CMS to remain open, weekend activities will be canceled

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will operate today under a normal schedule. Schools with scheduled evening activities will continue at their regular times with the exception of the West Charlotte and Mooresville Senior High basketball game at Mooresville which has been cancelled. Due to concerns about inclement weather in the Charlotte metro region overnight and Saturday, all scheduled Saturday activities, including athletic contests, athletic practices, field trips and all professional-development trainings have been canceled. Since our facilities will be closed on Saturday, all community events held at CMS schools will also be canceled on that day.

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Indy students earn college credit

As of January 15, 28 juniors and seniors at Independence High School will have a college transcript to add to their high school transcript when they mail their college applications. These students participated in an online course 1st semester known as iSchool. Twenty-nine students participated in 32 classes and earned at least one college credit through the University of North Carolina @ Greensboro.
Independence introduced the Dual Enrollment program in the Spring of 2009 when Cynthia Wellner, AVID Coordinator at Independence, learned of the opportunity and launched it by offering it to a small group of AVID students. Continue reading

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Off shore drilling panel meets (who knew?)

Remember all the talk about off shore drilling on North Carolina coasts? Back when gas prices were $4 a gallon, and many of us had to wait in lines to fill up our tanks, off shore drilling became a hot topic. Then gas prices came down, and all the sudden drilling for more oil was put on the back-burner. Or so we thought. A panel set up by Gov. Bev Perdue has met for the first time last Tuesday to weigh the pros and cons of drilling on our coast. The people of North Carolina, however, have made up their minds about drilling according to this Civitas poll.

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New Matthews ordinance restricts peddlers and itinerant merchants

The Town of Matthews has adopted a new ordinance requiring Peddler/Itinerant Merchants to obtain a permit and purchase a business privilege license before conducting business within Town limits. Previously, anyone wishing to solicit business door-to-door was only required to purchase a business privilege license.

Now, the Matthews Police Department will be able to conduct background checks on peddlers, door-to-door salespeople and other itinerant merchants and have the authority to deal with those who violate the ordinance. The merchant/peddler will be required to present the permit to citizens before soliciting for their business. The ordinance will also restrict door-to-door selling and solicitation to the hours of 9 am until one hour prior to sunset.

Non-profit organizations, such as the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc, do not have to adhere to the policy.

“Unfortunately, there are individuals who may not be scrupulous in their business endeavors. While this does not happen often we want to make sure our community is safe for our residents. This ordinance will allow us to protect our citizens as well as the businesspeople who are operating their businesses legally,” said Matthews Chief of Police Rob Hunter.

The ordinance goes into effect immediately. If you need more information on this process contact the Town’s Finance Department at 704-847-4411.

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Matthews Fire & EMS donates to Haiti

The Town of Matthews Fire & EMS Department has donated approximately 30 self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) to the Port-au-Prince Rotary Club of Haiti. The equipment is used by firefighters to breathe during hazardous situations.

The department learned of the need in Haiti two months ago – prior to the earthquake. The SCBA were not being used by the Matthews Department because they have purchased new equipment that is compatible with that of other neighboring departments. The donated equipment is operational and usable. The department will work with Rotary members in the U.S. to ship the gear to Haiti.

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Want to hear Joe Wilson’s reaction to The State of the Union tonight?

You can follow him live on Facebook! Wilson will respond and take questions live via streaming video on Facebook. No lie.

The press release:

“Joe Wilson will be giving the first-ever live video response to a Presidential State of the Union address on Facebook. He will give his reaction to President Obama’s speech and call on Congress and the President to stop their government-takeover of health care and instead focus their attention on job creation by reducing taxes and limiting spending. Wilson will then take questions submitted online through his Facebook page. Continue reading

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