School news: Fighting bullying at Butler; Garden surprise at Lebanon

The freshman class at Butler High School will participate at 7:30 am in an anti-bullying assembly Tuesday. The assembly will feature a play, two skits, a video on bullying, and a town-hall meeting discussion of bullying issues. Art students have also created bullying-prevention posters, which are on display in the school.  At Lebanon Road Elementary Tuesday at 8:30 am, representatives from Union Power Cooperative will surprise a Lebanon Road teacher with a check for $2,000. The money will be used to create grade-level gardens to supplement lessons for all Lebanon Road students. The surprise includes a visit and pep rally from Carolina Panthers mascot Sir Purr and Panthers players.

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This week in history

  • In 1986, a one-mile jogging trail at Mint Hill Municipal Park off Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road was opened. Officials will be monitoring its use to see how much this trail was really wanted.
  • In 1983, the first new Mint Hill municipal building held its first town meeting. John McEwen gave the invocation.
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Matthews resident wins $50 grand in lottery

Awilda Renaud of Matthews won $50,000 in the November 15 “Carolina Cash 5” drawing. The winning ticket was purchased at the Plantation Market 3040 Weddington Rd. in Matthews. It seems the majority of the winners come from other parts of the state, so it’s nice to see a local win once in a while.

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A green Christmas tree

[singlepic=339,320,240,,center]Want to save money and help the environment at the same time? Peggy DeMaree has an answer. She grew her own Christmas tree from a seedling and keeps it in a pot. Some pruning helps keep the tree a manageable size and each Christmas she brings it inside and decorates it.

“Good soil, fertilizer, and pruning along with faithful watering will produce a strong tree, lasting forever,” she said.

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Patriots clip Hawks in first round of playoffs

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It didn’t take long for Independence to strike in the first round of the state 4AA playoffs Saturday. After receiving the opening kick, quarterback Anthony Carrothers hit Avius Capers on passes of 16, 22 and 20 yards in less than a minute. The last throw was the first of three touchdown passes for Carrothers as the Patriots cruised to a 41-18 win over West Meck. It was the type of play coach Tom Knotts expects from his junior quarterback.

“He’s having a great year,” Knotts said. “I’ve learned to live with the fact he’s going to make some bad decisions, but he’s a great player.”

Photos by Roger Harding rahpix.com

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