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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Three stabbed in Mint Hill home invasion

Three people were stabbed this morning in a home invasion, Mint Hill Police said today. Police responded to a home at 9503 Stoney Glen Drive at 1:15 am with the suspect still on the scene. No arrests have been made and police have not released any names of any of the victims at this time. One of the victims remains in critical condition while the other two are listed as stable.

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Golf tournament raises funds for Matthews D.A.R.E.

Left to right: Matthews DARE Officer Karen Greene, Shriner Carl Pinion, Matthews Police Chief Rob Hunter, Shriner W.A. ‘Junior’ Harwood, Shriner Harvey Burgess, and Matthews Police Captain Garland Amos.

The Matthews Police Department and local Oasis Shriners recently partnered together to hold a golf tournament to raise funds for the DARE Program. The Matthews Police Department is only one of two departments in Mecklenburg County who have DARE Programs.

This year more than 1,200 fifth and seventh grade students attending school in Matthews will benefit from the DARE Program. More than $6,000 was collected from the golf tournament and will be used by Matthews Police Officers for DARE program activities.

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Mint Hill officer crashes car on Idlewild Road

A Mint Hill Police officer was involved in a vehicle crash in the 10600 block of Idlewild Road yesterday morning at 12:30 am. According to Mint Hill police, the officer sustained no injuries and was not responding to a call at the time of the crash. The crash is under investigation by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

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Large and loud crowd doesn’t deter CMS Board from closing schools

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education voted to adopt proposed changes to more than 60 of the district’s 178 schools following a five-month comprehensive review of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in the midst of a severe funding shortage.

The most contentious battle came from supporters of Waddell High School who at least wanted to delay the vote with the hopes that their school would be saved. The board rejected the proposal to delay the vote, prompting a chant of “No justice no peace” from some in the audience. One woman was arrested as a result.

The board later voted for most of the changes and closings to the 60 schools as recommended by staff. This means Waddell students would be shifted to Harding, and Smith Academy would take the Waddell building.

“We made painful decisions to close and consolidate schools and move children, teachers and staff based on whether schools were underperforming, underutilized or both – with the goal of putting affected students in better-performing, better-utilized schools and cutting buildings first before teachers and programs,” said Eric C. Davis, chairperson of the Board of Education. “It was crucial to make decisions now so families, teachers and staff throughout the system would have time to make plans for the school year ahead. We believe the changes being made will give children in this community the best education possible during these trying times.” Continue reading

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Law firm donates computers to Habitat Matthews

Habitat Matthews and Weaver, Bennett & Bland,P.A.  have entered into a partnership that will net the non-profit 15 computers. Weaver, Bennett & Bland,P.A are getting a new set of 15 computers and will donate their few-years-old CPUs to Habitat. “The partners at the firm have a strong desire to keep the computers in the community, so they thought that Habitat and our families would be the perfect fit,” a press release from Habitat said.

Habitat also has hopes of expanding its ReStore and office, allowing them to serve more families and be a greater presence in the community. The computer donations from W, B & B would provide Habitat homeowners with computers at the office. In addition, they have agreed to letting affiliate sell the computers at a significantly discounted rate to families. As a result, the funds that Habitat raises can go directly back to our homebuilding program so they can provide for more families in the community.

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