responded to the call and were able to extinguish the fire quickly. The fire is believed to have started as a result of malfunctioning office equipment.

Idlewild Volunteer Fire Department and Mint Hill Fire & Ambulance Department also responded to the scene.

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Open house this week for Carolina Thread Trail

Organizers of the Carolina Thread Trail want to hear from you. They invite you to  join them at a public Open House meeting at the Matthews Community Center (100 East McDowell Street in Matthews) from 5-7 pm so you can share your feedback and learn more about The Thread. The Thread Trail initiative is an effort to encourage 15 counties in the south-central Piedmont of North Carolina and  north-central South Carolina to create a large, interconnected trail and greenway system. 

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FBI Charlotte warns of email scam

Got an email recently from someone who says they are from the FBI? You may want to forward it to the FBI Charlotte office and then delete it because it will probably be a scam. Amy Thoreson, a public affairs specialist with the FBI Charlotte office, sent a press release late yesterday warning of the scam. And if the FBI is warning of a scam, you know it is probably something to be on the look out for. The press release: Continue reading

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Outgoing Mayor Myers endorses Taylor for Matthews top spot

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Jim Taylor with Mayor Lee Myers

Lee Myers has officially endorsed Matthews council member Jim Taylor in his bid to become the town’s new mayor.
“”It is vital that we elect Jim Taylor for mayor,” Myers said in a prepared statement. “He is accountable, energetic, professional and well connected with state and local leaders. His leadership and vision will protect our businesses, quality of life, schools and our low property tax rate.”

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Myrick wants definition of ‘illegal;’ Obama says make illegal immigrants legal so they can get health care

Rep. Sue Myrick released a terse statement today after the decision was made by the State Board of Community Colleges to allow illegal immigrants to attend North Carolina’s Community Colleges:

“Someone needs to look up the meaning of the word ‘illegal.’”

Meanwhile, the Washington Times is reporting that President Obama is calling for the legalization of illegal immigrants so they can fall under the health care reform bills being proposed in Washington. From today’s Washington Times:

“Even though I do not believe we can extend coverage to those who are here illegally, I also don’t simply believe we can simply ignore the fact that our immigration system is broken,” Mr. Obama said Wednesday evening in a speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. “That’s why I strongly support making sure folks who are here legally have access to affordable, quality health insurance under this plan, just like everybody else.

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MUMPO votes on Monroe bypass

Tired of having to use Highway 218 or the clogged Highway 74 to get to the beach? It might not be much longer before the Monroe connector is built. On Wednesday, the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization (MUMPO) endorsed Alternative D as the preferred alternative route for the Monroe Connector/Bypass and to support the proposed interchange at US 601. MUMPO is responsible for overseeing the development of the transportation system in Mecklenburg and Union Counties. The bypass is scheduled to open in 2013.Picture 1

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