Independence students seek to blast hunger

[singlepic=324,320,240,,left]Independence High School media specialist Jeff Jones passed along a few photos from this Saturday’s CANstruction event in downtown Charlotte. They had 13 students from Independence who worked from 9 am to 2 pm to create the “CANnon” in the One Independence Center lobby in downtown Charlotte. The students were able to create a great sculpture that represented not only Independence but also the Second Harvest Food Bank’s attempt to “Blast away Hunger” this holiday season.

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Charlotte wedding photo from the 1950s

[singlepic=323,320,240,,left]Two weeks ago, we asked readers to tell us the name of a Carrousel Queen in an old photo taken by Mint Hill resident Richard Holtzclaw. Several people called to tell us it was Ann Ross and Holtzclaw is now in the process of getting the photo to Ann. In the 1950s, Holtzclaw took photos of hundreds of weddings in Charlotte. He doesn’t know the names of a lot of the couples in the photos, so to help him out we’re going to post one every once in a while. If you know who is in the photo, call Tim at 704-573-4650.

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Butler JROTC to honor veterans

The Butler High School Army JROTC Battalion and the Matthews American Legion Post 235 are hosting a Veterans’ Day ceremony to honor U.S. Veterans on Tuesday, November 11. The event will take place[singlepic=320,180,100,,right] in Stumptown Park, South Trade Street in Matthews. The Butler H.S. JROTC Battalion along with JROTC units from Sun Valley, Providence, and East Mecklenburg high schools will honor each branch of the United States Armed Forces and with Post 235 pay tribute to veterans from World War II to the present. The ceremonies which begin at 11 am will also include a special memorial to SGT Joshua Blaney, U.S. Army. SGT Blaney, a graduate of Butler High School, was killed in action while serving our country in Afghanistan.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like xmas…

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We don’t know if Mint Hill’s Bill and Edith Lineberger are the first to put up a Christmas tree this season, but they are probably one of the first. The tree went up just after Halloween.

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Independence rolls Butler 42-31

[singlepic=318,320,240,,left]If there was any question who the best football team was in Mint Hill and North Carolina, those doubts were put to rest Friday night as Independence beat the previous undefeated Butler 42-31. The Patriots solidified their No. 1 state ranking and are the hands-down favorite to win its 8th state title in nine years. Independence is now 10-0 on the season, while Butler fell to 10-1,

It wasn’t the prettiest performance of the year by the Patriots. On the first play of the game they fumbled at the seven yard line. But Butler couldn’t capitalize and had to settle for a Kyle Searles field goal. The Patriots were also called for several key penalties, and the defense gave up the most points of the season. Quarterback Anthony Carrothers threw a key interception to Nate Charest which was returned to the 1-yard-line.

“It wasn’t his best game of the season,” Coach Tom Knotts said of Carrothers, “but he’ll bounce back.”

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Matthews is top 10 suburb to sell a home

According to Forbes.com, Matthews is a top 10 suburb in the U.S. to sell a home. The online version of financial magazine cited these numbers:

Median home price: $320,990; Median days on market: 127; Current inventory: 745; Year-over-year price change: 6 percent; Percent of sellers decreasing prices: 39 percent

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