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Independence Patriots beat Olympic Trojans 35-0

By Ron Morris

According to head coach Joe Evans his Independence Patriots didn’t open the playoffs with one of their best starts. However, the finish was more than enough to make up for their sluggish first half start as the Patriots beat the Olympic Trojans 35-0 at Independence High School Friday night in the first round of the state football playoffs.

The Patriots received the opening kickoff but were unable to move the ball and had to punt. After getting the ball back, the Patriots’ Qunatavious McGill carried the ball for a twenty yard gain. On the next play McGill went off tackle for a 45 yard touchdown run giving the Patriots an early 7-0 lead with 8:26 left in the first quarter.

For the rest of the first half, neither team could get any offense going. According to Coach Evans his team looked sluggish in the first half saying that he didn’t know if it was the big win over Butler or if it was the bitter cold weather. However, the Patriots got their second score with 43 seconds left in the first half when AJ Peal ran for a 4 yard touchdown giving the Patriots a 14-0 half time lead.The only score in the third quarter came on Indy’s first possession when Kelvin Hopkins hit Jamar Jenkins for a 64 yard touchdown pass making the score 21-0 with 8:07 left in the quarter. […]

By |November 18th, 2014|Around Town, Independence High School, Sports|0 Comments

Independence High Steals the Show at Drama Competition

By Charles Kelleher Harris

Members of the Independence Drama Department won first place at a recent regional competition. The students will now be attending a statewide competition later this year.

“I am so very proud of these students and how much our theatre program has grown in the three short years that I have been at Independence,” said drama teacher Paula Baldwin. “We have tripled the number of students enrolled and have added a second theatre teacher, Rick Dills, to teach all of the technical aspects of production.”

Baldwin reported that some 300 Independence students are currently enrolled in her drama classes.

For the competition however, auditions were held and only a handful of students were selected.

After school rehearsals were held for almost two months prior to the competition which was held at Imaginon on November 1.

A total of 16 schools participated in the region including Northwest School of Arts.

Throughout the year, Baldwin said there will be other performances held for students, parents and the public at Independence High. […]

By |November 14th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

Mary Ellis Young Named Mint Hill Arts’ Volunteer of the Month for November

Mary Ellis Young, former secretary of the Mint Hill Arts’ Executive Committee, has been named Volunteer of the Month for November. She will be honored at the opening reception for the “Black and White Ball” exhibit on Friday, November 7, 6:30-9:30 pm, at the Gallery, 11205 Lawyers Road, Suite A, Mint Hill. (The reception is also a part of “Art Around the Block,” which occurs the first Friday of each month in Mint Hill.)

In addition to serving as secretary over the past two years, Mary has spent countless hours on grant applications that have resulted in an increase in the monies needed to operate Mint Hill Arts, making the organization financially solvent.  […]

By |November 14th, 2014|Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Graduate from Bain School reflects on school days

By Leah Schmalz

As the Bain School reunion this weekend approaches, Jim Black, a 95-year-old lifelong resident of Mint Hill and Bain graduate, remembers a particularly notable class reunion held decades ago. The school had managed to secure Clyde Hoey, the governor of North Carolina, as the guest speaker. “I don’t know how they swung that deal,” said Black. “I don’t remember a word he said.” Black does remember how worried his father was about introducing the governor. “He pulled through it okay,” he said.

Black said the reunion also involved small games like horseshoes and marbles. “I think marbles have gone out of style,” he said.

The popularity of marbles isn’t the only thing that has changed since Black attended school at Bain. Students had to play basketball on a dirt court outside before a gymnasium was built for indoor games. Classes were much smaller, with just 16 students in Black’s graduating class. Families in the community made a living growing cotton, so school was cancelled during harvest time to allow the children to help pick the crop. “It’s a terrible job, picking cotton,” said Black, who harvested his fair share.  […]

By |November 14th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments