Yikes! Gas prices up 16 cents in the past week

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Now’s a great time to think about buying that hybrid car you’ve had your eye on. That’s because the average retail gasoline prices in Charlotte have risen 16.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.37/g as of Sunday. This is not far off from the national average which has increased 17.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34/g, according to gasoline price website CharlotteGasPrices.com.

Prices yesterday were 69.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 32.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 25.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 64.9 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.


Funeral arrangements set for CMPD officer who died in Mint Hill Friday

Funeral arrangements are set for CMPD Officer Fred Thornton who died Friday night. Thornton had just got back home in Mint Hill from serving a warrant and was conducting safety checks on his equipment when a flash-bang device exploded. Thornton leaves behind a wife and four children. He was a 28-year veteran of the police department.

Thornton’s visitation is from 6 pm to 9 pm Monday night at First Baptist Church in Charlotte.  His funeral is Tuesday at 11 am at the church. Fox News Charlotte  talks to a member of the Gaston County SWAT team about the distraction device that killed Thornton:


Presbyterian Hospital named among Becker’s 50 best hospitals

Presbyterian Hospital has been named one of the 50 best hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review.The Mint Hill Times

Presbyterian is one of only three hospitals in the Carolinas, and the only hospital in the Charlotte region on the “best hospitals” list for 2011. Included among the list are nationally renowned medical centers such as Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic.

“Each of these organizations has put patients’ needs first, driven a variety of innovations and helped to set the bar for high-quality care,” the publication stated. “Each hospital has an impressive list of achievements and a story to tell.”

Becker’s Hospital Review is a bimonthly publication offering business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems.

Presbyterian won the right to build a hospital in the Mint Hill area four years ago, but because of the economy and design changes, work stalled just after the grading of the land began. The hospital will be built at the corner of Albemarle Road and Interstate 485.


Matthews Fire and EMS Department project almost complete

Parking and landscaping improvements at the Matthews Fire & EMS Department are nearing completion. This is the first major improvement to the site since the parking lot was constructed in the late 1980s. The wear and tear on a 30 year parking lot with 88,000 pound trucks entering and exiting the site had caused the lot to be in disrepair.
The parking lot has been redesigned to allow better turning radius of the fire trucks, 21 new parking spaces gained, curb and gutter and landscaping has been added, an underground stormwater detention area installed, and new concrete poured. Flagpoles are also being added. The underground stormwater detention area is composed of pervious concrete which allows rainwater from storm drains and roof drains to seep into the detention area to better the groundwater. This system is environmentally friendly and will help sustain the life of the parking areas.
The project was budgeted at $440,000 but costs have been lower than expected and $363,000 has spent on the improvements.

Biggers rocks for a good cause at Levine Senior Center

The Mint Hill Times

Mayor Ted Biggers has been a supporter of the Levine Senior Center since it opened five years ago.

Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers participated in the Levine Senior Center’s 3rd Annual Rock-a-thon this past Saturday. The Levine Senior Center raised more than $12,000 in this fundraising event. Ted Biggers, Jim Taylor (Matthew mayor) and Lynda Paxton (Stallings mayor) were challenged to see who would raise the most money for the center and be declared the “Mayor who Rocks”. Lynda Paxton was not able to attend so the challenge is between Ted Biggers and Jim Taylor. The winner of the challenge will be announced today.


Butler Basketball Sweeps Playoff Games

The Butler High School girls basketball team defeated Northwest Guilford 50-40 on Wednesday night in the second round of the North Carolina 4A state playoffs.  Cierra Burdick led all scorers with 26 points.  Mayhana Dunovant scored 11 for Butler, who now posts a 29-0 record for the season.  The Butler ladies will play Dudley (Greensboro) Friday night at Butler High School.  Dudley has a 25-1 record this season.

The Butler boys beat Parkland 90-62 in their playoff game on Wednesday.  Marcus Burton scored 29 points for the Bulldogs, who are now 25-3 on the season.  Junior Zach Ferguson scored 17, freshman Matthew Fisher-Davis hit for 12, and junior Jalen White scored 10 points for Butler.  The Bulldogs will host Mt. Tabor (Winston-Salem) in the third round of the North Carolina 4A playoffs on Friday.