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Independence High School hires new football coach

Q&A with Coach Justin Hardin
After Independence dropped a bombshell by announcing that second-year football coach Joe Evans would not return to the program in 2015, the Patriots took less than two weeks to find its new coach.
And they may have struck gold, hiring former Providence and Weddington coach Justin Hardin.
Hardin was a star quarterback at Kannapolis’ A.L. Brown where he played for his father, Bruce, a North Carolina Athletics Directors Hall of Fame coach who recently stepped down at Providence Day and is the orchestrater of 332 career wins.
Hardin went on to play quarterback at The Citadel, and had assistant coaching stops in high school and college before getting his first head coaching job at Weddington High in  2009. That season he inherited an 0-11 team but posted a 14-11 record the following two seasons. After a year as an assistant at Rock Hill South Pointe, Hardin returned to the coaching ranks at Providence, where he posted am 18-9 record in two seasons, including a 10-4 mark this year.
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By |March 25th, 2015|Around Town, Featured Posts, History, Independence High School, Sports|0 Comments

Mint Hill Family Escapes Overnight Blaze

A Mint Hill family of five and the family cat escaped an overnight fire at their home on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 28.

The fire, which burned the roof off the family’s home at 7302 Forrest Rader Drive in the St. Ives neighborhood off Truelight Church Road, left two burnt cars in the garage, another burnt SUV in the driveway and mass destruction on the property.

“Property-wise it looks like a total loss,” said Mint Hill Fire Chief David Laeth. “There were five family members, and everyone is OK, but there is a lot of property loss.”

Laeth described the scene as he and firefighters first responded to the call around 3:30 on Wednesday morning.

“The whole roofline was on fire when we arrived,” Laeth said. “We had flames coming through the roof at that time, and we had partial collapse on one end of it when we got there to start to put out the fire. […]

By |January 30th, 2015|Around Town, Breakiing News, Featured Posts|0 Comments

On Point

Two Independence High School students will be headed to the United States Microsoft MOS PowerPoint National Championship after nailing a perfect score on their local 2013 PowerPoint exams.

Senior, Nataly Antal and freshman Jacob Pearson both scored perfectly on their 2013 exam.

“Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification is the leading IT certification in the world. More than […]

By |January 14th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Independence High School, Schools|0 Comments

Independence High School students raise money for regional theater conference

By Leah Schmalz

After an impressive per-ormance at the North Carolina Theater Conference’s regional and state play festivals in November, Independence High School’s cast and crew for The Dancers will take the play to the

Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) in Chattanooga, Tenn., in March.

The cast and crew received the award for Distinguished Play at the previous two […]

By |January 14th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Independence High School|0 Comments