Mecklenburg County

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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Courts
5:06 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Judge Orders Hold On Civil Lawsuit Against CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick

Jonathan Ferrell was shot ten times on September 14, 2013 by CMPD officer Randall Kerrick. Police were responding to a report of an early morning break-in, but apparently Ferrell was seeking help after wrecking his car.
Credit Florida A&M Athletics

A civil lawsuit against CMPD officer Randall Kerrick is on hold for sixty days while his criminal trial proceeds. U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen made that decision Tuesday in response to a request by the city of Charlotte. The civil suit was filed by the family of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell who was fatally shot ten times by Kerrick in September. Ferrell was unarmed. 

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Politics
1:01 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Democrats Will Fill Clodfelter's Senate Seat In Special Election

There are four candidates running: ADA Jeff Jackson, former CMS board member Amelia Stinson-Wesley, former Charlotte city council member Billy Maddalon and east Charlotte activist Darrell Bonapart.
Tasnim Shamma

When Dan Clodfelter was appointed mayor of Charlotte last month, he resigned from his position as state senator. This Saturday, 50 Democratic Party officials will decide who will fill his seat.

There are four candidates in the running: assistant district attorney Jeff Jackson, former Charlotte Mecklenburg School board member Amelia Stinson-Wesley, former Charlotte city council member Billy Maddalon and east Charlotte activist Darrell Bonapart.

They all participated in a public forum Tuesday night at the Asian Library near uptown.

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Local News
9:10 am
Fri April 4, 2014

New Species Move To Mecklenburg

Credit JK Killia (left) Jim deVries (right) / 2014 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report

Mecklenburg County has some new residents. Animals not native to the county have moved in over the past couple of decades. One possible reason is climate change.


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Local News
8:36 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Seven Years Later, A 'Successful' Whitewater Center (With Taxpayer Help)

An athlete practices at the U.S. National Whitewater Center before the USA Canoe/Kayak National Team Trials.
Michael Tomsic

The U.S. National Whitewater Center is hosting races this weekend that'll determine who represents the U.S. Canoe and Kayak team at this year’s world championships. It's a key event for a facility in Mecklenburg County that's had its share of financial troubles since opening in 2006 but has emerged from those troubles with the help of taxpayer money. Mecklenburg County and other local governments agreed to contribute up to $12 million to help the Whitewater Center get through its first seven years of business. Now Mecklenburg County officials say the facility is doing well enough that they shouldn't have to make their final payment.


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Mecklenburg County Environmental Report Card

2014 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report Card
Credit CharMeck.org

Every two years Mecklenburg County does an environmental assessment and delivers an environmental report card of sorts. The report card for the last two years has just been released and we’ll meet with two officials to see how our region fared in Air, Land, Water and Waste use and efficiency. In most aspects the county has fared well but the recession did have an impact in some areas. We’ll find out which ones, what aspects of our environment passed with flying colors and what has room for improvement. We check the county’s environmental grade.

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Local News
4:40 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

State, County Workers Face More Late Nights, Long Weekends Because Of NC FAST

N.C. DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos at an earlier hearing with state lawmakers.
Credit CHUCK LIDDY — cliddy@newsobserver.com

State and county employees may have to continue working nights and weekends to keep North Carolina's food stamp backlog under control. Those kinds of hours helped the state make tremendous progress toward a federal deadline Monday. But more challenges remain.


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