Butler fourth in SW4A Wachovia Cup standings

[singlepic=189,320,240,,right]Butler is fourth in the Southwestern 4-A Wachovia Cup standings and Independence is eight for the fall. Myers Park holds the top spot in the league thanks to conference championships in women’s tennis, men’s soccer, and men’s and women’s cross country. Providence is in second in the conference after runner-up finishes in women’s tennis and women’s cross country. Conference Standings: Myers Park 48, Providence 40, Ardrey Kell 36, Butler 33.5, Weddington 33, South Mecklenburg 26, East Mecklenburg 15, Independence 13.5. Continue reading


Two weeks to go to nominate employer for award

The beginning of the new year marks the final days for North Carolina National Guard and Reserve members and their families to nominate supportive employers for the 2009 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.  With 69 nominations from North Carolina already submitted, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency, continues to encourage nominations of employers who have gone above and beyond in their support of military employees.  Nominations will be accepted at www.FreedomAward.mil through January 19, 2009.  The Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their outstanding support of their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Continue reading


Former Independence star enters NFL draft

[singlepic=521,320,240,,center][Photo by Mark Sward swardpics.com]

Hakeem Nicks, who leads UNC all time in catches, receiving yards and touchdown receptions, announced today he plans to enter the 2009 NFL draft. The junior wide receiver helped Independence win four consecutive state championships from 2002-2005.


Tips for winter planting from the NC Cooperative Extension Service

In Mecklenburg County, the Cooperative Extension Service is part of Park and Recreation and offers the following tips for gardeners in January:[singlepic=520,320,240,,right]
• Fertilize broad-leaved evergreens in the winter or spring. Fertilizing in the late summer induces late-season growth that is susceptible to winter injury.
• Winter is the time to apply dormant oil sprays to kill overwintering mites, aphids, and scale on deciduous trees and shrubs. Spray oils when temperatures are above 40 F, but not within 24 hours of a freeze. Because the oil kills insects by suffocation, avoid spraying on windy days to ensure that all surfaces of the plant are covered.
• Some plants that should be pruned in later winter or early spring are hydrangea, butterfly bush, Rose-of-Sharon, hibiscus and other summer-flowering shrubs that flower on new growth.


Civics 101 class offered by Kid’s Voting

Want to learn how local government works by attending real government meetings, finding out where government gets its money, who makes decisions and more? Participate in the exciting teen program Youth Civics 101 (YC101)! Sessions include: Board of Education, City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, the Courts and the media. Next course: Winter 2009.[singlepic=519,320,240,,right]
YC101 is open to all teens in the Charlotte area and is sponsored by Kids Voting and the League of Women Voters in partnership with local governments. The next class will start in February 2009 and meet twice a month. Most classes will be on Tuesday evenings, with one Monday class. All classes will be 6-8 pm.
To register for YC101, contact Kids Voting at info@kidsvoting.org or 704-343-6999 with your name, your grade, your school, your email address and phone number. Registration is limited to 45 participants so sign up now!
There is a one-time $20 fee for Youth Civics 101 (some scholarships are available). You can pay this when you attend the first class. Parents who wish to sit in on the class may do so on a space-available basis and will also pay this fee. The fee covers course materials and dinner.
After you register, you will receive the course schedule and other information.
You can also visit the kidsvoting.org homepage and sign up for our e-newsletter and receive information about YC101 registration and other Kids Voting opportunities through the year.
Questions? Contact Kids Voting at info@kidsvoting.org or 704-343-6999.

Nicks final game as a Tar Heel?


Hakeem Nicks, former Independence standout and current junior at UNC, caught eight passes for 217 yards in the Meineke Bowl in Charlotte Saturday. The Heels lost the game to West Virginia, but Nicks, who is contemplating entering the NFL draft next season, surely wowed pro scouts. He holds UNC records for career receiving yards and yards in a season, and had 10 touchdowns this season. At 6’1, Nicks is slightly undersized for an NFL receiver. But desire and heart don’t lie, and there’s a very good chance the next time we see this local star play football it will be on Sundays. Photo by Mark Sward swardpics.com