to open Sundays
After receiving negative feedback from store owners, Eastland Mall managers decided Tuesday morning to scale back a plan to cut mall hours. The mall will now stay open on Sundays, but close on Mondays.
The mall will be open 12:30-6 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays. Anchors Sears, Dillard's and Burlington Coat Factory will continue to operate their normal hours, including staying open on Mondays.
The changes go into effect Thursday.
Last week, the mall announced plans to shave 24 1/2 hours off each week, including closing on Sundays. The mall has been losing money and is trying to cut costs.
The plan drew sharp criticism from independent store owners in the mall, and 70 percent signed a petition asking for reconsideration, Eastland General Manager Marvin Snyder said.
“Sunday was such an important day for them, so we added that back,” Snyder said. “This is a good compromise.”
Eastland's owner, Glimcher Realty Trust based in Columbus, Ohio, has been trying to sell the mall for three years. Last month, Glimcher said it would no longer subsidize the mall, a longtime community anchor located at Central and Albemarle roads in Charlotte.
Duke Energy has asked a federal court to dismiss an environmentalists' lawsuit that aims to stop expansion of the Cliffside power plant west of Charlotte.
The Southern Environmental Law Center, which has fought the addition of an 800-megawatt addition to Cliffside on behalf of five environmental groups, filed the suit July 16.
The group claims Duke is violating the federal Clean Air Act because a thorough analysis of controlling emissions of mercury, a toxic element, was not done. It wants construction to stop until a new analysis is completed.
In its filing late Monday, Duke said it voluntarily sent the state in July an assessment of “maximum achievable” pollution controls. The assessment showed that the plant needed no design changes, and neither state nor federal regulators have asked for a stop in work.
Delaying construction, the utility said, will hurt customers who demand more electricity and the environment by postponing the retirement of older, more-polluting coal-fired units at Cliffside.
Two top judges and state Sen. Dan Clodfelter are expected to address members of the Mecklenburg County Justice and Public Safety Task Force at their meeting this morning.
The meeting is set for 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in room 267 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St. uptown.
Mecklenburg Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Robert Johnston and Mecklenburg Chief District Judge Fritz Mercer will give overviews of their respective agencies. Clodfelter is set to discuss the state's role in the criminal justice system.
The meeting marks the third in as many weeks in which task force members have heard from top leaders of criminal justice agencies in the county. Previous speakers included District Attorney Peter Gilchrist, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe and Sheriff Chipp Bailey.
Mecklenburg County commissioners appointed the task force to offer recommendations on ways to improve the local justice system. The group will present its ideas this fall.
The Domestic Violence Advocacy Council will hold a march uptown this week in honor of a woman police believe was shot to death by her husband, who then turned the gun on himself.
The march is set for 12:15 to 1 p.m. Thursday on the Square at Trade and Tryon streets. Parking is available at the Hal Marshall County Services Center at 700 N. Tryon St. and at the Seventh Street Station parking deck. After parking, attendees can take a trolley to the Square.
The march will honor Renate Chronis, 69, who died over the weekend. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have said evidence indicates that her husband, 68-year-old John Chronis, shot his wife, then killed himself. Police aren't sure when the shots were fired.
The couple was discovered by relatives Saturday night in their home in the Parkwood Oaks Community of Highland Creek.
The Domestic Violence Advocacy Council said that Renate Chronis' death is the fourth domestic violence-related homicide in Charlotte-Mecklenburg this year.
The group customarily holds a march on the Thursday following a death in the county in which domestic violence is believed to have played a role.
York County, S.C. Rock Hill
S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford plans to visit the Catawba River in Rock Hill today to sign a bill declaring a 30-mile stretch of the Catawba as part of the state's Scenic Rivers program.
The section of the river extends from the Lake Wylie Dam to the S.C. 9 bridge just west of Lancaster. It is one of the last free-flowing sections of the Catawba and is home to the rocky shoals spider lilies. A brief ceremony will be held at River Park, at 1782 Quality Circle in Rock Hill at 1:30 p.m.
Wake County Raleigh
Hundreds of angry state employees have complained about incorrect paychecks after North Carolina implemented a new payroll system costing $87.5 million, according to a local union that accuses state officials of downplaying the problems.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that more than 64,500 questions and complaints have come into the system's call center since December. The system was launched in a few state agencies in mid-December and rolled out to other agencies over the next five months.
The State Employees Association of North Carolina has been flooded with calls, including some from employees who said they were docked pay – some more than $1,000.
Other employees said they were unable to track how much money they were owed because of confusing pay stubs.
“It is across this state,” said Linda Rouse Sutton, the association's president. “This is across agencies. It's not concentrated in one particular place.”
Employees who encountered problems said they had to maneuver through a confusing system: They contacted the call center, which told them problems must be resolved with agency timekeepers, and timekeepers blamed the payroll system.
Buncombe County Woodfin
More than 50 people have been arrested on immigration-related charges at a government defense contractor in Woodfin that makes parachutes.
Agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 57 people at Mills Manufacturing Corp. on Tuesday. Special Agent Del Richburg told the Asheville Citizen-Times that company officials did not know the workers were illegal.
He said the workers used fraudulent documents to get jobs at the plant, which employs about 175 people.
Most of the arrested workers are from Mexico.
Richburg said some also are from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Ecuador.
Company CEO John Oswald said the company checks all employees' documents, but it can't detect sophisticated forgeries.
Caldwell County Lenoir
A 22-year-old Lenoir woman was killed and four other people injured about 2:45 a.m. Monday in a one-vehicle wreck.
Lenoir police say a 2000 Hyundai driven by Amanda Marie McKinney went off Southwest Boulevard, hit a guardrail, and went down an embankment.
McKinney was thrown from the vehicle and died later from her injuries.
Four passengers in the car were injured and had to be freed from the wreckage.
Rowan County Salisbury
Prosecutors in Rowan County will seek the death penalty against one of the three people charged in the death of a Salisbury dentist six weeks ago.
During a court hearing earlier this week, prosecutors asked for the death penalty against Christopher Boyd, 21. He, Candice Jo Drye, 23, and Jonathan Barrett, 18, are charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and first-degree robbery in the June 26 death of Dr. James David Boyd, a longtime Salisbury dentist who was found strangled to death in his home.
Prosecutors last week said they will not seek the death penalty against Drye and Barrett.
York County Clover
A man who held police at bay for more than 13 hours after a reported domestic dispute surrendered to police about 9 a.m. Tuesday at his home.
Police were called to the residence in the 1100 block of Tom Joye Road near Clover about 7 p.m. Monday after reports of a domestic argument. A woman left the home a short time later, but an armed 60-year-old man refused to leave.
A police SWAT unit surrounded the house during the night.
There were no injuries, and it was unclear whether shots were fired. A portion of the road was closed during the standoff.