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Alternative fuel station opens in Waxhaw, others in area

A Waxhaw gas station is one of the first in the area to offer BP's new E85 fuel, which is touted as a possible large-scale replacement for gasoline.

If you're looking for E85 in Charlotte, its also sold at R&K Express-BP on Pence Road. Several stations in Rock Hill and Fort Mill also sell the alternative fuel.

E85 is made of 85 percent ethanol, an alcohol fuel made by fermenting plant-based sugars, and 15 percent gasoline. It runs about 20 cents cheaper than gasoline, which offsets the up to 25 percent decrease in fuel economy you get with flexible-vehicles' that run on E85.

Ethanol often is made from corn, but it also can be made from cellulosic materials such as grass, wood, crop residue and old newspapers.

Olin "Bo" Furr, owner of Monroe Oil, said they decided to offer E85 at the new Fill Good BP on Cuthbertson Road in Waxhaw because the company believes it will be successful in this part of Union County, which has a higher concentration of flexible-fuel vehicles.

The E85 pump is part of Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition's Carolina Blue Skies Project, which is administering $2 million from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand the use of alternative fuel vehicles and refueling infrastructures across the Carolinas.

The Blue Skies Project is partnering with five groups, including Duke Energy and Time Warner Cable, but Monroe Oil is the only partner using the money to install an E85 pump.

American automakers now produce about 40 styles of flexible-fuel vehicles, which are distinguishable by yellow gas caps or a logo.For more information, visit www.cleanfuels.com.

New location

Music Matters, one of the area's largest music schools, is moving to Matthews at the end of October.

The five-year-old school has been in a business park in Stallings.

Owner Curtis Wingfield said he's moving because of plans for the Monroe Bypass to come through Stallings and to be near Guitar Center, a large music retailer that doesn't offer lessons.

The new location will be The Crossing at Matthews shopping center at 10046 E. Independence Blvd.

"It's a place we can grow a lot easier," Wingfield said.

Music Matters has 14 teachers and 150-200 students.

Lessons are offered in half-hour increments in most instruments, although Wingfield said instruments like bass guitar, guitar, keyboard and vocals are especially popular.

Students can take lessons on a regular or custom schedule, Wingfield said. For more information, call 704-708-8961 or visit www.musicmatterscharlotte.com.

Satellite location

Renew Natural Weight Loss has opened a satellite location in South Park.

The firm helps clients develop a healthy and sustainable weight loss plan that focuses on burning fat in a natural way.

Drop by an open house, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the South Park, 6000 Fairview Road, Suite 1200.

Renew Natural Weight Loss also has an office on Sam Newell Road. Contact them at (704) 708-4437 or visit renewweightloss.com.

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