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Helping others after loss Parents of Izzy Martinez organize blood drive in honor of their late daughter. Page 12
Wilcox ready to lead CMS Clayton Wilcox signs superintendent contract. Page 6
Puppy Bowl II Charity event connects shelter dogs with families
Animal hospital opens today Get a sneak peak of the Piedmont Animal Emergency & Referral Center. Page 6
Page 6 The Carolina Panthers wonâ€™t be returning to the Super Bowl this year, but that hasnâ€™t deterred Matthews-based A Plus Garage Doors from organizing its second annual mock football game to find homes for shelter dogs. Photo by Chuck Eaton Photography
Crime Blotter 4 | Opinion 5 | Education 6 | Faith 10 | Calendar 11 | News Briefs 12 | Sports 13 | Classifieds 15
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Harold Arthur Hood Harold Arthur Hood, 86, passed away December 22, 2016 after a short stay at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Suffering from heart disease and COPD, he collapsed a few days earlier while at his doctor’s office, which happened to be next to the hospital. That proximity is what gave him time enough for all five children and seven grandchildren to see and talk to him. Harold Hood was born on February 2, 1930 in Lenoir, North Carolina. He was the oldest of three children born to Arthur and Ruby Hood, including his sister Martha Evelyn Hood, who has just passed away on January 5, 2017, and his brother Robert Neil Hood, who passed away in 1994. Harold graduated from Central High School in Lenoir in 1948 and attended Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory. In 1952, he entered the U.S. Army. After his military service, primarily in Germany, Harold returned to Lenoir-Rhyne and completed his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1957. The following year he married June Carolyn Simpson, then a 4-H agent in Caldwell County. They made their home in her native Mecklenburg County. After working as a Blue Cross insurance agent and at a material-handling company, Harold returned to school at what was then called Appalachian State Teachers College, where he received state certification to teach history, social studies, and business. He taught special education at Charlotte’s Piedmont Junior High School and Garinger High School, where he later served as assistant principal. After graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he worked in education administration — helping to develop Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s busing plan in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Swann desegregation case — and then became a school principal. Harold spent the last 18 years of his career as the principal of Matthews School, which was the state’s largest elementary school for many years. A Charlotte Observer story about his retirement in 1992 quoted many teachers, parents, and students about his leadership style, which combined long hours, an impressive memory, gentle persuasion, and lots of jokes. “He’s sort of a happy-go-lucky man that everyone really likes,” said one parent, a local politician. “He always knows what’s going on” and “is among the most observant people I know,” said one of his teachers. “He had a wonderful sense of humor,” said another teacher, “but he’s a no-nonsense person.” A secretary said he “handles everything so calmly, it’s beautiful to watch him work.” Harold was the first to arrive at school each morning, and often the last to leave. He also did many community events on behalf of the school — most notably riding in the town’s Stumptown Festival Parade (now called Matthews Alive Festival Parade) each year dressed as different characters, from Boss Hogg to Darth Vader. Among his cherished memories were the occasions when he got to sing with Charlotte’s legendary Briarhoppers string band, including at his retirement party. Harold spent his retirement getting reacquainted with the game of golf, working at his daughter’s swim school, leading his local VFW post, and holding court each morning with his friends at a Bojangles restaurant, where they would talk politics, solve all the world’s problems, and then munch on buttermilk biscuits. Harold was a voracious reader, from spy thrillers and history books to the editorial pages of the local papers. He is survived by his wife, June Simpson Hood of Mint Hill; son Harold Hood Jr. of Mint Hill; son John Hood and wife Traci of Raleigh; son David Hood and wife Sandi of Hickory; daughter Martha Sue Crowley and husband Gary of Charlotte; son Robert Hood of Wilmington; and grandchildren Wilson Hood, Callie Hood, Alex Hood, Andrew Hood, Walter Crowley, Lillian Crowley, and Carolyn Crowley. A memorial service was held on Monday, January 9, 2017 in the Fullwood Theater of the Matthews Community Center, after which family received friends at a barbeque lunch in the community center. In lieu of flowers, those so moved are encouraged to support the restoration of another historic Mecklenburg school building, Bain Academy, as a performance space and community center. Gifts can be made online at BainAcademyCenter.com or mailed to Historic Bain Restoration, 7427 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Suite 105-155, Mint Hill, NC 28227.
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Home Sales Date sold
28105 Alexander Ridge 1844 Danny Court Dec. 29 Ashley Creek 2010 Fairchelsea Lane Dec. 28 2029 Draymore Lane Dec. 22 Ashley Farms 3216 Rheinwood Court Dec. 13 Brandywine 2312 Chateau Court
Brightmoor 2312 Harefield Lane Dec. 29 947 Brightmoor Drive Dec. 21 1000 Brightmoor Drive Dec. 14 2413 Brightmoor Ridge Dr. Dec. 2 Callaway Plantation 9311 Clifton Meadow Dr. Dec. 19 9513 Clifton Meadow Dr. Dec. 13 Castle Cliff 8602 Castle Cliff Drive
Coachman Ridge 9318 Hunting Court Dec. 21 Deerfield Creek 11233 Creek Pointe Drive Dec. 28
Average Sales Price Date sold
Millstone Ridge 12935 Phillips Road Dec. 12
6928 Evans Road
Editor’s note: Information provided by the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association and www.sales.carolinahome.com
Chestnut Lake 7448 Beaufort Circle Dec. 15
Irongate 9902 Veramonte Court Dec. 16
Cheverton 5244 Cressingham Ct. 5316 Bellflower Lane 5227 Bellflower Lane
Ivystone 3707 Ashley Hall Drive
Dec. 22 Dec. 20 Dec. 1
$175,000 $150,000 $162,000
Jefferson Colony 8008 Jefferson Colony Rd. Dec. 29 8832 Brigadier Lane Dec. 19
Clear Creek Estates 14721 Eaglebrook Drive Dec. 30 14632 Clay Bank Drive Dec. 20
Lawyers Station 10233 Grand Junction Rd. Dec. 8
Clear Meadow 8537 Clear Meadow Ln. Dec. 22
Lemmond Acres 11525 Lemmond Acres Dr. Dec. 13
Dooley Acres 1049 Dooley Drive Dec. 9
Lynton Place 7929 Latchington Court Dec. 16 8027 Sherington Way Dec. 9
Eastside Estates 10524 Briarhurst Place Dec. 7
Fairfield Park 8357 Pine Field Court Dec. 30
Marlwood Acres 1629 Marlwood Circle Dec. 22 1147 Robinhood Circle Dec. 22
Marlwood Forest 6015 Timmons Court Dec. 28 6100 Trotters Ridge Rd. Dec. 2
McAlpine Glen 5127 Crane Point Drive Dec. 9
Mint Acres 7123 Truelight Church Rd. Dec. 14
Providence Hills 4213 Wallbrook Drive Dec. 1
St. Clair 2712 Old House Circle
Stratfordshire 501 Lynderhill Lane Dec. 12
Thornblade 1707 Spring Stone Drive Dec. 8
Weddington Meadows 4003 Banteer Road Dec. 6
Williams Station 2829 Williams Station Rd. Dec. 16
Windrow Estates 14101 Hackamore Drive Dec. 16 3221 Windrow Lane Dec. 9
Winterbrooke 2515 Oxborough Drive Dec. 30
Fairington Oaks 6332 Northern Red Oak Dr. Dec. 13
Farmwood 5308 Fowler Farm Road Dec. 8 7121 Timber Ridge Drive Dec. 5
Glad Acres 4809 Lailwood Circle
Hartford Village 8215 Sunflower Road Dec. 6
Mintworth Village 9515 Mintworth Ave. Dec. 13
Heathergate 10015 Heathergate Lane Dec. 30
Morris Farms 8633 Milton Morris Drive Dec. 1
Hickory Ridge 6501 Trammel Lane Dec. 30 6631 Raeburn Lane Dec. 22 6700 Raeburn Lane Dec. 15 5718 Carved Oak Circle Dec. 6 6417 Woodthrush Drive Dec. 2
Oakbridge at Waterleaf 8524 Aspen Court Dec. 15 $428,855
$114,000 $159,000 $135,000 $70,000 $120,000
Olde Stonegate 6014 Gatekeeper Lane Dec. 19
Olde Sycamore 7809 Scottsburg Court Dec. 19
Hidden Forest 11425 Fernside Drive Dec. 14
$242,500 $294,500 $299,000 $275,000 $152,000 $194,500 $226,000 $312,000 $550,000
Wood Hollow 814 Winter Wood Drive Dec. 19 1308 Lightwood Drive Dec. 8
Hampton Green 1011 Bydeford Court Dec. 7
Bainbridge 4400 Bainview Drive
Hearthstone 3119 Quilting Road Dec. 16 10504 Rocking Chair Rd. Dec. 14
Heathers 2519 Fitzpatrick Lane
Apple Creek 10203 Mountain Apple Dr. Dec. 30
Glenwood Manor 3824 Hunters Run Lane Dec. 7
Bainbridge II 10612 Woodhollow Road Dec. 30
Birnam Woods 5566 Elsinore Place Dec. 21
Mallory Manor 938 Mangionne Drive Dec. 28 838 Stanhope Lane Dec. 20
Braewick 8823 Royal Scot Lane
Marshbrooke 9420 Marshbrooke Rd. Dec. 20
Brighton Park 6473 Hove Road Dec. 30 5104 Soaring Eagle Ln. Dec. 22 6327 Willow Branch Rd. Dec. 16
$92,000 $227,000 $236,000 $225,000
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Crime Blotter The Matthews Police Department reported the following incidents Dec. 26 to Jan. 2:
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Fraud • 1000 block of Sunnyview Circle: Credit card fraud. Dec. 26 • Best Buy, 2109 Matthews Township Pkwy., suite 400: Possession of fraudulent ID; credit card fraud. Dec. 28 • 200 block of Rosedale Lane: Fraud. Dec. 30 • Best Buy, 2109 Matthews Township Pkwy., suite 400: Obtaining money/property by false pretense. Jan. 1 • Suite Nectar Salons, 7928 Council Place, suite 106: Defrauding an innkeeper. Jan. 2 Property Thefts • 2100 block of Tommy Lane: $31 license plate stolen. Dec. 28 • Radio Shack, 11500 E. Independence Blvd., suite A: $29.99 light strip shoplifted. Dec. 29 • Radio Shack, 11500 E. Independence Blvd., suite A: $199.99 headphones shoplifted. Dec. 29 • 10500 block of Paces Avenue: $4,500 motorcycle stolen. Dec. 30 • 7800 block of Greylock Ridge Road: $21,000 automobile and $28 registration plate stolen. Dec. 30 • 100 block of Plantation Club Drive: $400 of drills stolen. Dec. 30 • 2000 block of Mt. Harmony Church Road: $425 iPad and $30 case stolen. Jan. 1 • Best Buy, 2109 Matthews Township Pkwy., suite 400: $263.99 of gear and $25 container shoplifted. Jan. 2 Property Damage • 10500 block of Paces Avenue: $1,000 of damage to car. Dec. 28 • 1700 block of Chambers Drive: $2,000 of damage to vehicle paint. Jan. 1
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Vehicle Break-Ins • Courtyard By Marriot, 11425 E. Independence Blvd.: $250 of damage to passenger window during vehicle break-in. Dec. 26 • 3000 block of Windsor Meadow Lane: $350 firearm stolen from a motor vehicle. Dec. 27 • 2900 block of Summerland Drive: $50 EZ Pass stolen from a motor vehicle. Dec. 31 • 1700 block of Walnut Crest Lane: Tools, cash, canvas bag, rags, oil, jumper cables and cleaning supplies, worth $114.50 total, stolen from a motor vehicle. Dec. 31 • 1800 block of Tanfield Drive: Breaking and entering of a motor vehicle. Jan. 2 • 2500 block of Annecy Drive: Larceny from a motor vehicle. Jan. 2 • 14000 block of Springwater Drive: $450 handgun and $35 magazine stolen during a vehicle break-in, causing $350 of damage to truck window. Jan. 2 • Holiday Inn Express, 9420 E. Independence Blvd.: $500 TV stolen during vehicle break-in, causing $200 of damage to two cars’ windows. Jan. 2 • Courtyard by Marriot, 11425 E. Independence Blvd.: $50 of coins and registration card stolen during vehicle break-in, causing $300 to side window, $300 to rear window and $300 of damage to driver’s side window. Jan. 2 • Hampton Inn, 9615 Independence Pointe Pkwy.: $250 of damage to rear driver side window during vehicle break-in. Jan. 2 • 14000 block of Springwater Drive: $10 rain poncho stolen from a motor vehicle. Jan. 2 • 14000 block of Horseback Circle: Larceny from a motor vehicle. Jan. 2
• 14000 block of Creekside Drive: Larceny from a motor vehicle. Jan. 2 • 14200 block of Springwater Drive: Breaking and entering a vehicle. Jan. 2 • 14000 block of Springwater Drive: Breaking and entering a vehicle. Jan. 2 • 14000 block of Springwater Drive: Larceny from a motor vehicle. Jan. 2 • 14000 block of Horseback Circle: $250 Bluetooth speaker stolen from a motor vehicle. Jan. 2 • 14000 block of Creekside Drive: $60 sweatshirt stolen during vehicle break-in, causing $350 of damage to passenger window. Jan. 2 • 14000 block of Creekside Drive: Breaking and entering of vehicle. Jan. 2 • 14000 block of Honeysuckle Ridge Road: $200 cash stolen during vehicle break-in. Jan. 2 • 14100 block of Honeysuckle Ridge Road: Breaking and entering of motor vehicle. Jan. 2 • 14000 block of Springwater Drive: Larceny from a motor vehicle. Jan. 2 • 14100 block of Honeysuckle Ridge Road: $115 of magazines with ammo stolen from a motor vehicle. Jan. 2 • 14000 block of Mareshead Lane: $30 cash, glove and $100 key to vehicle stolen during vehicle break-in. Jan. 2 • 2500 block of Annecy Drive: Larceny from motor vehicle. Jan. 2 • 14000 block of Horseback Circle: $199 Nintendo 3DS stolen from a motor vehicle. Jan. 2 • 14000 block of Horseback Circle: $1,200 laptop stolen from Nissan Frontier. Jan. 2 • 14300 block of Springwater Drive: Larceny from motor vehicle. Jan. 2 • 14100 block of Creekside Drive: Breaking and entering of vehicle. Jan. 2 • 14000 block of Springwater Drive: $25 of currency stolen during vehicle break-in. Jan. 2 • 2400 block of Annecy Drive: Breaking and entering of vehicle. Jan. 2 • 14200 block of Creekside Drive: Breaking and entering of vehicle. Jan. 2 • 14100 block of Creekside Drive: Breaking and entering of vehicle. Jan. 2 • 2200 block of Annecy Drive: $50 cash and $10 glove stolen from vehicle break-in. Jan. 2 • 14200 block of Creekside Drive: $22 flashlight and $5 of change stolen during vehicle break-in. Jan. 2 • 1800 block of Tanfield Drive: $300 cash stolen from motor vehicle. Jan. 2 • 2100 block of Annecy Drive: Breaking and entering of motor vehicle. Jan. 2 • 14000 block of Horseback Circle: Larceny from motor vehicle. Jan. 2 • 2000 block of Tanfield Drive: $2 cash stolen from motor vehicle. Jan. 2 • 14000 block of Springwater Drive: Larceny from a motor vehicle. Jan. 2 • 9600 block of Newby Lane: Larceny from motor vehicle. Jan. 2 • 1800 block of Tanfield Drive: Larceny from motor vehicle. Jan. 2 Home/Business Break-Ins • Target, 1900 Matthews Township Pkwy.: $1,000 of items stolen during a burglary with forcible entry, causing $600 of damage to padding around bay door. Dec. 26 • 1700 block of Privette Road: $600 of saws stolen during a break-in, causing $300 of damage to window. Dec. 29 • 800 block of East John Street: $400 Playstation 4 stolen during a break-in. Dec. 30 • 3300 block of Tracelake Drive: $50 wallet, $200 vehicle key, $60 cash, credit cards, $30 ID and hospital identification stolen during burglary with non-forced entry; credit card fraud. Jan. 1 Miscellaneous • 13600 block of O’Toole Drive: Harassment by electronic communication. Dec. 26 • Wendy’s, 11145 E. Independence Blvd.: Driving while license revoked; fictitious tag. Dec. 28
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CHARLOTTE – Clayton Wilcox is officially Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ new superintendent, after signing his contract at the school board’s Jan. 10 meeting. The four-year contract, which starts July 1 and ends June 30, 2021, was unanimously approved. Ericka Ellis-Stewart and Tom Tate were absent for health reasons. Wilcox will receive a base salary of $280,000, with a car allowance and an opportunity to earn up to 10 percent extra of his salary for discretionary performance compensation. The new superintendent spent the past few days around Charlotte and has already traveled back to Maryland, where he leads Washington County Schools. Wilcox plans to resign early next week, if not at the end of this week. Wilcox wants to spend more time in Charlotte, starting in mid-March, on a weekly to biweekly basis. He hopes to meet with media, community groups, chambers of commerce and rotary clubs. The new superintendent plans to connect with parents through social media and use a blog for biweekly updates that can be shared with the community. The superintendent can earn a daily rate up to 1/260th of his base salary for up to 80 days prior to his official start date. He hopes to become a permanent resident by April or May, but has not decided on a neighborhood. The board will pay him $15,000 to cover relocation costs. Wilcox feels he comes from humble beginnings, connecting with the outcomes of the re-
cessions, as well as families that aren’t well educated. His grandfather, who had no formal education, migrated from Mexico and encouraged his children and grandchildren to receive an education. Wilcox’s father received his GED Clayton Wilcox after serving in the military and went on to own a business that was lost to the recession. “My father went job to job to job, but he never lost sight of the family. He taught in us early on a dignity and value in all work,” Wilcox said. “That’s something I hope to bring to this district. That every one of us that are privileged to work at CMS bring value and should be appreciated. And we should all appreciate those we’re privileged to serve.” Wilcox has experience in the classroom, serving at small and large districts in an administrative capacity, as well as in the corporate field. “I think I have a wide variety of experiences that have uniquely positioned me to be the next superintendent of Charlotte,” Wilcox said. Wilcox said he read local media questioned why he would leave his lucrative job with Scholastic to then lead a small school district in Washington County, Maryland, with 22,000 students and $3 million budget. He originally went to Scholastic – the second largest publishing company in the U.S. – in New York as the vice president for business and corporate development, and after a year, became senior
Piedmont Animal Emergency & Referral Center opens today MATTHEWS – Piedmont Animal Emergency & Referral Center opened its 11,000-square-foot veterinary hospital Thursday, Jan. 12, at 2440 Plantation Center Drive. It’s slogan: “Exceptional Medicine, Compassionate Care.” The center is a “fear-free” certified emergency practice, with an inviting and spacious waiting area, private exam rooms, surgical suites and recovery areas. It also has an on-site laboratory, diagnostic tools, digital imaging and what’s billed as the state’s only hyperbaric oxygen chamber for animals. Services include cardiovascular monitoring, specialized tube and catheter placement, surgery, therapies, transfusion medicine, palliative care and pet bereavement. Staff is equipped to handle pet emergencies 24/7, 365 days a year, as well as work as an extension of the family veterinarian to provide comprehensive care Visit www.PiedmontVets.com for details.
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vice president for corporate and government relations. Within that role, he traveled across the country to promote literacy in large urban districts and within legislatures. “For me, it’s part of a long, evolving process in getting back to what’s important to me – my family,” he said. “ … I woke up one day and I realized I did 250,000 air miles in one year and (was) gone 200 nights. I really missed almost all of my daughter’s freshman year as a soccer player.” Wilcox felt he started to miss his family time and wanted to step back. He plans to sit down with teachers and administrators to ensure they’re reaching students and boosting their potential. “I think we have to inspire our young people to be more than they can be and look at the jobs and opportunities for young people and make sure we provide some of that inspiration that puts them on the appropriate track to get where their life outcomes will ultimately lead them,” he added. However, Wilcox said he wants to operate from a perspective of ensuring every home school is a “great” school. Wilcox said he doesn’t have experience moving students based on wealth, but he believes fundamentally that students should attend diverse schools, which he feels mimics the world. “I’m very hopeful that we can come up with a solution that allows … young people can go to school with very diverse crowd of students,” he said. Literacy, “disproportionality” to ensure all students receive a proper education and operationalizing the student assignment serve as his “top three” initiatives. Wilcox plans to integrate efforts in his first days as superintendent.
What Pup Bowl II lacks in sports, makes up for in cuteness MATTHEWS – The Carolina Panthers may not be playing in this year’s Super Bowl, but that hasn’t stopped A Plus Garage Doors from organizing its second annual Puppy Bowl. Event specialist Connor Roberson said last year’s charity event probably benefited from aligning with the Panthers 2015 run, but the bowl would have happened anyway. It was pure coincidence. The staff at the 30-year-old company really loves dogs. “It’s a cause nobody disagrees with,” Roberson said. More than 300 people attended last year’s event, which also generated nine adoptions. In this game, the pets don’t really pay much attention to yardage or end zones. They just like to sniff each other out. Would-be pet owners get to sniff dogs out, too. The event is designed to showcase how cute, playful and adoptable the pups can be as pets, Roberson said. It takes place at 11 a.m. Jan. 28 at Pet Essentials, located at 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road. The event will include Rent-A-Puppy, kissing booth, K9 Unit and vendors. Proceeds from the Puppy Bowl will be divided among three shelters: Peanut’s Place Small Breed Rescue, Halfway There Rescue and The Humane Society of York County. Visit www.aplusdoors.com or call 704-436-1025 for details.
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What to expect for CMS in 2017
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As the community starts 2017, there’s a lot to expect when it comes to public education in the area. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is on a fast track of changes and they aren’t ready to get off the change train. Find out three key happenings on its agenda.
Addressing capital needs
When AdvancED reviewed CMS’s accreditation standards last year, the district recognized something they already knew. AdvancED told CMS staff that the last time they visited the district, CMS had capital and infrastructure issues and when they came back most recently, those same problems were still there and had gotten worse. That put pressure on Superintendent Ann Clark. She pushed for a bond referendum for the 2016 election. County commissioners told CMS to wait until 2017, but gave somewhat of a compromise by helping get the ball rolling for some projects through land acquisition and design work. Now, CMS is back in 2017, delivering what was promised in the form of a $798million bond. But just because they asked for it doesn’t mean county commissioners will give them the whole package – but they might.
School board members and county commissioners will participate in a “bond retreat” this month to work out what’s going on the November ballot. CMS staff and board members say the newly approved student assignment plan is dependent on a successful bond.
Eventually meeting the new superintendent
CMS revealed Clayton Wilcox, who hails from Washington County Public Schools in Maryland, as the new superintendent on Dec. 13 – right before the holiday break. The announcement meeting was short. Wilcox was not present, as he was informing his own school board of his departure. Fast forward to the next week and Wilcox visited Garinger High and Eastover Elementary schools, but with not much of a media circus. In fact, WBTV was exclusively given the opportunity to cover the visit, but other media outlets didn’t receive news until afterward. Some board members said Wilcox wanted to “be under the radar,” as he was visiting on his own and didn’t use board funds. Some worried these controlled visits paved way for a tight-lipped, less transparent transition of leadership. The board hoped to calm those nerves over the winter break through one-minute videos on social media. Board members recorded clips about why they chose Wilcox,
and Wilcox himself discussed why he chose CMS. In one of the clips, Wilcox discusses how he wants to place an emphasis on literacy to help students’ futures. "I have said several times in this community, and I hope it doesn't get misconstrued, that the new civil rights is literacy - being able to read well,” he said. “"It's in no way to minimize the struggle of the Civil Rights Movement, but what it is to say in the 21st Century, all of our kids – whether they are white, black, brown, or if they come from another country – and they are having trouble with their language. If they are not articulate readers, speakers, thinkers, reviewers, they are going to have a hard time being successful." Community members finally met with Wilcox this week. He signed his contract Jan. 10 and met with community members and media to share his vision. Board members say he’ll continue to meet with the community throughout the spring semester.
Student assignment isn’t over
Just when some parents took a sigh of relief after the school board finally approved the first phase of the student assignment plan, CMS staff say the work still isn’t over. Phase II could be a more dramatic phase for area parents, as this phase looks specifically at refining home school boundaries and feeder patterns.
District 6 BOE member Paul Bailey said CMS has the intention to keep not only municipalities together, but also neighborhoods. That doesn’t mean some kids won’t be moved eventually, especially as some capital projects are designed as relief schools. Relief schools would pull students from overcrowded schools to the relief school. Case and point: Lansdowne Elementary School. The town of Matthews put pressure to alleviate growing enrollment at Elizabeth Lane Elementary. CMS chose renovate Lansdowne, whose boundaries run adjacent. Some Elizabeth Lane kids will go to Lansdowne. But any new buildings would require the bond and other capital funds. CMS is expected to begin work this month, but cautions the changes will not be implemented until fall 2018 at the earliest and are likely to be phased in. Staff also promises there will be community engagement sessions, in which the public will be invited to provide input on home school attendance boundaries. The timeline includes a board vote on the plan June 13. CMS already implemented new transportation zones, which are relevant for the magnet school lottery, which could help alleviate some overcrowding. However, board members said not all seats will help fulfill the board’s goals of reaching high-poverty, high-need students.
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The proposed project will add one express lane in each direction on I-485 between I-77 and U.S. 74 (Independence Boulevard). The proposed improvements will provide travel time reliability and improve traffic flows on this critical transportation corridor. This project will serve as part of a larger network of express lanes to offer drivers a new traffic choice - pay a fee and ride in the express lanes to avoid traffic delays or continue driving in the general purpose lanes for free. NCDOT representatives will be available in an informal, open house-style setting to answer questions and gather public input regarding the proposed projects during the open-house hours. The same information and maps will be available at all meetings. The public is urged to share their ideas, thoughts and suggestions with department staff. The opportunity to submit written comments or questions will be provided, and is encouraged. The formal presentations will include an explanation of the location and design of the project as well as information about the state-federal relationship, right of way requirements and procedures that will be part of the project. Citizens will have the opportunity to comment or ask questions. The presentation and comments will be recorded and a transcript will be prepared. Comments will be accepted through Tuesday, February 21, 2016. The public can view on-line maps displaying the project location at https://www.ncdot.gov/ projects/publicmeetings/?search=I-5507 more detailed information including history of the project can also be found on the project website at https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/I-5507. For additional information, contact Project Manager, Angela Sanderson, NCDOT Project Planning Engineer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 707-6042. NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to participate in this workshop. Anyone requiring special services should contact Diane Wilson at email@example.com as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made. For persons who speak Spanish and do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, interpretive services will be available at the meeting upon request. For more information, please call 1-800-481-6494 prior to the meeting. Aquellas personas que hablan español y no hablan inglés, o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o entender inglés, podrían recibir servicios de interpretación si los solicitan antes de la reunión llamando al 1-800-481-6494.
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools wants to give students – particularly those in high-need areas – a choice. Staff hopes to accomplish just that with the School Options Lottery, which began Jan. 6. The school board recently approved the first phase of the student assignment plan. It will go into effect during this year’s lottery with the intention to break up high concentrations of poverty and allow students in chronically failing schools opportunities to move to other schools.
CMS will start designating the socioeconomic status of applicants through family-reported and census data. A family can opt out of providing personal data, but staff says students will not be included in later priorities based on socioeconomic status. The lottery will prioritize socioeconomic balance within schools and give priority to students attending home schools designated by the state as low-performing for three consecutive years. Partial magnet schools will allocate seats based on the socioeconomic composition of the home school. Full magnet options will allocate equally across low, medium and high socioeconomic status without regard to the makeup of current enrollment. Sibling and continuation guarantees will remain in the lottery and be seated first. Then, up to 15 percent of remaining seats are assigned to students who qualify for the school performance and proximity priorities. All remaining seats will use the socioeconomic status designation. The Opportunity Options Lottery also comes into play after the school options cycle, which gives students from consistently low-performing schools an opportunity to select a different home school to attend that has open seats.
Check your transportation zone
Per Phase I of the student assignment plan, transportation zones have changed from four to three zones. The new zone will be based on your home high school. Independence, East Meck, Providence, Butler
and Rocky River are in the green zone. When you enter your location in the school options application, only the schools in your zone or countywide programs will be displayed. Students have priority for school options and magnet programs in their transportation zone. Students can apply outside their zone, but CMS only provides transportation for students attending schools within their zones.
Look at your options
CMS wants to provide unique opportunities for students, including magnet programs, career academies, early and middle colleges, and other learning approaches. Find what CMS offers at goo.gl/wTGV21. Each category of school provides a grid that includes entrance and continuation requirements, as well as exhibits whether a program prohibits entry at certain grade levels. Families can change their choices any time before the application deadline. All registered choices will receive a confirmation number.
Attend an open house
Interested in a school? Attend an open house. Find the list at goo.gl/Y7rY2M. Can’t attend the open house? Contact the school directly and request a tour.
If you don’t get in
Although the new student assignment plan paved the way for 1,275 additional seats in the fall, not everyone is going to get into their first or second choice. Students will then go into a wait pool, which are accessed by schools in July. If a seat becomes available, the school will contact the next person in the wait pool and offer them a seat. Students can accept or decline placement. The school will continue to contact students until all available seats are filled. Wait pools are dissolved after the first academic quarter of school. The wait pools are in order based on the student's randomly assigned lottery number. There are no priorities operating for the wait pool. Students lose their wait pool spot if they participate in another lottery or transfer schools.
Key Dates for Lottery Early January Student assignment letters arrive home.
March 1 to 29 at 10 p.m. Application period for Phase II.
Jan. 24 Last day for new students to enroll in Phase I Options Lottery.
Mid-April Phase II assignments sent home.
Jan. 6 to Feb. 14 Application period for Phase I. Jan. 6 to March 24 Request for reassignment period for Phase I. Jan. 25 to March 15 New student application period for Phase II. Early March Lottery assignment letters arrive home.
April 19 to June 6 at 10 p.m. Application period for Opportunity Options Lottery. May 12 Last day for new students to enroll in home school. Late June Opportunity Options Lottery arrives in homes.
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Education Briefs More students take AP classes
RALEIGH – Student participation and performance are up across the state in Advanced Placement courses, a goal set in motion by the NC Advanced Placement Partnership in May 2014. Since that time, 23 school districts in 2015-16 have participated as “targeted districts” and 21 low-performing districts have continued in 201617 to apnea receive support. Sleep is a serious disorder Over this time, both the number of AP exam that gets worse over time. Betakers and the performance of exam takers have increased. Statethe lawmakers alsothe paidpremore than cause it robs body of $11 million in APitexam feesto andsurvive $1.3 million in IB cious oxygen needs exam fees have been covered for students stateand thrive, sleep apnea has been wide. In 2016-17, 77,920variety students of aremeditaking at least inked to a wide AP course. calone problems including heart High school AP and IB courses can provide stuattacks, congestive heart failure, dents with college credits and can save students tuition costs as they work to complete diabetes, high blood pressure, a college or university degree, according to the state. Stuand even Alzheimer’s . dents who take these rigorous courses tend to do
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CHARLOTTE – Students from Chesterbrook Academy preschools in the Charlotte area presented a check for more than $8,000 Dec. 20 to representatives from Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina. During the visit, students received a tour of the office and learned more about how their donation will help grant the wishes of children with lifethreatening medical conditions. Seven preschools in Charlotte, Denver, Huntersville, Weddington and Mount Pleasant partnered to work toward their collective goal of raising $3,000 for Make-A-Wish. The week of Dec. 12, each school held a series of “Wish Week” fundraisers, which included
MATTHEWS – The application deadline is looming for Carmel Christian School for new students in first through 12th grade. The deadline for kindergarteners passed, but students in first through 12th grade must complete their “shadow day” and financial aid form by Feb. 17. Carmel Christian assesses students for success at the school through testing on campus and requires applicants to shadow their prospective grade. Families also will undergo parent interviews for the application process. Contact email@example.com or 704-849-9723 (option 2) for details.
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MATTHEWS – Covenant Day School maintains rolling admissions, but to be considered for the first round of acceptances, applications must be received by Jan. 15. Reenrollment for current students will take place from Jan. 17 to Feb. 17. Families will receive a unique link by email to reenroll your students. The school recently opened a new high school building, which could mean additional seats. Visit www.covenantday.org/admissions/apply-to-cds for details.
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State school board seeks to raise required attendance age RALEIGH – North Carolina law allows students to legally be allowed to drop out when they turn 16 years old – a fact long concerning educators. This month, the state board of education unanimously approved a resolution submitted by the superintendent’s graduation task force in support of raising the compulsory attendance age to 18 years old. Educators hope this change keeps students in school and raises state expectations. The General Assembly would need to change the compulsory attendance law.
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Martinez family honors daughter through drive by Grant Baldwin
Program seeks to end poverty
CHARLOTTE – Butler High School student Isabelle Martinez was a bright-eyed and eager 16-year-old, much loved by her classmates and soccer teammates, when she became sick last year. “Izzy,” as her friends and family called her, was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia-like symptoms. Doctors began to treat her illness, but it became clear quickly there was an underlying issue. Izzy had Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH, a rare immune disease that causes a person’s immune system to attack the body’s organs, including bone marrow, liver and brain tissues. The disease cut a destructive path through her body quickly. Within 13 days of her first hospital visit, Izzy passed away. Her father, Carlo Martinez, co-owner of the Hawthorne’s Pizza chain, and wife Shirley, an assistant manager at the Ballantyne location, were devastated by the loss of one of their three children. As her family began the mourning process, Carlo and Shirley came up with an idea to honor Isabelle’s life. Working within Carlo’s business, they developed a plan to hold
Shirley and Carlo Martinez, parents of Izzy Martinez, at Hawthorne’s Pizza which will host the memorial blood drive. Grant Baldwin/MMHW photo
a blood drive to help others in similar need and to bring awareness to HLH. “One of the reasons we are having the blood drive, is to give back,” Shirley said, noting there is no support for the disease because it is so rare. Hawthorne’s Pizza and the Martinez family invite the community to their Mint Hill restaurant Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to donate blood to save the lives of
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others and to honor Izzy’s life. Make an appointment by visiting www.cbcc.us or calling 704-369-7919. Alongside the blood drive efforts, the Martinez family will collect donations towards the Izzy Martinez Scholarship. This will be awarded next school year at Butler High to a student excelling in sportsmanship, volunteerism and academics.
INDIAN TRAIL – For 10 years, Common Heart has focused on “bridging the gap” for families in need by providing food. Executive Director Keith Adams is now focusing on transforming lives. Thanks to grants from Speedway Children's Charities and the Grace & Hope Foundation, Common Heart plans to launch “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World” Feb. 7 at Mill Grove UMC's Sun Valley campus. The program is Common Heart’s implementation of Bridges Out of Poverty concepts, which have been taught through workshops. Bridges training helps the upper or middle class better understand the realities of those living in poverty and develop strategies to help them. The program will hire 12 residents as “investigators,” to paint a picture of local poverty. They’ll investigate poverty and its effects in the community and their lives as they discover resources to move into greater stability. The community then will be able to better understand poverty. “It's our hope the Getting Ahead graduates together with Bridges allies in middle class and wealth will help to create a sustainable community where all can do well,” Adams said. “Our goal is personal and community transformation.” Common Heart needs meals donated for the program. Adult volunteers are also needed to help with childcare. Email CONNECTS@ CommonHeart.org or call Barbara Anglin-Law at 704-218-9060 for details.
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12 Ribbon Cutting
Debbie Browne marks the membership of her company, Events by Deb, with the Union County Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The company specializes in planning weddings and corporate events. Call 704-753-1981 or visit www. eventsbydeb.com for details. 10 to 10:30 a.m.; 10931 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews
12 Tap Takeover
Holy City Brewing, based in Charleston, takes over the taps at Carolina Beer Temple. Buy flights and discounted drafts. Call www.carolinabeertemple.com or call 704847-2337 for details. 6 to 9 p.m.; 131 Matthews Station St., Matthews
PNC Bank branch manager Terhea Golden presents a session on financial planning for college. The program is for parents and students. Call 704-416-5000 or visit www. cmlibrary.org for details. 6:30 p.m. Matthews Branch Library, 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews
12 Books on Tap
Books on Tap discusses Jonas Karlsson’s “The Invoice” over craft beer at Seaboard Taproom & Wine Bar. It’s part of the Matthews Library’s first book club for patrons in their 20s and 30s. Sign up at www.cmlibrary. org/calendar or join the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library on www.Meetup.com. 7 to 9 p.m.; 213 N. Trade St., Matthews
The Western Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association present Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body, featuring habits to keep brains healthy as they age. The free workshop covers cognitive activity, diet and nutrition, exercise and social engagement. RSVP by calling 704-841-1010. 12:30 p.m.; Curves, 3555 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Matthews
The U.S. Equine Rescue League encourages people to support its cause by doing something as simple as eating dinner. Tell the cashier at Chipotle that you support the cause and the restaurant will donate a portion of proceeds to the league. Visit www.userl.org or www.userl-nccp.org for details. 5 to 10 p.m.; 1909 Matthews Township Pkwy., Matthews
17 I-485 Hearing
The N.C. Department of Transportation holds a public hearing about improvements it’s making to Interstate 485, between I-77 to U.S. 74. The project will add an Express Lane in each direction of I-485. Drivers pay a fee to ride in the Express Lanes. An open house about the project takes place from 4 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a formal presentation at 7 p.m.
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17 Open House
Queen’s Grant High School holds an admission open house for parents to learn about the tuition-free charter school. Visit www.queensgranthigh.org or call 704-5450736. 7 to 8 p.m.; 10323 Idlewild Road, Matthews
Experience simple yet effective relaxation and meditation techniques to reduce stress, calm your mind and improve the quality of your life in Heartfulness Meditation. No experience is necessary. Call 704-416-5000 or visit www.cmlibrary.org for details. 6 p.m. Matthews Branch Library, 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews
The Yarn Crafters Club convenes on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Adult yarn crafters (knitters and crocheters) of all levels are welcome. The group participates in various volunteer projects throughout the year. Call 704-416-5000 or visit www. cmlibrary.org for details. 2:15 p.m. Matthews Branch Library, 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews
19 I-485 Hearing
The N.C. Department of Transportation holds a public hearing about improvements it’s making to Interstate 485, between I-77 to U.S. 74. The project will add an Express Lane in each direction of I-485. Drivers pay a fee to ride in the Express Lanes. An open house about the project takes place from 4 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a formal presentation at 7 p.m. 4 p.m.; South Charlotte Banquet Center, 9009 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte
20 Restaurant Week to 29
Some 133 restaurants, including Amor de Brazil Steakhouse, Cafe 157 and Santé Restaurant in Matthews, offer three course meals for $30 or $35 as part of the Queen's Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week promotion. Reservations are recommended. Visit www.Char lotteRestaurantWeek.com to see who else is participating. Various times and venues
21 Basket Making
Nancy Duffie teaches a class on making a market basket, a large basket great for gathering items at the Matthews Community Center. Beginners are welcome. Contact www.matthewsfun.com or email Nancy Duffie at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and other details. 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 100 W. McDowell St., Matthews
Ongoing Toy Trains The Matthews Heritage Museum’s latest exhibit, “Trains Under the Tree,” features miniature throwbacks to the town’s railroad past. A small admission fee is charged. The exhibit is displayed through Jan. 21. Call 704-7084996 for details. Thursdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; 232 N. Trade St., Matthews
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News Briefs Tennis Club performs outreach MATTHEWS – The Matthews Tennis Club hosted a fundraising tournament for Parkinson's Disease, as well as to honor two of their longtime members, Elmer and Mary Gau. The Gaus might not be able to play anymore due to the disease, but they showed tennis is the sport of a lifetime in their spirit, as they supported more than 40 players in the tournament named in their honor, according to Yann Thefaine, a USPTA tennis professional. The money raised was given to the local YMCA's Beyond Limits program.
Square dancers ramping back up MATTHEWS – The Matthews Belles & Beaus Square Dance Club will host an open house prior to launching weekly lessons next month. The open house starts at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Eagle’s Nest Scout Hut at Matthews United Methodist Church, 801 S Trade St. The event is free for new and returning dancers. Lessons begin 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Feb. 15, at the Eagle's Nest. The club began dancing at Matthews United Methodist Church in 1975. Danny and Peggy Thomas will begin calling squares for the club following the retirement of Paul and Nita Walker. Call Co-President Brenda Lemmond
at 704-519-8805 or email belemmond@ gmail.com for details.
Life Time Run postpones 5K CHARLOTTE – Life Time Run postponed its 2017 Kick Off 5K Social Run/Walk from Jan. 7 to Jan. 21 due to the weather. The free event starts at 10 a.m. Jan. 21 at McAlpine Creek Park Greenway, 8711 Monroe Road. Email Jane at email@example.com for details.
Curves hosts Alzheimer’s Association seminar MATTHEWS – The Western Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will present Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body, featuring habits to keep brains healthy as they age. The workshop covers cognitive activity, diet and nutrition, physical health and exercise, and social engagement. The free event starts at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Curves, 3555 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. RSVP by calling 704-841-1010.
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Golfers make all-state teams
SOUTHERN PINES – The Tarheel Youth Golf Association and the Carolinas Golf Association named 60 youth, including Rhodes Karriker and Madison Moosa, to the 2016 North Carolina All-State Golf Teams. Karriker and Moosa made the second team. Rhodes Karriker, of Matthews, attends Charlotte Christian. Moosa, of Charlotte, attends Grace Academy in Matthews. She has committed to Furman University. Golfers must have played in at least five Tarheel Youth Golf Association N.C. ranking events in the past year. The awards were determined by a combination of scoring differential and total points earned. They’ll be honored Jan. 28, 2017, at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines.
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MINT HILL – Mint Hill Arts has unveiled its latest exhibit, dubbed “Unintentional Art,” at Mint Hill Town Hall. The exhibit celebrates photographer Michael “Hutch” Hutchinson’s insights into Americana, often communicated in humorous and unexpected ways. Subjects are taken largely from rural areas and small towns. Hutchinson is past co-president of Mint Hill Arts, one of the founders of the artists’ group N.terpret, and a member of The Light Factory. He also teaches photography classes at Mint Hill Arts. “Unintentional Art” will be on display weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the end of March, at in the rear of town hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane.
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Lady Patriots go from worst to first in SW4A by Ben Doster
by Ben Doster
Independence’s girls’ basketball team is filled with excitement once again. The Lady Patriots have been reenergized and are playing with passion. Coach Lauren Galvani has given the program a facelift. The 25-year-old Galvani played at Catawba College and Lees-McRae, where she also served as a graduate assistant before taking the helm at Independence. Her father, Duane Lewis, is the boys’ basketball coach at North Meck. He has been with program for 20 years, including 18 seasons as the Vikings’ head coach. Galvani spent countless hours in North Meck’s gym and grew up wanting to play and coach basketball. Galvani who played her high school ball for North Meck, remembers playing against Independence and how the Patriots used to have tough teams before falling on hard times. When Galvani arrived at Independence as the school’s coach two years ago, she didn’t realize how big of a project was in store for her. Only about 14 girls turned out for tryouts, which reflected a lack of interest in the program. The lack of numbers kept Independence from fielding a junior varsity team. Not much appeared to have changed last season with a 1-22 record and last-place finish in the Southwestern 4A Conference. However, Independence’s lone win against Providence, along with the Patriots being competitive in several other games, showed signs of life. Fortunately for Galvani, she didn’t encounter any difficulty with trying to engage the girls when it came to preseason workouts going into her second campaign. Independence had more than 30 girls show up, which enabled her to build a new JV program to feed the varsity for the future. During the summer Independence attended a team camp at Appalachian State, where
Independence’s girls’ basketball team finished second in the Queen City Clash last month at Charlotte Country Day. Photo courtesy of Lauren Galvani
it won a few games. The Patriots joined a fall league at North Meck, where it was competitive. Those experiences began the transformation process. At the same time, the girls’ confidence was still shaken. Galvani and her coaching staff had to figure something out. The turning point came following a 60-20, loss to Vance Dec. 2. She and her assistants got after the girls, challenging them not to quit when they fall behind by a few points. Galvani then told the players they were going to win their next three games. The expression on several of the girls’ faces changed, and it was evident that they began to believe in themselves. The Patriots have improved to 6-9 (3-0 Southwestern 4A), winning six of their last eight games. Independence is tied with Myers Park for the stop spot in the conference standings. “Whenever you haven’t won in a while and you finally get one under your belt, you could see their excitement, like, ‘We can actually win a game,’” Galvani said. They have gone from a lack of confidence to believing they can win each game. Independence was dealt another significant blow after last season when point guard Ca-
mille Small decided to transfer to Concord First Assembly. Her departure left Galvani without a proven ball-handler to facilitate the offense. Sophomore Sharonda Smith has stepped up to fill the need at point guard and has done a solid job. Senior Ashley Wilson provides the Patriots with another reliable ball-handler and solid perimeter scoring option (7.3 ppg). Freshman Ayanna Anderson gives the Patriots a solid post presence to battle on the boards (7.8 rpg). Senior Olivia Pauldin is another dependable rebounder (6.7 rpg). Freshman Ahlex DeLoache has emerged as a quality defender that gives her teammates energy. Senior small forward Tiffany Reed might not be a traditional go-to player, but she is a stat-sheet stuffer (11.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 4.8 spg). She has emerged as a force to reckon with on both ends of the court, making her a difficult matchup for opponents. The Patriots, who are pursuing a postseason berth, still have much to do in terms of proving themselves, but Galvani and her girls have Independence heading in the right direction. Independence will put its undefeated league record and No. 1 spot in the conference standings on the line when it visits its archrival Butler for a 6 p.m. tipoff Friday, Jan. 13.
Queens Grant starts to hit their stride by Ben Doster firstname.lastname@example.org
Records aren’t always indicative of where a team is at in its progression. That is true for Queens Grant’s boys’ basketball team (4-6). Coach Jay Forsythe believes his team is starting to find its identity, which is based on good defense and taking care of one another. The end of this soul-searching process was timely for the Stallions, who are adjusting to life without big men Patrick Tapé (Columbia University) and Tanner Pond. Their departure after Queens Grant advanced to the third round of the state playoffs left a considerable void. Forsythe’s bunch doesn’t have a choice but to move on though, and
Players resolve issues to get Rocky River on right track
it’s made considerable strides over the course of the season. He challenged his players with a difficult nonconference schedule, which should prepare them for the rigors of league play. The Uwharrie Athletic Conference should be tougher than last season. The Stallions appear to be one of four teams that could contend for the league title. Queens Grant makes up for its lack of size with its ability to run and push the ball; however, the Stallions often see zone defenses, which slows their tempo. Forsythe is getting meaningful contributions from a litany of sources, but senior guard Terron Dixon is clearly the go-to-guy. Dixon eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career in Queens Grant’s 77-71, loss to Vic-
tory Christian Center on Dec. 29. Dixon ranks second behind Tapé on the program’s all-time scoring list, but he should become the leader in the next couple of games. Senior wing Daymaun Harvey is contributing at a high level with his ability to score and rebound, and sophomore point guard Jah’Quez Sanders is showing promise. Freshman Jeremiah Murphy has worked his way into the starting lineup. Murphy helps as a scorer and rebounder. Forsythe said he is similar to Dixon as a player. Queens Grant visited South Stanly to begin conference play Wednesday, Jan. 11, but the outcome was not decided before Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly’s press deadline.
Queens Grant’s Terron Dixon made Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly’s Super Team last season. He has elevated his production as a senior.
Rocky River’s boys’ basketball team was struggling during a four-game losing skid last month, but a players-only meeting remedied the Ravens issues. That meeting, which the coaches weren’t invited to, enabled the players to get a lot of things off their chest. Rocky River has won three games in a row since airing their grievances. Coach Oscar Walker, who is in his third year at the helm, attributes much of the turnaround to the players buying into his system. His team’s guard play has improved exponentially. Rocky River’s backcourt is comparable to the city’s elite and arguably better than most in the greater Charlotte area. Freshman Jaden Springer (23 ppg), junior Mikey Maddox (16 ppg) and sophomore Raquan Brown (10 ppg) give the Ravens an explosive trio on the perimeter. Brown, who was the team’s second-leading scorer last season, has made the biggest sacrifice for the betterment of the team. The Ravens (11-5, 2-2 Southwestern 4A) have bought into the team-first mentality, which couldn’t have happened at a better time. There is still plenty of room for Rocky River to grow as a team. For example, Walker wants to see his team improve at defending ball screens, getting healthy and making shots. He dedicates a significant amount of practice time to working on defense. Rocky River jumps back into conference play when it hosts Porter Ridge on Friday, Jan. 13, at 8 p.m.
Case against Butler’s Hales voluntarily dismissed by Ben Doster email@example.com
Butler football coach Brian Hales no longer faces charges of misdemeanor assault on a female after the case was voluntarily dismissed due to a lack of a prosecuting witness. Hales was scheduled to appear in court Friday, Jan. 6, following his Nov. 5 arest. The Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office informed Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly that multiple attempts were made to contact the victim; however, she wasn’t present for the court date. The state lacked the evidence necessary to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt, which forced the case to be dismissed. The police report states Hales and the victim, a 30-year-old woman, got into a verbal argument that turned physical at her Matthews home. She sustained minor bruises and scratches, but refused treatment from police, according to the report. It’s uncertain how this result will affect Hales’ standing with Butler and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Hales guided Butler to a 10-1 (6-0 Southwestern 4A) record and a conference title this season, but an indefinite suspension forced him to miss the Bulldogs’ playoff games. Butler advanced to the third round, and finished the season with a 12-2 record. Hales, 43, of Matthews, has been at Butler for 13 years. He just finished his sixth season as the Bulldogs’ head coach after serving as an assistant coach the first seven. He also teaches health. He has an all-time record of 67-14 during his tenure at Butler, including six playoff appearances, four conference championships and a state title.
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