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J.H. Gunn kindergarten teacher wraps up successful career

By Leah Schmalz

TyJuana Shaw loves the color purple.

So when J.H. Gunn Elementary, the school where she teaches kindergarten, told everyone to dress in purple one day during the final week of classes, she was excited.

When she arrived at school to discover the day was held in her honor, she was absolutely elated.

Purple Day was one of several ways the students and staff commemorated Shaw’s retirement from teaching this year. She taught at Bain and Lebanon Road elementary schools before putting in 20 years at J.H. Gunn.  […]

By |June 18th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Breakiing News, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History, Schools|0 Comments

Girls lacrosse academies, travel team come to Mint Hill

This summer, girls as young as second grade can develop lacrosse skills while those in high school can join a travel team thanks to a newly launched organization, Carolina Crush Lacrosse.

About a month ago, Sandy Barnett, executive ad- ministrator of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, and Melissa LaDez, head varsity lacrosse coach at Independence High School with extensive experience as a player, decided to partner to pursue an idea close to both of their hearts.


Rocky River senior violinist named to Honors Orchestra

Sung Ju Park and Jacquelyn Caldwell, senior violinists from Rocky River High School, have been selected for CMS Honors Orchestra. Park and Caldwell participated in a two-day clinic at Mallard Creek High School Feb. 6 and 7 with a concert following. This is the second heart that both students have been selected for this Orchestra […]

By |February 24th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Rocky River High School|0 Comments

Rocky River Ravens on track for title run

By Andrew Stark

Rocky River has had an up-and-coming track and field program since the school opened in 2010, but the Ravens have not yet reached their pinnacle as they have never had a state champion. That might change on Feb. 14, as senior sprinter Kaylan Love-Soles and freshman high jumper Kenya Livingston look to make school history by taking gold at the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s indoor track and field championships at Winston-Salem’s JDL FastTrack.

“They can both do it,” Ravens coach Antoine Sidberry said. “Kenya has come out as a freshman and is (No. 2) in the state, and Kaylan is back from last year and has single-handedly changed the boys program.”

Love-Soles got his start as a freshman running on a 4×400 relay team that advanced to the state meet in 2012. That team featured Raven track and field all-timers Johnny Nunn, Quin Burkhalter and Tom Mathis, all upperclassmen who pushed their wide-eyed freshman into a leadership role. […]

By |February 9th, 2015|Around Town|0 Comments