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Top News Stories Oct 26 - Nov 8, 2011
WHY: This list will be issued on twice monthly to assist media in identifying potential news stories that reflect the total spectrum of Mecklenburg County government services.

1. LUESA North Office Moving to Huntersville:
The LUESA North office is moving from Cornelius to 12150 Verhoeff Drive in Huntersville. The office is temporarily closed and will reopen at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3. LUESA (Land Use and Environmental Services Agency) provides land development and related environmental and zoning services to residents of Mecklenburg County. Its north office serves the towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville. Phone Numbers will not change: (office) 704-432-2520 (fax) 704-432-2523. While the office is closed, customers can get assistance at LUESA’s main office, 700 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, at LUESA South, 1311 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Matthews, or by visiting

2. Early Voting Ends Nov. 5, General Election is Nov. 8:
Early voting ends Nov. 5 for the County’s General Election, which includes contests for Board of Education, Charlotte Mayor and Council plus town races in Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville. For a list of voting locations and hours of operations, visit the Board of Elections website.

3. BOCC Meets Nov 1:
The Board of County Commissioners will meet Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. The Board will discuss the Vision 2020 Community and Corporate Scorecard which the County uses to evaluate the progress of its long term planning goals.

4. DSS Adoption Month:
November is National Adoption Month and Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services is looking for adoptive parents of teens and youth to give them a permanent home. Call 704-336-KIDS for more information.

5. Operation Medicine Drop:
Help protect your family and the environment. Bring your unused or expired prescription medications to Operation Medicine Drop on Oct 29 at any of the following locations. Law enforcement will dispose of them properly.

6. Salute to Veterans Parade:
The annual Salute to Veterans Parade is Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 in uptown Charlotte. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. near the Hal Marshall Center, 700, N. Tryon. For more information, contact Mecklenburg County Veteran Services at 704-336-2102.

7. Suicide Prevention Walk:
Mecklenburg County and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will partner for the annual Suicide Prevention Walk Saturday, Oct. 29 at Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville. Check in begins at 9 a.m. with the race beginning at 10 a.m. The walk aims to spread awareness about suicide prevention, depression, mental health and provide support for survivors of suicide loss. 

8. Youth Empowerment Fair: 
The Mecklenburg County Juvenile Court will sponsor its first annual Youth Empowerment Fair on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 4510 of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse. The Fair, entitled I CAN...... Empowering Youth to Explore the Possibilities,will give youth an opportunity to network with business professionals from various sectors including Arts and Media, Business, Health and Wellness, Law and Government, and Technology. For more information, contact Sherrill Foust at 704-432-6026.

9. Park and Rec Named a Finalist for the NRPA Gold Medal Award for the Second Straight Year:
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department has been named one of four finalist agencies in competition for a 2011 NRPA Gold Medal Award. The award is presented annually by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to honor excellence in management and planning of parks and recreation agencies. The three other finalists are Miami, Kansas City and Portland. A single winner will be named on Nov. 1 at a ceremony in Atlanta.

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