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Ballantyne Breakfast Club will meet at 9 a.m. Nov. 8 for a program called “Ballantyne Means Business.”

Speakers include Bissell Company CEO Ned Curran, Bissell Hotels President Joe Hallow, and representatives from Bank of America, the Charlotte Chamber, Ballantyne Village and Charlotte City Council. They will discuss the impact and growth of Ballantyne. Free. Ballantyne Resort, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. Information: 704 651-1237.

Esther Robards-Forbes

Mint Hill

Town commissioners have adopted a speed limit policy that outlines how residents can petition to get speed limits lowered for roads or subdivisions.

If only a single street is involved, 75 percent of property owners of improved lots – those that have been built on – must sign a petition asking for a speed limit change. If an entire subdivision is requesting change, 75 percent of subdivision residents must sign. For more information, call Mint Hill town hall at 704-545-9726

Melinda Johnston

Union County

Union County Master Gardener Association is selling rain barrels to help conserve water. Sixty-gallon barrels are $85, 80-gallon barrels $100. All barrels must be pre-ordered by Nov. 3, and can be picked up at the Union County Agricultural Center at 3230 Presson Road in Monroe on Nov. 8, 9:30 a.m. until noon.

E-mail or call 704-283-3822. Visit

Lisa Hammersly

York County

The Clover School Board has unanimously approved names for two schools under construction. The new school at 3598 Filbert Highway south of Clover is named Larne Elementary School. Larne is the name of Clover's sister city in Northern Ireland. The new middle school at the corner of highway S.C. 557 and Oakridge Road is named Oakridge Middle School.

Dan Huntley


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