Students create art to show how they would prevent violence

The Mint Hill Times Students from Matthews Elementary School recently participated in a Silence the Violence Poster Contest. The contest is sponsored annually by the Matthews Police Department. Students are asked to tell a story on how they will work to prevent violence using their artistic skills.

Winners of the contest are invited to spend the day shadowing the Mayor, Town Manager, Police Chief, Fire & EMS Chief, Town Clerk and other department heads in
the Town.

This year’s winners were:Front Row (left to right): Emma Banner, Lena Jarieh, Laila Ghniem, and Kaitlin Novak. Back row (left to right): Caittrin Sturdahl, Matheus Sadovsky, Emily Pureza, Max Hester-Newman and Julia McGann.

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Matthews town manager delivers budget to the board

There will be no tax or fee increase in the town of Matthews if the town board approves the budget submitted to them Monday by Town Manager Hazen Blodgett. The fiscal year 2011-2012 budget proposed by Blodgett would be $18,517,074. The budget reflects a revenue neutral tax rate due to the county’s property revaluation.  Revenue neutral is the tax rate that will bring in the same amount of tax revenue as the current tax rate and is increased to reflect growth in the tax base between reappraisals.

Town Board members will make a decision on the tax rate and the Town budget before June 30, 2011 as required by state law.

“We continue to experience the effects of the recession with limited revenues. Over the last two years we have made significant cuts to our budget. We have put off purchasing equipment and resources as well as not replacing vacant positions,” said Blodgett. “In this year’s budget we have been able to include some items that we have put off replacing as we expect to see a slight increase in our revenues and we do not want to experience any negative impact to the services we provide our citizens.”

A public hearing will be held on the budget on May 23 at 7 pm. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Police warn of scammers

Mint Hill Police are reporting that several citizens in the town have called to verify whether the department is soliciting money over the phone. Police say they are not soliciting money over the phone, and the phone calls are the work of scammers. They said that if you get a phone call asking for money, do not provide any personal information or donate money. Anyone with further information about these calls is urged to contact Lt. Garmon at 704-545-1085.

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Safety issues at Rocky River High School getting more attention

WCNC reported today about the safety concerns Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford has about Rocky River High School. Two weeks ago, Ledford told Mint Hill Board of Commissioners that their radios do not work in the school. He also said that with only one resource officer at the school, Mint Hill Police are having to spend several hours every time there is an arrest at the school or the SRO needs back up.

Michelle Boudin interviewed Mint Hill Commissioner Lloyd Austin who said students and police are at risk because the school does not have the equipment necessary for the police radios to work.

As reported in the Mint Hill Times last week, Rocky River High School has seen 56 arrests from the beginning of the school year to February.

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Mike Newsome Accepts Coaching Position at A.L. Brown

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Coach Mike Newsome

On Monday A.L. Brown High School in Kannapolis announced Butler’s Mike Newsome would be taking over as head coach of their football team.

“It was an extremely tough decision.  My wife and I sat down and we discussed the pros and cons.  In the end I think this is the best decision for me.  The opportunity to move to a school with such a huge football tradition doesn’t come around very often.”

Newsome is leaving quite a legacy at Butler.  The Bulldogs are the reigning two-time North Carolina 4AA state champions.  They have a 31-game winning streak.  Newsome has been their head coach for the past nine seasons.  He has been a member of Butler’s coaching staff since the school opened in 1997.  Newsome was named the national high school football coach of the year for the 2009 season.

When asked about his time at Butler, Newsome has strong feelings about the school.

“What we were able to accomplish was unbelievable.  It was awesome to start-up a program.  The whole experience helped me grow as a coach.  I just hope the kids learned as much from me as I learned.”

Read more about Coach Newsome’s move in this Thursday’s edition of The Mint Hill Times.

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Tucker: ‘We have the resources to become energy independent’

Tommy Tucker (R-35), who represents the Mint Hill area in the North Carolina Senate, released this video about an energy bill he is co-sponsoring with Bob Rucho and Harry Brown.

The bill, predictably called the Energy Jobs Act, will make off shore drilling for natural gas possible in the state, as well as other energy exploration.


 

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