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York is a city located in York County, South Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 6,985. It is the county seat of York County.

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Council to look at city manager’s contract agreement

The future of Charlotte's city manager could be one of the first major items new city leaders tackle once they're sworn in in less than two weeks. City Manager Ron Carlee's contract is up at the end of March.

Carlee is the man responsible with running the city of Charlotte daily.

His decisions impact critical needs and services, like roads, public safety and economic development.

In the coming months, Charlotte City Council will review his job status. He's the first city manager who has ever been employed under contract. 

Council members said they agreed to do it upon Carlee's request before he came to Charlotte in 2013.
Council sources told Channel 9 that some members are leaning toward foregoing renewing Carlee's contract next year and could employ him without a contract, like all other city employees.
No contract may take away some employment protections for Carlee and give council more range on termination options, if that becomes an issue.
It's unclear what message that would send or whether Carlee would stay as the city's chief executive officer without a contract.
Channel 9 asked the city if Carlee would seek a renewal, but Carlee was traveling and unavailable to comment.

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Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:00:50 -0500

Burke County deputies investigate break-ins at three churches

Burke County Sheriff’s deputies are stepping up patrols Wednesday night around local churches after several recent break-ins near Morganton.  

Thieves forced their way into three churches in Burke County.

Outside the First Hmong Baptist Church south of Morganton, we could clearly see where deputies believe someone took a crow bar to force open the front door.

The pastor sent me these photos of the damage inside where thieves broke into the offering box taking cash.

"Us as believers (feel) that there is always forgiveness, but at the same time, if you meet the person you would try to offer them some kind of help if they really need it and not have to go through it that way,” the Rev. Pao Ly told Channel 9 by phone.

West of Morganton, the parsonage at the Oak Grove Baptist Church was hit. There the thieves took the pastor’s clothing, ripped "Revelations" out of a bible, and left behind more than $1,000 of damage.

"They ransacked the parsonage,” church member Gene Edwards said. “They took all the drawers out and dumped them in the floor. Pulled all the books out of the shelves, opened them up and took our pastors wife's bible and they ripped revelations out of it and threw it away."

Investigators are trying to determine tonight if all the cases are connected. They know of another break-in in Rutherford County, where a safe was stolen and are also checking with deputies in Caldwell and Catawba counties as well.

The Missionary Ridge Baptist Church also had its front doors pried open. The thief ransacked an office, but only got $6 of change set aside for children at the church.

"Honestly, I feel like those are the people we need in church. We just need them here at the right time and not when no one is here to help them,” the Rev. Chris Dale said. 

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:34:27 -0500

Charlotte leaders thankful economic boost of Panthers’ winning streak

As uptown Charlotte prepares for a Thanksgiving Day parade that will bring 100,000 people and their wallets to the center city, key leaders are thankful for another reason too. 

The 10-0 Carolina Panthers are bringing new national focus on Charlotte and record business to uptown hotels and restaurants. Michael Smith, who heads Charlotte Center City Partners, said the team and its winning streak are showing economic coattails.

“These are those seasons that have an exponential impact on economic development,” Smith said.

The impact is being felt across the city but nowhere more than Uptown.  Sam Harlow walked toward the Panthers team store Friday with a friend she brought all the way from England.

Harlow said the team’s success “makes us want to come out more, get to the city more. We love it.”  

So do hotels and restaurants in the uptown area. 

Charlotte’s Regional Visitors Authority said it has numbers to back that up. In two home games the Panthers played at the end of October and the first week of November hotel occupancies were up 7 percent and overall revenue on the nights of those primetime games was up nearly 50 percent from the years before. 

With the NFL moving the team’s Dec. 6 game against New Orleans from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  -- and a national audience --  uptown leaders said the benefits to the city could snowball.   

“When you think about reaching an audience of 18 million people with our skyline, that’s a big price tag,” said Tom Murray, who heads the CRVA. 

“That has incredible value because it introduces us (the city of Charlotte) to new people,” Smith said. 

All of which gives new meaning to the phrase “home field advantage.”

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