Matthews sponsors Gingerbread house contest


Matthews Alive Inc. is hosting a Gingerbread House Contest in conjunction with the Town of Matthews’ Hometown Holidays Celebration. The contest is open to everyone. There are three categories: children, adults, and groups. The “house” can be any imaginative dwelling and must be made with edible materials. Your entry must be dropped off by December 1st at the Matthews Library if you are entering the adult or children categories. If you are entering the group category please drop off your entry at the Matthews Chamber of Commerce by December 1st. Houses will be judged at the chamber of commerce and the library on December 4 before the Hometown Holidays festivities begin at 3 pm. Cash prizes will be awarded in each category. The first place winner will receive $75; second place $50; and third place $25. Entry forms are available at the Mathews Community Center, the Matthews Public Library, and the Matthews Chamber of Commerce. You may also go online to www.matthewshometownholidays.com to download an entry form, contest rules and procedures.

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Newsome: ‘It’s us against the world’

Coach Mike Newsome

Butler is the reigning state 4AA champions, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the NCHSAA bracket where Butler is ranked behind Richmond Senior. If Butler can get by the Page Pirates on Friday they will have to travel to Richmond for a road game next week, even though Butler beat Richmond 21-7 back in September. Coach Newsome is not surprised, nor is the Bulldog squad fazed by the bracket seeding.
“The players took the seeding with a grain of salt,” Newsome said. “It doesn’t matter where we are, we’ve gotta make this season us against the world. That’s been our motto all year long.”

PHOTO BY MARK SWARD (swardpics.com)

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Is Brawley anti-government?

Bill Brawley is already making waves in North Carolina politics despite  having been elected just a couple of weeks ago. On Sunday, he was quoted by a Charlotte Observer reporter in an article called “Lean Times: The New Normal.”

“We only have so much money,” he says. “We have to prioritize the spending. If that means some things that had been funded aren’t, it’s unfortunate. But it’s not something over which we have control.”

He’s then re-quoted by Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch, a left-leaning public policy organization. Fitzsimon argues that the Republican mission is inherently anti-government and that philosophy will lead to heavy cuts in services that will directly hurt people, especially those on the lower socioeconomic rung of the ladder. His solution to the $3 billion+ budget shortfall is to find additional revenue—in other words, raise certain taxes including cigarette, alcohol, and add a new tax on services. Continue reading

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Local student athletes sign Letters of Intent

From left: Anthony Stitt, Marcus Burton, Cierra Burdick, Mayhana Dunovant and Jessica Rappe.

Five athletes from Butler and one from Independence signed letters of intent to play sports on the collegiate level next year. Butler hosted a signing day ceremony in its auditorium last Wednesday. Four Bulldogs signed for basketball and one for softball: Anthony Stitt signed with College of Charleston where he will play basketball for Coach Bobby Cremins; Marcus Burton signed with Wagner University (coached by the Hurley’s—Danny is the head coach and Bobby is the top assistant.) Cierra Burdick, perhaps one of the most talented

Cierra Burdick and her mother.

girls basketball players the Charlotte area has ever seen, will play for legendary coach Pat Summitt at Tennessee; and Mayhana Dunovant will play for Gardner Webb University.  Former Butler girls basketball coach Stephanie Butler was in attendance at the signing last week. She was released from coaching last year after winning the state championship because of what CMS said were recruiting violations. She coached both Burdick and Dunovant all three years they played basketball at the school. She was tearful in watching her former players sign letters to play in college.
In softball, Jessica Rappe will join former Butler pitcher Ashton Ward at Virginia Tech. Rappe has played varsity softball since her freshman year.

At Independence, Taylor Cook signed on with Newberry College in South Carolina where he will pitch for the baseball team. Cook was also a starter for the Independence football team.

Taylor with his American Legion Coach Bryan Bunn and Independence High School Coach Matt Dykema.

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