Mecklenburg County

Local News
9:13 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Voters To Weigh In On Sales Tax For CMS Employee Pay

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison speaks to parents, teachers, and principals at South Meck High School about the sales tax referendum.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

Mecklenburg County voters will decide next week whether to increase the county’s sales tax by a quarter cent. If approved, Mecklenburg County’s sales tax would be 7.5 percent. Most of the increase would be used to boost the salaries of CMS employees. But there’s also money in there for the library system, Central Piedmont Community College and the Arts and Science Council. 

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Local News
8:40 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Mecklenburg County Issues First Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Joey Hewell and Scott Lindsley got married outside the Register of Deed's office on Monday morning.
Tasnim Shamma

The Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds issued its first marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday morning. About a dozen couples lined up before the office opened at 8 o'clock. This comes after a federal judge in Asheville ruled on Friday the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.


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Health
10:15 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Residents Express Approval For County Smoking Ban

A sampling of tobacco products on display at a county health information table. County health officials say some of the packaging is attracting young people to start smoking.
Tasnim Shamma

About two dozen residents gathered at the Mecklenburg County Government Center on Monday night for a public forum on two regulations the county is considering. The first is a ban on smoking near government buildings. The second ordinance is a ban on all tobacco products – including e-cigarettes – on county parks and greenways.

For the most part, audience members were supportive. Dr. Sandra Burke is on the board of directors of the Charlotte chapter of the American Heart Association.

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Local News
9:37 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Missionaries, Children Quarantined In Charlotte

SIM USA President Bruce Johnson speaks during a news conference on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 at SIM USA headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. Three missionaries who worked with patients infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia are back in the United States and feeling upbeat after their trans-Atlantic charter flight, the head of the North Carolina-based mission hosting them said Monday.
Credit Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

Several American missionaries serving in Liberia during the Ebola outbreak are now in Charlotte. They're healthy, but they'll remain in quarantine as a precaution.

A chartered flight from Liberia touched down at Charlotte-Douglas airport late Sunday night. Three missionaries were on board who are part of SIM, a Christian organization based here in Charlotte.

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Local News
12:20 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Sales Tax Cap Debate Proves Contentious But Passes NC Senate

On Wednesday, the North Carolina Senate passed a bill capping county sales tax rates at 2.5 percent.

The vote was 33 to 16.   

The final tally came after more than an hour of contentious debate.

North Carolina’s urban vs. rural divide was front and center throughout the debate.  

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Arts & Life
6:03 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Jerry McJunkins: Charlotte's Courtroom Sketch Artist

Jerry McJunkins at his studio in Plaza Midwood.
Tasnim Shamma

For nearly three decades, Jerry McJunkins has been sitting inside courtrooms in Charlotte, moving his hands quickly over a large white posterboard with his colored pencils and pastels.

He's a professional courtroom sketch artist – perhaps the only one in Charlotte.


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Local News
10:32 am
Wed June 18, 2014

County Budget And Referendum Pass Amidst Bickering

Board of County Commissioners
Credit charmeck.org

If there was a word of the night at yesterday’s Mecklenburg County Commissioners meeting, it would have been “teachers.” Not surprising since the board was set to approve its $1.3 billion budget, which includes more money for schools and a referendum for this November that would add money for teacher pay. The meeting turned terse and politically divisive and even had a bit of a budgetary surprise.

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Local News
10:12 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Mecklenburg Commissioners Quickly Agree On Budget

Mecklenburg County Commissioners quickly agreed on a budget Thursday that does not include a property tax increase. It’s exactly the same as the one the county manager proposed. Most of the commissioners' discussion was about how there wasn’t more discussion. 


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Local News
5:25 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Mecklenburg Co. Won't Make Final $1 Million Payment To Whitewater Center

A kayaker goes down rapids at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Mecklenburg County will not make a final $1 million payment to the U.S. National Whitewater Center. County officials have decided the facility is making enough money that it no longer needs taxpayer help.


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Local News
10:20 am
Fri May 23, 2014

CMS Asks County For $3.7 Million To Fund Support Positions

Michael Morton (right) is the counselor at Winding Springs Elementary.
Credit Lisa Miller / WFAE

Teachers get the top-billing in most stories about education budget cuts. But there are a lot of other people who make a school run such as guidance counselors, school psychologists and social workers. CMS wants the county to foot the bill to add about forty of these positions next year.


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