Independence and Myers Park

On Friday night the Independence Patriots got double digit point totals from three 

different players in earning another Southwestern 4A Conference win by defeating the
 Myers Park Mustangs 75-51.  The victory keeps the Patriots at the top of the
Southwestern 4A Conference with a 9-1 record with two games remaining.
Workpeh Kofa led the Patriots with 19 points shooting 9-of-13 from the floor including a
 three-pointer.  Senior guard Tayon Gleaves added 16 points knocking down 7-of-12
 shots from the floor.  Deion Lane posted his 14th double-double with 13 points, 10
 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals and one blocked shot. Continue reading
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Independence and Portor Ridge

On Thursday night at the Grady Cole Center the Independence Patriots scored another 

conference victory 79-60 over the Porter Ridge Pirates.
Deion Lane and Tayon Gleaves paced the Patriots offensively scoring a combined 44
points on the night.  Deion poured in 23 points grabbed 12 rebounds and recorded his
13th double-double this year hitting 8-of-13 from the field with a three-pointer and going
6-of-9 from the line. Deion finished the night with 4 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocked shots.
Tayon Gleaves also had a big night with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. He was
 5-of-12 from the floor with two three-pointers and 9-of-10 at the foul line. Defensively
Tayon blocked 1 shot and played a tough defensive game the entire night guarding
Porter Ridge’s leading scorer.  Continue reading
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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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