Indpendence Patriots holds off Garinger Wildcats

The Independence Patriots boy’s basketball team maintained their top spot in the

Southwestern 4A Conference by holding off a strong effort by the Garinger Wildcat
 Tuesday night to earn the road win.
After leading by only two points, 19-17, at the end of the first quarter, the Patriots
opened the second quarter with a 17-0 run and clamped down defensively holding the
Wildcats to only four points in the second quarter.
Garinger outscored the Patriots 47-39 in the second half, but was unable to overcome
 Indy’s second quarter run, allowing Indy to pick up the 79-68 road victory. Continue reading
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Mint Hill businesses asked to help prepare next generation of workforce to compete globally

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com
 
Bill Anderson, Executive Director of MeckEd, addresses the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, hoping to garner support for workforce development at Independence High School.

Bill Anderson, Executive Director of MeckEd, addresses the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, hoping to garner support for workforce development at Independence High School.

Dr. Bill Anderson, Executive Director of MeckEd, made an impassioned plea to the members of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, January 24 at its monthly luncheon meeting at Pine Lake Country Club.

Anderson, a former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teacher, principal and central office administrator, feels high schools across the country are failing to provide options for high school students.

“60 percent of high school graduates go on to four-year college,” says Anderson. “Only 59 percent of those students actually have a degree by the time they’re 27.” Continue reading

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Queen’s Grant students win national theater awards

By Michele Dotson, Staff Writer  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com
 
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Students from Queen’s Grant Community School won a Freddie G Excellence in Acting group award at the 2014 Junior Theater Festival, held January 17, 18 and 19 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA.

The students also collected the Playbill VIP award.  The playbills for their next show will be printed and shipped to them free of charge by Playbill magazine.

Students Garrett Costin and Hannah Snyder were named to the Junior Theater Festival All-Stars, made up of two outstanding performers from each group attending the festival.  The All-Stars performed a song during the closing ceremony for all 4,500 festival attendees.

The Junior Theater Festival offers an opportunity for students and teachers to interact with thousands of others who share their passion for musical theater.   Continue reading

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Mint Hill Chili Cook-off Fundraiser

The Town of Mint Hill will hold the Arts & Science Council Chili Cook-off Fund- raiser Thursday, February 27, from 11: 30 am to 1:30 pm at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy, 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. The chili cook- off will raise funds to support the arts in Mint Hill. A $5 ticket will allow sampling of all the chili entries. If you would like to enter your chili, con- tact Margie Nichols at 704-545-9726 or mnichols@admin.mint hill.com. Registration forms may be obtained at www.minthill.com. Chili participants will need to have their chili at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy by 11 am.

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Tiderman picks up 200th win

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 10.38.58 AMIndependence’s Brian Tiderman picked up his 200th and 201st career wins at the 2014 Southwestern 4A Conference Wrestling Championship at Porter Ridge High School over the weekend. Tiderman won the confer- ence championship in the 220 lb. weight class with a first period pin over Butler’s Dean Looney. He was also voted the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler. Porter Ridge was the over all champion as the Pirates posted a score of 188.5. Independence, who was the regular sea- son champions, took second place with a score of 163.5. Butler placed third with 126 points. Myers Park earned fourth with 89 points. Rocky River was fifth 59.5. East Mecklenburg, 49 and Gar- inger 43 took sixth and seventh in the tournament. PHOTO BY RON MORRIS

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CWP Photo Booths

SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS

Picture 1Since starting her photography business in 2012, Candice Wood of Mint Hill, focusing on wedding photography, saw the great demand for photo booths and decided to jump on board.  Photo booths are a great addition to wedding receptions, providing a fun way to add to the photographs you have from your special day.  Also giving your guests a keepsake print, which can take the place of wedding favors if you chose.  Offering a variety of props, backdrops, print layouts and sizes, digital downloads, albums, and more, each event is customized to make your experience unique and fun! Photo booths aren’t limited to wedding receptions; they can bring entertainment to any party or event. With the new “open air” design growing in popularity, it makes photo booths much easier to transport and fit into almost any location. CWP Photo Booths uses the newest technology to make the booth work very smoothly. From the easy to use touch screen, one button start, to having a print in your hands almost instantly. Every booth is accompanied by a professional attendant to offer assistance and answer any questions. Continue reading

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