This week’s Mint Hill Times: Football, sidewalks and the re-opening of Thompson Road

I just saw some of the coaches for Independence football at the Rock Store BBQ in Mint Hill, including head coach Bill Geiler. Always looking for a scoop, I asked if they were ready for Mallard Creek Friday night at Patriots’ Stadium. Unlike past seasons for Independence, where the answer would have been “yes, but not sure how bad we will beat them,” Geiler hedged his bets and said “we will see.” A key to the game? Geiler said they have to protect QB Evan Guest.

Want more football? Check out this week’s Mint Hill Times for previews of both Independence and Butler. (Next week we preview the new school in town, Rocky River.) Butler is loaded, while Independence is rebuilding. Should  be an interesting year for Mint Hill prep football.

Also in this week’s paper:

Town officials expect Thompson Road to reopen tomorrow.

• Town officials expect Thompson Road to reopen tomorrow. But what was the delay of about a month all about?

• Want input about where new sidewalks will go in the town? Read about the current Pedestrian Plan that the town is developing.

• It’s Art in the Park this Sunday at The Park on Wilgrove. Read Lacey Hampton’s article on what’s new this year.

• This week’s editorial asks the question: Why did Christian LeMay, now former QB and student Butler, get a 40 day suspension for a supposed “youthful infraction?” It’s reminiscent to the way former Independence Coach Tom Knotts was treated by CMS.

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Mecklenburg County tax bills will soon be in the mail

From County staff: The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector will mail tax bills to approximately 379,300 property owners and mortgage companies on August 25, 2010.
Tax bills are mailed directly to the owner of the property as of Jan. 1, 2010 or the mortgage company that requested the bill for property owners with tax escrow accounts. Property owners who escrow their property taxes with a mortgage company will receive a property tax notification from the Tax Collector. These owners should review the notice carefully to ensure the bill was sent to the correct mortgage company. Continue reading

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What’s hanging in Matthews?

Many people have commented on the planters and hanging baskets in Downtown Matthews and have asked for the names of the plants. Below is a listing of the plants sent out by the town that are in the planters and hanging baskets this summer. This is the 10th year the Town has had the planters and the 4th year they have installed the baskets.

In the photo: Diamond Frost, Yellow Potato Vine, Red Dragon Wing Begonia and White Penta. Ten hanging baskets have: White Cleome, Blue Scaevola, Purple Heart Wandering Jew and Walk-a-bout Lysimachia. Two hanging baskets located in shady areas have: Voo Doo Mix Impatiens, Green Ivy and Aarron Caladiums.

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Christian LeMay era ends at Butler

[singlepic id=138 w=320 h=240 float=center]The Butler Bulldogs will be without its much heralded quarterback this season. Stacy LeMay, father of Christian, sent a press release to media organizations Monday night declaring their intentions of foregoing his senior season and instead concentrating on attending the University of Georgia. LeMay will be schooled privately and will work with trainers to get ready to compete for the starting QB job at Georgia. Read Stacy LeMay’s press release after the break. Continue reading

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Marcus Hamilton honored by local post office

The unveiling of the new Dennis the Menace stamp has kept Mint Hill’s Marcus Hamilton busy in the past month. Last month, he went to Ohio State University where the official unveiling of the stamp took place. Then Tuesday, the Mint Hill Post Office honored him with a local unveiling of the stamp. In the audience: Two Mr. Wilsons, a large Dennis mascot, and several Dennis look-a-likes, including Marcus’ grandson, Conall Millward.

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Did the Gulf oil disaster hurt local BP stations?

That’s the question posed by the Mecklenburg Times. According to Chad Earp, owner of three Earp’s BP stations, his stores in Mint Hill haven’t seen that much of a decrease in sales.

“Our loyal customers know that we weren’t the cause of this spill and they understand these individually owned and operated store owners take the front of the criticism,” said Earp, a third-generation gas station owner who took after his father and grandfather. “We are just as upset about the spill as the motoring public is. I hope things are looking up for BP. They have a good name and reputation, and we do our best to try to maintain it for them.”

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