County employees could shift to 4-day work week

WSOC-TV is reporting Mecklenburg County Commissioner Dan Ramirez will propose at Tuesday’s meeting the board study a plan calling for county employees to work 4-day work weeks. Some employees would work Monday-Thursday, and the rest will work Tuesday- Friday. Sounds like a pretty good idea…

The state of Utah is shifting to a 4-day work week for most state employees. The savings are estimated to be $3 milllion a year in energy costs.

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Town officials tell Wal-Mart no thanks

It’s not looking good for Wal-Mart moving to Mint Hill. The retail giant had eyes on some land at the intersection of Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road and Albemarle Road. At the July 17 developers meeting, Commissioners told Wal-Mart developers Lauth Property Group they’ll listen, but don’t count on coming to Mint Hill. The land is not properly zoned, and it doesn’t fit with the long term plan for that area of the town.

Mint Hill Senior Planner Karen Dunn reaffirmed Mint Hill’s hesitation in an email to Keith H. MacVean of the humongous law firm King and Spalding:

Keith,

Staff received the following comments regarding Lauth’s proposed 60 acre retail development on Albemarle Road:

  • The existing zoning of the proposed site is predominately residential with some General Business along Albemarle Road and is designated as “Office Park” on the Future Land Use Map. With the proposed hospital being planned in the near vicinity, some Board members suggested that the property may be suited for future medical offices and support facilities.
  • Concern with adding any additional traffic on Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road
  • The current Land Use Plan is more than 10 years old and is in need of an overall revision. At the February 2008 Board of Commissioner’s Retreat, the Board unanimously agreed to update the Plan and also fund Small Area Plan studies in the coming year.

In general, the project was not given positive support from the Board of Commissioners.

If you decide to proceed with the project, the property will need to be rezoned prior to sketch plan review. Applications for map amendments may be downloaded from the website at www.minthill.com. The submittal deadline is the third Thursday of each month to be received by the Board of Commissioners the following month.

Wal-Mart will not go quietly. That’s a given. But the retail giant has an up hill battle getting a store built in Mint Hill.

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Steve Smith suspended. (Bad!)

The Panthers announced today Steve Smith will have to sit out the first two games of the season for punching Ken Lucas at Friday’s practice. He will also not get paychecks for those first two games.

Smith is the best player on the Panthers. Wouldn’t it have been better to just fine a few grand, then let him play? That way the rest of the team (and fans!) aren’t penalized with Smith. The first two games of the year by the way are San Diego and Chicago–both powerhouse teams. Yikes.

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Former Big I standout denied enrollment

The Rock Hill Herald reports today former Independence High School football player Dominique Walker was denied enrollment into South Pointe High School in S.C. Walker, who was (unfairly) hit with a 14 game suspension for ineligibility at the Big I last season, can’t play in S.C. as a result.

DeVonte Holloman, the all-world safety who is also seeking a transfer to South Pointe from Independence, has not officially been allowed to enroll either. Holloman’s parents are separated, and the school system is waiting for the divorce papers.

Both Walker and Holloman are honor roll students who are graduating after the fall so they can begin college early. Holloman has always lived in the right school district; Walker just wants one more chance to showcase his talents to colleges so he can get a scholarship. (Holloman is going to Clemson in the fall.)

What’s going on here? Good kids who just want an opportunity to play and yet because they went to Independence–and because Independence has had a stellar run of 9 years–they are being persecuted.

Enough is enough. Everyone has suffered because of the ineligibility probes. Let the kids play. Now.

**UPDATE: Jeff Taylor at the Meck Deck blog wonders this:

Bonus Observation: Maybe the reason one CMS HS has thus far avoided the full-on CMS inquisition on athletic eligibility is that one of its coaches is dating the daughter of an area super. Just a thought.

Don’t know what school he’s talking about, but if his info is true, it’s an interesting correlation.

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The angry Steve Smith returns. (Good!)

Steve Smith’s temper has flared up again. Smith, the Panthers’ No. 1 receiver, was involved in a fist fight with cornerback Ken Lucas. The Associated Press reported Lucas was carted off the field with an ice pack over his left eye.

Smith was charged with assault in 2002 after he punched Anthony Bright during a film session. Bright suffered a broken nose and spent two nights in the hospital.

The 5-foot-9 Smith is supposed to punish opponents’ cornerbacks, not his teammates.

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