Patriots get down to business

The Independence Patriots want to forget the sting of last year’s three-loss season. Coaches led kids through position drills and 7-on-7 drills on a warm, humid Monday morning as they head back to work for the upcoming season.

Don’t worry though. These kids aren’t running laps in the August heat, they are running to get some water during a short break.

Football practice started Friday at Charlotte-Mecklenburg high schools.

Look for more photos Thursday in The Mint Hill Times.

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Police looking for robbery suspect

Matthews Police is asking for your help in catching an armed robbery suspect. Police said a black male robbed the CiCi’s Pizza on Windsor Crossing Drive on Sunday at 8 am. The suspect smashed a glass door, then assaulted and robbed an employee while inside.

He escaped in a green Ford Explorer. Matthews police say the suspect is approximately 5-foot-11, 210 pounds. He was wearing a white shirt, black shorts, a black baseball cap and athletic shoes.

Matthews Police asks you to call the department, 704-847-4069, if you have any information about the incident.

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