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Memorial honors USAF Capt. Glenn Cook

By Andrew Stark

It had been 45 years since Capt. Glenn Richard Cook died serving his country while in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. His 0-2 Skymaster had gone down in the thick jungles of the Nihn Thuan Province in the Republic of Vietnam and despite mass searches, neither his plane nor his body were ever recovered.
When Cook’s sister, Jan Cook Bradley, and a group of her brother’s old friends and classmates got together at a recent event, the talk quickly turned to Cook and the group realized he’d never received a proper burial.
That set the tone for a special memorial ceremony, which was held May 31 at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
As the date approached and Jan began preparing for travel to Mint Hill from her Florida home, she wondered out loud how many people would attend a memorial service for a fallen military hero 45 years after his death.
But as the May 31 ceremony got underway, both sides of the Sunset Memorial drive were packed with more than 250 attendees who came to give thanks to a fallen hero. […]

By |June 5th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

Mint Hill Madness pictures

Photos by Leah Schmalz

By |May 25th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History, Mint Hill Madness|0 Comments

Patriots get tough first test on gridiron

By Andrew Stark

First-year Independence football coach Justin Hardin won’t have any time to ease into his new role as the leader of the Patriots.

CarolinaPreps.tv released the schedule for its third-annual Kickoff Night, a grouping of two games that annually kick off the football season in a stand-alone format, and the Patriots are on tap for the nightcap for the third straight year.

After bulldozing South Meck with 49-0 wins each of the past two seasons, the Patriots will get a little tougher challenge this year in two-time defending Class 4-AA champion Mallard Creek at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 22, a Saturday, at approximately 8 p.m.

The Independence-Mallard Creek game will be played 30 minutes after the kickoff game of Charlotte Country Day and Myers Park concludes. […]

By |May 22nd, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, History, Independence High School|0 Comments

Chasing Dreams

By Andrew Stark

Bain Elementary School third- through fifth-grade boys learned about fitness, teamwork and character in Xcel 2 Fitness, a program new to the school this year.

What do swimming noodles, cones, tennis balls, climbing ladders and a group of third- to fifth-graders have in common?

To elementary school boys involved in Xcel 2 Fitness, those are the building blocks to friendship, self-confidence, athleticism and teamwork, and they’ve been on display since Bain Elementary began its program this fall.

“They have noodles, cones and everything else out here and (outsiders) probably look at it like, ‘OK, what is this going to do for them?’” Bain instructor and physical education teacher Jake Doster said. “But if they can get together and do games and activities that are put together in a curriculum and work as a team, that’s what sports pretty much are.

“They’re running through ladders and improving their agility and working on things like that. Everything is based around fitness and developing as teammates.” […]