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Top News Stories July 13 - 25, 2012
Early Voting Concludes for Second Primary

Early voting for the second  primary will conclude July 14. Election Day is July 17.

Philip Endress Appointed Mecklenburg County MECKLink Behavioral Healthcare Director

Philip R. Endress has been appointed director of the County’s mental health department, now called Mecklenburg County M​eckLINK Behavioral Healthcare. Endress, who has more than 30 years experience in behavioral healthcare, will join the County on August 6, 2012. As MeckLINK Behavioral Healthcare director, Endress will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the department that oversees government-funded care of Mecklenburg County residents for mental health, substance abuse, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. MeckLINK Behavioral Healthcare (MeckLINK) has a full-time staff of 73 and an annual (FY13) operating budget of $53 million. MeckLINK served more than 55,000 persons last year. On January 1, 2013, MeckLINK will expand its responsibilities to include overseeing the local administration of Medicaid behavioral health system.

Irwin Belk Track at JCSU Closes for Maintenance

The Irwin Belk Track at Johnson C Smith University will be closed to the public from July 16 through Sept. 7 for resurfacing. The facility, which is managed under a joint-use agreement between Park and Recreation and JCSU, has been the site of the 2007 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championship, 2008 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference Championship, Jim Law Invitational, and Hershey Track and Field Championships. The track is scheduled to reopen Sept. 8.

Public Library Summer Reading - June 12 - August 10, 2012

What comes to mind when you think about summer? Swimming? Summer camp?
Barbecues? Music in the park? This year, why not make reading and
sharing books part of your summer fun? No matter what your reason for
reading -- whether it's to learn new things, escape with a great
story, or simply to relax and unwind -- you reap great benefits.
Teachers and literacy experts agree that reading throughout the summer
helps students retain skills learned during the school year. Most
importantly, when parents and children enjoy summer reading together,
children develop a love of books and reading that lasts a lifetime. Find out more at

Become a Vendor at the 2012 Hummingbird Festival

Park and Recreation's 2012 Hummingbird Festival is August 18 at Reedy Creek Nature Center. If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the festival, click here for details.

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