Cierra Burdick named a finalist for national player of the year

It’s a bittersweet day for Butler’s Cierra Burdick. Last night, the Lady Bulldogs lost to Mallard Creek 50-45 in the state playoffs, snapping a 42-game win streak and ending the Lady Bulldog’s chance of winning back-to-back state titles. It’s one of the biggest upsets in Mecklenburg County high school basketball history.
Today, Burdick was named one of the four finalists for the McDonald’s All American National Player of the Year award. Others on the list are Ariel Massengale (Bolingbrook High School — Bolingbrook, Ill.), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Mater Dei High School — Santa Ana, Calif.) and Elizabeth Williams (Princess Anne High School — Virginia Beach, Va.).


Goodall thanks former colleagues for passing charter school bill

Former State Senator Eddie Goodall, who represented the Mint Hill area before he chose not to run again last year, had some kind words for his former colleagues last week when they passed Senate Bill 8. The legislation would lift the cap on the number of charter schools in the state. Goodall is now President of the North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools. As a senator, he pushed tirelessly fought for lifting the cap on charters. Here’s his letter to the State Senate:

Honorable Senators,

The Alliance Board of Directors asked me to thank you all for your historic support of the education “little guys”, the public charter schools. Special thanks to the leadership of the sponsor, Sen. Stevens, as well as the Education Co-Chairs, Sens. Tillman, Preston, and Soucek. We are also proud of those of you speaking on the senate floor for SB 8 at the second reading Wednesday. Continue reading


Matthews’ bond rating upgraded

Standard and Poor has upgraded the Town of Matthews’ Bond Rating from AA to AA+ which is one step below the highest rating available. The highest rating is AAA.

“The rating is reaffirmation that the Town’s financial health is stable and the general creditworthiness of the Town is great,” said Matthews Town Manager Hazen Blodgett. “We are extremely excited to receive this news.”

The Standard and Poor rating is based on their examination of the Town’s financial records, budget, low debt percentage, proposed future projects, healthy fund balance level and credit stability. Standard and Poor also looks at an organization’s ability to withstand extreme or severe stress such as the current economic situation.

“The Bond Rating of AA+ we have received is the result of careful planning and management of our budget. In the future, when we need to borrow money or obtain credit to complete projects such as roadways or parks or to buy
equipment, banks will look at us favorable. This will result in better interest rates and loan terms – which results in savings to our budget,” Matthews Finance Director Christine Surratt commented.