The angry Steve Smith returns. (Good!)

Steve Smith’s temper has flared up again. Smith, the Panthers’ No. 1 receiver, was involved in a fist fight with cornerback Ken Lucas. The Associated Press reported Lucas was carted off the field with an ice pack over his left eye.

Smith was charged with assault in 2002 after he punched Anthony Bright during a film session. Bright suffered a broken nose and spent two nights in the hospital.

The 5-foot-9 Smith is supposed to punish opponents’ cornerbacks, not his teammates.

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Yet another school gets trashed

Butler High was the victim of vandalism in June.

Butler High was the victim of vandalism in June.

Providence High is the third victim this summer of high school property damage. Arsonists set fire to three sheds near the school’s softball field. Two sheds housed Panther football practice equipment and the third was used by the Matthews Athletic Association. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools estimated the fires caused roughly $31,000 in damage.

Security cameras at the school caught a dark-colored sedan on Providence school grounds that night.

Butler High and Northeast Middle were also vandalized earlier this summer. Perpetrators broke windows at the schools, and they destroyed televisions and computers at Butler. The damage at Butler and Northeast was an estimated $58,000.

No suspect has been named in either case. Please contact CMS police or Matthews police if you have any information.



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The real reason Bridges halted construction?

Retail Traffic Magazine has an interesting story about the slow down in shopping center development. As you might have guessed, it has more to do with the slow down in the economy and less about offsite-onsite issues, which is what General Growth Properties is saying about their Bridges at Mint Hill project. From Retail Traffic:

Consumers are checking discretionary spending and, seemingly everyday, new retailers come out with announcements that they are filing for bankruptcy, shuttering stores and constraining expansion plans. As a result, construction is coming to a screeching halt at projects across the country as developers reevaluate proposed centers’ economic viability.

Most recently, site work of the planned 215-acre open-air center, Bridges at Mint Hill in Charlotte, N.C., came to a halt. Chicago-based General Growth Properties and local partner Childress Klein Properties originally announced plans for the center in June 2005. It was slated to open in 2007. A series of delays pushed projected completion back to 2009. As for now, no new timeline has been announced.

General Growth announces second quarter earnings after the market closes today, so that should be a good indicator of the financial state of the company.

**Update: General Growth reported an increase in earnings for the second quarter. The company seems strong, so maybe this halt in construction of the Bridges is just that: a halt. Mayor Ted Biggers and Town Manager Brian Welch seem confident mall construction will pick back up in the new year. So far, there’s no reason to doubt that.

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New town hall looks elegant, but…

…dare we say a touch boring? Readers of The Mint Hill Times are also telling us it looks too much like Matthews’ town hall. There’s not too many fans of the current town hall design–the glassy modern (and somewhat environmentally friendly) building–but it distinguished itself among other town halls in Mecklenburg County.

Oh well, can’t have the cake and eat it too.

Here’s the first floor-plan (preliminary plan, the architects and town officials stress). Over all, it’s going to be a huge upgrade to downtown Mint Hill.

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Mint Hill gals meet Jonas Bros!

If you are older than, say 30, and you don’t have kids, then you probably don’t know who the Jonas Brothers are. Remember Hanson? Or how about New Kids on the Block? Think of them along those lines, but just a touch cooler. The Jonas Brothers are the “it” boy band these days, and three young ladies from Mint Hill were lucky enough to meet them at the concert in Charlotte this week. Michelle Arpas of Mint Hill, whose daughter was one of the lucky girls to meet the band, said the night was “brutally hot and sweaty – and they LOVED every second of it.” They being Mariya Koval, Cassie Giordani & Trisha Arpas who are posing with Kevin, Nick & Joe of the Jonas Brothers.

The Jonas Mobile!

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MH’s Edwards named to SPAC

Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) announced today the addition of Robin Edwards to its South Piedmont Advisory Council, which comprises Cabarrus, Gaston, Mecklenburg and Union counties.
Edwards, who is a the human resources director for the Town of Mint Hill, will be a part of LGFCU’s volunteer-driven initiative not only to educate people on the benefits of Credit Union membership, but also to relay feedback to management regarding available/potentially available products and services, delivery of service and member needs.

Advisory Council members, who represent the philosophical character of the Credit Union and contribute their time without compensation, function as LGFCU’s eyes and ears throughout the state, serving as liaisons between Credit Union members and non-members and LGFCU management.

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