No Mecklenburg County students on NCHSAA advisory board?

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced its Student-Athlete Advisory Council today, and surprise, none of the representatives are  from Mecklenburg County.  The closest representative is from Ashbrook High School in Gastonia. Here’s the press release: Continue reading

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Former candidate for Dist. 103 could hear from the courts this week

As the Mint Hill Times has reported since 2008, former unaffiliated Dist. 103 candidate Mark Brody is challenging the way North Carolina allows third parties access to ballots. In 2008, Brody collected signatures of 4 percent of registered voters so he could run as an unaffiliated candidate. He became the only state-wide unaffiliated candidate to get on a ballot in more than a century, eventually losing to Jim Gulley. This time, Brody took his case to the courts. He filed a lawsuit on February 11 and was told to expect a response by March 11.

“This lawsuit is going to catch them by surprise,” Brody said.

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Police Chief Tim Ledford releases statement on medical marijuana legalization

Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford released a statement today reaffirming his opinion that medical marijuana should not be legalized in North Carolina. Ledford told the Charlotte Observer:

“If people start accepting the use, even if it’s medical marijuana use, people tend to see that being more liberal, more accepting.”

Representative Nick Mackey of Charlotte is working on a bill in the state legislature that will legalize medical use of the drug. Mackey got support for legalization from an unlikely source: the Meck Deck blog, which in the past has not been very friendly to the state representive. However, it was Ledford who took the brunt this time. Said Jeff Taylor, the primary writer for the blog,

“Chief, when you make Nick Mackey sound like a statesman, you might want to start over.”

Ledford is the President of the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police. He heavily cited in today’s press release the The International Association of Chief’s of Police analysis of California and Arizona medical marijuana propositions. According to the IACP, The Arizona proposition was not a success.

In essence, the proposition legalized all Schedule I drugs for everyone in the state. Two doctors were required to write prescriptions for Schedule I drugs; however, no age limit is specified for individuals seeking drugs for medicinal purposes. The law also allowed for the release of over 1,000 felons from prison on the premise that they were sent there for minor, non-violent drug crimes.

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Off shore drilling panel meets (who knew?)

Remember all the talk about off shore drilling on North Carolina coasts? Back when gas prices were $4 a gallon, and many of us had to wait in lines to fill up our tanks, off shore drilling became a hot topic. Then gas prices came down, and all the sudden drilling for more oil was put on the back-burner. Or so we thought. A panel set up by Gov. Bev Perdue has met for the first time last Tuesday to weigh the pros and cons of drilling on our coast. The people of North Carolina, however, have made up their minds about drilling according to this Civitas poll.

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