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Patriots come from behind to win 20-6

By Ron Morris

The Independence Patriots used three fourth-quarter touchdowns to defeat the West Mecklenburg Hawks 20-6 in a come from behind victory Friday night at Independence High School.

In a mistake-filled first half it was a back and forth ballgame with neither  team able to take advantage of the other team’s mistakes. However, the  Patriots were able to drive the ball, but always committed three or four  penalties to kill the drive.

The first score didn’t come until the third quarter. During a heavy rainstorm,  the Hawks had to punt on fourth and long. The Independence receiver  attempted to pick up the wet ball and was hit immediately by several Hawks  players causing a fumble which was recovered by the Hawks on  Independence’s 12-yard line. The Hawks drove the ball to the Patriot 4-yard line. On the next play West Meck’s Dyami Brown ran it in for the first score.  […]

Bake sale to benefit Historic Bain

Yadkin Bank of Mint Hill has chosen a Branch Bake Sale as its 3rd Quarter Community Service to benefit the Historic Bain Restoration, according to Melissa Fields, Branch Manager.

A variety of baked goods, made by the Yadkin Mint Hill Team, will be available for sale at the bank during business hours on Friday, Sept. 25.

“This […]

By |September 18th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Town holds hearings on proposed community additions

By Leah Schmalz

The town of Mint Hill held public hearings last Thursday on zoning requests filed by Mecklenburg County and Carillon Assisted Living to construct new facilities in the area.

Chris Matthews presented on the proposed nature center and education building at Steven’s Creek Nature Preserve. The preserve plays a major role in protecting Stevens Creek and supporting endangered wildlife. “We want to make sure that people understand why we did it and why streams are important, and so really the theme of this property is going to be about water quality protection,” Matthews said.

He explained that most nature preserves in the county are open around 8 am until sundown. “Being a nature preserve, we really try hard to not have a lot of lights on at night,” Matthews said. “We’re not only concerned about our neighbors; we’re concerned about wildlife, too.” Matthews said noise should be just as minimal as light. There will also be a gate at the front entrance to deter visitors when the preserve is closed.

Residents from Maple Hollow Lane expressed concern about the planned pedestrian entrance within their neighborhood leading to more traffic and parked cars. Matthews said this hasn’t been the case with other preserves that include a similar pedestrian entrance. “Whatever the residents of Maple Hollow feel is going to be best for their community, we’ll make sure we honor that in the design of anything we do,” Matthews said. Residents should receive notification of upcoming meetings and workshops.  […]

By |September 18th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Breakiing News, Development, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History, Town Hall|1 Comment

MH joins local family in raising pediatric cancer awareness

By Leah Schmalz

Kevin and Emily Ratliff lost their daughter Claire to a rare form of childhood cancer when she was two and a half years old. Now they take steps to support other families facing similar circumstances, as well as raise awareness of the disease.

The town supported the Ratliff family’s efforts at the council meeting last Thursday by recognizing September as Pediatric Cancer Awareness
Month. Commissioner Tina Ross read a proclamation and presented it to the Ratliffs.

“I just want to personally thank you guys so much,” Kevin said. “I want to thank Tina personally as well. She is obviously someone who I admire greatly for her own tenacity against the disease.”

Pediatric cancer is the most deadly disease for children under the age of 14, causing more deaths than AIDS, asthma, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis and juvenile diabetes combined, according to the CDC.  […]