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J.H. Gunn kindergarten teacher wraps up successful career

By Leah Schmalz

TyJuana Shaw loves the color purple.

So when J.H. Gunn Elementary, the school where she teaches kindergarten, told everyone to dress in purple one day during the final week of classes, she was excited.

When she arrived at school to discover the day was held in her honor, she was absolutely elated.

Purple Day was one of several ways the students and staff commemorated Shaw’s retirement from teaching this year. She taught at Bain and Lebanon Road elementary schools before putting in 20 years at J.H. Gunn.  […]

By |June 18th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Breakiing News, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History, Schools|0 Comments

Patriots get tough first test on gridiron

By Andrew Stark

First-year Independence football coach Justin Hardin won’t have any time to ease into his new role as the leader of the Patriots.

CarolinaPreps.tv released the schedule for its third-annual Kickoff Night, a grouping of two games that annually kick off the football season in a stand-alone format, and the Patriots are on tap for the nightcap for the third straight year.

After bulldozing South Meck with 49-0 wins each of the past two seasons, the Patriots will get a little tougher challenge this year in two-time defending Class 4-AA champion Mallard Creek at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 22, a Saturday, at approximately 8 p.m.

The Independence-Mallard Creek game will be played 30 minutes after the kickoff game of Charlotte Country Day and Myers Park concludes. […]

By |May 22nd, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, History, Independence High School|0 Comments

Chasing Dreams

By Andrew Stark

Bain Elementary School third- through fifth-grade boys learned about fitness, teamwork and character in Xcel 2 Fitness, a program new to the school this year.

What do swimming noodles, cones, tennis balls, climbing ladders and a group of third- to fifth-graders have in common?

To elementary school boys involved in Xcel 2 Fitness, those are the building blocks to friendship, self-confidence, athleticism and teamwork, and they’ve been on display since Bain Elementary began its program this fall.

“They have noodles, cones and everything else out here and (outsiders) probably look at it like, ‘OK, what is this going to do for them?’” Bain instructor and physical education teacher Jake Doster said. “But if they can get together and do games and activities that are put together in a curriculum and work as a team, that’s what sports pretty much are.

“They’re running through ladders and improving their agility and working on things like that. Everything is based around fitness and developing as teammates.” […]

Girls lacrosse academies, travel team come to Mint Hill

This summer, girls as young as second grade can develop lacrosse skills while those in high school can join a travel team thanks to a newly launched organization, Carolina Crush Lacrosse.

About a month ago, Sandy Barnett, executive ad- ministrator of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, and Melissa LaDez, head varsity lacrosse coach at Independence High School with extensive experience as a player, decided to partner to pursue an idea close to both of their hearts.

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