Independence Leo Club Visits Lions Services Helps serve holiday lunch to visually impaired workers

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

On December 20, when the rest of their classmates were cracking the books at school and waiting for the end of the day to start their long holiday break, 17 Leo Club members boarded a bus to Lions Services on Tryon Street to help set up and serve the company’s annual Christmas luncheon.

Lions Services provides vocational rehabilitation and employment opportunities to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

The organization, founded in 1935 by the Charlotte Central Lions Club, provided employment for the blind. Initially, the goal was to employ WWI veterans to re-cane chairs.

In 1975, the company was incorporated as a nonprofit textile manufacturer with the purpose of providing vocational rehabilitation for people who are blind and became known as Lions Services, Inc.  Continue reading

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Independence Patriots Varsity basketball

The Independence Patriots varsity basketball teams opened their Southwestern 4A conference play at home Friday night against the Eagles of East Meck.

Girls
East Meck          72
Independence  35
After a close first quarter, the visiting Lady Eagles pulled away and earned a 72-35 conference win.  Camile Martin led the Lady Patriots with 13 points while Jayla Horton paced the Lady Eagles and led all scores with 18 points.
Scoring:
East Meck       13  22  16  21  -   72
Independence   8   7   10  10  -  35
East Meck:  Jayla Horton 18,  Zhamya Wills 16,  Ciera Rucker 13,  LaBria King 10,  Miya Bull 6,  Taylor Hudson 5,  Shatoya Alexander 2,  Rachel Collins 2.
Independence:  Camile Martin 13,  Lydajah Mcleod 7,  Monique Dubose 6,  Krysta Peterson 6,  Laryn Sullivan 3.
Boys
East Meck          61
Independence  66
In the boys’ game The Independence Patriots held off a fourth quarter rally by the East Meck Eagles to pick up the 66-61 win in the conference opener for both teams.  East Meck entered the fourth quarter trailing by 12 points and out scored the Patriots 26-19.
Tryle Poindexter led the Eagles with 20 points. Independence got another big night from Deion Lane who led all scores with 28 points along with 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocked shots.  He hit 5 out of 6 from the floor, 4 three pointers and went 6 for 6 from the line.  Workpeh Kofa also had a big night with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocked shots and 6 deflections.
Scoring:
East Meck          12  13  10  26  -    61
Independence  18  14  15  19  -    66
East Meck:  Tryle Poindexter 20,  John Rankin 10,  Ray’Quelle Days 8,  Reggie Smith 7,  Desmond Covington 6,  Jaylen McManus 4,  Charles Patton 4,  Cameron Stradford 2.
Independence:  Deion Lane 28,  Junior Bowen 9,  Workpeh Kofa 9,  Tayon Gleaves 8,
Marcus Thomas 7,  Matthew Statile 3,  Kadeem Harry 2.
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Indendence 39–Butler 46

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Indy 39 – Butler 46.  The Independence football season ended in the second round of the State Playoff with a loss to Butler for the second time this season.   Butler will advance to the third round of the State Playoffs friday night by traveling to and playing the number on seed West Forsyth.    Rocky River will also advance to the third round after beating Porter Ridge 37 to 29.  The Ravens  will travel to Greensboro to play Dudley High this Friday night.

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