Big I rallies after shaky start

[singlepic=160,240,160,,right]Independence (3-0) got off to a rocky start Friday against Vance. Quarterback Anthony Carrothers completed only one of his first six passes as the Patriots failed to score on the opening drive for the first time this year.

“We just weren’t on the same page,” head coach Tom Knotts said. “We just kept perservering, and the defense stopped them.”

The Patriots and Carrothers rallied after an interception by defensive back Breon Thornton on the Vance 1. The Big I marched down the field in eight plays on the ensuing drive, scored its first touchdown of the night and never looked back.

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Butler-West Charlotte on radio tonight

The Butler-West Charlotte football game at Lion Stadium tonight will be broadcast live by WFNZ 610 AM radio. The game begins at 7 pm. The Bulldogs have never beaten the Lions going back to when Tom Knotts coached in the late 1990s. Last season, West Charlotte stunned an undefeated Butler team in week 4 when they beat the Bulldogs in Matthews. The game was eventual forfeited by West Charlotte because of eligibility issues, but coach Mike Newsome said that doesn’t matter to the players who want to win it legitimately on the field.

“We’re talking to our kids about doing something we’ve never done,” Newsome said.

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In this week’s Mint Hill Times

Madness is coming. Brace yourself.

This week in The Mint Hill Times:

mint-hill-idlewild-30.jpg•Tim reports on Idlewild Baptist’s 30th anniversary. The Rev. Michael Owens said the church, chartered in 1978, is blessed to have its strong membership.

•Adam reports the Lawyers Road sidewalk project was postponed by the Board of Commissioners. The board will revisit the issue in October.

•Adam reports on Monroe resident Garland Denny’s effort to increase benefits for veterans. Denny wants to create a new federal program to raise the necessary funds.

•Columnist D.G. Martin offers presidential candidate Barack Obama advice he collected over the years from some old school North Carolina politicians. He said Obama needs to have a sense of humor.

•Tim and Adam preview and recap Butler and Independence football. Butler takes on West Charlotte tonight at 7 pm on Senior Drive, and Independence travels to Vance. That game also starts at 7 pm.

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Area gas stations subpoenaed

mint-hill-quik-chek-locust.jpgAttorney General Roy Cooper sent subpoenas to seven gasoline retailers on Monday, some of whom were reportedly charging as much as $5.49 a gallon for regular gas on Friday. Cooper said retailers will have 10 days to explain why their prices were so high. The Quik Chek stations in Troy, Oakboro and Locust were included in the first round of subpoenas.

Mary Tyler of Midland said her brother called her about the possible gas shortage Friday morning. “He called me at work and said I’d better get some gas in my car. I got to the Hess Station and had to wait 30 minutes for gas.”

This story appeared courtesy of The Weekly Post, a community newspaper based in Locust covering west Stanly County.

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