Joyce and Jim Lavene release latest mystery

A Corpse for YewJoyce and Jim Lavene released their latest mystery novel titled “A Corpse for Yew,” part of the Peggy Lee Garden Mysteries. You may know Joyce as the Plant Lady in the Mint Hill Times. Joyce and Jim are also prolific writers, having completed more than 30 novels. You can see a trailer for the latest book here. You can purchase the novel here. Of the many books written by Joyce and Jim, which one is their favorite? Joyce says it’s a tough call:

People always ask which book is our favorite. I always say I could never choose. Which daughter do I love best? Which grandchild is cutest? There is no way to measure these things and I wouldn’t want to.I love them all the same. They are all a part of me. And Jim! 8-))

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Realtors get together to help repair Habitat for Humanity homes

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Realtor Care Day was held last week, as agents representing Mathers Realty, Grace Realty Group, Henderson Properties, Helen Adams, Dickens Mitchner and Cottingham Chalk all participated to help families on Selma Burke Lane and George Clay Lane in Matthews. This is a Habitat for Humanity neighborhood with homes needing some maintenance and repair. The group worked all day Friday to help 10 families unable to perform the work themselves. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Middle to observe Memorial Day with Wall of Remeberance

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Mint Hill Middle School will be observing Memorial Day with a Wall of Rememberance. This observance, sponsored by the STAR community outreach club, will honor those who have given their lives in the service of their country during any conflict. The school is asking the community to send the name and branch of service of any fallen soldier you know to the school in care of Pat Plummer (p.plummer@cms.k12.nc.us) or send the name to the school office to be placed in the special box. These service members do not have to be from the area community.

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Butler literary magazine to publish final edition

Friday marks the 12th and final edition of Butler High School’s Pawprint Literary Magazine. The Pawprint 2009 Literary Magazine release party and Artists Tea will be held at 1 pm in the Media Center. The award winning Butler jazz band will provide entertainment throughout the event. Because of budget cuts the creative writing class will no longer be offered to students as an elective. Continue reading

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Better to burn out than fade away: Oakboro begins a new season of Cruise Ins

oakboro-cruise-inGreat weather and the season’s first burnout brought around 8,000 people out for the Oakboro Cruise-in and Burnout on Friday. Organizers estimated 400 bright, shiny street rods and classic cars lined the streets and parking lots. The event is always held the fourth Friday of each month and is the largest cruise-in held in a North Carolina downtown. For more information, visit www.OakboroCruiseIn.com.

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Bevy of book sales at the Public Library

April 17, 2009 (Charlotte, NC) – Want to know one of a book lover’s best kept secrets? The answer is shopping at library book sales for lightly worn, but well-loved books at low prices. Many libraries use book sales as an opportunity to purge their shelves of older materials. Often, donations that were not able to be distributed in the collection are also for sale. All proceeds benefit the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC), helping to improve general library offerings.

Book sales are organized by PLCMC and its supporters. The sales listed below are just a sample of what’s to come. Be sure to check out the library events Web page for book sale updates.

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