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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Last year corn, this year geese

A goose is nestling in the flowerbeds
around the Mint Hill Town Hall Christmas
tree. She and her mate are closely guarding
their nest of eggs, which should be hatching
any day now, according to Town Clerk
Beth Hamrick. She said the geese have been
there for at least three weeks. Last year
someone mysteriously planted corn around
the tree. “Last year corn, this year geese,”
joked Hamrick. The little goslings will be a
cute addition to the Town Hall landscape.

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Opening day at Mint Hill Farmers market

Joe and Wanda Stegall own Olive Branch Fresh Produce. It is their second year selling home-grown produce at the Mint Hill Farmers Market

Vendors provided a variety of products at the farmers market at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village last Saturday. Fresh produce, baked goods, and wood working are just a few things available at the market.

 

 

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