Nicks final game as a Tar Heel?


Hakeem Nicks, former Independence standout and current junior at UNC, caught eight passes for 217 yards in the Meineke Bowl in Charlotte Saturday. The Heels lost the game to West Virginia, but Nicks, who is contemplating entering the NFL draft next season, surely wowed pro scouts. He holds UNC records for career receiving yards and yards in a season, and had 10 touchdowns this season. At 6’1, Nicks is slightly undersized for an NFL receiver. But desire and heart don’t lie, and there’s a very good chance the next time we see this local star play football it will be on Sundays. Photo by Mark Sward


Mint Hill feels lucky these days

If you play the lottery, this might be a good time to buy a ticket in Mint Hill. Two weeks ago, a woman won $100,000 from the gas station on Lawyers Road across from Bojangles. This past week, someone else won $10,000 in the Power Ball from the Wilco on Albemarle Road. Talk about a Merry Christmas!


Independence student wins Pride Stepping Stone Award

Independence High senior Timothy Johnson won the Pride Stepping Stone Award, which[singlepic=491,320,240,,right] includes a $5,000 scholarship and recognition at the 17th Annual Lowe’s Pride Awards. The Stepping Stone Award honors a Mecklenburg County high school senior who is active in the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) program at West Charlotte, Myers Park or Independence high schools. Seniors must have a grade-point average of at least a 3.0 and plans to pursue a four-year college degree. Continue reading


Purse snatcher caught

On December 11, 2008, after a successful investigation Detective Lezette, with Mint Hill Police Department was able to secure charges on Charlotte Lewis (W-F-47) and Kayla Chasteen (W-F-22) for stealing a purse and cashing checks. The incident occurred on November 20, 2008.
Lewis, was arrested and charged with two counts of uttering a forged paper and one count conspiracy to commit a felony. On December 15, 2008, Chasteen, was charged with two counts of forgery, one count conspiracy to commit felony, and one count misdemeanor larceny. Both subjects have since been released from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.


Police request assistance in locating runaway

[singlepic=490,320,240,,right]On 12-21-2008, Mint Hill Police received information that Samantha Michelle Harper (14 years old) had runaway from her residence in Mint Hill. Her parents have received information from classmates of Samantha that she is possibly staying in Monroe, NC with an unknown person. Samantha has stated that she has no intentions of ever returning home.

Police are asking for assistance with locating Samantha. She has asthma and the family has reason to believe that she may be a danger to herself.

Anyone with information about Samantha’s whereabouts is asked to contact Mint Hill Police Dispatch at 704-889-2231.


Five Mint Hill Chargers to play in all star game

The Mint Hill Chargers will be sending five players back to Orlando to participate in the AYF/Under Armour All American game on January 4, 2009. The game will be played at the Citrus Bowl right before the Under Armour All American High School game. The Chargers head coach, Mike Fairfax has also been selected to coach on the East All American team. The Chargers recently won its second consecutive national championship by defeating Monroe (CT) Lions 20-8 in Orlando Florida.. The players selected for this event are: #34 Josh Glisson – RB/LB; #4 Riley Ferguson – QB; #54 Sean Wiggins – MLB; #20 Malachi Hanes – WR/DB; #44 Spencer Kendall – OG/LB; #21 Uriah Lemay – DE/HB (first alternate).