Mint Hill Middle School principal named

Amy Dellinger will be the new principal of Mint Hill Middle School. She has been an assistant principal at Mint Hill since 2006. Before joining CMS, Dellinger was an assistant principal of South Rowan High School in China Grove and a teacher in Shelby, N.C. Dellinger replaces Denise Watts who was transfered to Spaugh Middle School in late February.


Queen’s Grant charter to take place in ‘World’s largest concert’

It’s being billed as the World’s Largest Concert. On Thursday, March 12 from 1-1:30 pm, Queen’s Grant Charter School will hold an assembly in the school gym with everyone singing and watching the 2009 World’s Largest Concert, where Queen’s Grant will be featured, while performing two songs. March has been officially designated by The National Association for Music Education for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM®), the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. Continue reading


New Mint Hill high school boundary meeting rescheduled

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has rescheduled one of the workshops about proposed boundary options for new schools. The first community meeting to discuss boundary options for the new Mint Hill high school and the new Robinson Church Road elementary school will now take place on Monday, March 23 at Independence High School. The meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, but was moved because the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education is meeting that night. Continue reading


Independence High School bus crashes; driver charged with DWI


Desiree Kelly

Mint Hill Police arrested 32-year-old Desiree Kelly for DWI and reckless driving this morning after the Independence High School bus she was driving crashed on Truelight Church Road near the intersection of Surface Hill Road. Fifteen students were on board the bus and police report that four were taken to local hospitals with what appears to be minor injuries.

The preliminary investigation indicates that as the bus rounded the curve on Truelight Church Road near Surface Hill Road the driver veered off onto the left shoulder of the roadway.  The bus traveled approximately 100 feet along the shoulder of the roadway before striking a double brick mailbox and a deep culvert.  After striking these objects the bus traveled an additional 62 feet before coming to an uncontrolled stop.

During the course of conversations with Kelly, the investigating officer formed the opinion that she was under the influence of some type of impairing substance.  The driver was placed into custody and transported to Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews for a DWI blood test.  The driver submitted to the test and was then transported to the Mecklenburg County Jail for processing.  The driver has been charged with Commercial DWI and reckless driving.


Celeste Stewart voted player of the year for SW4A conference basketball

The Butler Lady Bulldogs were upset by West Charlotte in the semifinals of the state 4A basketball tournament in Greensboro last weekend. The loss ends the most successful run ever by a basketball team at Butler. Despite the early exit from the tournament, the Lady Bulldogs can at least take solace in having four players voted to the All SW4A Conference team, including Celeste Stewart who won player of the year. Coach Stephanie Butler was named coach of the year. On boys side, A.J. Evans was named to the All Conference team.

For Independence, Jessica Blair was named to the All Conference team. Continue reading