This week’s Mint Hill Times

[singlepic=331,320,240,,right]Tim Long reports General Growth Properties may be on the verge of bankruptcy. GGP and Childress Klein are the development companies who are building The Bridges at Mint Hill on Lawyers Road. Representatives from Childress Klein told Town Manager Brian Welch they fully intent to continue with the construction of the mall.

Edwin Tetenbaum reports on the Levine Senior Center’s Veteran’s Day celebration tonight. It’s going to be like “the old Bob Hope USO-type thing,” Levine Executive Director Dahn Jenkins said.

Columnist Leslie Southerland writes about her youngest son graduating to a big boy bed. When Leslie and her husband broached the subject with their youngest, he was excited about sleeping in the bunk bed with his older brother. “Actually, he was excited about sleeping in the top bunk, but we quickly explained that the ER copay on our insurance is $50, so he would be sleeping on the bottom bunk.”

This week’s editorial discusses the tax revaluation debate in Mecklenburg County.

In sports, Andrew Stark previews the Butler and Independence high school basketball seasons. Tim Long reports on last week’s Independence win over Butler in football at Memorial Stadium.

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Bulldogs bury Warriors 57-14

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With a showdown against Independence lurking next week, could it be that the Butler Bulldogs would overlook a winless Weddington team heading into Friday night’s game? Not this time. The Bulldogs proved they are one of the best teams in the state by overpowering Weddington 57-14. Continue reading

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Independence downs East Meck 35-14

Independence remained unbeaten by defeating East Meck 35-14 on Friday, and set up a season finale with Butler next week at Memorial Stadium. The Patriots failed to score 40 or more points for the first time all
season, but there was no shortage of offense for Independence. The win moves Independence to 9-0 on the year. Continue reading

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Independence cruises past Weddington

Weddington and Independence met Friday night as teams headed in opposite directions. The Patriots entered the game 7-0 on the season and ranked first in the region while the Warriors limped in at 0-8.  Weddington had allowed 30 or more points in each of its games and the Patriots have scored 40 or more in [singlepic=259,240,160,,right]every contest so far this year. The streaks remained intact Friday as Independence cruised to a 41-14 victory.
“They do not have the overall talent that we do, but they were able to keep it close,” said Independence head coach Tom Knotts.
Anthony Carrothers led the Patriot attack by completing 25 of 30 passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns.  Harold Blythe controlled the ground game and finished with 99 yards and two touchdowns on only nine carries. Independence amassed 454 yards of total offense for the game. Continue reading

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Patriots pounce on Providence

Independence got off to quick start Friday against Providence. How quick? Less than three minutes into the game, the Patriots lead 14-0. They put up 31 more points in the first half, an additional 21 points in the second half, and beat Providence 59-13 on a drizzly, sometimes windy night.

The victory renewed head coach Tom Knotts’ confidence in his team, and something that even he couldn’t dream.

“I don’t think anybody in the state could have beat us,” he said. “I think that ought to serve notice that we’re the top dog, and they have to knock us off.”

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In this week’s Mint Hill Times…

It’s the middle of October, and the temperature is still 84 degrees. What’s up with that?

[singlepic=230,220,140,,right]This week in The Mint Hill Times:

  • Tim Long reports Town Manager Brian Welch asked town staff to cut unnecessary spending to help deal with the economic situation.
  • Adam Houston reports the Board of Commissioners approved a permit for construction of a three-story office building behind Wendy’s at Mint Hill Pavilion.
  • Leslie Southerland talks about her friend spotting tennis star Andy Roddick and girlfriend Brooklyn Decker at Target in Matthews.
  • Adam Houston reports former Butler football star Kenneth Moore signed with the Carolina Panthers.
  • Garden columnist Joyce Lavene encouraged everyone to plant a tree to save heating and cooling costs.
  • Tim Long and Adam Houston reported on last Friday’s football action and previewed this week’s games. Butler faces East Meck at 7 pm Friday at Butler, and Independence travels to Providence at 7 pm Friday.
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