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Patriots come away with a 50-14 victory over Mustangs

By Ron Morris

Celebrating homecoming on Friday night, the Independence Patriots faced off against the Myers Park Mustangs in a Southwestern 4A Conference game and came away with a 50-14 victory over the Mustangs.
 
The Patriots took the opening kickoff and marched down the field and capped it off with a one yard touchdown run by quarterback Kelvin Hopkins.  With neither team able to mount any offense, the first quarter ended with Indy leading 7-0.
 
Both teams were unable to get any offense going. With 5:53 left to go in the second quarter, the Mustangs failed to pick up a first down on fourth and short.  On the Patriots first play from scrimmage Kelvin Hopkins ran 64 yards putting the Patriots up 12-0.  Indy faked the extra point and Jamar Jenkins scored for the two point conversion for a 15-0 Indy lead.  
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By |October 28th, 2014|Around Town, Breakiing News, Independence High School|0 Comments

Small tax hike could improve schools

By Charles Kelleher Harris

The Board of Commissioners heard a presentation on behalf of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools seeking approval and support for a tax increase that would potentially impact schools across the county.

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners voted to propose a quarter-cent (1/4 of a penny) sales tax increase on the November 4 ballot.

According to Marinn Bengel of Together4Meck, who made the presentation, this small increase would potentially provide an additional $35 million per year to the revenue for Mecklenburg County.

“County commissioners will direct 80 percent of the revenue generated by the increase to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools,” Bengel explained, “7.5 percent will go to Central Piedmont Community College. Another 7.5 percent to the Arts and Science Council and 5 percent to the counties public libraries.”  […]

By |October 15th, 2014|Around Town, Breakiing News, Development, Featured Posts, Town Hall|0 Comments

Novant meets with Mint Hill residents about planned hospital at I-485 and Albemarle Road

By Leah Schmalz

Novant say it is still on track to open a hospital at the intersection of I-485 and Albemarle Road, but the plans have been downsized. Novant submitted plans in 2008 for a hospital with 100 beds and 140,000 square feet of medical office space. Now the healthcare organization has submitted a new zoning application to include 50 beds and 80,000 square feet for medical offices.

The hospital would still contain 16 emergency bays, as well as space for rehabilitation, maternity services, and cardiovascular services. It woulda also have a laboratory and pharmacy. The zoning request includes 25,000 square feet for retail and restaurant space.  […]

By |June 10th, 2014|Around Town, Breakiing News, Development, History|0 Comments

Principal John LeGrand transitions from Bain to Butler

By Leah Schmalz

John LeGrand is in a unique position as he makes the transition from principal of Bain Elementary to principal of Butler High School. Some of the students who attended Bain Elementary during his first year in 2008 are now freshmen and sophomores at Butler. “Each class going forward for the next several years will have the kids that I worked with here at Bain also. There’s a familiarity factor there that’s going to make this transition much easier for me,” he said.

 

LeGrand has served as principal of Bain Elementary for six years. This year he was named Principal of the Year in the East Learning Community, a zone that includes schools like Independence, Butler and Bain.  […]

By |June 6th, 2014|Around Town, Breakiing News, Butler High School, Schools|1 Comment

Novant Health could open in Mint Hill by 2018

By Leah Schmalz
Novant Health hopes to open a hospital in Mint Hill by the beginning of 2018, a project that has been delayed since 2008. The company took a step forward in the process by filing a rezoning application at the end of April. This process could take six months, but if all continues as planned, they anticipate breaking ground at the end of 2015.

“We’re very excited about it. We really feel good that it’s the right thing to do for the community of Mint Hill and surrounding areas to have their hometown hospital,” said Roland Bibeau, president of Novant Health’s Matthews Medical Center. […]

By |May 22nd, 2014|Around Town, Breakiing News, Development, History|0 Comments

Four candidates vie for two spots on sheriff ticket

By Leah Schmalz

With Chipp Bailey stepping down as Mecklenburg County sheriff, four contenders have registered to take his place. Irwin Carmichael and Antoine M. Ensley seek a spot on the Democratic ticket, while Chris Hailey and Louis Rango Jr. are up against each other for the Republican spot.

Irwin Carmichael has worked as a reserve captain with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office for 28 years. “I just want to see the stability of the office to continue,” he said. Carmichael’s two main points of focus are inmates and youthful offenders. Carmichael said the daily count of inmates just dropped below 1,800, down from nearly 3,000 several years ago. “We have been able to cut the population down because of the programs we have inside our facilities,” he said. “We are going to turn 95% back out into community. We want to return them as productive members.” He said the office has training programs in place in areas such as culinary, carpentry, and horticulture so that released inmates have employment and are less likely to reoffend.  […]