Update on annexation of Independence High School

The Mint Hill Times learned today that the Town of Mint Hill staff has recommended, and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools have agreed, that now is not the time to annex Independence High School. No reason was given. However, if parents whose children attend Independence want the town to annex the school in the future, then the subject may be brought up again.
The town has mulled the idea of annexing the school after most of the town’s CMS high school students were rezoned to go to Independence.

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Matthews Wachovia robbed this morning


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Matthews Police Department are searching for a suspect who robbed the Wachovia Bank at 10 am today. The suspect entered the Wachovia Bank located on Matthews Mint Hill Road this morning and ordered everyone in the bank to lie on the floor as he demanded money. He then fled the scene in an early 1990s four door black Ford explorer.
It is believed that he fled in the eastbound direction of US 74 – possibly onto I-485.

The suspect is described as a black male, in his 30s; 5’8” in height, and he has a slender build. He was wearing a blue windbreaker jacket, a mask and sunglasses.

If you have any information regarding this crime contact the Matthews Police Department at 704-847-7755.

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Mint Hill Police getting more involved with schools

WBTV News is reporting that Mint Hill Police will take over safety at two area schools: Northeast Middle School and Independence School. The MHPD also plans to cover the new Rocky River High School when it opens in Mint Hill in 2010-2011.

WBTV will air the story tonight at 5:30, but not without controversy:

WBTV’s Dedrick Russell is covering this story.  He will ask if parents should be concerned about a possible changing of the guard.  The Mint Hill Police Department only has 18 officers.

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Stimulus dollars sent to bogus zip codes: ‘Much ado about nothing?’

The Carolinajournal.com, whose publisher is Mint Hill Times columnist John Hood, reports that $2.5 million in federal stimulus dollars were allocated to zip codes which do not exist. Deputy Press Secretary for the Recovery Act Jim Gilio said this was a human error, and that recipients simply wrote down the wrong zip code and all the dollars are accounted for. Almost. The carolinajournal.com notes that even when taking into account the human error, a large chunk of the $2.5 million is still missing.

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Matthews wants input for downtown master plan

The Town of Matthews Planning Department is in the process of updating the Town’s Downtown Master Plan. The plan was originally adopted in 1997. Staff would like to garner input from citizens, business owners and anyone interested in what the future holds for Downtown Matthews. Continue reading

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Myrick launches new video series


US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) last week announced the launch of a new internet-based video series available on her congressional Web site and on the her official You Tube channel.  The videos, posted weekly, will offer information and commentary on current events, as well as legislative updates from Washington. The first two videos launched today are about the failed terror attack on Christmas Day (above) and the recent Fort Hood shootings.

The video on Fort Hood can be viewed here.

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