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Independence students push on in trophy restoration

By Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

For an entire school year, students at Independence High School have been working to restore a chunk of school history from rusting and decaying in the basement.

The Independence DREAM Team, a group of student leaders, have been working to clean up and repair hundreds of trophies that were moved to a flood-prone basement years ago.

The trophies date as far back as the 60s, and encompass all sports and academic competitions, from football and basketball to scholars’ bowl and Future Farmers of America.

Beginning at the start of the school year, U.S. History teacher and advisor to the DREAM Team, Noel Hamrick, started taking the trophies out, cleaning them, and putting them on display in the media center.

Hamrick, who graduated from Independence in 1995, has even seen names of her classmates on trophies that the group has worked to repair.

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Local graduates stand out

Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Makaylah Heyward, Rocky River High School

Makaylah Heyward is the definition of a standout student, involved in plenty of extracurriculars, a leader among her peers, and driven.

She transferred from Harding University High School to Rocky River to start her junior year, and had already been the captain of the volleyball team, a member of JROTC, and a volunteer at a local rehabilitation center, where she was introduced to physical therapy, which she intends to study in college.

At Rocky River, she serves as Battalion Commander and Lieutenant Colonel with the JROTC, which started at Rocky River the same year she did.

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By |June 13th, 2013|Around Town|2 Comments

Camp SOAR hits new heights in thirteenth year

By Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Bob Bowler has been a volunteer with Special Olympics for 29 years. In that time, he noticed that everything shut down in the summer, and saw the need for a camp for Special Olympics athletes. Camp SOAR was born.

Camp SOAR, or Special Olympics Athlete Retreat, began in 2000, with no small effort from Bowler, who after seeing the need, started to look around for locations. He decided to try for the Levine Jewish Community Center in Charlotte and called Barry Schumer, the assistant executive director of the center, to make a lunch meeting and discuss his plans.

“They show up, we shake hands, and they said ‘What do you want to talk about?’,” said Bowler. “I said, ‘Well, I don’t have any money, but I’ve got a lot of visions, dreams, and hopes that you can help me. I want to start a day camp for the special needs community.”

Bowler’s timing was impeccable, since the JCC was then trying to do more community outreach, and the rest is history.

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By |June 13th, 2013|Around Town|1 Comment

It’s Your Business: MaidPro

Kurt Van Horn has been running a home cleaning service for the past seven years. Starting out in Wingate, with Clean Carolina, Van Horn grew the business as far as he could by himself, and at the be- ginning of 2012, signed on with MaidPro, a national franchise based in Boston.

“I love the MaidPro model, it’s real, real good. It’s very customer-service oriented, which is where my heart is anyway, so MaidPro was a very, very good fit for me,” said Van Horn. “They really care about the franchisee and they care about the quality of clean for their customers.”

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By |May 30th, 2013|Around Town|1 Comment

Philadelphia Presbyterian working to increase organ donation awareness

An organ donation can save a life. Sometimes, it is the only thing that can, and knowing as much as possible about how the organ donation system works could help save many lives.

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, 118,211 people are waiting for an organ, 18 people will die each day waiting for an organ, and a single organ donor could save as many as eight lives.

Spurred by a member of the congregation who needs an organ transplant and his family, Philadelphia Presbyterian has been actively promoting organ donation awareness.

Doctors discovered a tumor in Philadelphia Presbyterian member Tom Watson’s liver last December, and since mid-February, Tom has been on the list for a new liver, which is the most-needed organ transplant in the U.S., with 96,249 people on the waiting list.

“It’s definitely the support to know that people are surrounding us and trying to take this opportunity to move forward and help people in the future so that there are more people aware of the good things about being an organ donor,” said Mardy Watson, about what the program has done for her and her husband.

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By |May 30th, 2013|Around Town|0 Comments

Mint Hill News of Note: May 30

 

June Tunes

This June, the Town of Mint Hill is once again hosting June Tunes, a concert series featuring live performances from different bands each Friday evening, at 7:30, at the Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane. The concerts are free to attend and good for all members of the family. Concert goers […]

By |May 30th, 2013|Around Town|0 Comments