Cooksey challenger: Announced on the last day of candidate filing, Republican Jay Privette will run against incumbent Republican Warren Cooksey for the City Council District 7 seat.
Roundabout funding: The town of Matthews and the N.C. DOT received a $526,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation, Community and System Preservation Program to install a roundabout at the intersection of Matthews-Mint Hill Road and N.C. 51. The intersection is near Butler High School, where more than 18,000 commuters travel every day. The total cost of the project is about $754,000, and the town and N.C. DOT are paying 20 percent.
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5K for troops: Operation Homefront of North Carolina, a nonprofit off Park Road that provides emergency financial and morale assistance for struggling troops and their families, is holding a Freedom 5K Run/Walk fundraiser Sept. 3 at Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd. Proceeds will go toward a Thanksgiving meal-assistance program and emergency financial help for the state's military families. Volunteers and corporate supporters are needed. Details: 704-527-3063; www.freedom5knc.org.
Film screening: There will be a screening of "Waiting for Superman," a documentary about the nation's public school system, at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Sam Lerner Center of the Sandra and Leon Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road. Cost is $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Proceeds go to the Shalom Park Freedom School, a summer literacy program and the first Jewish-run Freedom School in the nation. For tickets: 704-366-5007 or visit the Levine JCC customer-service desk.
Historic designation: There will be a public hearing Sept. 13 as part of the regular monthly town council meeting to consider adoption of an ordinance declaring homes along Park Avenue an historic landmark. Meetings are 6:30 p.m. at the Hut Meeting Facility, 413 Johnston Drive in Pineville.
The Big Cat: Jerry Richardson, owner of the Carolina Panthers, will speak at the Hood Hargett Breakfast Club meeting at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 9 at Carmel Country Club, 4735 Carmel Road. More than 55 local and regional businesses are members of the club. The monthly event provides an opportunity for members to network and entertain clients. At each event, a local student athlete is awarded a $1,000 scholarship as part of the Liz Murray Scholarship Fund. To date, the club has awarded more than $200,000 to more than 150 high school students. Details: www.hoodhargettbreakfastclub.com.