No doubt that the Butler Bulldogs are poised to repeat as state champions this season. The offense is not scoring at-will like they did last season, but the defense is the best in the state. Here are highlights of their 21-7 win over Richmond County Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Charlotte. This week, the Bulldogs head up to Lenoir to take on Hibriten High School, and powerhouse in the the 3A ranks. Read more about last week’s Butler win and a preview of this week’s game in the Mint Hill Times on newsstands Thursday.
Want to help shape the future of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library? Then apply to be on the Future of the Library Task Force. You can find the applications at the library’s website, or pick up a printed version at branches. The library is forming the task force to devise a strategy that will sustain the organization in the coming years. Recent budget cuts forced a drastic reduction in hours at the branches including Mint Hill. The library lost about half its staff in the last year because of budget cuts. Continue reading
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• The Armed Forces Museum and Archive of the Carolinas, which is set for the Park on Fairview in Mint Hill, is beginning its fundraising campaign in full in the coming weeks. The museum will cost around $2.5 million.
• Wayne Wilson surprised his dad JW with a 90th birthday party last week. Even more of a surprise, they held it in the one room house the family lived in for 10 years in the 1950s. The house remained empty for half a decade until a few years ago when it was given to the historical society where it will be restored as a gold assay office in the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village.
• Mint Hill Women’s Club, which originated in Farmwood in 1974, is beginning its new year by looking for new members. Lacey Hampton reports.
• Jamie Jamison profiles Butler defensive lineman Colin Parsons.
• Get previews and recaps for Butler and Independence football.
• Leslie Southerland writes about the act of burning books.
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Four individuals ranging in age from 11 to 17 years old were detained this morning for breaking into as many as 12 cars last night and early this morning. Det. Tim Lezette of the Mint Hill Police Department said GPS devises, CDs, phones, sun glasses and cameras were some of the more than 50 items taken from the cars. Most of the victims were in the Oxfordshire and Wilson Woods neighborhoods. Continue reading
Mayor Ted Biggers assured the town at last night’s Board of Commissioners meeting that Mint Hill Middle School will not close. He talked to officials at CMS and was told the school is on the list of 37 schools that will see change, but only because Mint Hill Middle is overcrowded. He added that there is a threat that some of the students at Mint Hill Middles School could be sent to other schools, and that CMS could have a “heck of a battle” on its hands with the town of Mint Hill.
CMS reported in a press release yesterday that shifting students from school to school—especially those classified as homeless—results in lower performance by those students.
Several of the schools on the list have large homeless populations and Board members discussed the challenges inherent in successfully educating these students, as well as other challenges present at the schools.
Poverty, homelessness and frequent school changes are present at many schools on the list, and Board Chairman Eric C. Davis said that educating poor and homeless students is the particular challenge facing CMS.
“This is the crux of the issue we’re dealing with,” he said, characterizing it as “a test of our will.”
The following video is a report from WCNC on shuffling students. They speak with a parent who was affected by the reassignment plan that shifted Mint Hill students from Butler to Independence.
Hard to believe Mint Hill Madness is almost here. The parade on September 25 will start on the Highway 218 side of Matthews-Mint Hill Road and proceed up to Brighton Park. If you are trying to use Highway 218 or Lawyers Road on that day, you may want to consider a different route. Mint Hill Police said today the detour will be “lengthy.” The roads will be blocked from 8:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. From John Rowell of the Mint Hill Police Department:
Individuals not attending the event are advised to avoid the downtown Mint Hill area during this time. Traffic is expected to remain slow and congested from 5 p.m. Friday (9-24) through 6 p.m. Sunday (9-26) due to the Mint Hill Madness Festival.