Butler and Independence scrimmage tomorrow, but not each other

[singlepic=8,150,150,,right]High school football preseason kicks off tomorrow in the Mint Hill area. Butler High gets things started with a scrimmage at 7 am against Olympic at home. Independence gets its preseason underway at 7 pm at Independence against Charlotte Catholic. The last two scrimmages against Charlotte Catholic have been unlucky for the Patriots. One was canceled because of weather, and tight end Mario Carter tore an anterior cruciate ligament last year. Carter now plays for N.C. State.

Butler and Independence open the regular season August 29. The Bulldogs play North Meck at Butler, and the Patriots take on the Olympic Trojans at Independence.

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Mint Hill Madness is almost here…

Town maintenance workers beutify Matthews-Mint Hill Road in preparation for Mint Hill Madness next month.

Town maintenance workers beautify Matthews-Mint Hill Road preparing for Mint Hill Madness next month.

Wow, it’s almost Mint Hill Madness time again. How do we know? The town’s maintenance crew is already at work making sure the parade route looks nice. The crew was out this morning creating a mini-dust storm along Matthews-Mint Hill Road, weed-eating and mowing. A street-cleaning truck and blower followed closely to get the dirt and grass clippings.

Mint Hill Madness is September 26-28 at the Park on Fairview (Hwy. 218) in Mint Hill. The Madness parade begins at 9:30 am on September 27. Check with Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce if you have any questions.

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Mint Hill Police need your help catching a thief

Dollar General on Lawyers Road, August 4, 2008:

This guy walks past the store office, sees a phone cord stuck in the safe door, grabs the cash, and walks out. His partner, and probable lookout, buys something to distract the clerk so the thief can exit. (Notice that the lookout guy has to borrow money from the thief.)
Mint Hill Police say the two guys took advantage of a frazzled new employee at Dollar General and they probably scoped the place out beforehand.

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Eastland mall cuts hours

The ice rink is now closed at Eastland Mall.

The ice rink is now closed at Eastland Mall.

The saga of Eastland Mall continues. Today, it was announced operating hours were being cut for the interior section owned by Glimcher Realty Trust. The venerable white box mall will be open from 11 am to 7 pm on weekdays and from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturdays. The interior stores will be closed Sundays. The three anchor stores, Dillard’s, Sears and Burlington Coat Factory will not be affected and will keep current hours.

In yesterday’s Mint Hill Times, we reported Dillard’s had already closed. The store was supposed to close this month, but officials decided to postpone the closing for one more month.

Watch a video of Eastland Mall in 1979 from YouTube.

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