Newt Gingrich and Congressman Pence to stump for Myrick

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and House Republican Conference Chairman, Congressman Mike Pence will each stump for Congresswoman Myrick at two consecutive events this weekend. The Myrick campaign has billed it as a “Conservative Double Header.”

Congressman Pence, who currently serves as the Chairman of the House Republican Conference, will headline a fundraising reception for Myrick’s re-election on Friday, May 14 from 6:00pm – 7:30 pm at The Westin Charlotte. Continue reading

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Other Matthews news: Staff presents budget to the board

The Matthews Town Board of Commissioners received the proposed Fiscal Year 2010-2011 budget from Town Manager Hazen Blodgett during their meeting tonight. This budget focuses on maintaining current services for citizens during the continued economic recession.

The proposed budget for the Town would be $17,747,896. This is $210,421 less than the 2009-10 budget. There are no proposed tax or fee increases in the budget. The current tax rate will remain at .3325 cents per $100 valuation. “In this budget we have deferred and delayed important items including awarding employee merit raises, purchasing fewer police vehicles and other capital items, left open positions unfunded, and decreased staff training for the second year in a row. While we all recognize during these tough times this is the proper course of action, over time these cutbacks will impact our ability to provide government services,” said Matthews Town Manager Hazen Blodgett. Continue reading

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Town of Matthews recognized for excellence in communications

The Town of Matthews won first place for Branding and Logo Development and second place for the Town’s website in the second annual Excellence in Communications Awards.

Over the last year the Town of Matthews has worked extensively on a branding plan that included a communications plan, a logo and website redevelopment. This plan is part of the economic development initiative that is underway in Matthews.

“I am thrilled that award winning judges from around the U.S. recognize the hard work and thoroughness we have put into our branding project. We look forward to fully implementing our branding and economic development initiative over the next few years,” said Annette Privette Keller, Matthews Communications Director. Continue reading

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Mint Hill gymnast 4th in Junior Olympics

Cameron Rogers of Mint Hill placed fourth in the Level 10 individual event finals at the U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships on Sunday at Knoxville, Tenn. Rogers, a student at Butler, recently signed with the University of Illinois.

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Help the postal service ‘stamp out hunger’ tomorrow


This Saturday, May 8, letter carriers in Charlotte and surrounding areas will again help Stamp Out Hunger! across America with your help in order to provide assistance to the rapidly increasing number of Americans who are struggling with hunger.

Now in its 18th year, the Stamp Out Hunger effort is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. In 2010, drive organizers hope to exceed last year’s record-setting total of 73.4 million pounds of donated food, as well as surpass one billion pounds of food collected over the history of the drive. Continue reading

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Mint Hill FD volunteer wins a Ford F150

Bryan Hancock, a volunteer with the Mint Hill Fire Department and a paid employee with the City of Monroe Fire Department won a new Ford F150 truck, delivered this week by the executive director of the NC State Firemans’ Association. All he had to do is swipe his debit card in the “Swipe the Card, Win the Truck” sweepstakes.

“When I first saw the sign at the credit union about the truck giveaway, I just sat there and stared at it for a minute and thought, ‘That’d be nice, but it won’t happen to me,” said Hancock, who is a volunteer and paid firefighter with the Town of Mint Hill and the City of Monroe, respectively, as well as a communications supervisor for the Mecklenburg County EMS Agency. “I’ve got a 1983 Chevrolet pickup right now, and it’s on its last legs. I’ve always wanted a new truck. This is incredible.”

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