Heathfield Tractor Race & Chili Cook-Off

[singlepic=272,320,240,,center]Is there a neighborhood in Mint Hill with a social committee as active as Heathfield. Pam Baetz of Heathfield sent us this about their annual Tractor Race and Chili Cook-Off. Somewhere Hank Hill is smiling.

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The Heathfield Social Committee sponsored the Second annual Tractor Race and Chili Cook-Off for the Heathfield community in Mint Hill on Saturday, October 25. Continue reading

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Mint Hill commissioners support bond

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Thursday supporting the $250 million Parks and Recreation bond package. If the bond passes, it will mean two new parks in Mint Hill: Steven’s Creek Nature Preserve on Thompson Road ($7.2 million) and the Ezell Farms Community Park ($3.6 million) at the corner of Wells Road and Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Mayor Ted Biggers said parks are good so people have a place to stay active:

“As everyone knows we have thousands of young people and adults who participate in both organized and unorganized sports. We need facilities so that they will continue to be physically active.”

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Butler-South Meck game notes

  • For the second consecutive week, a Butler player ran over two opposing players in the open field on his way to the end zone. Last week Jawaun Edwards took out East Meck players; Friday, quarterback Christian LeMay[singlepic=267,320,240,,right] bowled over two South Meck players on his way for 6 points. Both players are just sophomores. ALL PHOTOS BY Mark Sward swardpics.com.
  • The Bulldogs are 9-0 for the first time in school history and with just one game left–next week at Weddington–a November 7 showdown with an undefeated Independence at Memorial Stadium looks likely. Continue reading
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Hit or miss with the early voting

2598939296_f89fd0434b.jpgMany early voters have a horror story to tell of long lines. But that’s what you get when Mecklenburg County sees it’s largest turnout ever for early voting. Mid Saturday afternoon, I had to go to the Main Library in downtown Charlotte to complete some research.  Passing Plaza Road library, I saw a line snaking out the door down the side of the building.Arriving downtown, I decided out of curiosity to see how long the line there was to vote.  To my surprise, there were only five people waiting to in line.   As a person who has zero patience for lines of any kind, I wasted no time getting in that line.  It took me more time to go through the eight page ballot than it did to stand in line.  What a pleasant surprise.

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Independence cruises past Weddington

Weddington and Independence met Friday night as teams headed in opposite directions. The Patriots entered the game 7-0 on the season and ranked first in the region while the Warriors limped in at 0-8.  Weddington had allowed 30 or more points in each of its games and the Patriots have scored 40 or more in [singlepic=259,240,160,,right]every contest so far this year. The streaks remained intact Friday as Independence cruised to a 41-14 victory.
“They do not have the overall talent that we do, but they were able to keep it close,” said Independence head coach Tom Knotts.
Anthony Carrothers led the Patriot attack by completing 25 of 30 passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns.  Harold Blythe controlled the ground game and finished with 99 yards and two touchdowns on only nine carries. Independence amassed 454 yards of total offense for the game. Continue reading

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