Great prizes offered for tomorrow’s third annual Mint Hill Chili Cook-Off

The Town of Mint Hill will be sponsoring its third annual Chili Cook-Off on Wednesday, February 18 to support the Arts & Science Council’s Annual Fund Drive.  The event will take place in the John M. McEwen Assembly Room, Mint Hill Town Hall from 11:30 am to 2 pm.[singlepic=664,320,240,,right] ASC provides direct investments and services to arts, science and history/heritage organizations in Mint Hill and throughout Mecklenburg County.The public is invited to enter their chili, and all entries will be judged by a special-guest chef.  The cost is $5 to taste and vote for a favorite bowl.  There is no fee to enter your chili.  Attendees may also purchase full bowls-to-go for $3 each. The town has also scured several great prizes including tickets to Discovery Place, The Levine Museum of the South, the Charlotte History Museum and the Charlotte Children’s Choir. Please contact Robin Edwards or Michelle Farrar at Town Hall at 704-545-9726 for more information.


Two Independence high school reunions coming up this year

Independence High School will have two reunions this year. The Class of 1979 will hold its 30th reunion on May 16, 7:00 pm – Midnight at the Charlotte Marriott Executive Park near Tyvola and Interstate 77. The Big I class of 1989 will meet Saturday, September 19 at 7:00 pm – Midnight at the Renaissance Charlotte South Park. For more info on these and other high school reunions go to


Independence High School student council donates teddy bears


The Student Council at Independence High School collected money from students and staff in order to buy stuffed Teddy Bears for children staying in the hospital on Valentine’s Day.   They collected over $700, enough to make 75 teddy bears at Build-A-Bear Workshop at Concord Mills Mall.  Cody Cannaday’s mother donated an additional 400 small bears!
The students went to Concord Mills to “Build-A-Bear Workshop” after school on February 12.  Then, on the 13th they went to Levine Children’s Hospital to deliver them. Continue reading


Myrick just says no to stimulus package

Rep. Sue Myrick did not vote for the stimulus package which will be signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama.

“We’re in a recession, and the American people are hurting.  I had hoped that Congress could come together, not as Republicans and Democrats, but as Americans, to find solutions that will truly stimulate the economy. Unfortunately that didn’t happen.
We’re slated to spend almost $4 trillion this year alone.  That’s almost $1 trillion for TARP; $1 trillion, including debt, for the stimulus; $1.5 trillion for yet another bank rescue plan; and a half a trillion dollars for an FY 2009 omnibus bill.  Where is this money coming from?  Foreign countries?  We can’t rely on other nations to keep buying our debt.  The only way I can see us being able to even begin to pay for this is raising taxes, and that will never jolt the economy out of a recession. I voted against the plan, but for the sake of the country, I hope it works.”


Butler’s Nate Charest getting interest from colleges


Nate Charest, defensive back and wide receiver for Butler, is starting to get looks from Division 1 schools. Duke, Clemson, South Carolina, NC State and East Carolina have shown interest. Illinois is also a possibility. Charest’s brother, Jacob, plays quarterback for Illinois.