Matthews wins Centralina Council of Governments award

The Mint Hill Times

From left: Hazen Blodgett, Matthews Town Manager; Annette Privette Keller, Matthews Communications Director; Jim Taylor, Mayor of Matthews; Jeff Miller, Matthews Town Board Member

The Town of Matthews won the Excellence in Service to Citizens for their Library volunteers Program. Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) presented their Annual Awards at the Meeting of the CCOG Board of Delegates on February 9, 2011. The awards celebrate the work of member governments and honor the outstanding achievements which work collectively to achieve regional goals.

CCOG member governments were encouraged to nominate innovative projects from their jurisdictions which have contributed to significant and positive advancements in the area.

In the spring of 2010, the Town of Matthews received word from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library System that they would not be able to meet budget needs and the closing of the Matthews branch library was imminent.

The Matthews branch, along with others in the county, were slated to close and the library system was asking the Town as well as other municipalities in the county to make significant funding contributions in order to save the closing of the branches.

Each year the library pays rent to the Town for occupying the space. During a Special Meeting of the Town Board on June 21, the Town offered to forgo the rent for the library for 2010-11. This amounted to $204,000. The Town also agreed to recruit and help train volunteers, which would allow the branch to stay open a minimum of five days a week.

Centralina Council of Governments is the state-designated lead regional organization of central Carolina’s nine-
county region.


Local rugby legend looking to form team in Mint Hill

By Jamie Jamison
The Mint Hill Times

William “Skipper” Bailey has many years of experience playing and coaching rugby. However, no rugby team exists in his home town of Mint Hill and Bailey wants to change that.
Bailey was asked to join the Charlotte Gargoyles Rugby Team after high school in the 1970s. During his career in the United States Air Force, he played rugby at Fort Bragg.
Bailey has more than 12 years of experience as a player, and six years as a coach. Most recently
he coached a rugby team at UNC-Charlotte. He currently holds the highest rugby coaching
credential possible, and has never had a losing season. Bailey believes the strong high school football traditions in the Mint Hill area makes it an ideal place to form a rugby team.
“Mint Hill is blessed to have nationally ranked high school football teams located so close,” he said. “A lot of those players may not pursue football after high school. Rugby is a game that will fill that void.”
Rugby is a physical sport that can be very appealing to some athletes. Bailey stresses the levels of stamina required to participate.
“It’s a sense of stepping into a game where we wear no pads and we do not stop the game for any reason. It is two 40 minute halves of non-stop action, and knowing that you have the endurance to last over 80 minutes of full contact.” Continue reading


Myrick: The Muslim Brotherhood Is not ‘Largely Secular’

US Representative Sue Myrick released a statement yesterday about DNI Director James Clapper’s claim that the Muslim Brotherhood is a “largely secular” organization. (Clapper has since clarified his remark.) Myrick, who has researched terrorist groups such as Hamas, an off-shoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, believes the Muslim Brotherhood is a religious organization.

“Either the Administration doesn’t know who the Muslim Brotherhood is, which shows incompetence, or they are apologizing for them, which is inappropriate for those in charge of protecting the American people. Let’s be clear – the Muslim Brotherhood is NOT secular.

Here’s video from Fox News:

Myrick continues:

“The Muslim Brotherhood’s English language website highlights their bylaws, which state: ‘The Muslim Brotherhood, is an international Muslim Body, which seeks to establish Allah’s law in the land by achieving the spiritual goals of Islam…’. Its founding motto was: ‘Allah is our objective; the Koran is our law; the Prophet is our leader; jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations’. Today, the Muslim Brotherhood uses the slogan ‘Islam is the answer’. If its own words don’t prove that it is not a “secular organization”, I don’t know what does.

“The Administration is playing with fire here. Did the Administration prep DNI Director Clapper on how to message on the Muslim Brotherhood, watering down the stated goals and ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood, so they could create space to engage the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt? Looks like it to me”.


Butler’s Cierra Burdick named to the 2011 McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Team

The Mint Hill Times

Cierra Burdick and her mother on signing day.

Cierra Burdick has cemented her legendary status as a high school basketball player. Thursday she was named to the prestigious 2011 McDonalds All American High School Basketball Team. The senior forward led the Butler girls to a 4A championship last season and are poised to do it again this season. The Lady Bulldogs are undefeated heading into the SW4A Conference Championship this weekend and have beaten their opponents this season by an average of 50 points.

2011 McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Team Girls Alphabetical Roster
Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Cierra Burdick F 6-2 Butler, NC (Matthews, NC) Tennessee
Briyona Canty G 5-10 Trenton Catholic Academy, NJ (Hamilton, NJ) Rutgers
Temi Fagbenle C 6-4 Blair Academy, NJ (Blairstown, NJ) Harvard
Bria Goss G 5-11 Ben Davis, IN (Indianapolis, IN) Kentucky
Sara Hammond F 6-2 Rockcastle County, KY (Mouth Vernon, KY) Louisville
Amber Henson C 6-4 Sickles, FL (Tampa, FL) Duke
Betnijah Laney G 6-0 Smyrna, DE (Smyrna, DE) Undecided
Samantha Logic G 6-0 Racine J.I. Case, WI (Racine, WI) Iowa
Allyson Malott F 6-2 Madison, OH (Middletown, OH) Dayton
Ariel Massengale G 5-6 Bolingbrook, IL (Bolingbrook, IL) Tennessee
Bria  Smith G 5-10 Christ the King, NY (Middle Village, NY) Virginia
Elizabeth Williams F 6-3 Princess Anne, VA (Virginia Beach, VA) Duke
Head Coach: Mary Coyle Klinger, Somerset, NJ (Rutgers Preparatory School)
Asst. Coach: Anthony Pappas, Waterloo, IA (Waterloo West High School)
Asst. Coach: Teri Morison, Grapevine, TX (Southlake Carroll High School)

Policemen to be honored tonight at Mint Hill’s Board meeting

Mint Hill Police’s Sgt. Daniel Forster and Officer Keith Mickovic will be recognized at the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners’ meeting tonight (Thursday, February 10). They will receive a commendation and the life saving award pin. Bill Williamson, the man who was saved, and his family, have been invited and are expected to attend. The ceremony will be immediately followed by the regular town board meeting.