Bob Rowland measures and cuts wood for the new public restroom at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village. Rowland and Dave Reed (not pictured) spent Friday afternoon at the village putting some finishing touches on the project. Rowland said the restroom, which the historical society needs to host field trips, should be finished in early September. PHOTO BY ADAM HOUSTON
The Charlotte Business Journal is reporting that North Carolina has the lowest mortgage closing costs in the country. The average in NC on a $200,000 mortgage is $2,650; New York has the highest closing costs at $4,000. The national average has risen 14 percent since 2007 and stands at $3,118.
We’re No. 1! We’re No. 1!
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools reported today more schools throughout the district met expected academic growth or had high academic growth. One hundred twenty-three schools made expected and high growth in 2007-2008, compared to 102 school in 2006-2007.
CMS reported July 21 fewer schools met adequate yearly progress standards according to the No Child Left Behind Act. All students must perform at grade level by 2014 to meet adequate yearly progress.
So in one measurement the schools are doing better than last year, but in another measurment they are not meeting adequate yearly progress?
WFAE reports Mint Hill, Matthews, and Pineville mayors are urging support for the November bond. Green space is the issue, according to Matthews mayor Lee Myers. The money from the bond will help towns preserve land for parks, ball fields and natural areas.
Mint Hill has mucho green space, but keeping it is another story. Mecklenburg County has two pieces of land for planned parks in or close to Mint Hill. One is the Ezell Farm property located at the corner of Matthews-Mint Hill Road and Mintwood Drive. The other is a planned natural area near I-485.
To the left, Mecklenburg County’s Greenway Master Plan. Above, a close up of how this plan will affect Mint Hill.
We found this 1979 home movie of Eastland Mall on Youtube.com. There is a great shot of the ice rink at the end of the video. Ah, the memories.
Read Adam Houston’s story in Thursday’s Mint Hill Times on a mall thats end is near.
The Charlotte Business Journal is reporting Mecklenburg County took in $3.4 billion (yes, that’s BILLION) in tourist revenue last year–more than any other county in N.C. For those keeping score at home, that’s $388,127 every hour, of every day. Our question is where is that money being spent? And how do we get into the tourism business?