Morning Minute: Friday, September 6, 2019

News About Town: This past Tuesday evening an aggressive raccoon was reported on the 2700 block of Briar Trail Ct. (near Matthews Charter Academy). The raccoon was removed by animal control and later tested positive for rabies. So far, there have been no reports of human exposure. If you or a pet may have come into contact with the rabid rascal, call the Mecklenburg County Health Department immediately at 704-614-6512 or 704-589-3242. If your pet is not up to date on its rabies vaccine, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Control offers free rabies vaccine clinics the second Saturday of every month. 

According to the NC Department of Public Health, there were 14 cases of rabies in 2018, and eight confirmed cases in 2019, including a rabid cat found near Novant Hospital Matthews. 

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News Around Town: This news bit we're hoping is no longer relevant by publishing time. A Matthews teen is missing, and Matthews Police want your help in finding her. 15-year-old Vanessa Romero was last seen yesterday morning at her home on Ablow Dr. in Matthews. 

According to the police, she is an Hispanic female, 5'08" tall, weighing approximately 200 lbs., with dark red hair, and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black tank top, a long black knit sweater, grey spandex shorts, and black air Jordan shoes with silver and pink on them. She could be in the Union County area riding in a white 2013 Honda Accord (four-door) with a North Carolina registration plate number of FJL-7670.

If you see Vanessa, please call 704.847.5555 or 911.

One Fun Thing: Have a ballet-lover in the family? The Matthews Ballet has auditions tomorrow for the Nutcracker. Auditions are separated by age: 6 through 8 year olds (11:30 - 12:15 pm), 9 through 11 year olds (12:30 - 1:30 pm), and 12+ (1:30 - 2:30 pm). Contact Amanda with Matthews Ballet with any questions: