Plantation Estates celebrates 20 years

Matthews Mayor Lee Myers along with 300 attendees recently gathered to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of Plantation Estates. The ACTS Retirement-Life Community was first constructed in 1988. Today, it is home to more than 500 retirees and is one of three ACTS not-for-profit, faith-based life care communities in the Carolinas.


In the photo:
From left: Mayor Lee Myers (Matthews), Paula Shedd, Rolland Gerrard, Madlyn Gerrard, Johnnie Stancil, Noreen Breece, Bill Breece, Peg Ostrander, ACTS’ Tom Strader, Executive Director of Plantation Estates Steve Messer, Bayne Clark. Front row from left: Juanita Aiken and Katherine White.


Mint Hill mall developer gets 2 week loan reprieve

General Growth Properties inc, who is partnering with Childress Klein properties in building the Bridges at Mint Hill, has gotten a two week reprieve to pay a $900 million dept for two malls in Las Vegas. General Growth warned several weeks ago it may have to file for bankruptcy if it can’t meet its debt obligations. The most recent move will help it gain some time to pay off a “mountain of debt” obligations coming in the next year. Last month, GGP fired its chief executive, president and chief financial officer. Childress Klein has said to Mint Hill town commissioner Lloyd Austin they are willing and able to go it alone in building the mall in Mint Hill if they have to.


Independence dismantles Butler 49-7

It took 15 seconds for Independence to take the lead in Friday’s game against Butler. Lawrence Martin[singlepic=383,320,240,,right] ran the opening kickoff back for six points and kicker Robbie Ward added an extra point for a 7-0 score. Butler would not get closer the rest of the game as the Patriots overwhelmed the Bulldogs 49-7.

“I was a little surprised because Butler came out a little flat and Lawrence’s touchdown return stuck it to them a bit,” Knotts said after the game.

Martin finished with six catches for 95 yards and one touchdown to go with his kickoff return for a touchdown. He also had a 72 yard touchdown pass called back because of penalty on the Patriots’ first play from scrimmage.

“He’s made big plays for us all year,” said Knotts. “When he gets the ball in his hands he can do special things. He’s electric when he gets it.”

Photos by Mark Sward

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Record turn out for kids voting

This year’s election was so big that even the kids turned out in record numbers to vote. The races on the voting ballots included President, Governor, Senate, Congress, General Assembly, County Commission and bonds.

Kids Voting election activity helps students learn life skills, like gathering information, critical thinking and decision making. Students also gain experience in being active voters and citizens.

Kids Voting, a yearlong non-partisan nonprofit program, teaches kindergarten – 12th grade students about citizenship, civic participation and the election process through standards-based classroom lessons, community civics activities, interaction with public officials, service learning and authentic election experiences.

These are the results from the 74,350 votes counted:

Obama 67%
McCain 30%
Barr 3%

Perdue 36%
McCrory 55%
Munger 9 %

Hagan 59%
Dole 33%
Cole 8%