🌱 Supply Chain Shortages, Inflation Impact Schools + Local Mail Theft

Hey, everybody! It’s Friday in Charlotte and I’m back in your inbox with everything that’s fit to print about what’s happening locally.

First, today’s weather:

Couple of thunderstorms. High: 86 Low: 71.

Here are the top five stories in Charlotte today:

  1. According to WCNC, “Schools are having a tougher time getting nutritious meals due to supply chain shortages and inflation that are driving up food costs. Many districts in the Charlotte area are also locked into high prices because they’re required to place orders months in advance.” The School Nutrition Association has warned this is putting districts in a bind because even when the districts place their orders with time to spare and work hard to get the best price, their orders are canceled and short. So, they have to race against the clock to purchase whatever they can for their cafeterias and the often costs much more money. Many schools in the Charlotte area are facing this dilemma. (WCNC.com)
  2. A Shark Week blimp will fly over North Carolina in July! To see when and where it will be flying, check the blimp tracker. According to CBS17, “Two blimps will take off over the east and west coasts beginning July 1. It’s a battle of the coasts, looking for the most ‘sharkadelic’ fans. If you see it in the sky, take a picture and represent your coast on social using #EastShark or #WestShark.” (CBS17.com)
  3. The City of Charlotte recently unveiled the new Brooklyn Village Avenue street sign. Brooklyn Village Avenue replaced Stonewall Street. Brooklyn Village Avenue is named after Brooklyn, which is a predominately Black neighborhood in Charlotte’s Second Ward. According to the city government, “It is the last of nine streets renamed following the Charlotte City Council’s February 2021 adoption of Legacy Commission recommendations to rename streets that commemorated Confederate soldiers, enslavers and segregationists.” Mayor Vi Lyles said, “In order to move forward in unity, I think it is clear that we needed to dismantle the symbols of racism that still existed in Charlotte.” (charlottenc.gov)
  4. According to WWAY News Channel 3, “A massive mail theft operation was reported in south Charlotte that targeted hundreds of residents and businesses.” Kyree Corbett of Charlotte was “charged with armed robbery, possession of property of the United States and conspiracy…Hundreds of checks worth about $1.8 million and a stolen gun were found inside Corbett’s apartment.” Last December, Corbett pointed a gun at a postal carrier, took her mail key and drove away in a stolen car. (WWAY NewsChannel 3)
  5. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, “Nearly 100% of North Carolina and South Carolina are in drought conditions.” As of this week, “96.75% of North Carolina is in a drought, while 99% of South Carolina is anywhere from abnormally dry to a severe drought.” (WCNC.com)

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Today in Charlotte:

From my notebook:

  • A big thank you to Showmars for feeding our Charlotte Fire summer camp kids, Camp Ignite and Camp Hornets Nest. Our dinners have been amazing! (Charlotte Fire Department, Charlotte NC via Facebook)
  • Watch the largest fireworks display in the southeast over Truist Field on Monday, 4th of July! Team USA will be playing prior to the event. (Charlotte Center City via Facebook)
  • Got questions? We have answers! The CMS summer learning call center is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday to serve you. Interpreters available. Learn about CMS careers, nutrition, transportation and summer learning opportunities. (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools via Facebook)
  • I am ready for a different car. It does not have to be new. I have no experience with leasing a car but not opposed to it. Where do I start? (Nextdoor)
  • Missing female cat near Waterleaf and Arlington Oaks! Have you seen her? (Nextdoor)
  • Can someone recommend a great and reliable plumber? My kitchen sink is leaking underneath and I think it need to be sealed. I need a plumber to check it out. (Nextdoor)
  • Affordable painter recommendation? Looking to have the entire townhouse painted, with baseboards refreshed. It’s a 3-bedroom, 2.5 bath, townhouse. (Nextdoor)
  • Can anyone recommend a good primary care doctor in the area? I tried Novant Health Blakeney Family Phys, they only had appointments for new patients months out. (Nextdoor)
  • This dog was roaming around Shamrock Drive near the dog park when I went to the park with my dog. I put him inside to keep him safe and called animal control so they could check if he is chipped. Does anyone know who’s dog this is? (Nextdoor)
  • Any recommendations for someone who can trim a couple limbs that are hanging over the house? (Nextdoor)

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That’s it for today! I’ll catch up with you bright and early tomorrow with another update.

Alexis Goring

About me: My name is Alexis A. Goring. I’m an East Coast Girl with a pulse for people, news and feature stories! I’ve worked as a freelance writer/editor/proofreader in the media industry for 15 years. I’m also a published author, experienced blogger, and founder of Writer at Heart Editorial Services. Visit my website for more details about me and my work. Here’s the link: https://alexisagoring.jimdofree.com.

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