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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Police looking for robbery suspect

Matthews Police is asking for your help in catching an armed robbery suspect. Police said a black male robbed the CiCi’s Pizza on Windsor Crossing Drive on Sunday at 8 am. The suspect smashed a glass door, then assaulted and robbed an employee while inside.

He escaped in a green Ford Explorer. Matthews police say the suspect is approximately 5-foot-11, 210 pounds. He was wearing a white shirt, black shorts, a black baseball cap and athletic shoes.

Matthews Police asks you to call the department, 704-847-4069, if you have any information about the incident.

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County employees could shift to 4-day work week

WSOC-TV is reporting Mecklenburg County Commissioner Dan Ramirez will propose at Tuesday’s meeting the board study a plan calling for county employees to work 4-day work weeks. Some employees would work Monday-Thursday, and the rest will work Tuesday- Friday. Sounds like a pretty good idea…

The state of Utah is shifting to a 4-day work week for most state employees. The savings are estimated to be $3 milllion a year in energy costs.

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