Woman wins $10,000 at MH Food Lion

NC Lottery

Or was it a Matthews Food Lion? None the less, it was the store at Hood’s Crossroads where Matthews resident Regina Shook got her ticket for the August 6 NC lottery Powerball drawing. Congrats, Regina!

Lest you need to be reminded, the N.C. Education Lottery is a farce. According to its Web site, “100 percent of the net proceeds of the North Carolina Education Lottery go to education programs.”

Wrong. It’s all in the terminology. Gov. Mike Easley thinks it’s OK to supplant the funds in the education budget that should have gone for augmenting education. How? They put the lottery money into the school budget, then take other money out for the general fund. So in reality it’s not a educational lottery after all, and nowhere near 100 percent of the money goes directly to education.

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Steve Smith out with concussion

The Associated Press reports Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith sat out today’s practice because of a concussion suffered in Saturday’s preseason win against the Colts.

This is not good news. See Dan Morgan and Nick Goings and what concussions have done for their careers. Coach Fox says it’s day to day on Smith. Let’s hope it’s not too many days…

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Butler and Independence scrimmage tomorrow, but not each other

[singlepic=8,150,150,,right]High school football preseason kicks off tomorrow in the Mint Hill area. Butler High gets things started with a scrimmage at 7 am against Olympic at home. Independence gets its preseason underway at 7 pm at Independence against Charlotte Catholic. The last two scrimmages against Charlotte Catholic have been unlucky for the Patriots. One was canceled because of weather, and tight end Mario Carter tore an anterior cruciate ligament last year. Carter now plays for N.C. State.

Butler and Independence open the regular season August 29. The Bulldogs play North Meck at Butler, and the Patriots take on the Olympic Trojans at Independence.

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Mint Hill Madness is almost here…

Town maintenance workers beutify Matthews-Mint Hill Road in preparation for Mint Hill Madness next month.

Town maintenance workers beautify Matthews-Mint Hill Road preparing for Mint Hill Madness next month.

Wow, it’s almost Mint Hill Madness time again. How do we know? The town’s maintenance crew is already at work making sure the parade route looks nice. The crew was out this morning creating a mini-dust storm along Matthews-Mint Hill Road, weed-eating and mowing. A street-cleaning truck and blower followed closely to get the dirt and grass clippings.

Mint Hill Madness is September 26-28 at the Park on Fairview (Hwy. 218) in Mint Hill. The Madness parade begins at 9:30 am on September 27. Check with Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce if you have any questions.

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