Fight at Butler-East Meck basketball game last night

**UPDATE: WCNC reports that charges have been filed against Ernest Owens, the father of the Butler girls basketball player who got into the fight with the East Meck resource officer. Also, the WCNC video is slowly making its way around the internet. CNN just ran the video and story in the 10 am hour today.

It’s difficult to make out just how the fight between a parent and a CMS resourcer started last night at the Butler-East Meck basketball game. Posts on message boards and social networks suggest that some of the Butler girls basketball team went to the opposing side of the gym to say hello to friends after the Lady Bulldogs beat the Lady Eagles 88-17. The East Meck AD apparently gave them permission. The resource officer then got into an argument with one of the parents and the fight ensued.

Because of new school assignment zones this year, many of the East Meck students now go to Butler, so there was bound to be at least a little love/tension in the air after the Lady Bulldogs won the game by such a large margin.

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Butler football honored by MaxPreps for national ranking

Photos by Tim Long, The Mint Hill Times

Butler High School football was honored Thursday for finishing No. 35 nationally for the 2010 season. The announcement was made by MaxPreps, a California-based company that ranks more than 15,000 high school varsity football teams.
Butler extended its consecutive game win streak to 31 with a 44-0 win over Wake Forest-Rolesville on Dec. 11, 2010 to win its second straight North Carolina 4AA state championship. Butler is one of 50 schools being honored on the sixth annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard. Butler was a part of last season’s tour when the Bulldogs were ranked eighth nationally.
“To be honored once (last year) was a great thrill and now to be honored two years in a row is unbelievable. This says a lot about our players and community to be ranked on a national level,” said Butler head football coach Mike Newsome, who completed his ninth season. Continue reading


Got a winning N.C. lottery ticket? Haven’t cashed it? Better hurry

For those who just  haven’t gotten around to claiming a lottery prize, better hurry. The N.C. Education Lottery deadline to make claims for 10 of its instant scratch-off games is Thursday, Feb. 3. In November, the NCEL officially announced the end of the 10 instant scratch-off games effective Nov. 5, 2010. Under NCEL policy, all instant game prizes must be claimed within 90 days of the announced end-of-game date. Continue reading


Matthews’ Four Mile Creek Greenway nears completion

The Mint Hill Times

The map of the nearly-completed greenway in Matthews

Four Mile Creek Greenway in Matthews is nearing completion. The greenway is a $1.6M joint project between the Town of Matthews and Mecklenburg County. Trail A, which goes from East John St. to Brenham Lane, is complete. Trail B, which goes from S. Trade Street to near Squirrel Lake Park should be completed within the next 30-60 days – weather permitting.

The public is welcome to use Trail A at this time. It is important to note at this time there is no signage directing you to Trail A’s neighborhood entrances and the entrance at Squirrel Lake Park. You may access Trail A by using neighborhood entrances located at Brenham Lane, Woody Creek Rd., Privette Street, Rockwell View Drive and East John Street.

Trail A and B are a combined two miles in length. After Trail B is finished amenities on the greenway such as signage, benches, trashcans, etc. will be added to both sections.

Once Trail B is completed the public will be able to find ample parking at the Matthews Community Center or Squirrel Lake Park in order to access the greenway (both Trails A and B).

“We are very pleased that we have been able to work with the county to make this greenway available for our citizens, said Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor. “Even in this cold weather we hope that you will get out and enjoy the greenway and exercising.”

The greenway is comprised of asphalt, concrete and boardwalk sections. You may walk or bike on the greenway – no motorized transportation is allowed. Pets must be on a leash. The trails will be open from dawn to dusk.

A Grand Opening Ceremony for the Greenway will be held this Spring.


Update on fatal accident last night in Mint Hill

Mint Hill Police have identified the driver and notified the next of kin of the motorcyclist killed in a crash on 1-20-2011 in Mint Hill.  The driver of the motorcycle was Richard E Cullinan Jr (41) of Mint Hill. (Cullinhan’s Facebook page.) He was operating a 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle south on NC 51 approaching the intersection with Evans Road.  A Ford Windstar Van, operated by Regina Williams (55) of Mint Hill, was attempting to turn left onto NC 51 from Evans Road pulled into the path of the motorcycle.  Mr. Cullinan was unable to avoid colliding with the van.  After striking the van Mr. Cullinan was unable to control the motorcycle and subsequently laid the motorcycle on its side in the northbound lane of NC 51.  Mr. Cullinan came off of the motorcycle where he was struck by a Jeep Cherokee, operated by Diane Marshburn (59) of Midland, that was traveling north on NC 51.

The preliminary investigation is complete and it does not appear that speed was a factor in the collision.  Several other factors are still under investigation and witnesses are continuing to be interviewed.  After the investigation is complete the file will be presented to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office for review and any charges that may result.