Big I student semifinalist for scholarship

Yonas Soloman, a student at Independence High, was named a semifinalist for the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Soloman is one of 16 CMS students still in the running or the scholarship, which annually awards 800 scholarships worth $2.6 million to black high school seniors. The winners will be announced in April. Continue reading

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Recent NC poll has McCain, Obama tied; Dole with slight lead

With six weeks to go, North Carolinians still aren’t sure who they want to vote for. McCain and Obama are tied in the most recent Civitas Institute poll, while Elizabeth Dole leads Kay Hagen 43-41 in the Senate race. Obama has outspent McCain 10-1 in North Carolina according to some estimates.

“Sen. Obama has caught John McCain in the polls in North Carolina,” said Francis De Luca, executive director of the Civitas Institute. “A state that was once thought to be solidly in McCain’s camp has become a toss-up according to this month’s poll.”

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Lebanon Elementary reaches for ‘whirled’ peace

[singlepic=165,200,120,,left]Lebanon Road Elementary is one of several Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools wishing for “whirled” peace today. Students made pinwheels to express their feelings on world events as part of Pinwheels for Peace events today and tomorrow. The pinwheels are part of International Peace Day, held September 21 every year.

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Big I rallies after shaky start

[singlepic=160,240,160,,right]Independence (3-0) got off to a rocky start Friday against Vance. Quarterback Anthony Carrothers completed only one of his first six passes as the Patriots failed to score on the opening drive for the first time this year.

“We just weren’t on the same page,” head coach Tom Knotts said. “We just kept perservering, and the defense stopped them.”

The Patriots and Carrothers rallied after an interception by defensive back Breon Thornton on the Vance 1. The Big I marched down the field in eight plays on the ensuing drive, scored its first touchdown of the night and never looked back.

INDEPENDENCE 42

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In this week’s Mint Hill Times

Madness is coming. Brace yourself.

This week in The Mint Hill Times:

mint-hill-idlewild-30.jpg•Tim reports on Idlewild Baptist’s 30th anniversary. The Rev. Michael Owens said the church, chartered in 1978, is blessed to have its strong membership.

•Adam reports the Lawyers Road sidewalk project was postponed by the Board of Commissioners. The board will revisit the issue in October.

•Adam reports on Monroe resident Garland Denny’s effort to increase benefits for veterans. Denny wants to create a new federal program to raise the necessary funds.

•Columnist D.G. Martin offers presidential candidate Barack Obama advice he collected over the years from some old school North Carolina politicians. He said Obama needs to have a sense of humor.

•Tim and Adam preview and recap Butler and Independence football. Butler takes on West Charlotte tonight at 7 pm on Senior Drive, and Independence travels to Vance. That game also starts at 7 pm.

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