Butler Turns Back Page in Football Playoffs

The Butler Bulldogs defeated Greensboro-Page 35-14 in the second round of the North Carolina 4AA playoffs on Friday night.  The win gives Butler a 28 game win-streak, and stamps their ticket to Richmond County for a third-round match-up next week.

Quarterback Riley Ferguson was sharp again, throwing for more than 250 yards and two touchdowns.  Sophomore Uriah LeMay showed his big-play capabilities with 135 receiving yards on four catches, two of which were touchdowns.  LeMay feels that being aggresive offensively gives the Bulldogs an edge.

“Physicality is definitely a big part of the game.  The more physical you are the more it wears down the other team.”

Read more about Butler’s win, plus a preview of the Bulldogs’ game against Richmond Senior in the November 25th issue of The Mint Hill Times.

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Meet the newest Mint Hill Police Officers

From left: Wesley M. James, Robert Marquez, Melanie K. Tatum, Preston C. Allmond, Nathan A. Wisz, Keith A. Mickovic, Brandon W. Todd and Jonathon Phillips.

Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford introduced the newest police officers at last night’s Board of Commissioners meeting. Also at the meeting, the board voted to allow Town Manager Brian Welch to negotiate a contract with Edifice, Inc. to serve as the Construction Manager at-Risk for the new town hall project.

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CHS to provide athletic trainers for all CMS high schools

Certified athletic trainers will be placed in all Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CMS) high schools over the next five years under an agreement announced today between CMS and Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS).

The athletic trainers, who will be CHS employees, will be nationally certified and state licensed, and will direct efforts to protect the health and safety of student athletes in all sports. The action follows growing concern nationwide about athletic injuries, especially concussions sustained by football players and sudden cardiac deaths.

“This is a remarkable opportunity for us to ensure that our student-athletes are receiving the best care while they take part in sports,” said Dr. Peter C. Gorman, superintendent of CMS. Continue reading

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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)

For THE best Butler coverage, pick up a copy of The Mint Hill Times.

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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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