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Small tax hike could improve schools

By Charles Kelleher Harris

The Board of Commissioners heard a presentation on behalf of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools seeking approval and support for a tax increase that would potentially impact schools across the county.

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners voted to propose a quarter-cent (1/4 of a penny) sales tax increase on the November 4 ballot.

According to Marinn Bengel of Together4Meck, who made the presentation, this small increase would potentially provide an additional $35 million per year to the revenue for Mecklenburg County.

“County commissioners will direct 80 percent of the revenue generated by the increase to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools,” Bengel explained, “7.5 percent will go to Central Piedmont Community College. Another 7.5 percent to the Arts and Science Council and 5 percent to the counties public libraries.”  […]

By |October 15th, 2014|Around Town, Breakiing News, Development, Featured Posts, Town Hall|2 Comments

King Tiger Tae Kwon Do holds fall festival

By Leah Schmalz

King Tiger Tae Kwon Do provided a variety of pumpkin-related activities at their fall festival on Saturday. Held in the studio’s parking lot and adjacent field, the event featured “Pumpkin Chunkin,” where participants used a trebuchet to launch pumpkins into a giant metal bucket. Guests could also shoot paintballs at pumpkins using slingshots […]

By |October 15th, 2014|Around Town, Good deeds|2 Comments

Local youth joins efforts to save Bain School

At the September 11 Board of Commissioners meeting, Connor Fohr was presented with a certificate of recognition from Commissioner Tina Ross.

“I want to recognize Connor for his efforts in saving the Bain School,” said Ross.

Connor’s mother said that nostalgia contributed to Connor’s decision to help the Bain Restoration Committee

“He was one of the last classes […]

By |September 25th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts|2 Comments

Showmars employee reaches 20-year milestone

Customers dining in or stopping to pick up food from Showmars in Mint Hill have probably noticed a giant banner hanging near the registers, thanking Lanny Barr for 20 years of reliable service. Not only is Barr celebrating two decades of employment with the business, he’s also hitting that impressive landmark at the age of 38.

“We’re […]

By |September 12th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments