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Butler’s Cierra Burdick named finalist for U19 national team

Butler High School’s Cierra Burdick was one of 15 finalists who were named to the 2011 USA Women’s U19 World Championship Team, USA Basketball announced last week. Finalists were selected by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Sue Donohoe, NCAA vice president for Division I women’s basketball.
“The fact that so many of […]

By |May 31st, 2011|Butler High School, Sports|2 Comments

Independence High School award winners for 2011

Independence High School announced its list of award and scholarship winners for the school year. The combined scholarships awarded to Independence class of 2011 is $2,499, 330. Other highlights include: Jhymel Byrd (Berea College) was awarded a $123,000 scholarship; Lillian Coffey (Virginia State University) received a $94,200 scholarship; The Leo Club Scholarship went to Mariah Fuller ($500); The Jack Bryan Memorial Scholarship: Tetee Yancy ($500); SECU of Mint Hill “People Helping People” Scholarship: Calvary Diggs ($10,000); Mint Hill Rotary Club: Sierra Colson, $500. Academic Excellence: Michael Moua;  Perfect Attendance Kindergarten thru high school: Brandy McAbee;

The Junior Marshals (top 25 students in the class of 2012) are: Morgan Boyle, Brian Camp, Savannah Carter, Stephanie Cassell, Caterina Cocchieri, Jeffrey Coffman, Meaghen Fowler, Justin Hall, Jordyn Jackson, Carlos Matos, Erin Mullins, Jasmine Neely, Christina Nguyen, Yevgeniy Nikitin, Stuart Polk, Eric Roman, Justin Sanchez, Andrew Skerl, Kevin Sorn, Erin Standley, Amy Vanderplow, Ashley Varnedoe, Benjamin Wetherby, Kaitlyn Williams and Allen Wooten.

See the full list of Indy awards after the break. […]

By |May 31st, 2011|Independence High School|15 Comments

Independence student’s story is letter perfect

Eds. note: Cody Beyer was curious. The Editor-In-Chief of the Independence High School student newspaper wondered where the letters for the “Independence” sign above the clock in the school come from. After some investigative work, he discovered they came from another “Independence” building, this one in downtown Charlotte that was about to be demolished. Here’s the story:
In the 1980s many things about daily life were much different from they are today such as, the school was the biggest school in the state of North Carolina. What wasn’t different about Independence High School is the black letters that proudly spell INDEPENDENCE that hang above the back stairway in the mall area. Mr. Billy Earl Smith donated these letters to the school in 1981. They were purchased from the Independence Building that stood on the Northwest corner of Trade and Tryon streets, when it was taken off the list of historical buildings here in Charlotte. The listing had expired at midnight and five minutes after, the letters were taken down by Mr.Smith. […]

By |May 27th, 2011|History, Independence High School|1 Comment

Spring cleaning leads to rise in illegal dumping

Mint Hill Police reported last week that there is an uptick in illegal dumping of trash and debris in the town. With at least two dozen neighborhoods that have empty lots in town, and many residents cleaning homes and yards for spring, the police are asking residents to call the department dispatch to report suspicious activity.
In 2010, Mint Hill saw more than a dozen illegal dumping issues. The illegal dumping occurred mostly in undeveloped subdivisions and their streets, on vacant
lots and on properties with vacant homes. In addition, police report that there have been several issues with vandalism of vacant homes mainly at undeveloped subdivisions.
Lieutenant J.K. Rowell with Mint Hill Police said a “handful” of Mint Hill residents have noticed suspicious vehicles approaching vacant lots and vacant properties and have contacted authorities. […]

By |May 27th, 2011|Around Town, Environment, Police|10 Comments