Mint Hill forces a game five against Caldwell County

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Mint Hill's Brantley Smith picks off Caldwell County's Josh Murphy at first base after a throw from pitcher Brandon McWhirter. Photos by Tim Long (The Mint Hill Times)

Mint Hill is still alive. After falling behind 0-2 in a best-of-five Area IV playoff series against Caldwell County, Mint Hill has won the last two to push the series to a decisive game five tonight at Caldwell County.

Mint Hill got a little help from mother nature in Thursday’s win at Butler High School. After leading 7-3 in the fifth inning, a thunderstorm forced the game to be called after more than an hour delay.

Brandon McWhirter struck out five in getting the win for Mint Hill.

More photos after the break.

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Tim Morgan officially announces at-large bid

 

 

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Tim Morgan will challenge for one of the three at-large seats on the board of education. Photo by Tim Long

 

Tim Morgan officially announced last Thursday that he will run for an at-large seat on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Board of Education. Morgan has served two years on the board for District 6 which comprises Mint Hill, Matthews and South Charlotte.
Morgan, a graduate of Independence High School, said that if he wins, it could be a win-win for the southeastern portions of Mecklenburg County. That’s because the board would have to appoint someone to take over the District 6 seat he currently occupies, giving Mint Hill and the rest of the southeastern Mecklenburg County two representatives on the board of education.
A crowd of reporters, Morgan’s family, and supporters including Charlotte City Council members Warren Cooksey and Andy Dulin, attended Morgan’s press conference in front of the government building in downtown Charlotte Thursday. Morgan said the top priority for the next school board will be selecting a new superintendent to replace Peter Gorman who announced his departure in early June.
“Hiring a superintendent will be the most important decision this board makes,” he said. Continue reading
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Mint Hill hangs on in American Legion playoffs

 

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DAVID PREWITT | NEWS-TOPIC Mint Hill's Carson Plyler (7) steals second base as Caldwell's Josh Murphy is pulled wide by the throw during Wednesday nights game at M.S. Deal Stadium in Granite Falls.

Mint Hill Army will live to see another day. After two disappointing losses to Caldwell County where they were outscored by a combined 25-13, Mint Hill’s bats came alive Wednesday to stave off elimination. Mint Hill beat Caldwell County 13-9, and brought the series back to Butler High School tonight at 7 pm for game four. Caldwell County has a 2 games to 1 edge on Mint Hill in the best of five series.

 

The winner of the series will face Hickory in the Area IV playoffs. Hickory swept No. 1 seeded

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DAVID PREWITT | NEWS-TOPIC Mint Hill's Cody Stull delivers to the plate during Wednesday nights game against Caldwell's Post 29 at M.S. Deal Stadium in Granite Falls.

Huntersville.

HOW THEY SCORED Mint Hill Post 4059 – 13, Caldwell County Post 29 – 9 TOP FIRST INNING: Chase Gehringer singles to right field but is picked off firstbase by pitcher Tyler Bumgarner. Carson Plyler singles to center field, stealssecond base. Kyle Galloway walks. Plyler to third, Galloway to second on a wildpitch. Brantley Smith walks, loading the bases. Ryan Hodge singles to secondbase, scoring Plyler.
Tyler Revell singles to left field, scoring Galloway andSmith, Hodge to third. Austin Beard relieves Bumgarner. Mario Labrador hit bya pitch, loading the bases. Hodge caught stealing home on a missed squeezebunt, with Revell moving to third, Labrador to second. Doug Pruette walks,loading the bases. Brandon McWhirter flies out. Mint Hill 3, Caldwell County 0. BOTTOM FIRST INNING: Bryson Bowman singles to shortstop, deflected bythe pitcher Cody Stull. Austin Beard sacrifices Bowman to second. Max Linvilledoubles to right field, Linville to third. Blake Johnson strikes out. Continue reading

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Matthews Fire and EMS Explorers take home honors

The Mint Hill Times The Matthews Fire & EMS Explorer Post 911, a group made up of local teens, recently won several honors at the N.C. Fire & EMS Explorers competition in Warren County.

The Explorers are teenagers between the ages of 14 to 18 who are interested in firefighting and EMS careers. They meet monthly to learn about these fields and to receive hands on experience in the fire and medical professions. At the state competition the Matthews Explorers competed against eight other teams in written, oral and practical examinations, a tug of war, a relay race, and various other races using fire equipment.

They won the written examination competition, placed second in the equipment practical competition and won third place in the oral examination. This is the first time the Matthews Fire & EMS Explorers have participated in the competition.
The Explorers program just started a year ago in Matthews.

Exploring is a program through the Boy Scouts of America which gives both females and males a chance to explore different career paths. They meet the first Saturday and the third Thursday of each month. Explorers are taught subjects such as CPR, first aid, fire hose training, ladder evolutions and pump operation.
At age 16, Explorers may begin taking classes through CPCC to become fully certified firefighters.

If you are interested in joining the Explorers call 704-847-9400.

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Not much will change for Mint Hill in congressional redistricting

Myrick's district is shown in green and Kissell's is in purple.Rep. Sue Myrick (Dist. 9) will still represent the Mint Hill area according to the GOP-drawn congressional redistricting maps for North Carolina. However, Myrick’s district will change slightly. Her district, which currently pulls from suburban Mecklenburg County, Union County and Gaston County, will add southern Iredell County and drop Gaston County. The change shouldn’t affect her chances of getting reelected.
Just north of Mint Hill, Rep. Larry Kissell, a Democrat whose congressional district includes parts of 10 counties including Stanly, Union and Carbarrus, will lose a large group of African Americans to Rep. Mel Watt’s 12th district. The result could spell trouble for Kissell. In 2008, 52 percent of District 8 voted for Barack Obama. With the new district, the number falls to 44 percent.

Meetings will be held across the state Thursday to give residents a chance to voice their opinions about the new redistricting map. In the Charlotte area, the meeting will be held at the UNC Charlotte J. Murrey Atkins Library, Room 143, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. The meeting lasts from 3-9 pm.

 

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