Tucker, other senators, seek change in state constitution

Tommy Tucker, who represents the Mint Hill area in the North Carolina state senate, is partnering with Sens. Tom Apodaca of Henderson County and Pete Brunstetter of Forsyth County in an attempt to change the state constitution so that the governor would run with a lieutenant governor as a team. This is similar to the way the president and vice President run on one ticket. The bill would also limit legislature leadership to three consecutive two-terms.


Myrick Named Chairman of Intelligence Subcommittee

US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) has been named the chairman of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence.

“I am excited and honored to have been selected to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee,” Rep. Myrick said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the important issues under its jurisdiction, and ensuring the safety and security of the American people”.

Rep. Myrick was first selected by House Leadership to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in 2009.


Gas prices still rising in Charlotte area

According to the site CharlotteGasPrices.com, the average retail gasoline price in Charlotte have risen 13.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.50/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 12.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.47/g, according to gasoline price website.


Ground breaking on new town hall is this Friday

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners has set the groundbreaking for the new town hall for this Friday at 11 am at the Mint Hill Village site. The groundbreaking is set to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the town’s incorporation in 1971.


Indy teams sweep games on the diamonds

Both Independence baseball and softball teams improved their records to 2-0 Tuesday night with home wins against Mallard Creek. 

The Patriot baseball team took a 10-0 lead early against the Mavericks.  Indy survived a couple of rallies and held on for a 11-8 win.  Head Coach Matthew Dykema was pleased with his team’s effort against a tough opponent.

“We knew we were up against a good hitting ball club.  We stayed together as a team.  This is a good team win for us.  Everybody played their role.  Just a big win for the program.  Very proud of the boys in a statement game.”

Indy will be back on the baseball diamond next Thursday at Vance.

The Patriot softball team defeated Mallard Creek 11-10.  Freshman pitcher Brittany Guidera closed out the game with a big save, shutting down the Maverick bats the last three innings. 

The softball team will also be back in action next Thursday at Vance.

Check out a feature on Independence softball in the March 10th issue of the Mint Hill Times.


Thornton memorial service wrap up

Fred Thornton, the CMPD officer who was killed last week in Mint Hill when a “flash-bang” device exploded in his garage, was honored at a memorial service in Charlotte yesterday. Fox Charlotte spoke to several of his colleagues as well as those who lined the street to honor the fallen officer.

WCNC also talks to fellow officers who say that Thornton was an average guy who loved his family, the Carolina Panthers, Coors Light and his motorcycle.