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. Continue reading

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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: Continue reading

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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: Continue reading

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