Meck county rakes in the tourist dollars

The Charlotte Business Journal is reporting Mecklenburg County took in $3.4 billion (yes, that’s BILLION) in tourist revenue last year–more than any other county in N.C. For those keeping score at home, that’s $388,127 every hour, of every day. Our question is where is that money being spent? And how do we get into the tourism business?

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Butler practices in dawg days of summer

Prospective Bulldogs took over two practice fields Tuesday morning preparing for the upcoming football season.Assistant coaches led players through various position drills while head coach Mike Newsome looked-in at each station. Newsome also advised some of the younger players about their position.

Butler had two water fountains to counter the effects of the early morning heat.

The Bulldogs finished last season 10-3 and open the 2008 season August 29 at home against North Meck.

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Ryan Houston looks lean and mean at UNC

Last year, former Butler Bulldog Ryan Houston entered UNC weighing a whopping 273 pounds–as a running back! He netted 145 yards and scored one TD playing a back-up role for the 2007 Heels. This season, Scout.com reports, he’s at 240 pounds and looks like a new man. He’s listed at No. 2 on the Tar Heel depth chart, but look for him to make huge strides this season. Butler’s head Coach Mike Newsome said he could one day see Houston playing in the NFL. He seems to be on the right path.

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Butler students head for Outward Bound

photo courtesy of ncobs.org

Twelve students from Butler High School, along with 36 other CMS high school students from Philip O. Berry, Myers Park and Vance high schools, will head out for an adventure tomorrow morning. The students will participate in Outward Bound in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The trip will last eight days and the students “will learn decision-making and leadership skills while rock-climbing and backpacking.” Sounds like a nice vacation before school starts.

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Memories of Eastland Mall?

I’m working on a story about the future of Eastland Mall. But you can’t look at the future without looking at the past. Feel free to e-mail adam@minthilltimes.com if you have any memories of working at the mall, shopping during the holiday season, or repeatedly falling on Eastland’s famous ice rink.

The story will be published August 7 in The Mint Hill Times, and your comments could be included.

-Adam Houston, Reporter

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Patriots get down to business

The Independence Patriots want to forget the sting of last year’s three-loss season. Coaches led kids through position drills and 7-on-7 drills on a warm, humid Monday morning as they head back to work for the upcoming season.

Don’t worry though. These kids aren’t running laps in the August heat, they are running to get some water during a short break.

Football practice started Friday at Charlotte-Mecklenburg high schools.

Look for more photos Thursday in The Mint Hill Times.

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