Stamp to honor Charlotte-born artist Romare Bearden

Black History Month

Stamp to honor Charlotte-born artist

Winston-Salem State University and the U.S. Postal Service are dedicating commemorative postage stamps honoring three people for the Black Heritage stamp series, including artist and Charlotte native Romare Bearden.

At an event Monday night, Bearden was to be honored with two others - Ebony and Jet magazine publisher John Johnson and former Texas congresswoman Barbara Jordan.

Bearden is being recognized for his groundbreaking approach to collage, along with his work in watercolors, oils and other media.

Associated Press


New mobile app to track N.C. sex offenders

A new application lets people search for registered sex offenders across North Carolina using certain mobile devices.

The N.C. Mobile Sex Offender registry is now available on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The free app can be downloaded at this site: bit.ly/x1xL7L.

The application was developed by the N.C. Department of Justice. According to the agency, the program uses GPS data to map where sex offenders live. Users can search by address and also request email alerts.

The Justice Department offers other resources for people to monitor sex offenders. Learn more at bit.ly/wOwwJ2.

April Bethea


Superintendent: Support growing for tax increase

The superintendent of the Mooresville Graded School District says some parents and business leaders say they'll support a five-cent increase in property taxes to support the school district.

The school board is likely to vote next week on a proposed increase to the district's supplemental property tax. The current tax rate is 13.5 cents per $100 per assessed value.

Superintendent Mark Edwards has said a tax increase is needed to offset expected state cuts. He'd originally pitched a four-cent increase.

Mooresville is one of 20 school districts with taxing authorities, but one of the few that do not require county commissioners to back any changes to the supplemental tax rate. Mooresville Tribune


Bishop Robinson will preach at St. Martin's

Bishop Gene Robinson will speak Sunday at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Charlotte.

Robinson, the first openly gay man to hold his position, will preach at the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services as part of St. Martin's yearlong 125th anniversary, a century of that spent in its Elizabeth community sanctuary.

Robinson took over as bishop of New Hampshire in 2004. His election set off a debate in the Episcopal Church that continues today.

The public is invited to hear him, but tickets are required. Call the church office at 704-376-8441.

Michael Gordon