Mint Hill Legion Baseball summer season gets underway

By Leah Schmalz

The Mint Hill Marines Juniors took on the Huntersville Huskies in their second conference game of the season on Monday.

The Mint Hill Marines Juniors took on the Huntersville Huskies in their second conference game of the season on Monday.

The summer season has started up for the Mint Hill Legion Baseball teams. The season will continue through the month of June with playoffs beginning on July 1. This year Mint Hill will host the Junior Legion Area 4 semi-finals on July 5, 6 and 7 and the finals on July 11, 12, and 13 at Independence High School.

“Like I told them today, ‘Right now we’re the ingredients and we’ve got to blend you into a team,’” said Coach Kelly Moore. He said the team this year is comprised of younger players than last year’s team, which had 11 members go on to play college baseball. “That just makes our jobs as coaches more fun,” he said. “We’ve got big shoes to fill from last year.”  Continue reading

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Clear Creek Elementary holds ‘Rock the Test’ pep rally

By Leah Schmalz

The Mint Hill Times

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 3.11.48 PM“I believe that we’ll make 5’s!” was the cheer echoing through the gymnasium at Clear Creek Elementary School last Wednesday afternoon. The school held a pep rally for third, fourth and fifth graders in anticipation of End of Grade testing.  
“You say to yourself, ‘What is Miss Heath thinking letting us come in here and scream like maniacs two days before end of grade tests?’” said Principal Debbie Heath. “I was thinking you need a break. Today what we are doing is celebrating the fact that you are going to blow the lid off the EOGs.” 
After breaking through a “Rock the Test,” banner, Heath and the teachers performed a dance they had learned just for the students, who responded with cheers and applause.  Continue reading
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Girls Soccer Independence & Butler. Independence Senior night.

The Rocky River Ravens girls’ soccer team visited Independence High School Tuesday afternoon looking to upset Indy on their final home game of the season and Indy’s senior night.

Indy got goals from four different players to take a take a 5-0 win over the Ravens.

The Patriots’ first goal came at the 6:01 mark in the first half when Mariel Guns scored
to give Indy a 1-0 lead.
17:52 into the second half, Indy’s Maddy Little broke free and scored the Patriots’
second goal.
Six minutes later, Indy’s Jocelyn Guzman added the third putting Indy up 3-0.  And just
twenty-six seconds later Karla Herrea added the fourth goal making the score 4-0 Indy.
The Patriots rounded out the scoring with one minute left when Mariel Guns scored her
 second goal giving the Patriots the victory over the visiting Ravens 5-0.
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Independence students celebrate global youth service day

Continue projects to serve the children of South Sudan

By Michele Dotson

After hearing about the global issues impacting South Sudan and other countries around the world, students designed their own t-shirts addressing issues of education, hunger, poverty, protecting renewable resources, and especially, peace.

After hearing about the global issues impacting South Sudan and other countries around the world, students designed their own t-shirts addressing issues of education, hunger, poverty, protecting renewable resources, and especially, peace.

April 11 was Global Youth Service Day, and students in the Academy of International Studies (AIS) at Independence High School celebrated their successes in helping to provide a school and clean drinking water for the children of South Sudan.

For the past three years AIS students have been working to raise awareness and funds for children living in substandard conditions in a tiny country in northeastern Africa.

“In 2011, we held a spaghetti dinner and raised $1,500 for the school in South Sudan,” says senior Rachel Casale, who is president of the Interact Club. “In 2012, we sponsored the Carry the Jerry 5K to help fund clean water at the school, and we raised $2,000.”

Casale explained to the attentive crowd that in 2013, AIS students participated in the Any1Can Project where over 2,000 area students designed t-shirts raising awareness about a variety of global issues such as peace, education, water conservation, tolerance, hunger, and poverty. Continue reading

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Kelly Lewis named athletic director of the year

By Michele Dotson

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Independence High School Athletic Director Kelly Lewis was named Athletic Director of the Year for North Carolina at the NCADA spring conference in Asheville on March 23.

Kelly Lewis was named Athletic Director of the Year by the North Carolina Athletic Director Association (NCADA) at the 2014 spring conference in Asheville, NC on March 23.

Lewis, who has been athletic director (AD) at Independence for 10 years, was honored at the spring conference at the Grove Park Inn.

The North Carolina Athletic Directors Association was formed in 1970 by the late Bob Jamieson of Greensboro, and others, with the hopes of providing athletic directors a forum for sharing their common concerns and problems while growing professionally.

Independence High School principal Amy Dellinger says Lewis has many responsibilities, and he is a true professional. Continue reading

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Car restoration honors father-in-law showcases talent he inspired

By Michele Dotson

Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 9.14.22 PMWhen Doug Pressley was a youngster growing up in Mint Hill, he liked to tear things apart and put them back together again. But it wasn’t until he was in high school and started spending time with his future father-in-law that he began to see that his talent for fixing mechanical things could lead to a lucrative career.

“As a kid, I liked to take my bike apart and put it back together,” says Pressley. “I didn’t think much of it, but when I started working with my future father-in-law on his ’54 Chevy truck, he encouraged me pursue it as a vocation.”

Pressley credits Doug Sloan for encouraging him to pursue training in automotive repair; a career that spanned 30 years. Continue reading

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