Comic books and graphic novels as learning aids?

The Carolina Journal looks at the rise of comic books and graphic novels in North Carolina Public libraries and schools. Some say they are useful materials while others, including Independence media specialist Jeff Jones, say he doesn’t see a difference.

However, the genre’s penetration into the schools is mixed. Jeff Jones, the media center specialist at Charlotte’s Independence High School, said there are “50 or 60 books” in the graphic novel collection. “The same people check out a lot of them, but not a lot of different people,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s just for free reading [and] entertainment.”


Flashback: Watch Independence’s playoff game against Harding in 1987

Want to see a heck of a game from November 13, 1987? Harding beat Independence in the state 4A playoffs that year 34-32  at Memorial Stadium. At the beginning of the video, see the starting rosters–several names stand out for Independence including running back Mario Grier who later played the New England Patriots. Also, the coach for Harding that year was Tom Knotts. He took Harding to the state championship and then the next season bolted for West Charlotte. This video is the first of eight. See the rest of them at this link.


$1 million lottery ticket still unclaimed

Know anyone in Matthews who likes to play the lottery? You may want to call them to make sure they are not holding onto a $1 million ticket that matched the August 20 drawing. It has still not been claimed. In other lottery news, Derek McWilliams of  Stallings won $10,000 in the August 27 MegaMillions drawing. He purchased his ticket at the Gate #416 at 14622 Lawyers Rd. in Stallings.


It’s official: Land purchased for new town hall

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The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 last night to authorize Town Manager Brian Welch to finalize the purchase of 1.74 acres in Mint Hill Village for the new town hall. The sale of the land was held up because of an environmental report during the due diligence period that found a small amount of fill soil. Money was placed into an escrow account to replace some of the dirt.
The land cost the town $675,000 which was less than the $750,000 appraised value. Welch said Architect David Creech will now begin the drawings and that ground could be broken by the end of the year.
Commissioner Tina Ross voted against the purchase of the land. She said her vote should not have come as a surprise, adding that the town already owned 20 acres of land they could have built on. Mayor Ted Biggers has previously said that because most the infrastructure was already in place at Mint Hill Village, the town could save money. Read more in next week’s Mint Hill Times.

The town hall will be located at the apex of the traffic circle in the above map. The .1 acre in the traffic circle was also purchased by the town for a fountain or sculpture


Drunken man boards school bus heading for Mint Hill Middle School

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WCNC is reporting that a drunk man boarded a bus heading for Mint Hill Middle School this morning. No one was injured. Upon arrest, police took the man to the hospital first because he had consumed so much alcohol. After he entered the bus through the emergency exit, the bus driver rounded up the students, keeping them away from him. A parent who saw the man enter the bus called the police.

The 20-year-old suspect, Isaac Vasquez, has been previously arrested three other times for charges including trafficking in heroin, possession of cocaine, carrying a concealed weapon, assault on a female, and assault on a child under 12 years old.


Pedestrian Plan Open House is August 31

Want to offer the town your two cents on where you would like to see more sidewalks? Come to the Pedestrian Plan Open House on August 31 at 6 pm. Here’s the link to the page on the the town’s website. Also, be sure to fill out the survey at this link.

The Pedestrian Plan is the result of a matching grant the town received earlier this year. The consultants HNTB are working with the town to develop the plan.