Butler Boys and Girls take SW4A Conference Titles

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The Butler Lady Bulldogs won the 2011 SW4A Conference championship Friday night.

The Butler Bulldogs won both the boys’ and girls’ Southwestern 4A Conference Basketball Tournaments Friday night.

The girls defeated Myers Park 66-35.  Cierra Burdick led the Bulldogs with 27 points.  Junior Jaymee Fisher-Davis scored 17 and Senior Jadda Atkinson hit for 13.  Even with the impressive win Burdick feels the team needs to improve for the post-season.

“We need to get stronger with the ball.  We were bobbling the ball too much tonight.  We played well on defense, but we gave up too many three’s.  We’ve got to work on closing out possessions and watching the shooters better.”

The win makes the Butler girls’ record this season 27-0.  They also have a 39-game winning streak dating back to last season.

The Butler boys’ beat South Meck 77-53 on Friday to take their second straight conference title.  Senior Marcus Burton scored 27 points to lead all players.  Senior Anthony Stitt had 13 points and junior Zach Ferguson added 11.

South Meck started out with a strong, physical game and took a three-point lead into the second quarter.  The Bulldogs then used their quickness and full-court press to grab multiple steals which led to transition points.  Butler outscored the Sabres 43-22 in the middle two quarters to break the game open.

“When you have senior guards like we have, you’re able to execute the plays you want,” says Butler Head Coach Kurt Wessler.  “We made multiple defensive adjustments that turned the game.  Our guards accomplished what we wanted to do, closing the trap, creating turnovers, and dictating which opponents will shoot the ball.”

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The Butler boys dominated SM in the second half.

Wessler was also impressed with the performance of his young bench players.

“It’s unbelieveable.  We were running ten guys tonight.  Game after game, third and fourth quarters, we have been able to put it on people.  That is a direct compliment to our bench.”

Both Butler’s girls’ and boys’ teams will begin the North Carolina state playoffs next week at home.


Mint Hill Kiwanis Club honors Bain Elementary School Terrific Kids

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Bain Elementary School Kiwanis Terrific Kids for January Kindergarten: Garrett Lawrence, Avery Holsinger, Ryan Day, Joseph Brooks, Alina Pinto,Josie Carpenter, Tommy Dazzo, Nicholas Papoulias. 1st Grade: Kensi Hollern, Lilly Repak, Jorriet Haymond, Harrison Iv, Xinli Dubbs,Allen Ovando Espinoza, Joseph Swain. 2nd Grade: Ashton Bunn, Myah Conner, Danielle Rubino, Brendon Buckanavage, Samuel Dillmann, Caroline Moore, Drew Kinser. 3rd grade: Grace Marder, Delina Adhanom, Connor Randall, Liam Seriff, Haley Bunch,EmmaGHinkle, Danayt Adhanom, Abbie Hicks.4th Grade: Gray Fandel, Cameron McClure, Robbie Brouillard, Michael DeMicco,Cole Johnson, Ethan Lannan, Chandler Whetstone. 5th Grade: Morghan Bostick, Allison Hudson, Kandace Delane, Victoria Swain,Olivia Hogan, Johnathan Robaina, Elijah Beamer.


County proposal could increase Mint Hill’s ETJ taxes

Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services Director Cary Saul gave a presentation at last Thursday’s Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting about creating fire districts to help the county offset the $2 million a year it gives volunteer fire departments.
However, Town Manager Brian Welch expressed a lukewarm reaction to the plan and said he would like to run more numbers before he recommends for the board of commissioners to sign on to the plan.
The county is looking to create fire districts that will be administered by five towns within the county. A new tax would be imposed on those living within the Extraterritorial Jurisdictions to help offset the cost of running VFDs. The towns would then be responsible for divvying up the funds to the VFDs. Continue reading


Mint Hill’s Moody Brothers Receive Dove Award Nomination

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George Hamilton IV with Dave Moody in the studio. Photo by Ronny Perry, UMCom.org

The Moody Brothers, long time Mint Hill residents, were nominated for a Dove award for work they did on a song performed by George Hamilton IV. The song, I’m Using My Bible for a Roadmap, is a nominee for the 2011 GMA Dove Awards Bluegrass Song of the Year. Hamilton had some stellar backup musicians on the record including bluegrass legend Del McCoury. The track is from the critically acclaimed duets album by Hamilton and produced in Ireland and Nashville by Colin Elliott and Dave Moody.

Much of the album’s basic tracks were first recorded in Ireland, with many of the guest artists recording their vocals at Kingswood Studios in Nashville.  The nominated track features Hamilton and McCoury’s duet vocals, with producer Moody on acoustic guitar, bass and mandolin, along with his brother Trent Moody on twin fiddles.   The album was then compiled and completed in Ireland by Elliott before being released in the US by Lamon and in Ireland by Elliott’s label.

The 2011 Dove Awards will be held at the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta on April 20th, 2011, marking the first time the Awards will be held outside the state of Tennessee. The show will broadcast on the Gospel Music Channel on Easter Sunday.  For a complete list of this year’s nominees, visit the Gospel Music Association.


Shots fired at gas station on Idlewild Road

Mint Hill Police Officer’s were dispatched to the Sunoco Gas Station located at 9731 Idlewild Road on February 18 at 2:30 am for a report of shots fired. No one was injured, but police are still looking for the suspect.
An employee at the store stated that a black male came to the front door in an attempt to purchase items and the clerk explained to him the store was closed at that time. The black male began to argue with the clerk and the clerk decided to sell him an item through the front window of the store.
The clerk returned to the back area of the store and heard four gunshots and saw the shots come in through the front window of the store in his direction. There were four gunshot holes found in the windows where the incident occurred according to the police.
A witness stated that he heard the shots and witnessed a newer model white SUV and a newer model burgundy Chevrolet single cab pickup truck leaving the store after the shots. No other information is available at this time and no description was given of the black male subject.
Contact Mint Hill Police at 704-545-1085 or Police Dispatch at 704-889-2231 with any information on this incident.