Movie tonight at HAWK meeting

Habitat and Wildlife Keepers (HAWK) a chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, hosts tonight a local premier of the short film, “The Story of Stuff.”
“From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at[singlepic=385,320,240,,right] home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. It exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.” Continue reading

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CMS accepting applications for free and reduced-price meals

The jobless rate for the Charlotte region reached 7.1 percent in October, one of the highest numbers for unemployment in nearly 20 years. Families across Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are struggling to make ends meet, and that includes finding the money to feed their children.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools wants to remind families that Child Nutrition Services accepts applications for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program throughout the year. Applications are mailed in August to households of all CMS students, but families may apply for meal benefits at any time during the school year. The Child Nutrition Office reviews applications and determines eligibility based on United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines. Continue reading

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Plantation Estates celebrates 20 years

Matthews Mayor Lee Myers along with 300 attendees recently gathered to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of Plantation Estates. The ACTS Retirement-Life Community was first constructed in 1988. Today, it is home to more than 500 retirees and is one of three ACTS not-for-profit, faith-based life care communities in the Carolinas.

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In the photo:
From left: Mayor Lee Myers (Matthews), Paula Shedd, Rolland Gerrard, Madlyn Gerrard, Johnnie Stancil, Noreen Breece, Bill Breece, Peg Ostrander, ACTS’ Tom Strader, Executive Director of Plantation Estates Steve Messer, Bayne Clark. Front row from left: Juanita Aiken and Katherine White.

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Mint Hill mall developer gets 2 week loan reprieve

General Growth Properties inc, who is partnering with Childress Klein properties in building the Bridges at Mint Hill, has gotten a two week reprieve to pay a $900 million dept for two malls in Las Vegas. General Growth warned several weeks ago it may have to file for bankruptcy if it can’t meet its debt obligations. The most recent move will help it gain some time to pay off a “mountain of debt” obligations coming in the next year. Last month, GGP fired its chief executive, president and chief financial officer. Childress Klein has said to Mint Hill town commissioner Lloyd Austin they are willing and able to go it alone in building the mall in Mint Hill if they have to.

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Independence dismantles Butler 49-7

It took 15 seconds for Independence to take the lead in Friday’s game against Butler. Lawrence Martin[singlepic=383,320,240,,right] ran the opening kickoff back for six points and kicker Robbie Ward added an extra point for a 7-0 score. Butler would not get closer the rest of the game as the Patriots overwhelmed the Bulldogs 49-7.

“I was a little surprised because Butler came out a little flat and Lawrence’s touchdown return stuck it to them a bit,” Knotts said after the game.

Martin finished with six catches for 95 yards and one touchdown to go with his kickoff return for a touchdown. He also had a 72 yard touchdown pass called back because of penalty on the Patriots’ first play from scrimmage.

“He’s made big plays for us all year,” said Knotts. “When he gets the ball in his hands he can do special things. He’s electric when he gets it.”

Photos by Mark Sward swardpics.com

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Gameday: Butler vs. Independence II

Breaking down tonight’s game, 8 pm Memorial Stadium

[singlepic=380,320,240,,left] There is one team left in the state who can beat Independence this season and that’s Butler. The Bulldogs have the talent to hang with the Patriots, but you don’t beat a Tom Knotts team with talent alone. It will take execution on the field. In the previous match up between these two teams, the Patriots out-executed the Bulldogs for a decisive 41-31 win.

The Patriots crisply run offense begins and ends with Anthony Carrothers. The junior quarterback either passes or runs —usually very successfully—on about 80 percent of Independence’s plays. He is the sole reason they have been as dominant as any team in the state this season. Knotts said Carrothers’ play in the last meeting between the Independence and Butler “was not one of his best.”

He passed for 256 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns. All this against one of the top defenses in the state.

Carrothers has proven he can’t be contained and is the MVP of the state this season.

Butler’s best shot at winning is to execute on offense and try to out-score the Patriots. Continue reading

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