Independence High School Homecoming 2008

Mint Hill Times reporter Adam Houston shot this video of the Independence High School Homecoming at half time of the game two weeks ago.

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Independence cruises past Weddington

Weddington and Independence met Friday night as teams headed in opposite directions. The Patriots entered the game 7-0 on the season and ranked first in the region while the Warriors limped in at 0-8.  Weddington had allowed 30 or more points in each of its games and the Patriots have scored 40 or more in [singlepic=259,240,160,,right]every contest so far this year. The streaks remained intact Friday as Independence cruised to a 41-14 victory.
“They do not have the overall talent that we do, but they were able to keep it close,” said Independence head coach Tom Knotts.
Anthony Carrothers led the Patriot attack by completing 25 of 30 passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns.  Harold Blythe controlled the ground game and finished with 99 yards and two touchdowns on only nine carries. Independence amassed 454 yards of total offense for the game. Continue reading

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Indy students grow with SEED program

chemistry.jpgTwo Independence High School students recently particpated in the American Chemical Society’s Project SEED program. Anastasiya Draga studied the “electrochemical and spectroscopic studies of hexacoordiate polypyridylsilicon (IV) complexes” with mentor Dr. Thomas Schmedake and Michele Johnson studied the “design and synthesis of nanoscale catalysts for biomass conversion” with mentor Dr. Sherine Obare.

They spent eight weeks this past summer working with scientists at UNC-Charlotte performing high-tech research. The students will present their research projects and talk about their experience at the ACS Carolina-Piedmont chapter meeting held at Hickory Tavern (9010 Harris Corners Parkway) tonight at 6 pm.

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Patriots pounce on Providence

Independence got off to quick start Friday against Providence. How quick? Less than three minutes into the game, the Patriots lead 14-0. They put up 31 more points in the first half, an additional 21 points in the second half, and beat Providence 59-13 on a drizzly, sometimes windy night.

The victory renewed head coach Tom Knotts’ confidence in his team, and something that even he couldn’t dream.

“I don’t think anybody in the state could have beat us,” he said. “I think that ought to serve notice that we’re the top dog, and they have to knock us off.”

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In this week’s Mint Hill Times…

It’s the middle of October, and the temperature is still 84 degrees. What’s up with that?

[singlepic=230,220,140,,right]This week in The Mint Hill Times:

  • Tim Long reports Town Manager Brian Welch asked town staff to cut unnecessary spending to help deal with the economic situation.
  • Adam Houston reports the Board of Commissioners approved a permit for construction of a three-story office building behind Wendy’s at Mint Hill Pavilion.
  • Leslie Southerland talks about her friend spotting tennis star Andy Roddick and girlfriend Brooklyn Decker at Target in Matthews.
  • Adam Houston reports former Butler football star Kenneth Moore signed with the Carolina Panthers.
  • Garden columnist Joyce Lavene encouraged everyone to plant a tree to save heating and cooling costs.
  • Tim Long and Adam Houston reported on last Friday’s football action and previewed this week’s games. Butler faces East Meck at 7 pm Friday at Butler, and Independence travels to Providence at 7 pm Friday.
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Independence surpasses goal in blood drive

Congrats to Independence High School, which recently collected 96 pints of blood in a recent blood drive. The goal was 90 pints. Independence is the only CMS school with three blood drives a year. The next blood drive is December 4, and the goal is 108 pints. The public is invited to give. The blood drives are sponsored by Health Occupation Students of America students and their teachers/sponsors, Jenny Crawford and Anne McElwee.

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