Independence comes up short against Butler in the battle for the King of the Hill trophy

RJ Baker dives for extra yards in the first half of Friday's game. (Photo by Mark Sward at

Independence played a solid game on offense and defence against one of the best teams in the state, but it wasn’t enough Friday as cross-town rival Butler retained the King of the Hill trophy, winning 38-26.
The Bulldogs finished the regular season 9-1 and first place in the Southwest 4A, while the Patriots dropped to 9-2 and third place in the conference. Ardrey Kell took second place in the conference.
In front of a nearly sold out home crowd, the Patriots would rally in the second half, pulling with four points on an R.J. Baker four yard touchdown run.
Butler would come right back on its only meaningful possession of the fourth quarter, driving 80 yards for the touchdown. Josh Glisson ran the ball nine times on the drive, busting into the end zone on a one-yard carry to give the Bulldogs a 38-26 lead.
Butler’s other touchdown of the second half was the result of an interception by Channing Stribling. The referees were unsure if the ball had hit the ground before Stribling snagged it, but after a discussion, awarded the Bulldogs a touchdown. Others saw it differently. Continue reading


Bosco to leave Independence October 31

Mark Bosco came to Independence High School at a time when the school was going through some difficult changes. He surpassed most people’s expectations as principal and now he is leaving on October 31 to accept the post of Executive Director of the Northeast Zone of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Continue reading


News Notes

Halloween Hilarity Tea
Superstitions, legends and folklore will be served up with harvest tea and treats at the Halloween Hilarity on October 29 at 4 pm and 7 pm. The event will be held at the Ashcraft school house in the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village, 7601 Matthews Mint Hill Road. Call 704-573-0726 for more information. All proceeeds will benefit the Mint Hill Historic Village. Continue reading


Meet the candidates for Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill will vote for a mayor again on November 8. There are two candidates—present mayor Ted Biggers and local business owner,  Jean Bonner. A mayor sets the pace for the board and presides over meetings. The mayor also cast votes if there is a tie between the commissioners. Continue reading


Wine and Wellness

InSpire Fitness & Personal Training will host a Wine and Wellness event Thursday, October 27, at 6:30 pm in Mint Hill at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Guest speaker will be Niki Hitch. Come for a fun hour of insight that could change your life and the life of your family. Grab a glass of wine and some light snacks and share in simple solutions to improve the quality of life for your entire family with a focus on: Building your immune system and repairing DNA; Learning how fruits and vegetables are simply your best defense against disease; Reducing your risk of degenerative disease.

Please RSVP to: or 704-839-3295.