Mint Hill Panthers get chance of a lifetime with Carolina Panthers

Photos By Jenni Tackett

The Mint Hill Athletic Association Panthers and cheerleaders led the Carolina Panthers on the the field for last Saturday’s Jets preseason game. We knew Carolina was moving toward younger players, but…


Goodall wants RttT dollars for charter schools

Eddie Goodall, outgoing state senator for the Mint Hill area and director of the North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools, announced today that he is glad NC received the federal Race to the Top dollars. However, Goodall hopes charter schools see some of that money.

“Many charters, like our district counterparts, are seeing their budgets stretched and deserve their share of the award. With North Carolina’s looming fiscal deficit and knowing our state’s taxpayers have to pay the federal taxes to fund Race to the Top, naturally we want our share of the $4.35 billion program.”

The Obama Administration created the Race to the Top program to award states federal dollars based on the level of innovation. The cornerstone of this innovation was the advancement of charter schools.
North Carolina did not raise its cap on charter schools, but did pass legislation that would create “charter-lite” schools, much to Goodall’s chagrin. We will know this Wednesday just what about NC impressed the judges for RttT dollars. Said Goodall:

“We will look at the Reviewers’ comments and scoring on the charter section with interest since the state has done nothing to expand successful public charter schools. The General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1201, Cooperative & Innovative High Schools, which only created “charter lite” high schools, a far cry from the charter school improvements we thought the Obama Administration was calling for.”


Birthday Blessings gets grant from Jimmie Johnson Foundation

Birthday Blessings is one of 13 charities which will adorn the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Samsung Helmet of Hope at Auto Club Speedway in October. Birthday Blessings was co-founded by Mint Hill residents John and Amy Cervantes, and provides birthday parties to homeless children. They also will also receive a $10,000 grant from the Johnson Foundation. The organization was nominated by Terri Springer of Matthews.

“Birthday Blessings is a fantastic nonprofit dedicated to serving homeless children,” explained Springer. “Birthday Blessings is a new charity (whose demand) keeps growing due to the economy. “I started volunteering in 2008 and since I began my family has been part of it too. Logan, my 10 year old, loves to go and help. He helps at some parties and watched as one boy blew out his candles. The boy didn’t know how to do it because he had never had candles on his cake before. Logan was very touched by that and hopes that all children can celebrate their birthdays. The organization not only provides smiles but gives the children a moment of normalcy in a time when it isn’t normal.”


$1 million lottery ticket sold in Stallings

Someone purchased the $1 million dollar winning ticket in Union County. The ticket, which matched all five white balls in the Friday, August 20 Mega Millions drawing, was sold at the Market Express on Old Monroe Road in Matthews. (Actually, it’s in Stallings, but the mailing address is Matthews.) The ticket is worth $1 million because it was Megaplied and the multiplier was four.