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.
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.