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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County employees could shift to 4-day work week

WSOC-TV is reporting Mecklenburg County Commissioner Dan Ramirez will propose at Tuesday’s meeting the board study a plan calling for county employees to work 4-day work weeks. Some employees would work Monday-Thursday, and the rest will work Tuesday- Friday. Sounds like a pretty good idea…

The state of Utah is shifting to a 4-day work week for most state employees. The savings are estimated to be $3 milllion a year in energy costs.

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Town officials tell Wal-Mart no thanks

It’s not looking good for Wal-Mart moving to Mint Hill. The retail giant had eyes on some land at the intersection of Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road and Albemarle Road. At the July 17 developers meeting, Commissioners told Wal-Mart developers Lauth Property Group they’ll listen, but don’t count on coming to Mint Hill. The land is not properly zoned, and it doesn’t fit with the long term plan for that area of the town.

Mint Hill Senior Planner Karen Dunn reaffirmed Mint Hill’s hesitation in an email to Keith H. MacVean of the humongous law firm King and Spalding:

Keith,

Staff received the following comments regarding Lauth’s proposed 60 acre retail development on Albemarle Road:

  • The existing zoning of the proposed site is predominately residential with some General Business along Albemarle Road and is designated as “Office Park” on the Future Land Use Map. With the proposed hospital being planned in the near vicinity, some Board members suggested that the property may be suited for future medical offices and support facilities.
  • Concern with adding any additional traffic on Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road
  • The current Land Use Plan is more than 10 years old and is in need of an overall revision. At the February 2008 Board of Commissioner’s Retreat, the Board unanimously agreed to update the Plan and also fund Small Area Plan studies in the coming year.

In general, the project was not given positive support from the Board of Commissioners.

If you decide to proceed with the project, the property will need to be rezoned prior to sketch plan review. Applications for map amendments may be downloaded from the website at www.minthill.com. The submittal deadline is the third Thursday of each month to be received by the Board of Commissioners the following month.

Wal-Mart will not go quietly. That’s a given. But the retail giant has an up hill battle getting a store built in Mint Hill.

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Steve Smith suspended. (Bad!)

The Panthers announced today Steve Smith will have to sit out the first two games of the season for punching Ken Lucas at Friday’s practice. He will also not get paychecks for those first two games.

Smith is the best player on the Panthers. Wouldn’t it have been better to just fine a few grand, then let him play? That way the rest of the team (and fans!) aren’t penalized with Smith. The first two games of the year by the way are San Diego and Chicago–both powerhouse teams. Yikes.

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