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Top News Stories May 2 - 16, 2012
1. Early Voting Continues Through May 5

Early voting is under way in Mecklenburg County for the May 8 Primary Election. The primary location for early voting is the first floor of the Hal Marshall Annex at 618 North College St.

2. County Manager to Present his FY13 Recommended Budget at the May 15 BOCC Meeting

County Manager Harry L. Jones Sr. is scheduled to present his Fiscal Year 2013 Recommended Budget during the Board of County Commissioners regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Tues., May 15. The Manager’s Recommended Budget will include a proposed tax rate and allocations for County services, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Central Piedmont Community College. The BOCC is expected to adopt a budget in June.

3. 2nd Annual Can You Dig It, Charlotte Community Garden Tour

The Mecklenburg County Fruit & Vegetable Coalition will host the 2nd Annual Can You Dig It, Charlotte Community Garden Tour on May 5. Self-guided tours will occur from 9 a.m. - noon and a garden gathering will occur from noon - 1 p.m. Learn basic gardening skills, how to start a community garden, how to compost, success stories from gardeners, and more! Tour schedule

4. National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Mecklenburg County will recognize National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day on May 9 with celebrations at multiple locations around town. Twelve schools and six agencies and youth treatment centers will host events that include launches of green balloons. At each launch site the gathered group will talk about the importance of heroes in the lives of our youth, and offer a tribute to the children who suffer from mental illness. The balloons are not only green in color (green represents children’s
mental health), but environmentally friendly “green” too because the balloons and strings were made of biodegradable material. Volunteers from the Junior League of Charlotte have agreed to fill the balloons with helium and deliver about 20 balloons to each school and organization that are willing to participate.

5. Mecklenburg County Participates in National Drug Court Month

North Carolina’s 26th Judicial District, which serves Mecklenburg County, will recognize National Drug Court Awareness Month with a Wellness Fair on Thursday, May 10, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. The fair will feature exercise exhibits, a chance to “Ask the Doc,” complimentary massages, and raffle drawings. Several vendors will also be on site including Omega Sports, the YWCA, Presbyterian Healthcare, and Jason’s Deli and many more. For more information, call 704-432-6034.

6. Park and Recreation Holds 2nd Annual Hats Off to Parks Luncheon

Purchase your tickets now for Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation’s 2nd Annual “Hats Off to Parks” Luncheon on Friday, May 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., in Freedom Park. The event is one of Charlotte’s largest garden parties and serves as a fundraiser for various park projects throughout the County. This year, the fundraiser will benefit the Clark’s Creek Nature Preserve Amenities Fund.

7. 2012 State of the Environment Report Now Online

How’s the air out there? Is the water getting better? Are we recycling as much as we could be? The verdict on all of the above, according to a new online resource unveiled by Mecklenburg County, is mixed, but encouraging. The 2012 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report (SOER) -- which assesses the County’s progress in air, water, land, and waste management -- is now online. The semiannual report takes an honest, comprehensive look at what we have accomplished environmentally since 1987.

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