Independence student’s story is letter perfect

Independence Principal Mark Bosco with Billy Earl Smith. Photo by Cody Beyer.

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. Continue reading

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Spring cleaning leads to rise in illegal dumping

Trash dumped on Castleford Drive in the Chace Water Subdivision 4-19-11

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. Continue reading

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