Butler and Independence players declared ineligible

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said yesterday it found three players ineligible at Butler and Independence high schools.

After an investigation by CMS Law Enforcement, one Butler High School varsity football player and one Butler High basketball player were declared ineligible. The students violated a CMS residency rule by falsifying their addresses. A junior varsity football player from Independence High School was also declared ineligible for violating the same CMS residency rule. One of the Butler students has already graduated; the other students who were not at their correct home schools will be sent to the correct schools for the 2008-2009 school year.

CMS did not release the students’ names in its press release. According to the CMS communications department, the ineligible players were discovered by tips sent to CMS Law Enforcement. The tip can come in the form of an e-mail, phone call or simply seeing CMS Athletic Director Vicki Hamilton in public and telling her directly. All tips, according to CMS, are investigated.

Superintendent Peter Gorman is scheduled to announce tomorrow at 11:30 am changes in the system’s eligibility verification policies. Developing…

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Bain Elementary School to be replaced?

Bain Elementary School may not be renovated after all. At last night’s school board meeting, the idea was proposed to replace the existing building with a new one. Pineville Elementary will also be replaced instead of renovated. Guy Chamberlain, associate superintendent for auxiliary services, described the changes to the Board at its Aug. 12 meeting: Continue reading

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Eastland Mall stores prefer Sunday over Monday. Duh!

Eastland Mall is changing its hours for the second time in two weeks, the Charlotte Business Journal reports. Last week, they announced the mall would be closed Sundays. Not so fast. Stores didn’t like the idea of closing on a weekend, so mall officials let them stay open Sunday and close Monday. The new store hours are: 12:30 pm-6 pm on Sundays, 10 am to 7 pm Tuesday through Friday and from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturdays. The changes take effect Thursday.

Mall anchors Sears, Dillard’s and Burlington Coat Factory will not be affected by the change.

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School of rock (and classical, jazz, etc.) is almost in session

Ziliani at her baby grand piano.

Regina Ziliani, 35, has taught piano since she was a teenager. When she moved to Mint Hill five years ago with her husband Jeff, she taught out of her home off Lebanon Road. But when the house became more of a studio than a home, she decided to open the Charlotte Academy of Music at the corner of Idlewild Road and Interstate 485. Continue reading

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Woman wins $10,000 at MH Food Lion

NC Lottery

Or was it a Matthews Food Lion? None the less, it was the store at Hood’s Crossroads where Matthews resident Regina Shook got her ticket for the August 6 NC lottery Powerball drawing. Congrats, Regina!

Lest you need to be reminded, the N.C. Education Lottery is a farce. According to its Web site, “100 percent of the net proceeds of the North Carolina Education Lottery go to education programs.”

Wrong. It’s all in the terminology. Gov. Mike Easley thinks it’s OK to supplant the funds in the education budget that should have gone for augmenting education. How? They put the lottery money into the school budget, then take other money out for the general fund. So in reality it’s not a educational lottery after all, and nowhere near 100 percent of the money goes directly to education.

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