Independence student wins scholarship

Yaluba Conteh is the Independence High School PTSA Scholarship recipient for the 2008-2009 school year. Yaluba is a senior and will receive a $500 PTSA scholarship to be used toward college. He would like to pursue a bachelors degree in Counseling Psychology. He has a 3.5577 grade point average and has applied to UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, UNC Pembroke, Wingate University and Western Carolina. He and his parents have been apart of the PTSA for at least two years. His teachers and school counselor gave him a very high recommendation.


Butler literary magazine to publish final edition

Friday marks the 12th and final edition of Butler High School’s Pawprint Literary Magazine. The Pawprint 2009 Literary Magazine release party and Artists Tea will be held at 1 pm in the Media Center. The award winning Butler jazz band will provide entertainment throughout the event. Because of budget cuts the creative writing class will no longer be offered to students as an elective. Continue reading


Mint Hill resident seeks identity of soldier in World War II photo

On Monday, Judy Griffin of Mint Hill brought this photo by the Mint Hill Times. She said she got it from her aunt, Beulah Ross, about four years ago after Ms. Ross passed away. Griffin said the photo has haunted her ever since because she doesn’t know who it is. She hope one of our readers might be able to help her identify the World War II soldier. Griffin said her aunt lived in a boarding house in Charlotte during the War, and she would have met soldiers returning home by train.



Want to learn how to play disc golf?

Disc Golf: Lean into It

You’ve probably driven past the disc golf course at the Park on Fairview in Mint Hill. The well maintained course attracts players from all over the area. But just how do you play disc golf? And what kind of discs are the best to use? Matthews is hosting a free disc golf clinic May 16 from 9-11 at Squirrel Lake Park. You will learn game rules, disc techniques, course etiquette, and disc selection. Anyone aged 5 and up is welcome to attend this class but pre-registration is required. Discs will be provided. To register visit


Mandatory pay cut for North Carolina teachers

Gov. Bev. Perdue announced today additional measures to ensure a balanced budget by June 30. All teachers’ and state employees’ compensation will be reduced by an annualized amount equivalent to 0.5 percent for the remainder of the fiscal year. Each employee will receive 10 hours of flexible time off in exchange.

“North Carolina continues to experience the effects of a national economic crisis, which force me to make difficult decisions in order to maintain a balanced budget through June,” said Gov. Perdue. “I will do what I must in order to ensure that North Carolina can pay our bills and provide the essential services required by our citizens.”