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Top News Stories - Feb. 9-22, 2012
WHY: This list will be issued twice a month to assist media in identifying potential news stories that reflect the total spectrum of Mecklenburg County government services.

1. Prevent the Spread of Norovirus

Noroviruses spread easily, causing more than 20 million gastroenteritis cases each year in the U.S. Wash your hands often and follow simple tips to stay virus-free.

2. 2011 State of the County Health Report

The 2011 State of the County health report is now available online. The report is intended as a quick overview of community health indicator data for Mecklenburg County residents and is completed during the years between health assessments.

3. What's Next for American Legion Memorial Stadium?

What’s the future have in store for historic American Legion Memorial Stadium? Last November, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation asked the community just that. Now they’re ready to present the survey results from that meeting and discuss what steps to take from here forward during a community forum set for Thursday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Armory Building, 1418 Armory Drive.

4. Community Service Grants
Mecklenburg County recently hosted an information session for nonprofits to learn how the Request for Proposal process works for FY 13 community service grants.. To review the information that was presented, please see this video.

5. Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement Rolls out New Online Services

Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement now allows customers to submit project drawings electronically for review. Video

6. ImaginOn Named Top Children’s Library in U.S.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s ImaginOn has been named the nation’s No. 1 children’s library by, a website that writes about America's best places. Livability editors looked at 500 communities and consulted library experts to determine criteria for their ranking. Among them: The library's responsiveness to community needs. ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, "is the model of what a children's library can be," said Livability editors. ImaginOn, at 300 E. Seventh St., opened in 2005. Along with numerous library services for children and teens, it also hosts Children's Theatre of Charlotte performances.

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