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County, library and towns try to cobble together a plan to save the libraries

Negotiations between Mecklenburg County towns and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library continued Tuesday in downtown Charlotte at the law offices of Robinson, Bradshaw and Hinson. Library officials have asked towns—specifically Mint Hill, Matthews, Davidson and Cornelius—to pitch in a total of $700,000 to sustain the library system for the next fiscal year. Mint Hill is the only town that is on board with donating the money—as long as Mint Hill’s library stays open—but Mayor Ted Biggers said it would be difficult for the town to give money if it meant other towns aren’t paying their fair share.
Last Friday, Biggers attended the first of the formal negotiations. Towns, including Charlotte, were represented by at least mayors and town staff, while library board members and staff including Director Charles Brown represented the library. County officials included Board of Commissioner Chairwoman Jennifer Roberts.
Towns don’t think they can sell the library plan to their boards without tweaking it considerably. The towns want to help, but the road ahead could be tricky.
“We have to think outside the box,” Davidson Mayor John Woods said. “Then I believe the towns could cobble together a plan that would be acceptable.” […]

By |June 16th, 2010|Mecklenburg County|2 Comments

Decision on Christian LeMay expected in next two weeks

Butler quarterback Christian LeMay will know in the next two weeks the outcome of a disciplinary hearing with CMS officials today for breaking the CMS “code of conduct.” The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that LeMay’s father said via text message:
…the elder LeMay said “the hearing went well” and said his son is “taking the high road and handling adversity as classy as he has always been known to.” He said his son had to “duck cameras” to attend the hearing.
LeMay’s family released a statement Monday thanking the community for support, and promising LeMay will get back on track:
We would first like to thank so many of you who have shown your love, support and rendered prayers for our family at this time. The overwhelming outpouring of community affection has been tremendous. Christian is the oldest of our four children and as parents we could not have asked nor designed a more special young man then himself. He has for 17 years lead by example and done remarkably well with the responsibility. We truly believe that children are a joy and one of the most precious gifts we could ever receive from God. […]

By |June 14th, 2010|Butler High School|0 Comments

Mayor Biggers meets with mayors to talk library funding

Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers met with officials from the surrounding towns Friday to discuss the prospect of the towns helping to bail out the library system. Of course, this would mean that the library in Mint Hill would have to stay open, said Biggers to WFAE.
“We are already paying county taxes that support the […]

By |June 14th, 2010|Mecklenburg County|0 Comments

Mint Hill Arts to host painting presentation tomorrow

Noted North Carolina artist Curt Butler will give a presentation on painting at Mint Hill Arts tomorrow (Tuesday, June 22) from 6:45 – 9 pm.  Butler, a professional artist and teacher, enjoys sharing his passion and knowledge with others to create a journey for someone else.  In 2006 he started Butler Studio where he […]

By |June 14th, 2010|Arts|0 Comments