Mecklenburg unemployment rate rises

From the Charlotte Business Journal:

The unemployment rate in Mecklenburg Country rose to 6.1 percent from 5.7 percent in just one month. More than 28,000 residents are unemployed in the county.

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Butler linebacker Hawatha Bell to visit four schools in fall

Butler’s most prominent football recruit Hawatha Bell will visit four schools this fall, including UNC and NC State.

Common Hawatha, keep your talent in state!

Of all the high profile Butler Bulldogs recruits last season, none stayed in state. Can’t blame them too much for wanting to play for Clemson, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Illinois, but it would be nice to keep some of that homegrown talent in NC for a change.

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No mo’ Mo

CMS Deputy Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer Maurice Green was named superintendent of Guilford County Schools this morning.

Dr. Gorman’s statement:

“Guilford County has made a great decision by selecting Mo Green as their new superintendent. While we’d love to keep him here, he deserves this opportunity. I know great things are going to happen for children because he’s there.”

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High school practices start next week

As summer vacation comes to a close for students, the summer football season is about to open. Practice starts August 1 at Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. Games across the county start three weeks later, except at Butler and Independence. The Bulldogs and Patriots open their seasons August 29, and renew their heated rivalry November 7.

Let the coutdown to the showdown at Memorial Stadium begin.

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East Meck clipped for football violations

Will the blood ever stop in the investigations of high school sports programs in CMS? This time it’s East Meck in the news. The school was hit with recruiting, practice and eligiblity violations. In addition to the suspension of the coach until September 2, the suspension of an assistant coach for two years, the loss of the AD, and a $7,000+ fine, the school will have to forfeit its 2007 season.

Will it ever end?

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Bridges at Mint Hill update

The Bridges at Mint Hill halted grading yesterday, but no worries. Town Manager Brian Welch met with mall officials Wednesday night and they told him the onsite work got ahead of the offsite work. Work at the construction site will begin again sometime at the beginning of next year. Welch also said the mall officials told him they are still 100% committed to building the mall.

More on the mall in the July 31 edition of the Mint Hill Times.

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