CMS story on Mint Hill’s Tiffany Hacker

Mint Hill native Tiffany Hacker, who the Mint Hill Times featured three weeks ago, got a nice little story on the CMS web site Friday. Hacker won the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship and is using it to study murals in Southeast Asia. She currently attends the National University of Singapore where she is working on a second master’s degree.

In last week’s Mint Hill Times, Hacker wrote a guest column on why it is good for college students to study in Asia.

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Robbie Tucker, RIP

Independence High School rising senior Robbie Tucker, who was killed Thursday when struck by a car while walking home from a friend’s house, was buried today.

On Friday, two of Robbie’s friends,  Sydney Leibert (left) and Jessica Burkett painted the Big I rock in front of the school to pay tribute.

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Doubts about mall project moving forward

General Growth claims the off-site and on-site work were not in sync, and that grading was going too fast. Urban Planet forum posters express doubt about the reasons given for the halt of Bridges at Mint Hill construction at Lawyers Road and I-485. The poster says:

That’s an interesting excuse and it’s rubbish. It’s no doubt due to the economy and the fact that General Growth, the developer, is having major issues in these seized up capital markets trying to get refinancing on its $billions of debt maturing over the next two years. Being that the company is now devoting full attention to its existing stabilized portfolio of malls, I predict this project will be on hold until 2010 at the earliest or may just outright die.

Mall developers told Town Manager Brian Welch construction will begin again at the first of the year. Stay tuned…

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No Little League World Series for MH this year

Myrtle Grove Optimist bounced Mint Hill little league from the state tournament last night. Team Mint Hill was one game away from going to the Southeast Regional in Gulfport, Fla., and from there a  trip  to Williamsport, Pa. for the Little League World Series.

Getting to the state championship game is an accomplishment, so nothing to hang their heads about. You’ll get’em next year!

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Butler linebacker Hawatha Bell to visit four schools in fall

Butler’s most prominent football recruit Hawatha Bell will visit four schools this fall, including UNC and NC State.

Common Hawatha, keep your talent in state!

Of all the high profile Butler Bulldogs recruits last season, none stayed in state. Can’t blame them too much for wanting to play for Clemson, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Illinois, but it would be nice to keep some of that homegrown talent in NC for a change.

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