Butler Wins Spot in State Championship

The Butler Bulldogs defeated Vance 44-24 on Friday to advance to the North Carolina 4AA football state championship game.  The victory brings Butler’s win streak to 30 games overall, and puts them into the state title game for the second year in a row.

Jahwan Edwards was the player of the night, scoring three touchdowns on 27 carries.  Edwards had over 200 yards rushing and receiving in the game.

Austin Stewart came up with a key interception in the third quarter for the Bulldogs.  Later in the game Stewart returned a punt for a touchdown.

Butler will play Wake Forest-Rolesville for the state title on Saturday, Dec. 11.  The game will take place at N.C. State’s Carter-Finley Stadium.  Kickoff is 11 a.m.

For more on Butler’s victory and a preview of their championship game, check out the December 9th issue of The Mint Hill Times.


Butler defense is one of the best ever in Mecklenburg County

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Stephan Amoah (No. 44) and Ozzie Sombo (No. 5) are two stars on a defense loaded with great players. (Photo by Mark Sward at swardpics.com)

Butler vs. Vance 7:30 at Bulldog Stadium

The Butler Bulldogs’ football team currently has a 29-game winning streak. They are the defending 4AA state champions, and are in the driver’s seat to repeat this season. While the Bulldogs have been putting up big point totals lately, it’s the tone the defensive unit sets each game that intimidates their opponents.
“We just stay focused,” says linebacker Stephan Amoah. “We don’t take any opponent lightly, no matter what their record is.”
Showing up for games and playing hard is not the only objective for Butler’s defensive players. It takes a lot of work in practice during each week to prepare for opponents. The players must learn formations and individual assignments for each play. After three hours of practice on the field there are film sessions in order to see the opponents’ tendencies in live action. These Bulldog defenders do their homework.
“Their goal is to shut down whoever we’re playing,” Head Coach Mike Newsome says. “They take great pride dominating an opponent. Coach Shaughnessy our defensive coordinator and our defensive coaches do a tremendous job game planning each week. On top of that we have great talent on the field.” Continue reading


This week’s Mint Hill Times: football playoffs, CLUP debate, recent house fires

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Running back Jahwan Edwards has been Butler's rock this season. Photo by Mark Sward (swardpics.com)

Tis the season for…football in Mint Hill. Friday night, Butler will face Vance in the semi-finals of the state 4AA championship. The winner goes to Raleigh next Saturday and will play either Panther Creek or Rolesville. Mint Hill kids have won the state championship 9 of the past 11 seasons. Butler looks like it will win its second championship in as many years. Read about their ultra-talented defense in this week’s Mint Hill Times.

The quarterback and best wide receiver at Butler, Riley Ferguson and Uriah LeMay respectively, are products of the AFY Mint Hill Chargers. The team has won two national championships in three years and looks to make it a third this weekend in Orlando Florida. The Mint Hill Chargers have outscored their opponents 582-12 this season.The Mint Hill Times

And don’t forget about Charlotte Catholic which faces Crest tomorrow night for a chance to go to the state 3AA finals next week. Four of Catholic’s starters are Mint Hill kids.
Other stories this week:
• The town held a workshop Tuesday to allow citizens input in designing the upcoming Comprehensive Land Use Plan  survey. It has become one of the hottest debates around town: How much is too much growth? Get the full story in this week’s paper.

• Two recent Mint Hill house fires were caused by a faulty chimney and Thanksgiving cooking that was left unattended. Read about ways to stay vigilant against house fires during the holiday season and winter months. Mint Hill Fire Chief Jeremy Russell has some good tips for residents.

• This week’s editorial raises questions about area environmentalist groups who want to block construction of the Monroe Bypass. They claim the NC DOT is in a “rush” to get the project going. Never mind that the state has been working on the bypass for more than two decades. The same law firm that represented environmentalists in trying to block the Bridges at Mint Hill are also representing the groups trying to block the Monroe Bypass.

• Elsewhere in this week’s paper: As always, The Mint Hill Times has a list of everything going on in town in our happenings section; There are columns from Dr. Mike Richardson, Leslie Southerland and John Hood; And great ideas for holiday gifts from local advertisers.


Butler Splits Basketball Contests at Vance

The Butler girls’ basketball team improved their record to 3-0 with an 88-17 win at Vance on Tuesday.  At one point in the first quarter the Bulldogs lead 35-0.  Four Butler players finished in double figures including Jaymee Fisher-Davis, the game’

s high scorer with 22 points.

Even with the strong start, Head Coach Mark Sanders feels the team has room for improvement.

“Right now our main focus is on defense.  At the end of the day the team with the best defense ends up winning the game.”

The Butler girls are the reigning state 4AA champions.

The Butler boys’ basketball team dropped a season-opening thriller in overtime on Tuesday.  Vance defeated the Bulldogs 76-72.

Having only seven players in uniform, and facing a 15-point third quarter deficit, Butler rallied back.  Marcus Burton nailed a game-tying 3-pointer with 19 seconds to play in regulation.  Burton finished the game with 22 points.  Anthony Stitt was the game high-scorer with 29, but it wasn’t enough to carry the Bulldogs to victory.

Head Coach Kurt Wessler felt this was a springboard game for his team.

“Every experience that we have like this is going to make us better down the stretch.  To have to face the adversity we had was huge.”

The Butler basketball teams host Robinson High School on Monday and West Charlotte on Tuesday.


Lowes Foods robbed this morning

Lowes Foods in Brighton Park was robbed this morning as the grocery store opened. Mint Hill Police report that a black man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and white and black shoes sat on a bench near the store until the doors were opened. The man then came into the store wearing a white mask and carrying a handgun. He demanded that employees turn over the money. The suspect is described as a black male of average height and he is estimated to be in his 20s to 30s. The suspect left the store in an unknown direction of travel with an undisclosed amount of money that was taken from the store.

Police are still processing video footage which will be available at a later time. Please contact Mint Hill Police at 704-545-1085 or Police Dispatch at 704-889-2231 with any information on this incident.


Mint Hill wants your input in designing survey questions for land-use planning map

About 70 people showed up last night to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan survey-planning workshop. Suggestions for survey questions will be taken until December 10 and can be emailed, faxed or brought by in person to town hall. Here are the documents that will help you in creating questions for the survey:

The 2010 Request for Survey Questions that was used on November 30. This is the form to fill out with ideas for survey questions. Send this to town hall before December 10.

The 2000 Mint Hill Land Use Plan Survey Form. This is the survey that was used when the town designed its last CLUP in the late 1990s. Use it for ideas for the 2010 survey.

The 2000 Mint Hill Land Use Plan Survey Results for review and reference.

Got questions? Email us at timlong@minthilltimes.com.