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Off-premise realty signs in Pineville

Pineville residents may soon see real estate signs springing up around town.

Tuesday evening, the Pineville Town Council opened a public hearing on a requested change to the town's ordinance that would allow off-premise real estate signs.

The request was brought to the council from the town's planning department. Planning director Kevin Icard said his staff proposed the changes as a result of requests from Realtors and developers who were have a tough time in the slow economy.

Icard said the signs would also help customers locate properties for sale, as some of the town's newer developments aren't always easy to locate if the customer is unfamiliar with the area.

After much discussion, the council instructed staff to study the issue and then continued the public hearing until their October meeting. Melinda Johnston

3 trees will be removed in Matthews

Next week three trees along Matthews Mint Hill Road will be removed due to their decaying condition. The willow oak trees have contracted fungi called conchs which have caused severe internal decay of the trees. These fungi, along with the drought, the location of the trees and the age of the trees, have caused the trees to die.

“We hate to lose any of our trees but in this incidence we have to remove the trees before they fall on vehicles, buildings or people in the area. The trees have simply become a hazard,” said Pat Meehan, Town of Matthews Landscape Manager.

The town will replace the willow oaks with new trees this winter. Esther Robards-Forbes

National Merit Scholarship program

Several southern Mecklenburg high schoolers are 2009 semifinalists for The National Merit Scholarship program. Students must have an outstanding academic record, be recommended by the school principal, and earn high SAT scores to participate. They also must also submit an essay and information about participation and leadership in school and community activities. The list of semifinalists from the area:



Ardrey Kell: Katrina A. Reynolds, Meredith L. Richmond and Jessica A. Walsh O'Sullivan.



Providence: Pressly A. Blackley, Mitali Dayal, Christopher E. Dennis, Briana N. Falduti, Benjamin W. Juvelier, Maria N. Marshall, Thomas B. Monroe, Jordan Parker, Amanda M. Plante, Matthew B. Scola, Shayna R. Skal, Alexander M. Vargas, Robert H. Wertman, Daniel D. Wooten.



South Mecklenburg: Taylor J. Bass.



Myers Park: Jillian Becker, Kevin Blackwell, Kyle P. Bowen, Laura E. Carpenter, Tyler J. Fitch, Daniel P. Gaspari, Allison K. Hargett, Rebecca C. Jeffries, Jacqueline C. McNeill, Rachel M. Myrick, Suman Sivasubramania, Vignesh Sivasubramania, Kathryn D. Stewart, Andrew R. Thomason, Nolan L. Williams and Bo-Tsuong Xiang. Esther Robards-Forbes

Matt Moore accepted into program

Matt Moore, a senior at Harding University High School, was one of 32 students from around the country who was honored to be accepted into the Economics for Leaders program, sponsored by the Foundation for Teaching Economics.

It was held at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. in July.

At Harding, Moore is Student Body President, a member of the National Honor Society, a Junior Marshall, and a three sport NCHSAA Scholar Athlete in Football, Swimming and Baseball. Matt is the son of Raynard and Lisa Moore of Matthews. Esther Robards-Forbes

United Faith Christian Academy

United Faith Christian Academy, 8617 Providence Road, hosts two events this week.



Tuesday:
The Parent Connection Series continues Tuesday at 7 p.m. with “Techin' It Easy.” Dr. Frank Gaskill, psychologist at Southeast Psychological Services, will discuss how to become a tech-savvy parent and protect children from electronic overload and inappropriate Internet content.

The seminar is free and open to the community. United Faith Christian Academy is at 8617 Providence Road.



Friday: Family Fall Festival Friday, 3-7 p.m., with a rock climbing wall, bungee run, moon bounce, dunk tank, face painting and more. Unlimited ride wristbands are available for $12, two for $20, and three for $25. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, bread and a drink for $6 pre-order or $7 the night of the event. Family of four special is $20 pre-order or $25 the night of the event.

Details: www.ufca.org . Celeste Smith

James K. Polk State Historic Site

The James K. Polk State Historic Site, dedicated to the life of the 11th American president, hosts a volunteer orientation Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The site is recruiting volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and talents. Details: Courtney Hybarger, 704-889-7145; courtney.hybarger@ncmail.net. Celeste Smith

Curves partners with hospital

Curves for Women at the Sardis Crossing Shopping Center at Sardis Road North is partnering with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Monday through Saturday for a fundraiser event.

Curves will permit free use of its facilities for the week for women who receive pledge donations of $35 or more during the campaign.

Donations will go to St. Jude's, a children's hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Details: 704-321-0085 or stop by the fitness center. Celeste Smith

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