Second graders to honor American heroes

Bain Elementary School will hold its annual patriotic  performance May 25 at 9 am in the school’s parking lot.  Second graders, directed by music teacher Noreen Hofmann and dressed in red, white and blue, will sing eight songs to express gratitude toward the United States and those who serve it.
The patriotic program ties in to the second grade reading curriculum, which focuses on America.  Every grade has a musical performance each year, but according to Hoffman the second grade show is especially moving.
Butler’s JROTC color guard will present the flag, and the second grade student body will lead everyone in the National Anthem.  Other songs will include “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “This Land is Your Land.”   Continue reading

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June Tunes scheduled for Town Hall lawn

June Tunes will be every Saturday in June this summer on the Mint Hill Town Hall lawn.  Concerts will begin at 7:30 pm, and visitors should bring chairs and blankets for comfortable seating.
Concerts are as follows: June 2, Sterling Bridge, a Mint Hill-based band that blends the sounds of bagpipes with rock and roll; June 9, Horsefly, a new Mint Hill band with a blues and classic rock sound; Charlotte Flute Choir, a group of professional and high-level amateur flutists that’s been around since 1964; Queen Charlotte Chorus, chartered in 1965; Lindsay Nicole and Highway 74, a Mint Hill native singer/songwriter; and July 3, Queen City Brass Band, a crowd favorite returns for a patriotic performance.

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Independence Senior Meredith Avant wins Broad Prize

Independence senior Meredith Avant (right) was awarded Broad Prize at a CMS Block Party.

Independence High School Senior Meredith Avant was one of 28 CMS seniors who have been named 2012 Broad Prize Scholarship winners.
The students received the news they won a $20,000 scholarship from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation during a surprise announcement at a block party held for CMS employees.
In 2011, CMS won the Broad Prize for Urban Education, the largest such award in the country.  The district was recognized for overall academic improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among minority students.
Broad Prize scholars receive two- or four-year scholarships depending on the type of college they choose.  Scholarship recipients who enroll in four-year institutions receive $20,000 paid out over four years ($5,000 per year). Students who enroll in two-year institutions receive $5,000 scholarships paid out over two years ($2,500 per year). The scholarship selection and disbursement process is managed by Scholarship America.
Butler High School’s  Jess West and Rocky River’s Katherine Roberts also won the scholarship.

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Drug involved shooting

Monday night, Everett Jakeen Chavis, 22, of Charlotte, was shot at a gas station at Idlewild Road and Margaret Wallace Road. Chavis said he attempted to buy marijuana from an individual whom he only knew by nickname. The dealer decided to shoot and rob Chavis instead. The bullet went through his forearm into his ribs. He was rushed to the hospital where he had surgery. Police did not find any drugs on Chavis, and he will not likely be charged with anything. Police continue to look for the shooter.

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Primary results

Over two million voters turned out for North Carolina’s primary last week, 178,533 of which were in Mecklenburg County.  Mint Hill residents had the opportunity to vote for the Democratic or Republican presidential and gubernatorial candidates, commissioners for District six, the North Carolina State Senator for District 41, and the North Carolina constitutional marriage amendment.
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney won their parties’ nominations.  Romney received 65 percent, Ron Paul had 11 percent, and Santorum had 10.
Walter Dalton and Pat McCrory won their parties’ nominations for governor, with 45 percent and 83 percent, respectively.
Republican Bill James won against Ed Driggs for District 6 County Commissioner candidate. Continue reading

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Big week for Queens Grant Ball teams

The Queens Grant middle school girls’ softball team won their conference tournament last week, and the high school boys’ baseball team won second.  The teams are in the Piedmont Charter Athletic Conference.  Both teams played Lincoln Charter in their championship games at the Mint Hill Athletic Association fields.
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The middle school team was 12-0 in the regular season and ranked number one in the conference going into the tournament that took place last Tuesday.  They beat Sugar Creek 15-0 before moving to the final game against Lincoln Charter.  That game was a blowout, too, with the final score 9-0.  Lincoln Charter won the title for the last three years.
The team was comprised of five sixth graders, four seventh graders, and three eighth graders. Continue reading

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