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Four candidates vie for two spots on sheriff ticket

By Leah Schmalz

With Chipp Bailey stepping down as Mecklenburg County sheriff, four contenders have registered to take his place. Irwin Carmichael and Antoine M. Ensley seek a spot on the Democratic ticket, while Chris Hailey and Louis Rango Jr. are up against each other for the Republican spot.

Irwin Carmichael has worked as a reserve captain with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office for 28 years. “I just want to see the stability of the office to continue,” he said. Carmichael’s two main points of focus are inmates and youthful offenders. Carmichael said the daily count of inmates just dropped below 1,800, down from nearly 3,000 several years ago. “We have been able to cut the population down because of the programs we have inside our facilities,” he said. “We are going to turn 95% back out into community. We want to return them as productive members.” He said the office has training programs in place in areas such as culinary, carpentry, and horticulture so that released inmates have employment and are less likely to reoffend.  […]

Commissioners say no to 7-Eleven

By Michele Dotson

On Thursday, March 27, at their regularly scheduled meeting, Mint Hill commissioners rejected the plan presented by BWN Investments, LLC to build a new 7-Eleven convenience store at the corner of Hwy 51 and Idlewild Road.

Residents of Mint Lake Village came out in large numbers, sporting matching I Love Mint Hill tee shirts, to weigh in once more on the decision to allow the construction of the 24-hour establishment, citing concerns over potential decrease in property values, increased traffic with the “chaotic” roundabout, and crime.  […]

By |April 3rd, 2014|Breakiing News, Development|0 Comments

Kilah Davenport dies at age 4

The young girl who inspired a North Carolina law that increased sentencing for child abusers, died last week. Kilah Davenport, 4, was remembered by friends and family at a memorial in Mint Hill Sunday night. Davenport was abused by her stepfather in 2012 which caused permanent brain-damage.

To donate to the Kilah Davenport Founda- tion, mail donations […]

By |March 13th, 2014|Around Town, Breakiing News|1 Comment

School Board votes to keep spring break intact for CMS

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 25, 2014 — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced Feb. 25 that students will not have to make up school days missed on Feb. 13 and 14 due to the winter storm.
Dr. Heath E. Morrison, the district’s superintendent, presented a recommendation to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education Feb. 25 to leave spring break intact by not making up […]

By |February 25th, 2014|Around Town, Breakiing News|4 Comments