Charlotte Observer: Mecklenburg Commissioners Cool To City, County Merger

Aug 24, 2012

A proposal by Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to study political consolidation of the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County governments appears to have little support among county commissioners. Only one commissioner, George Dunlap, a Democrat, said he would vote yes to a study. Democrat Jennifer Roberts and Chair Harold Cogdell, who is unaffiliated, said they would consider it, but only if the county's municipalities are well-represented in the process. Cogdell said he also would like the study to include nonpartisan elections.

There will no longer be free unlimited access to the Charlotte Observer's online edition starting later this year. In a call with analysts, the company that owns the Observer says it will install pay-walls before the year is over. McClatchy Newspapers didn't exactly how much they'll start charging for access to Charlotte Observer.com. But the company did talk about a new combined digital and print subscription package it will offer and what it will include.

Well-Known Mooresville Football Coach Remembered

Aug 24, 2012

Mecklenburg Courts Target Of Prank

Aug 24, 2012

Mecklenburg County court officials are warning people not to fall for a series of prank phone calls and texts. The calls try to trick people into believing they failed to report for jury duty. From the website humorhotline.com, pranksters have forwarded a text message or e-mail that tells people to call a number. When they call, they receive message that informs them they will by fined $500 and serve a 30 day jail sentence for failing to appear. The end of the call lets people know it's a prank.

Charlotte Observer: CMPD Officer Shoots, Wounds Man In Northwest Charlotte

Aug 24, 2012

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer shot and wounded a man during an exchange of gunfire early Wednesday in northwest Charlotte. Police say the shooting happened after officers had responded to calls of a home invasion. They say the shooting victim tried running from the scene and then fired a shot at Officer Joshua Baswell. The man who was shot has not been identified, but he was taken to Carolinas Medical Center for surgery. His condition was not known Wednesday morning.

CorneliusNews.net: ESPN Names Hough Womens Soccer No. 1 In US

Aug 24, 2012

The W.A. Hough High girls' soccer team poses for a picture with their trophy and banner. Photo: Christina Ritchie Rogers / CorneliusNews.net) For W.A. Hough High School girls' soccer team co-captain Hannah Robinson, being the underdogs going into the State Championships was motivating - not intimidating. "It's almost a more fun way to play," she said, "because you have nothing to lose." The team, ranked No. 2 in the nation and undefeated going into the championships May 26, faced the No. 1 high school team in the nation, the undefeated Green Hope High School Falcons.

CMS Town Hall Meetings Begin Tonight

Aug 24, 2012

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison wants to hear what advice CMS employees, parents, and community members have for him. CMS is conducting a series of thirteen town hall meetings throughout the district. Half of them will be for the community, the other half just for CMS employees. Morrison says he's already heard from many teachers that low morale is a big problem as the district has made cuts, raised class sizes, unrolled new tests and began working on a pay for performance plan.

City Looks To Spend $13M On Eastland Mall

Aug 24, 2012

Blue Line Extension Enters Final Design Phase

Aug 24, 2012

The Blue Line Extension is one step closer to getting Federal funding. The Federal Transit Administration has given Charlotte Area Transit System (or CATS) the go-ahead to complete the project's designs. "Getting the approval to go into final design is indication from the Federal Government that the project is financially feasible, it's meeting their criteria, and we need to finalize those designs and head towards construction," says Olaf Kinard, a spokesman for CATS. CATS has asked the FTA to pay for half of the $1.16 billion dollar project.

DNC Moves CarolinaFest From Speedway To Uptown

Aug 24, 2012

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