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Library’s Charles Brown will step down as Director

Charles Brown, who has served as Director of Libraries for the past seven years, has announced plans to leave the system at the end of the fiscal year in June. Brown took over the library when it was still flush with cash from the 1990s and early 2000s boom in Mecklenburg County.  Because of a slow economy, however, funds dried up, and the library was forced to make major changes from top to bottom.

Brown will be replaced in the interim by Vick Phillips, an executive who once served as chief of staff for former Bank of America Chairman and CEO Hugh McColl Read the full press release after the break. […]

By |January 19th, 2011|Mecklenburg County|0 Comments

What’s closed or open this MLK Day?

We already know that CMS will not honor MLK Day so that it can make up for recent snow days. But what else in the county will be closed or open? Here’s a list: […]

By |January 13th, 2011|Mecklenburg County|0 Comments

Changes to Library fines, fees and services will go into effect January 1

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library system has had budget woes for the past couple of years, resulting in library closings and reduced hours. It also meant that towns around Mecklenburg County, including Mint Hill, have had to pitch in funds to help keep branches open. Now the library is looking for more revenue by raising everything from overdue fines to the cost of black and white copies.

“Demand for Library services and materials is high, but the Library budget has decreased dramatically,” said Director of Library Experiences David Singleton. “We’re all very aware that the recession has drastically impacted the amount of funding the Library receives from the County. […]

By |November 22nd, 2010|Mecklenburg County|0 Comments

It’s official: Mint Hill library will open on Thursdays

As we reported last week, the Mint Hill library will get an extra half-day of service on Thursday. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library announced today that the branch will be open from 1-7 pm on Thursdays. It had previously been closed on that day.

The CML press release: […]

By |October 1st, 2010|Mecklenburg County|2 Comments

Mint Hill’s Carol Hull will be on Library Task Force

Mayor Ted Biggers announced last week that Carol Hull has been appointed to be on the library task force to represent the three southern towns (actually more eastern, but who’s counting?). Pineville, Matthews and Mint Hill, by consensus from the mayors and managers, could appoint one person to represent its combined interests. The following is how the library will fill the seats on the task force: […]

By |September 30th, 2010|Mecklenburg County, Town Hall|0 Comments

At-Large Democratic candidates for County Commissioner back out of debate

Democratic Mecklenburg County Commissioners Dan Murrey, Jennifer Roberts and Harold Cogdell, Jr. have decided not to participate in a debate tentatively scheduled for tonight.

The debate was to be sponsored by Speak Out Charlotte, a conservative talk show on cable access  moderated by Republican former county commissioner Jim Puckett.

Puckett said in an email that news media had been invited to watch the debate live and “therefore negate any chance of ‘shenanigans’ or report on anything that appeared ‘unfair.'”

The Democratic at-large commissioners issued the following joint statement: […]

By |September 27th, 2010|Mecklenburg County|0 Comments