Mecklenburg County officials said they expect to make offers to buy at least 40 homes that were damaged by floods in recent months. The properties are in the Briar Creek Watershed and most are located in the Country Club Heights and Shannonhouse neighborhoods.
Leaders said they're in the process of contacting the owners of properties that qualify for the buyout. Owners will have 21 days to accept or decline the county's offer.
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Homes purchased by the county will be demolished and converted into open space.
Commissioners agreed last month to spend up to $4 million from the Storm Water Services Department and an undetermined amount from previously approved land bonds to help buy properties heavily damaged by floodwaters Aug. 27 and Sept. 10.
The 12th annual Ciao, Italia! Festival will be held Saturday at the Wachovia Plaza atrium in uptown.
The 11 a.m. festival will feature performances by the Opera Carolina Chorus, the Northwest School of the Arts Chorus and Italian singer Franco Corso from San Remo, Italy. Festival-goers can take an Italian language lesson, watch some international pizza toss champions and participate in a mozzarella making demonstration and wine tastings. A raffle will be held to win a trip to for two to Torino, Italy. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 12 and under. For more information, call 704-614-3822 or visit the organizers' Web site at www.italian-club-charlotte.org.
An Indian Trail couple in danger of losing their home to foreclosure because of overdue homeowners association dues got a last-minute reprieve.
Richard Maher, who works at The Home Depot in Pineville, said he and his wife, April, were able to pay off their debt Thursday with a grant from the chain's fund to help employees with family emergencies. Maher said he sent a check for $3,321.97 for dues and lawyers' fees to a Charlotte law firm representing Taylor Glenn subdivision. Maher said the firm agreed to stop proceedings to auction the couple's house. The Mahers told the Observer in a Sept. 23 story about delinquent dues that they got behind because of job setbacks and an adjustable rate mortgage that rose sharply. Law firm and Home Depot officials weren't immediately available for comment.
“April and I are very relieved,” he said. “This allows us the time to get our refinancing completed.”
The sixth annual Art of Sound festival in Shelby Oct. 17-19 will showcase all types of music, from bluegrass and gospel to jazz and Cajun.
The Cleveland County Arts Council and other sponsors are presenting the event, which will be in the uptown area and several intimate venues including the Arts Center and the old Farmers Market.
Performers will include the Acoustic Syndicate, the FlintHill Band, the Slate Mountain Ramblers, IIIrd Tyme Out, Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers, Old Ceremony, Mama Said, Harold Williamson and his New Wondering Souls band, and One Leg Up.
For more information, go to www.artofsoundcc.com.
Police say a special burglary unit working in the Dilworth community caught a pair of suspects Wednesday morning.
The two suspects have long criminal records and have been arrested a total of 25 times between them.
Police say an officer who was on a burglary patrol spotted two men on Springdale Avenue. The officer, Mike Haney, patted down the suspects and found several digital cameras and personal electronics items in one man's pockets.
The suspects were charged with breaking and entering and larceny.
They were identified by police as Teiresias Deandrea Metts, 21, who has been arrested 15 times in Mecklenburg County since 2003; and Todd Eric Boderick, 21, who has been arrested 10 times in Mecklenburg since 2003 and is currently on probation.
York County I-77
A man whose car slammed into the rear of a stalled truck on Interstate 77 in York County died in the wreck Wednesday afternoon, the South Carolina Highway Patrol says.
The Rock Hill Herald said the York County coroner's office identified the victim as a Lancaster County man, Eddie McCullough Sr., 56, of Van Wyck.
According to the highway patrol, the victim was driving northbound on I-77 about 3:45 p.m. when his vehicle ran into the back of the truck, which had stalled in the right lane. Troopers say the victim was wearing a seat belt and died at the scene. An investigation is continuing.