DaVita Dialysis comes to Mint Hill

DaVita Dialysis, a national Fortune 500 company with nearly 2,000 U.S. locations, opened a new facility in Mint Hill, located on Hawthorne Drive.

DaVita, which was founded in 1999, now serves about 150,000 patients and 41,000 employees nationwide.

The Mint Hill location opened November 5, and in the little more than two months of operation, is serving 19 patients with a staff of 11 people, all experienced in dialysis treatment, and they are currently looking to hire another nurse.

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Town boards ready for new year

The boards of commissioners from several local towns met with the Mecklenburg delegation of the North Carolina Legislators Thursday, January 3, in a called meeting to discuss legislative matters.

Town boards from Mint Hill, Cornelius, Matthews, Davidson, Pineville, and Huntersville met with members of the state legislature, including representative Bill Brawley, and senator Jeff Tarte, in a dinner meeting at Savour in Matthews.

“Try to sit with people you really don’t know too well, and encourage some conversation,” said Jim Taylor, mayor of Matthews. “I’m really pleased that everybody was able to come down here this evening, we have a good crowd—great crowd as a matter of fact.”

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Independence wrestlers hit stride

Over the last few weeks, the Independence wrestling team has been picking up wins and adding trophies to its collection. Over the holiday break, the Patriots went undefeated at the Clash at the Creek (5-0) to earn first place. Senior heavyweight Demtree Hardison was voted Most Outstanding Wrestler for his effort in leading Independence to first place. This past week, the team began its conference schedule and picked up wins over Rocky River and Myers Park. Independence defeated Rocky River 63-18 and Myers Park 49-21. The Patriots are 15-8 on the year and 2-0 in the SW4A conference. Their most recent hardware addition came at the fourth annual Holy Angels Invitational. Independence came in third place for the second year in a row. The following wrestlers placed for Independence: Tashon Risher, second place, at 170 lbs.; Brian Tiderman, first place at 195 lbs.; Charlie Kurtz, fourth place, at 220 lbs.; and Demtree Hardison, first place at 285 lbs. For the second tournament in a row, Hardison was voted most outstanding wrestler after pinning a state champion in the finals. The next match for the Patriots is Friday, January 11 when they host East Meck and Garinger at 6 pm.

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Rocky River Ravens boys basketball grounded by South Mecklenburg 66-31

The Rocky River Ravens boys’ basketball team was beaten by the South Mecklenburg Sabres last Friday by the score of 64-31. The 4A Southwestern Conference game was played on the Sabres’ home court.

Leading up to the game, the two teams appeared to be evenly matched.  Each team came into this game with identical 4-7 overall records.  The Ravens were 2-0 in the Conference and the Sabres were 1-1.

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Rocky River girls basketball defeats South Mecklenburg 53-36

The Rocky River Ravens girls’ basketball team walloped the South Mecklenburg Sabres 53-36 in an away game for the Ravens.

This game was very competitive in the first half.  Rocky River’s pressure half-court defense forced a few early turnovers by S. Meck.  The Ravens jumped out to a 6-0 lead as they held the Sabres scoreless for the first five minutes.  The Sabres settled down from there and actually held the lead at the end of the first quarter at 10-9.  The Ravens were getting good shots but they couldn’t get them to fall.

The second quarter was a back and forth affair.  The Sabres led by as many as three points and the Ravens’ largest lead was the halftime score of 22-19.  Head Coach Odis Gadson substituted liberally as all nine Rocky River players saw action.  At the half Freshman Guard Makayla Carter led the Ravens’ balanced scoring with six points.  Carter made two of three shots from three point range.

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