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In brief - June 23, 2009

Teens invited to join squad

LAKE WYLIE -- River Hills/Lake Wylie EMS is starting a program for students ages 15 to 18 called Medics in Training Service to provide CPR and first responder skills with the goal of becoming a member of the scheduled crew.

The first meeting will be held at 4 p.m. June 28 at the station, 4 Heritage Drive, Lake Wylie. All students and parents are invited.

For more information, call 803-831-9888 or 803-831-2380.

Libraries to be closed Sundays

CHARLOTTE -- The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County will implement new summer hours starting July 5 and ending Sept. 6. During this time all 24 libraries in Mecklenburg County, including Steele Creek, will be closed on Sundays.

The move comes as part of a four-pronged approach to whittle the library's operating budget by 10 percent as requested by Mecklenburg County. PLCMC receives 90 percent of its funding from Mecklenburg County.

"We're talking about closing for about 10 Sundays this summer, while school is out of session," said Director of Libraries Charles Brown. The cuts, totaling about $3.6 million also include:

• 28 percent reduction in the books and materials budget

• 10 percent reduction in the personnel budget to include furlough days for staff, leaving vacant positions open and other benefits reductions

• 10 percent reduction in the supplies budget

Some library services will continue to be available around-the-clock, including the library's 24-hour book drops, online account access and catalog searching at plcmc.org, and the library's automated telephone renewal line at 704-416-7363.

Be heard about toll road opinion

Anyone wishing to speak at upcoming public hearings about the Gaston East-West Connect may register at pre-hearing open houses, by calling 919-571-3000 or e-mailing gaston@ncturnpike.org. To be eligible for full consideration, comments should be received by July 17. Public comments can be mailed to Jennifer Harris, P.E., North Carolina Turnpike Authority; 1578 Mail Service Center; Raleigh, NC 27699-1578 or e-mailed to gaston@ncturnpike.org. The project hot line is 1-800-475-6402.

Pre-hearing open houses:

• June 23, 2:30-6:30 p.m., Forestview High School, 5445 Union Road, Gastonia

• June 24, 2:30-7:30 p.m., South Point High School, 906 Southpoint Road, Belmont

• June 25, 2:30-6:30 p.m., Olympic High School, 4301 Sandy Porter Road, Charlotte

Public hearings begin at 7 p.m.:

• June 23, Forestview High School, 5445 Union Road, Gastonia

• June 25, Olympic High School, 4301 Sandy Porter Road, Charlotte

For more information, visit gastonsecc.com, stopthetollroad.com and buildthegardenparkway.com.

Ayrsley to host summer concerts

STEELE CREEK -- The Town of Ayrsley is hosting a free Summer Concert Series, featuring live music, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Labor Day at the Ayrsley Theater Pavilion, which is located next to Ayrsley Grand Cinemas.

"We hope the entire Steele Creek community will attend these free concerts," said Tom Henson, president of Ayrsley Development Corp.

Visit ayrsley.com.

Rogers to run for Gullick's seat

Fort Mill businessman Greg Rogers kicked off his bid for the state House last week.

The 29-year-old Rogers said he isn't worried about his relatively young age working against him. Rogers will seek the District 48 seat being vacated by Republican Carl Gullick of Lake Wylie. Gullick plans to resign this summer and move to Kentucky, where his wife has taken a new job at a hospital.

Rogers faces competition from Roger Costner, founder and CEO of Brothers Air and Heat; and Sammy Rhodes, owner of a Rock Hill-based billboard company. On the Democratic side, Pansy King-Reid of Fort Mill declared her bid last month. Rogers touts his lifelong ties to York County. A Winthrop University graduate, Rogers grew up in Tega Cay and attended Fort Mill High School. He recently re-started a Fort Mill chapter of the Jaycees organization.

This story first appeared online at lakewyliepilot.com.

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