Former Miss USA and Big I grad dating Twins star

Chelsea Cooley

Chelsea Cooley, born in Mint Hill and an Independence High School grad, is rumored to be dating Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins. Mauer, whose Twins played the Chicago White Sox last night for a chance to reach the playoffs, was the American League batting champion two of the last three seasons. Cooley has appeared on David Letterman and Deal or no Deal in addition to winning Miss USA in 2005. She now is a partner in Standout Productions, a leadership consulting firm.

Cooley and Mauer have not offically announced they are dating, but the chatter on Twins message boards would suggest they are an item.

Last year, former Butler student and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker began dating tennis superstar Andy Roddick.

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Butler and Independence games rescheduled yet again

The Butler-Ardrey Kell and Independence-Myers Park football games were rescheduled yet again. Now they will be played Monday, October 6 at 7 pm. The games, originally to be played last Friday night, were canceled because of rain. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools then changed the games to Monday, but because that fell on a Jewish holiday, moved the games to Wednesday. Now they are moved to one week from today.

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Tonight’s Butler, Independence games postponed

Butler and Independence football games tonight have been postponed due to rain according to Butler Athletic Director Jim Boone and Independence Athletic Director Kelly Lewis. The games were moved to Monday at 7 pm when Butler will face Ardrey Kell at Bulldog Stadium and Independence will take on Myers Park at Patriot stadium.

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Big I student semifinalist for scholarship

Yonas Soloman, a student at Independence High, was named a semifinalist for the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Soloman is one of 16 CMS students still in the running or the scholarship, which annually awards 800 scholarships worth $2.6 million to black high school seniors. The winners will be announced in April. Continue reading

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Fire spotted during Big I fire drill

No one was hurt when an oven caught fire at Independence High School during a 9:15 am fire drill, reports WSOC-TV. The oven is in a classroom once used for home economics. A teacher spotted the smoke as students and teachers headed outside for fire drill. The fire was quickly extinguished.

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