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Independence students push on in trophy restoration

By Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

For an entire school year, students at Independence High School have been working to restore a chunk of school history from rusting and decaying in the basement.

The Independence DREAM Team, a group of student leaders, have been working to clean up and repair hundreds of trophies that were moved to a flood-prone basement years ago.

The trophies date as far back as the 60s, and encompass all sports and academic competitions, from football and basketball to scholars’ bowl and Future Farmers of America.

Beginning at the start of the school year, U.S. History teacher and advisor to the DREAM Team, Noel Hamrick, started taking the trophies out, cleaning them, and putting them on display in the media center.

Hamrick, who graduated from Independence in 1995, has even seen names of her classmates on trophies that the group has worked to repair.

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Local graduates stand out

Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Makaylah Heyward, Rocky River High School

Makaylah Heyward is the definition of a standout student, involved in plenty of extracurriculars, a leader among her peers, and driven.

She transferred from Harding University High School to Rocky River to start her junior year, and had already been the captain of the volleyball team, a member of JROTC, and a volunteer at a local rehabilitation center, where she was introduced to physical therapy, which she intends to study in college.

At Rocky River, she serves as Battalion Commander and Lieutenant Colonel with the JROTC, which started at Rocky River the same year she did.

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By |June 13th, 2013|Around Town|2 Comments

Camp SOAR hits new heights in thirteenth year

By Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Bob Bowler has been a volunteer with Special Olympics for 29 years. In that time, he noticed that everything shut down in the summer, and saw the need for a camp for Special Olympics athletes. Camp SOAR was born.

Camp SOAR, or Special Olympics Athlete Retreat, began in 2000, with no small effort from Bowler, who after seeing the need, started to look around for locations. He decided to try for the Levine Jewish Community Center in Charlotte and called Barry Schumer, the assistant executive director of the center, to make a lunch meeting and discuss his plans.

“They show up, we shake hands, and they said ‘What do you want to talk about?’,” said Bowler. “I said, ‘Well, I don’t have any money, but I’ve got a lot of visions, dreams, and hopes that you can help me. I want to start a day camp for the special needs community.”

Bowler’s timing was impeccable, since the JCC was then trying to do more community outreach, and the rest is history.

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By |June 13th, 2013|Around Town|1 Comment

Mint Hill Police to move dispatch service to Pineville

Mint Hill Police Department, beginning July 1, 2013, MHPD will contract with Pineville Police Department for dispatch services. The service will include any calls for police from the the general public, residential and business. All 911 calls will be answered by Pineville Police Department, and 911 calls for Fire and/or Medic will be forwarded to […]

By |May 31st, 2013|Around Town|8 Comments