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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Steve Smith out with concussion

The Associated Press reports Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith sat out today’s practice because of a concussion suffered in Saturday’s preseason win against the Colts.

This is not good news. See Dan Morgan and Nick Goings and what concussions have done for their careers. Coach Fox says it’s day to day on Smith. Let’s hope it’s not too many days…

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Butler and Independence scrimmage tomorrow, but not each other

[singlepic=8,150,150,,right]High school football preseason kicks off tomorrow in the Mint Hill area. Butler High gets things started with a scrimmage at 7 am against Olympic at home. Independence gets its preseason underway at 7 pm at Independence against Charlotte Catholic. The last two scrimmages against Charlotte Catholic have been unlucky for the Patriots. One was canceled because of weather, and tight end Mario Carter tore an anterior cruciate ligament last year. Carter now plays for N.C. State.

Butler and Independence open the regular season August 29. The Bulldogs play North Meck at Butler, and the Patriots take on the Olympic Trojans at Independence.

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