Weekend fires damage two Matthews homes

Two separate fires this weekend in Matthews resulted in damage to a home and an apartment complex.The first fire occurred Saturday around 3 p.m. at the Berkshires of Matthews off Chamber Ridge Drive. Three apartments sustained damage in the fire which started as a result of paper catching fire in ductwork. Damage is estimated at

The second fire happened around 7 p.m. Saturday at a home located at 818 Lightwood Road. The house was significantly damaged by the fire and estimated to be $80,000. The cause of the fire was electrical. No one was injured.

The Red Cross is assisting the residents from both fires.


Matthews sponsors Gingerbread house contest

Matthews Alive Inc. is hosting a Gingerbread House Contest in conjunction with the Town of Matthews’ Hometown Holidays Celebration. The contest is open to everyone. There are three categories: children, adults, and groups. The “house” can be any imaginative dwelling and must be made with edible materials. Your entry must be dropped off by December 1st at the Matthews Library if you are entering the adult or children categories. If you are entering the group category please drop off your entry at the Matthews Chamber of Commerce by December 1st. Houses will be judged at the chamber of commerce and the library on December 4 before the Hometown Holidays festivities begin at 3 pm. Cash prizes will be awarded in each category. The first place winner will receive $75; second place $50; and third place $25. Entry forms are available at the Mathews Community Center, the Matthews Public Library, and the Matthews Chamber of Commerce. You may also go online to www.matthewshometownholidays.com to download an entry form, contest rules and procedures.


Golf tournament raises funds for Matthews D.A.R.E.

Left to right: Matthews DARE Officer Karen Greene, Shriner Carl Pinion, Matthews Police Chief Rob Hunter, Shriner W.A. ‘Junior’ Harwood, Shriner Harvey Burgess, and Matthews Police Captain Garland Amos.

The Matthews Police Department and local Oasis Shriners recently partnered together to hold a golf tournament to raise funds for the DARE Program. The Matthews Police Department is only one of two departments in Mecklenburg County who have DARE Programs.

This year more than 1,200 fifth and seventh grade students attending school in Matthews will benefit from the DARE Program. More than $6,000 was collected from the golf tournament and will be used by Matthews Police Officers for DARE program activities.


Matthews, like Mint Hill, will survey its residents

Mint Hill area residents will be offered a survey to take so the town can get feedback on its comprehensive land use plan. The town of Matthews is also seeking input on its future. It is conducting its Biannual Citizens Survey between November 2 and December 2. An independent research firm, led by Dr. Paul Friday, a professor at UNCC, will oversee the process of collecting, analyzing and reporting the survey results. Continue reading


Matthews employee wins state award

Alicia Murph has been named the 2010 Outstanding Business License Official by the N.C. Business License Association. She received the award at the association’s annual conference in Asheville last week. Alicia is the Finance Specialist and Revenue Collector for the Town of Matthews.

Alicia was recognized for her efforts to revamp the technical procedures used by the Town and business owners to complete the privilege license process. She has also produced a step by step guide that aids Town employees and businesses in their understanding of privilege licenses.

She serves as treasurer of the N.C. Business License Association. A graduate of
Appalachian State University she worked for the Town of Blowing Rock before joining the Town of Matthews in 2008.