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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-

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: […]

By |September 8th, 2010|Library, Mecklenburg County|0 Comments

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. […]

By |September 7th, 2010|Mint Hill Middle School, Schools|20 Comments

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 […]

By |September 7th, 2010|Election 2010|3 Comments

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 […]

By |September 7th, 2010|Police|0 Comments

Weeks of no rain make brush fires more likely

By |September 7th, 2010|Mecklenburg County|0 Comments

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, […]

By |September 4th, 2010|Washington|0 Comments