Mint Hill man is a finalist in national bowling tournament

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James Sampson Dixon

James Sampson Dixon of Mint Hill was one of 108 amateur bowlers who won the AMF’s $600 National In-League Tournament, the year’s richest amateur bowling competition. The finalists will compete for approximately $600,000 in prizes at the National In-League Tournament finale to be held in Las Vegas. More than 150,000 AMF league bowlers entered the 2011 National In-League Tournament. Dixon, along with the other 108 bowlers will compete for four $50,000 grand prizes (one for each division) at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on April 8 and 9.



Matthews names employee of the year

Debbie Hartman has been named the Town of Matthews Employee of the Year. Debbie has worked for the Matthews Police Department since 1998. Her fellow coworkers nominated her for this honor because of her compassion and care for women who are victims of domestic violence as well as going the extra mile for her fellow employees.

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Debbie Hartman

Debbie worked as a dispatcher with the department from 1998 to 2010 when she became the administrative assistant in the Criminal Investigations Division.
She constantly volunteers to accept additional responsibilities beyond her normal daily duties such as filling in other positions when employees are absent.
Her true calling has been to accept the role of Domestic Violence Advocate at the department. Debbie monitors incidents of domestic violence in the community and when she learns of a person who may be in this situation she contacts them in a confidential manner.
“I just let them know that we are aware there may be a problem and that we are here for them. I give them resource information and help them as much as they want to be helped,” Debbie said. “Due to a knee injury I was not able to fulfill my dream of being a police officer but this job gives me the opportunity to make a difference – to help people who really need assistance.”
“While we are fortunate to be staffed with employees who are dedicated to serving their community, it is rewarding to have employees, like Debbie Hartman, who are passionate about that commitment. Debbie has single-handedly developed our department’s Victim’s Advocacy program and leads our department’s commitment to serving victims of domestic violence,” said Matthews Police Chief Rob Hunter.
Debbie and her husband, David, have three children: Danielle, Deirdre and David II and three grandchildren, Scott, Cody and Addison.

Myrick has many questions about U.S. involvement in Libya

It should come as no surprise U.S. Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) was not a big fan of President Barack Obama’s speech last night on Libya. In a statement released today, she said the U.S. needs a clear concise plan as the U.S. and other countries ramp up involvement in the Muslim country.

“Conflicting reports and interviews have been coming from members of the Administration on what exactly the goal is regarding Libya and how to achieve it. Last night’s speech from President Obama didn’t really help in finding an answer. We don’t need speeches; we need a clear, concise plan. We need to know the extent of U.S. involvement, the ultimate goal, and how long U.S. involvement will last in order to accomplish this goal. Success in Libya needs a definition. Continue reading


Police called to Stoney Glen Drive for a third time in a week

Mint Hill Police are reporting that another robbery took place on Stone Glen Drive. This is the third time in a week that Mint Hill Police were called to this street in response to a robbery or assault. On Monday at 2:30 pm, police were called to Stoney Glen Drive, the main road in the apartment complex on Margaret Wallace Road, for a robbery.

From the Mint Hill Police:

Victim stated that while unloading his vehicle, two black males approached him armed with handguns. One suspect patted the victim down, took a cellular telephone and removed his wallet from his back pocket. The other suspect held the victim at gunpoint. The victim was then told to start running away from them, which he did. Both suspects left on foot in an unknown direction.The victim stated the subjects were approximately 185lbs, medium builds, and 5’9” tall. No clothing description was given on either suspect.Officers circulated the area and were unable to locate the suspects. We are asking for assistance from the public to help identify the suspects.


Please contact Mint Hill Police at 704-545-1085 or Police Dispatch at 704-889-2231 with any information on this incident.


600 trees will line greenway in Matthews

Work is underway to plant more than 600 trees on the Four Mile Creek Greenway in Matthews. The trees will be planted along Four Mile Creek and will deter erosion of the stream bank. The trees will be of various sizes and species and will be planted over the next couple of weeks. They should be in place for the official opening ceremony of the greenway on Saturday, April 9 from 10 am to 1 pm. Continue reading