This list is published twice monthly to assist media in identifying potential news stories that reflect the total spectrum of Mecklenburg County government services.
1. Big Sweep
The Big Sweep is this Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Volunteer at a staffed site or get your own group together, clean up a creek and report your results online.
2. County Introduces New Way to Track Arrests
The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) has released beta mobile versions of MCSO's Arrest Inquiry and Warrant Inquiry applications for all mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, any tablet). Residents can use the apps to track recent arrests in Mecklenburg County. To download the app, use a mobile browser and search for "Mecklenburg County Arrest (or Warrant) Inquiry" or visit http://arrestinquiryweb.co.mecklenburg.nc.us/mobile.
3. Oct. 4 BOCC Meeting Preview
The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hear a presentation regarding a unique partnership between IKEA Charlotte and Child Support Enforcement (CSE). In June, IKEA funded a grant to help furnish a children’s area at the CSE office on Executive Center Drive. Commissioners will also consider whether to follow the Charlotte City Council in approving a tax reimbursement agreement of $11 million with Bissell Companies who plan make road improvements around Ballantyne Corporate Park.
4. Mecklenburg County Budget Book Now Online
The Mecklenburg County FY-12 adopted budget is now available in PDF format. Find out how the County gets funds and exactly where the money goes to support programs and services for residents.
5. Affordable Healthcare Act Town Hall Meeting Set For Oct. 3
The Mecklenburg County Health Department will host a town hall meeting on affordable healthcare, Oct. 3 from 6 – 8:30 p.m., in the Grimes Building located on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University.
6. Queen City Boxing Tourney Takes Center Stage at Sugaw Creek Rec Center
Sugaw Creek Recreation Center hosts the 14th annual Queen City Amateur Boxing Invitational Saturday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for ages 12 and under, and $10 for ages 13 and over. The tournament is presented by the Charlotte Boxing Academy and features some of the best amateur male and female boxers from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee. Boxers will compete competing in three categories: Youth (ages 8-14); Senior Youth/Novice (ages 15-16); and Open (ages 17 and older).
7. International Walk to School Day is Oct. 5
The Mecklenburg County Health Department and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools want kids to walk to school Oct. 5. Five local elementary schools (Beverly Woods, Cotswold, Idlewild, Olde Providence, and Winterfield) will participate in the International Walk to School Day. The event is designed to work with parent groups, children and school staff to encourage students to walk and bike to and from schools. Media covering the walk should go to Wintefield Elementary, 3100 Winterfield Place.
8. Eat Good, Help Homeless Veterans
Organizers of Mecklenburg County's annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down are encouraging people to eat at Nothing But Noodles, 1605 Elizabeth Ave., Saturday, Oct. 8 and help vets. The restaurant is donating 25 percent of the day's receipts to the Stand Down, which is Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the Grady Cole Center. About 300 homeless veterans attended last year’s event, where they receive information on services and benefits that can help them find permanent housing. The veterans also eat a hot meal and receive haircut and light medical attention, including dental services.
9. Register Now for Park and Rec's Youth Basketball Leagues
The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department invites parents with children interested in playing basketball, ages 4-18, to register now through Oct. 21 for the upcoming winter co-ed recreation season. Space is limited, so register early! A birth certificate is required for proof of age, determined as of Jan. 1, 2012. Registration fee is $65, which includes league play and a uniform. The league play runs December to February with practices beginning in November.
10. Panthers Tailgate Recycling Program is off to a Roaring Start
The Panthers Tailgate Recycling Program has recycled a little under 12 tons so far this season. If you plan to tailgate at an upcoming game, please remember to recycle. To volunteer in the program , call 704- 432-1772.