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,

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.


Boys’ Basketball Conference Tourney Update

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Independence Coach Preston Davis chats with the referee.

The Independence Patriots boys’ basketball team lost 56-42 to South Meck in the first round of the Southwestern 4A Conference tournament Tuesday night.  The Patriots played a gritty game, taking a four-point lead into the fourth quarter.  But the Sabres’ size and quickness was too tough in the final period.

Brandon Davis led the Patriots with 13 points.  Ivan Blair added nine points and eight rebounds.  Independence’s season comes to an end with a 7-17 record.  Head Coach Preston Davis is pleased with his players’ performance against a tough opponent.

“Overall our effort was there.  Our execution started getting a little sloppy on offense.  We just have some little things here and there to work on.”

The game marks the end of the careers for seniors Brandon Davis, Ramon Bing, and Christian Truesdale.  Coach Davis knows these core leaders will be missed next season.

“Brandon has been a leader on and off the court.  He has a great attitude, he works hard, and he is a good student.  He’s the type of kid that we want to model the rest of our players after.  I think he’s done a great job in helping other guys develop the same habits.”

“Because of this senior class our team has continued the growth process.  I think now it’s up to the younger guys to remember how hard these seniors worked, and to push forward and add onto it next year.”

Two years ago the Patriots recorded two wins.  Last year they won four games.  Independence’s seven wins this season shows that the program is still moving in the right direction.

The Rocky River boys’ basketball team ended their season on Tuesday night with a 75-46 loss to Myers Park in the first round of the Southwestern 4A Conference tournament.  Dequann Simpson led the Ravens with 11 points.

Rocky River ends their season with a 13-11 mark, impressive in that they played the entire year with no seniors.  The Ravens will certainly be a conference contender the next few seasons.

Butler defeated Providence 75-50 on Tuesday to advance to the semi-finals of the Southwestern 4A Conference tournament.

Boys’ Southwestern 4A Conference Tournament Semi-Finals, Thursday at Rocky River High School

South Meck vs. Myers Park (6:00)

Ardrey Kell vs. Butler (7:30)


Butler Sweeps Independence to Wrap Up Regular Season

The Butler Boys’ basketball team beat Independence 77-71 last Friday night.  The win gave Butler a perfect 14-0 record in the Southwestern 4A Conference.

The Bulldogs’ Marcus Burton led all scorers with 25 points.  Zach Ferguson scored 16 and Anthony Stitt added 14.

The Patriots came out of halftime with a strong second half, but it wasn’t enough.  Brandon Davis led Indy with 21 points.  Ivan Blair hit for 14 points and Christian Truesdale scored 12.

The Butler girls capped a memorable regular season with a 70-31 win over Independence last Friday.  The win gave the Bulldogs a perfect 14-0 record in the Southwestern 4A Conference and a 24-0 record for the regular season.

Independence has made vast improvements to their team, more than doubling their win total from last season.  As most of the Patriot players are underclassmen, look for Indy to improve yet again next year.


Stallings couple claims $1 million prize one day before ticket to expire

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Raleigh and Erin Hill of Stallings got $1 million richer.

Erin and Raleigh Hill of Stallings shared a $1 million win in the N.C. Education Lottery’s Mega Millions game, claiming the prize one day before the winning ticket was scheduled to expire.

Raleigh Hill, a baggage handler, said he discovered that his $2 Megaplier ticket had matched all five white balls, earning him and his wife an automatic $1 million prize, a couple of weeks after the August 20 drawing. But he said he waited about two or three weeks more to tell his wife, Erin, a federal government employee. He said he finally told his wife at the end of a bad day for her.

“Things aren’t all that bad,” he told her as he left the winning ticket on a computer screen after displaying the winning numbers. Continue reading