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MHAA is thriving, planning for growth

By Andrew Stark

Since 1972, the Mint Hill Athletic Association has been providing kids in the area a chance to play recreational sports and offering all of the benefits that go with teambuilding, competition and good sportsmanship.

This year the association has added boys and girls tennis and wants to add lacrosse at some point in the future, but must first overcome the biggest issue the association faces, which is space.

The association uses the fields at Independence High School, Northeast Middle and Mint Hill Park on Hwy. 218, but is still having to turn away kids in its biggest sports. […]

CMS receives Safe Sports School Award

Nineteen Charlotte-Mecklenburg high schools, all with North Carolina High School Athletic Association athletic programs, have received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School award. The high schools are Ardrey Kell, Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, Butler, East Mecklenburg, Garinger, Harding University, Hopewell, William A. Hough, Independence, Mallard Creek, Myers Park, North Mecklenburg, Olympic, Providence, Rocky River, South Mecklenburg, Zebulon B. Vance, West Charlotte and West Mecklenburg.

The Safe Sports School Award advocates safety and schools which provide safe environments for student-athletes. The award recognizes the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment. […]

By |July 9th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Breakiing News, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Schools|0 Comments

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. 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