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Comets clobber Martinsville 23-0

The pitchers are throwing strikes and the defense has been strong. And the offense has been fairly potent.





Mecklenburg schools add 20 minutes to school day due to storm / October 10, 2018

After four days of missed school in the wake of Hurricane Florence, the Mecklenburg County school division has used half of the number of days allotted for weather emergencies this school year.

Superintendent of Schools Paul Nichols issued the following announcement to students and parents Monday regarding the need to make up lost school time.

“Because MCPS has missed four instructional days already in the first semester, we need to make up that missing time. Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 17, we will add 20 minutes to the end of the school day. Look for more information from your student’s school soon.”

Nichols told the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors Monday that the school division has only four remaining makeup days available the rest of the year. With weather reports predicting a harsh winter, Nichols said he does not want to the school division to run afoul of the state Department of Education’s requirement that students receive at least 180 instructional hours each year.

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