Longtime Myrick Aide To Depart

US Representative Sue Myrick  announced that her long-time Chief of Staff, Hal Weatherman will be leaving in March to become National Communications and Marketing Director for Act for America, a national non-profit organization dedicated to national security and terrorism related issues. Weatherman has been with Myrick since 1995, having served the last 12 years as her Chief of Staff.

“It’s been an awesome experience that I will treasure the rest of my life, but I’m ready to do something else, and this opportunity will allow me to focus on the national security issues that I care most about on a much larger scale,” said Weatherman.

“It would be impossible to exaggerate Hal’s value to my office. This move affords him the ability to pursue a vital shared objective without government restrictions,” said Myrick.


Mint Hill artist to make presentation tonight about abstract painting

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Mint Hill artist and CPCC instructor Larry Ferguson will present a program at Mint Hill Arts tonight 7 pm called, “Abstract Painting – Where do you start? When do you stop?” Larry has been a commercial film director, scriptwriter, television art director (national Emmy finalist), media consultant (UNCC) and educator. His artwork has been in many films and television programs, and one of his murals is part of the Schiele Museum. Larry currently teaches Painting at CPCC and is an integral part of Mint Hill Arts.


Welcome to Raleigh, Tommy Tucker

State Senator Tommy Tucker (Dist 35), who represents the Mint Hill area in the N.C. Senate, took a drubbing from the folks at The Progressive Pulse, a liberal public policy organization. Tucker’s questions at a recent HHS Appropriations Subcommittee drew consternation from The Progressive Pulse because they “showed just how far he has to go to get up to speed.”

Today, he posed a series of questions and statements that showed just how far he has to go to get up to speed.

His first question, posed to HHS Secretary and former Republican legislator Lanier Cansler, was about how many “illegal aliens” the Department served.

Really, Senator? That’s your first big question about North Carolina’s safety net programs?

Tucker doesn’t have a lot of political experience, and will probably admit that he has a lot to learn. But asking how much the state invests in illegal, or undocumented, people in North Carolina is a perfectly reasonable question to ask. Yes, illegal immigration is mostly a federal issue, but Tucker is asking a question that the constituents who elected him want him to ask. He may not be up to speed the way the Progressive Pulse wants him to be, but the people in Union County and Mint Hill who he represents probably don’t care.


High School Basketball Playoffs Update

The Independence Patriots girls’ basketball team lost 63-41 to Skyland Roberson of Asheville on Monday night.  The game marked the first round of the North Carolina 4A playoffs.

Independence’s season ends with a 7-17 record, four wins more than last year’s squad.

Butler’s girls defeated Western Guilford 68-42 on Monday, giving the team a 28-0 record this season and a 40-game winning streak dating back to last season.  The Bulldogs’ girls team will play Northwest Guilford on Wednesday in the second round of the 4A playoffs.  Game time is 6:00 at Butler High School.

The Butler boys defeated Dudley (Greensboro) 73-65 Monday night.  Jalen White led all scorers with 22 points.  Dudley’s Panthers held Butler to zero field goals in the third quarter while erasing a double-digit deficit.  With the game tied in the fourth quarter the Bulldogs relied on their speed and transition game to pull away for the win.  Butler’s record for the season is now 24-3.  The Bulldogs have won their last 17 games. 

Butler’s boys play Parkland (Winston-Salem) Wednesday night in the 4A playoffs’ second round.  Game time is 7:30 at Butler High School.


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.