Spirited UNC-Charlotte professor keeps Novello Festival alive

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library has brought us the Novello festival for more than a decade now. Due to budget concerns this year, the festival is on hold. Enter UNC-

Mark West

Charlotte Professor Mark West who organized a Novello-lite to fill the void this year. The library liked West’s idea, and is sponsoring “A Tribute to Novello.”

Local writers will lend their services for free and Novello Press will announce the two books it will publish this year.

“I felt like the community had benefited from Novello for all these years and maybe it was time for the community to show its appreciation to the Library for what the festival has come to mean,” said West in a press release from the library.

October 1 and 2 will feature adult authors and October 9 will feature young adult and children’s authors.

In addition, Novello Festival Press (NFP) will present its two most recent publications:

October 2: Topograph: New Writing from the Carolinas and the Landscape Beyond, an Anthology edited by Charlotte Viewpoint’s Jeff Jackson
October 9: The Children’s Book: Wings and Dreams: The Legend of Angel Falls by Irania Macias Patterson with illustrations by Catherine Courtlandt McElvane.

Pat Siegfried, a former librarian with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and current owner of Black Forest Books and Toys, will head up the youth events. West will coordinate the adult events.

For more information visit the Library’s website at www.cmlibrary.org/novello.

A Tribute to Novello Schedule: Continue reading


Could Mint Hill Middle School close?

CMS announced it has come up with a list of 32 schools “where change may be needed” in the 2011-2012 school year. Mint Hill Middle School is on this list. The changes could be minor or significant, including closing some of the schools. The Board of Education, which has worked on guiding principles all summer, based its decision on an index that took into account academic proficiency, academic growth, per-pupil cost and condition of the school.

After the break, read the CMS press release and see a list of the schools that could close. Others on the list? Garinger, Harding and Olympic high schools. Continue reading


Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate supports amnesty?

Don’t know the name Dr. Mike Beitler? In a state like North Carolina that hinders involvement from third parties, it’s understandable. Beitler is the Libertarian candidate running for U.S. Senate. He will face incumbent Richard Burr and Democrat Elaine Marshall in the fall elections. Libertarians rarely win despite having a platform that for the most part takes the best ideas Republicans and Democrats have to offer. However, Libertarians tend to be ex-Republicans and are generally considered  conservative. That is why it was somewhat of a shock to see this paragraph in a recent press release:

As you know, Beitler has been polling between 6-10% in recent polls and he has taken a controversial stance on the immigration issue (in favor of amnesty and pathway to citizenship).

Even Democrats, who in general favor amnesty, do not have the guts to use the word “amnesty.” Yes, Beitler might not be known now, and he may not be on election day, but with such a controversial stance on immigration, he will raise more than a few eyebrows.


Rash of vehicle breaking and enterings have Mint Hill Police on alert

Are you leaving your car unlocked at night? If so, it might not be a good idea. Mint Hill Police are reporting an uptick in vehicle breaking and entering offenses where owners did not lock their doors at night.  Electronics as well as personal items have been left in the vehicles and taken.

Mint Hill Police are urging all residents to make sure that they do not leave their vehicles unlocked with personal items inside. Several items have been stolen to include, Car stereos, GPS Systems, IPods, Laptops, Money, and any other items of value.

Mint Hill Police are requesting that residents pay close attention to their neighborhoods for suspicious activity and persons. Any items of value should be removed from your vehicles and placed in a secure area.

Please contact Mint Hill Police at 704-545-1085 (Office) or 704-889-2231 (Dispatch) for concerns on this release. For immediate and emergency assistance please call 911.


Myrick: Is Hezbollah in Mexico?

Sue Myrick, who represents the Mint Hill area in the U.S. House of Representatives, released this video today bemoaning the U.S. Homeland Security for not taking seriously the threat of Hezbollah entering the country illegally along the Mexico border. The narrator of the video cites anecdotal evidence, while the Director of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, says there is no credible threat. Hezbollah has attacked American interests around the world, but has never directly threatened inside our own borders. Is Myrick correct that more attention should be paid to terrorism on the Mexican border?