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Independence aces national list

By Charles Kelleher Harris

Independence High School has been named one of the countries’ best high school by the popular reporting and opinion website The Daily Beast.

“Our mission [is] to create a college and career ready culture,” said Independence High School Principal Amy D. Dellinger, “[We want our students to be] prepared for success regardless of their choice after high school i.e. college, military or the work face.”

Dellinger said that Independence applied for the opportunity to be placed on The Daily Beast list.

Dellinger has spent 23 years in education, the last four of which have been as Independence principal.

Dellinger said that the school has worked hard to develop four-year plans for each student, to help develop a specific vision for their future.  […]

By |September 12th, 2014|Around Town, Good deeds, Independence High School|1 Comment

Football Notes: Independence vs. South Meck

By Ron Morris

Independence traveled to South Mecklenburg Friday night and started off their season with an explosive offensive performance giving the Patriots a 49 – 0 win over South Mecklenburg.

The Patriots took the opening kick off and put together a 80 yard drive, capped off by a touchdown pass from quarterback Kevin Hopkins to Pierre Lockwood with 6:56 to go in the first quarter.
After the opening drive, the Patriots’ offense slowed down and led 7 – 0 with 4:26 left in  the first half.  The Patriots then scored three touchdowns in the final 4:26 giving them a 28 – 0 halftime lead.
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By |August 28th, 2014|Around Town, Independence High School|2 Comments

Local youth raises funds for police K-9 Unit

By Charles Kelleher Harris

When most of think of those who protect and serve, we imagine them standing on two legs. But some of the greatest assets to law enforcement agencies around the world work on four legs.

Recently the Mint Hill Police Department acquired too such crime fighters.

Blitz and Ivy are Dutch German Shepherds trained specifically to assist police in a variety of areas.

“We use them for tracking, trailing, appre- hension and evidence searches,” said Mint Hill Police Officer Robbie Owens who along with Officer Billy Gilman manages the K-9 unit.

Since the K-9s are often placed in precarious situations, their protection is important.

To that end, a Charlotte boy decided to make things a little safer for Blitz and Ivy.

“I care for the dogs that help us in everyday situations,” said 12 year- old Landon Weyenberg, “I wanted to be sure that these dogs, were better protected, as they work to protect us.

Weyenberg decided that he would hold a fundraiser to help purchase bullet proof vests for Blitz and Ivy.

Weyenberg said that after hearing about Mint Hill PD’s recent K- 9 acquisition, he called Chief Tim Ledford and inquired about K-9 vests. Ledford explained that the purchase was costly, around $800 per vest.

With the help of his parents, Weyenberg created a fundraising site at CROWDRISE.com. Word spread quickly and in only four days $1,800 was raised.

“It was truly a testament to how giving people can really be,” said Landon’s mom

Angela, “Of course it makes me proud that my 12 year old son chose to do something of this nature, in order to help with a need for one of our local communities. But what makes it really great was that he chose something that he is passionate about…dogs!”

Landon, who attends Hickory Grove Christian School, hopes that his efforts will help inspire others to follow in his footsteps.

Meanwhile Angela said that the entire family has been motivated.

“This project has given our whole family reasons to continue this cause,” she said.

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By |August 20th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

Mint Hill Lions Club shows appreciation

It was a night of appreciation and a time to say thank you at the Mint Hill Lions Club regular meeting last Tuesday. The club hon- ored Janelle Smith and Tonya Eudy, manager and co-manager of the Mint Hill BiLo for their tireless work.

The club also thanked Billy Kiser for his support of the club and with his donations and assistance at the annual car show held in the BiLo parking lot.

Alan McKenize, president of the Mint Hill Lions Club, presented

a $600 check donation to Sydney Eudy for the VIP fishing trip to the Outer Banks, where sight impaired individuals experience ocean fishing.

The funds will assist them for the next trip where prizes are given out for the largest catch and the most fish caught.

The Mint Hill Lions Club meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, except dur- ing July and August.

All meetings begin at 7 pm and take place at Jimmies Restaurant on Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

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By |August 20th, 2014|Around Town, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

It takes me to a different place

By Charles Kelleher Harris

Glenwood Barnes loves working with his hands. For the last 12 years he has worked creating beautiful custom made cabinetry.  But his craftsmanship with woodworking is only the beginning of Barnes creativity.  “When I was a kid I didn’t do to good in school,” Barnes said, “But I was creative.”  Barnes was born in Lancaster, South Carolina but raised primarily in Philadelphia. Barnes was one of 13 children.  In his late teens Barnes began taking art classes at a Philadelphia night school. It was there that his true talent blossomed.  Recognizing his skill, Barnes tried, unsuccessfully to garner attention for his work. Frustrated, Barnes put his brushes away for a very long time.  “I stopped,” Barnes recalled, “I lost interest.”  Meanwhile, Barnes and his wife of 25 years, Vernere, raised theirñ three children.  During the lull in his painting, Barnes began practicing Tai Chi and focused on woodworking.  After returning to Charlotte in the 1990s, his interest in painting was sparked anew.  While continuing to work in cabinetry with Metro Woodcrafter Inc, Barnes studied at Mint Hill Arts under Carlos Cotera.  […]

By |August 6th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|19 Comments

Art Around the Block set for Friday

 

Join local artists and neighbors at the Mint Hill community’s first ever Art Around the Block event Friday, August 1, from 7-9 pm. It will be an evening of fine art, music, demon- strations, entertainment and much more.

Recognizing that art and other cultural venues are flourishing in Mint Hill, artists, neighbors, and local businesses gathered […]

By |July 31st, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|24 Comments