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N. Trade St. in Matthews will be closed from 11 p.m. – 6 a.m. beginning Sunday night, May 24 thru Thursday morning, May 27. Work will be done on the crosswalks, speed tables and pavement markings.

This is the final phase of the N. Trade Street improvements that have been underway this Spring. The closure will occur from the intersection of John St. to Matthews Station Street.

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Despite gulf oil spill, gas prices are down

Average retail gasoline prices in Charlotte have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.77/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 6.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.80/g, according to gasoline price website CharlotteGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Charlotte during the past week, prices yesterday were 41.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 0.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has decreased 6.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 39.8 cents per gallon higher than this day a year ago.

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Goodall says no to ‘charter-lite’ reforms

The North Carolina General Assembly continues to do everything other than what’s necessary to help secure federal Race to the Top funds through enacting meaningful charter school expansion legislation.

Read the Carolina Journal’s take here.

The House Education Committee passed SB 704: Reform Low-Performing Schools Thursday. The bill allows local boards of education, under rigid authority from the State Board of Education, to operate schools “with the same exemptions from statutes and rules as a charter school.” The legislation makes clear that it “shall not be interpreted to increase the maximum number of charter schools.”

Senator Goodall stated:

“In North Carolina’s first Race to the Top application, they tried ‘charter-like’ reform approaches. Now they are trying ‘charter-lite.’ It did not fool federal Race to the Top reviewers then, and it will not fool them now. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Police Chief Ledford: Say ‘no’ to collective bargaining

A bill in Congress sponsored and introduced April 12 by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D-Nev.) would override states and allow police, firefighters and emergency personnel have collective bargaining powers. Mint Hill’s Police Chief, Tim Ledford, thinks it’s a bad idea:

Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford, president of the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, believes collective bargaining would bring tax increases and layoffs. NCACP opposes the bill. Ledford, once a union official in a different industry, says he understands rank-and-file officers see collective bargaining as a path to higher compensation. However, his experience showed him union contracts hurt good workers by protecting slackers: “With unions, everybody gets the same across the board.”

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Latest library news: Towns will get involved, but at what price?

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library sent a press release today with encouraging news: The City of Charlotte, as well as surrounding towns, seem willing to pitch in funds to help keep the libraries open. Only three branches are now slated to be closed: Checkit Outlet (downtown Charlotte), Carmel, and the Belmont Center.

Meanwhile, library officials have met with representatives of all the towns in Mecklenburg County to see what kind of level of involvement towns can make toward keeping libraries open. The City of Charlotte, which has eight libraries, has offered to pitch in. And surrounding towns also seem interested. At last night’s Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting, Mayor Ted Biggers said the town is interested in helping the library, but only if it is fair across the board. Continue reading

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BI-LO offers way to help Mint Hill non-profits

From May 3 through June 12, members of the Mint Hill community can join BI-LO in supporting local non-profit.

Customers can make donations to BI-LO Charities’ fundraising efforts by adding $1 or more to their grocery bill. These donations stay in the Mint Hill community and help our neighbors who are in need.

Each local BI-LO location has identified a local charity to support with the funds raised. The BI-LO store located at 9108 Lawyers Road is raising funds for Mint Hill Lions Club.

“Our store teams are passionate about getting involved in the communities where they work and live. This commitment to our neighbors in need has always been part of BI-LO’s culture,” said BI-LO Charities Executive Director Carol Browning. Continue reading

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