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Friday, June 8, 2018 • Vol. 11 • No. 23

Senate signs off on HB 514

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MATTHEWS – Matthews and Mint Hill moved a step closer to having the option of opening charter schools that would be separate from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. On June 4, the North Carolina Senate passed an amended version of HB 514 that would allow Matthews, Mint Hill, Huntersville and Cornelius to begin the process of possibly starting municipal charter schools. The bill, introduced by N.C. Rep. Bill Braw-

ley (Republican), of Matthews, passed the House last year and was amended by the Senate during the current legislative session, passing on a 27-18 vote on June 4. Five Republicans joined Brawley all 13 Democrats in the Senate in opposing the measure. The bill now goes back to the House where it is easily expected to be passed. Since HB 514 is local legislation the bill does not need Gov. Roy Cooper’s signature to become law. Sen. Dan Bishop (R), who represents Matthews, Mint Hill and south Charlotte, voted for HB 514 and said the legislation gives Matthews and Mint Hill a greater say in educating its students and that both towns have in the past made

“good decisions” to meet the priorities of its citizens. “I was talking with (Matthews) Mayor Paul Bailey before the initial vote last week and what he said stuck in my mind,” Bishop Bishop said. “We just want to get adequate seats for our kids. It’s a mechanism to facilitate that. I’ve been watching since I was a county commissioner in 2005 and citizens defeated the school bond for the reason that suburban parents were then dissatisfied with the long-standing practice of not building schools sufficient for their students. That had been going on for 10 or 15 years then and it has now been going on for see BILL, Page 6A

Coming alive Town releases details for Labor Day festival

“DeMott was outstanding in Oklahoma and he has an opera, classical background,” Bayless said. “After talking with George and working with George, I thought he would make a great Emile De Becque. That is a hard role to cast. Some shows you don’t do if you already don’t have the leads in mind. Once he agreed to do the show, we framed the rest of the cast around him. Not everybody can play this role. He is fantastic on stage and he has quite a following.”

MATTHEWS – While Matthews Alive is about three months away, organizers have released some details about what to expect during the downtown festival that spans Aug. 31 to Sept. 3. Here's what the more than 150,000 people stopping by the festival can expect at this year's 26th annual event: • Parade: Organizers bill the event as the Southeast's largest Labor Day parade. This year's parade will have a “Peace, Love & Harmony” theme. Self-made floats that incorporate the theme will earn entry fee refunds for extra incentive. Giveaways representing the theme will be handed out throughout the weekend. • Grand marshals: Iris DeVore and Harvey Boyd will serve as grand marshals for the parade for their service to the community. DeVore has been instrumental in the Matthews Help Center and Levine Senior Center, while Boyd has been an activist and historian in the Crestdale community. • Outdoor music: Festival bands Hip Pocket and The Tams kick off the festival with beach music on Aug. 31. Other performers include U2 tribute band LA Vation, country artist Terri Clark, Natty Boh, Flat Tire Trio and Colby Dietz. Concerts during the weekend are free. • Indoor stage: Hate the heat? A special indoor stage will feature two jazz groups performing on stage Saturday, Sunday and Monday in the air-conditioned

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Annie Carter (center) plays Nellie in the Matthews Playhouse production of the musical "South Pacific." Photos courtesy of Matthews Playhouse

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MATTHEWS – When director June Bayless was thinking about putting on the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical “South Pacific,” she had one actor in mind for the lead. Finding a second choice was not really an option. Bayless got her man. George DeMott will play the lead role of Emile as the Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts will bring “South Pacific” to life beginning June 8 in downtown Matthews. There will be nine per-

Nellie (Annie Carter) and Emile (George DeMott) rehearse for the upcoming musical "South Pacific."

formances over the next three weekends. DeMott had the leading role in the musical “Oklahoma” at the

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Matthews Playhouse. Nellie will be played by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools fourth-grade teacher Annie Carter.

CHARLOTTE – City leaders are considering a rezoning plan that would add up to 75 houses, 350 apartments and 45,000 square feet of commercial space near Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center. JS Helms Family Properties has applied to rezone the nearly 67 acres on the north side of Albemarle Road, west of Interstate 485. The hospital is on the other side of the interstate. The land, which is just outside city limits, is

zoned for single-family housing. Keith MacVean, an attorney representing the property owner, told the council during the May 30 public hearing that the project delivers on the types of retail and housing diversity the area needs. “There's not a lot of commercial opportunities, restaurants and retail uses in this part of Charlotte, and this is an opportunity to bring some of those services to this community,” MacVean said. Plans call for a mix of retail, office, restaurants and personal services. Buildings will go no higher than three stories.

The development team is trying to secure a gas station on site, but if that doesn't occur, they'll target a financial institution with drive-thru window. The site will have up to two drive-thru windows. City staff did not recommend approval of the plan heading into the May 30 public hearing. Planner Kent Main said the proposal not only conflicts with the small area plan's recommendation for single-family development, but also isn't comparable to the type of walkable, mixed-use see DEVELOPMENT, Page 6A

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Matthews gives back during postal collection MATTHEWS – The Matthews community donated more than 15,000 pounds of food through the Help Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on May 12. The food was picked up curbside by postal carriers and taken to the Matthews postal facility to be sorted and distributed the following Monday by the Matthews Postal Customer Advisory Council. The council helped coordinate volunteer efforts. The food was distributed back into the community to nonprofits. Heritage Funeral Home donated tents to help volunteers sort the food.

Students appointed to service academies CHARLOTTE – Congresswoman Alma Adams announced the appointment of 12 high school students from the 12th Congressional District to attend U.S. military service academies. The following students were appointed: Jordan Graham, Jessie Jenkins, and Andrew LaRocca, U.S. Air Force Academy; Liam Pickett and Kyle Helmendach, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; Jack Osment, Alex Weisker, Trenae Aguilar, and David Batumane Kasanganay II, U.S. Naval Academy; and Mark Lawson and Nathaniel Jones Jr., U.S. Military Academy,

MATTHEWS – The Matthews Veterans Advisory Committee invites area veterans to attend the second annual breakfast with Mayor Paul Bailey and the town council. The breakfast provides a forum where veterans can learn about the mission and current objectives of the committee, as well as voice concerns about the needs of veterans. The breakfast starts at 8:45 a.m. June 16 at the Mount Moriah Fellowship Hall, 381 Crestdale Lane. The veterans committee meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at Matthews Town Hall. Visit www.matthewsnc.gov/mvac for details.

Parents can get tips for keeping kids safe online MATTHEWS – The Center for Cyber Safety and Education presents a program on internet safety and security tips for parents. Topics include social media, cyberbulling, gaming and chatrooms. The event takes place 6 to 7 p.m. June 28 at the Matthews Public Library, 230 Matthews Station St. Register by calling 704-416-5000 or visiting www.cmlibrary.org/calendar.

Matthews Heritage Museum looking for volunteers MATTHEWS – The Matthews Heritage Museum is looking for people to serve as docents or tour guides. Volunteers will learn the history of Matthews, from the early settlers to the present. Occasionally, they'll take trips to other historic sites of interest. Each volunteer is asked to take one shift of three hours (10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.) once a month. Additionally, they may be asked to give a tour to groups when scheduled. An initial training class of four days will orient new volunteers. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday at 232 N. Trade St. Call 704-708-4996 or visit www.matthews heritagemuseum.org to learn more.

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Editor’s note: Information provided by the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association and www.sales.carolinahome.com

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ADDRESS 28105

Benton Woods 9530 Sardis Glen Drive 1-May Brightmoor 1227 Windy Hill Lane 2303 Tranquil Cove Court 2512 Crescent Knoll Dr 2924 Crescent Knoll Dr

DATE SOLD

ADDRESS

SALE PRICE

Sardis Forest 912 Black Oak Drive 30-May $309,000 622 Neill Ridge Road 8-May $263,000 $549,900 Sardis Grove 232 Sardis Grove Lane 21-May $380,000

23-May 18-May 17-May 10-May

$272,000 $286,000 $290,000 $327,000

Sardis Pointe 239 Sardis Pointe Road 9-May Somersby 415 Leighton Court

Brighton 940 Brenham Lane

SALE PRICE

St. Clair 2815 Old House Circle

Deerfield Creek 11225 Creek Pointe Drive 10932 Fox Hedge Road 3809 Fawn Hill Road 3946 Fawn Hill Road 10600 Country Squire Ct

31-May 7-May 4-May 2-May 1-May

9-May $225,000

Stevens Grove 1013 Arborfield Drive 24-May $989,000

Castleford 11312 Blarney Ridge Drive 25-May $655,000

The Heathers 2705 Kilmarnock Court 31-May $241,300 13502 Kintyre Court 30-May $244,500 2629 Bathgate Lane 29-May $286,500 13606 Strathaven Drive 2-May $275,000

$697,000 $530,000 $599,000 $622,500 $690,000

Thornblade 1930 Wilrose Place 22-May $309,900

Franklin Meadows 3712 Franklin Meadows Dr 23-May $335,000 3813 Franklin Meadows Dr 11-May $359,900

Weddington Meadows 4302 Toddington Lane 22-May $330,000

Glenwood Manor 9613 Harness Lane 30-May $168,000 3617 Rosedown Drive 14-May $167,000 3409 Fortis Lane 9-May $180,000

Weddington Ridge 4031 Cameron Creek Dr 30-May $291,000 Winterbrooke 2232 Streatley Lane 22-May $403,000 1826 Cross Point Road 15-May $387,000

Hearthstone 10202 Rocking Chair Rd 24-May $300,000 2927 Butter Churn Lane 21-May $385,000 2915 Butter Churn Lane 10-May $300,000

Wood Hollow 1301 Reid Harkey Road 22-May $232,000 1101 Reid Harkey Road 10-May $217,000

Lake Harmony Estates 8325 Lake Harmony Dr 15-May $475,000

Wyndmere 1512 Plum Ridge Court

Lake Haven 3617 Dandridge Circle 29-May $215,000

7-May

$348,000

Mallory Manor 740 Barington Place 15-May $495,000

Apple Creek 7460 Apple Creek Drive 2-May

Matthews 430 Freemont St.

Applegate 6438 Springbeauty Drive 16-May $255,000

Matthews Grove 7302 Lamplighter Cl Dr 23-May $285,000 Matthews Park 448 Sadie Drive 25-May $183,900 Morningstar Acres 2725 Meadow Lane 8-May Pine Forest 317 Edgeland Drive 413 Vinecrest Drive 618 Deer Creek Drive

$240,000

25-May $191,000 17-May $172,000 16-May $192,000

Reid Hall 611 Pleasant Pine Court

25-May $420,000

Rivendell Estates 1529 Glenn Valley Drive 23-May $716,000

Country Hills 10032 Meadow Hollow Dr 15-May $225,000

Morris Farms 8401 Pinstripe Lane 11-May $158,000

Davis Trace 15022 Ron Allen Court 30-May $445,000

Olde Savannah 6601 Olde Savannah Rd

Dogwood 15437 Logan Grove Road 25-May $345,000

Olde Stonegate 5815 Gatekeeper Lane 11-May $328,600

Eastwoods 6207 Riverton Court

Olde Sycamore 10501 Old Brassle Drive 15-May $370,000

17-May $205,000

Fairfield Park 4506 Elm Field Court 3-May

$180,000

Fairington Oaks 5319 Turkey Oak Drive 30-May $420,000 5336 Blackjack Lane 24-May $382,000

14-May $245,000

$258,000

$268,000

Rosegate 5115 Rosemede Drive

$156,000

7-May

Stonebridge at Mint Hill 8625 Carly Lane 24-May $493,000 8525 Carly Lane 8-May $499,990

16-May $322,500

Forest Green 4509 Little Moser Lane

25-May $210,000

Fox Hollow 13120 Clover Bottom Dr

16-May $312,000

Summerwood 13603 Marycrest Lane 29-May 8812 Billy Smith Lane 18-May 12911 Pumpkin Way Drive 14-May 9629 Minnie Lem. Ln 7-May

Glencroft 8901 Glencroft Road

25-May $313,000

Tarawoods 4605 Shea Lane

10-May $248,000

Telfair 4202 Morris Park Drive

4-May

$378,620 $492,872 $410,000 $398,000

Heathergate 9933 Heathergate Lane 17-May 10220 Gloman Court 11-May 10238 Gloman Court 8-May 10225 Cairnsmore Place 7-May

$167,000 $141,000 $156,000 $168,000

Hickory Ridge 6101 Long Pine Drive 7-May 6616 Doubletree Drive 3-May

$185,000 $150,000

Timber Creek 9807 Leatherwood Ct 24-May $119,000 9607 Barkridge Road 23-May $159,000

Holly Hill 6321 Holly Knoll Drive

16-May $165,100

Holly Hills 7621 Holly Hill Road

25-May $194,900

Versage 8847 Driftwood Com. Ct 30-May $263,900 5934 Brightstar Valley Rd 23-May 275,000 9929 Markus Drive 8-May $269,500

Iverness 5433 Idlewild Road

3-May

$178,000

Ivy Meadows 4511 Biemann Valley Dr 31-May $164,000

$360,294 $341,163 $340,730 $348,150 $363,145

Kinghurst Park 6043 Kinghurst Drive 29-May $189,900

Berkshire 8418 Killian Ridge Court

22-May $161,000

Lawyers Station 10216 Topeka Drive 11-May $214,000

$184,250

Oxford Glen 13804 Oldham Place 3-May

Farmwood 7205 Old Oak Lane

30-May 25-May 25-May 9-May 3-May

Braewick 3714 Aster Drive 8908 Mackenzie Court

SALE PRICE

Morgan Glenn 9231 Morgan Glenn Drive 22-May $265,000

Belle Glade 10315 Pahokee Drive 10311 Pahokee Drive 10319 Pahokee Drive 10307 Pahokee Drive 10306 Pahokee Drive

Birnam Woods 5831 Falstaff Drive 2-May

Providence Manor 1400 Home Place 11-May $568,000

DATE SOLD

ADDRESS

Chestnut Lake 7611 Applewood Lane 29-May $175,000

Hunters Creek 8109 Deerhorn Court 30-May $200,000

28227

17-May $324,500

SALE PRICE

11-May $289,300

Southwoods 2923 Summerland Drive 21-May $274,900 2933 Pinewood Hills Drive 15-May $285,000 1328 Forest Wood Drive 4-May $254,900

Callaway Plantation 3209 Ashwell Oaks Lane 31-May $210,000 3120 Ashwell Oaks Lane 10-May $200,000

DATE SOLD

$499,000

23-May $225,000

Callaway Forest 3043 Longspur Drive 17-May $183,000 3232 Longspur Drive 4-May $193,000

ADDRESS

Lake Forest 6311 Lake Forest Road 25-May $228,000 7501 Rolling Hill Road 15-May $206,000

Lynton Place 7934 Quail Field Drive 2-May

$485,000

The Oaks at Oxfordshire 9900 Tufts Drive 9-May $298,000 9111 Truelight Church Rd 7-May $318,000

Walden Park 7637 Eastbourne Road 31-May $195,000 7538 Eastbourne Road 7-May $147,400 Woodbury 11605 Downy Birch Road 10402 Grand Fir Road 13119 Great Laurel Road 13020 Great Laurel Road

18-May 18-May 18-May 17-May

$205,000 $200,000 $238,000 $257,500

28104 Arbor Oaks 4608 Bonner Drive

15-May

$590,000

Bealah Oaks 4806 Beulah Church Rd 23-May

$590,000

Blackstone 4001 Tillingmere Circle 14-May

$518,000

Brookhaven 1016 Elsmore Drive 18-May 2104 Lytton Lane 15-May 1003 Ainsdale Drive 15-May 3005 Camrose Cros. Ln 14-May 1004 Sultana Lane 11-May 1002 Minden Drive 2-May

$450,000 $669,000 $592,000 $414,000 $675,000 $404,000

$185,000

25-May $135,000 22-May $157,000

Marlwood Acres 8152 Ottawa Lane 22-May $187,000

Brighton Park 5717 Whitehawk Hill Rd 31-May $299,900 5023 Sunset Hill Road 24-May $299,000 4217 Patriots Hill Road 1-May $306,174

McAlpine Woods 6040 Acadian Woods Dr 11-May $165,000 Mintwood Place 5200 Mintridge Road 30-May $320,500

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Curing the cultural wastelands of Matthews, Pineville and Ballantyne by Larry Miller Contributor

If Raleigh has The Research Triangle, south Charlotte can have The Culture Triangle. Powerful ideas have their own energy and emerge when the need exists. I have no specific training or overt competence in booking artists, organizing space or promoting cultural events. I am about to suggest we find a solution through that maze within six months to solve the current culture deficiency as I see it: Matthews is a cultural wasteland. Pineville is a cultural wasteland. Ballantyne is a cultural wasteland. The three ought to combine organically into The Culture Triangle. If you want to see fine contemporary theater, you have to go to Uptown Charlotte. A few years ago, Matthews presented “Our Town,” a safe, inoffensive, family-oriented play. But for heavy or avant-garde theatrical works of such as Edward Albee, Arthur Miller, Jean Genet, August Wilson, or of unknowns, you have to go Uptown. If you want to see modern dance or ballet, ditto, Uptown downtown. Symphonic music or chamber music, ditto.

Small group or chamber jazz, same thing. Foreign or “art house” movies – the ones without somersaulting cars, maybe not even be in Uptown. Cultural activities if they exist at all are almost always downtown, annoyingly far away, time-consuming to get to and costly. A vast cultural wasteland? A problem? No – an opportunity! The city’s always up for finding more money and venues for sports. Are we residents only bench warmers in a sports stadium? Or can we become The Cultural Nexus of the Southeast? There is a market. There is a need. Wouldn’t it be nice to drive just a few blocks or a mile or two locally in Matthews, Pineville or Ballantyne to see a reasonably priced play or concert, dress-up or dress-down? With proper planning, those local venues could not only thrive for their own benefit, but could raise home values because of the benefits they provide the community. First thing to find out is, “Is there really a market?” That would be my first challenge if I were working on this. Next thing to find out is, “Are there potential existing venues?” This requires some creative thinking and per-

suasive salesmanship. Next thing to find out is, “Do local booking agents think there are acts and performance artists who would put projects and events on the boards here? Local artists? National artists? International artists?” We have the cultural vacuum. If Charlotte is growing as much as “Charlotte Talks” tells us, then the market, the urban and urbane arts consumer market, is probably here. A market starving for serious cultural choices of all kinds. And let’s see if we can begin to turn this “cultural wasteland” into a dynamic Cultural Renaissance – Cultural Nexus of the Southeast. One with roots, with teeth, one unafraid to provide culture that might challenge ideas and that will attract the kind of young educated workforce that companies like Amazon crave. If New York can support hundreds of Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theaters and venues, we can support maybe a dozen or so nearby. And if it has not been as a clear as I’d like, none of them need be big and splendid like the Belk. Small, artsy, pleasant, even intimate, with creaking seats if need be, will mostly do the job.

CRIME SCENE The Matthews Police Department reported these incidents May 21 to 27: Assaults/Threats • 800 block of East Charles Street: Discharge firearm into occupied property, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to inflict serious injury, assault with a dangerous weapon, communicate threats and damage to personal property. May 21 • 13900 block of Woodstar Road: Assault inflicting serious injury. May 22 • 1500 block of Crescent Lane: Communicate threats and damage to property. May 23 • 11200 block of East Independence Boulevard: Communicate threats. May 23 • 9200 block of East Independence Boulevard: Assault with a dangerous weapon. May 23 Break-Ins • Starbucks Coffee, 2233 Matthews Township Pkwy.: Damage to property and break-in. May 21 • Sweet Frog, 2233 Matthews Township Pkwy.: Damage to property and break-in. May 21 • Jimmy Johns, 2233 Matthews Township Pkwy.: Damage to property and break-in. May 21 • Great Clips, 2312 Matthews Township Pkwy.: Damage to property and break-in. May 21 • Zoe's Kitchen, 2309 Matthews Township Pkwy.: Damage to property and break-in. May 21. • 1900 block of Thornblade Ridge Drive: Break-in involving washer, stove, dryer and panel doors. May 24 Break-Ins, Vehicles • 7900 block of Greylock Ridge Road: Damage to tailgate and driver's window. May 21 • Squirrel Lake Park, 1631 Pleasant Plains Road: Theft and damage to property. May 27 • Squirrel Lake Park, 1631 Pleasant Plains Road: Theft and damage to property. May 27 Fraud • 700 block of Plantation Estates Drive: Financial identity fraud. May 22 • 1200 block of Somersby Lane: Financial identity fraud. May 23 • Harris Teeter, 1918 Matthews Township Pkwy.: Three fraudulent transactions. May 27 Property Damage • 2300 block of East John Street: Damage to door frame. May 21 • Ballabox, 529 Crestdale Road: Damage to structures. May 21 • Matthews Fun Machines, 11240 E. Independence Blvd.: Damage to structures. May 22 • Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 381

Crestdale Road: Damage to structure. May 24 • 9800 block of Treeside Lane: Glasses and dishes damaged. May 26 • Matthews Fire Station, 236 S. Trade St.: Damage to window pane. May 27 Thefts • Harris Teeter, 1811 Matthews Township Pkwy.: $1,133.52 food items stolen. May 21 • Design Shoe Warehouse, 10015 E. Independence Blvd.: Shoes stolen. May 22 • Guitar Center, 10050 E. Independence Blvd.: Guitar stolen. May 22 • Tilted Kilt, 1625 Windsor Square Drive: Theft and vandalism involving watercraft. May 22 • 2600 block of Windsor Chase Drive: For Sale sign stolen. May 23 • Design Shoe Warehouse, 10015 E. Independence Blvd.: Purses stolen. May 23 • 1800 block of Matthews Township Parkway: Table saw, grinders and drills stolen. May 23 • 1600 block of Windsor Square Drive: Boat and trailer stolen. May 23 • Dick's Sporting Goods, 10530 Northeast Pkwy.: Clothes stolen. May 23 • Keffer Hyundai, 9010 East Independence Blvd.: Vehicle Theft. May 24 • Bed Bath & Beyond, 10530 Northeast Pkwy.: Kitchen mixer stolen. May 24 • Home Depot, 1837 Matthews Township Pkwy.: Chainsaw and nailer kit. May 24 • 800 block of Cameron Village Drive: Mini van stolen. May 25 • Costco, 2125 Matthews Township Pkwy.: Shoplifting reported. May 25 • 10500 block of Paces Avenue: Theft and damage of auto parts. May 25 • Circle K, 3424 Matthews-Mint Hill Road: Wine stolen. May 26 Other • QuikTrip, 10621 Monroe Road: Reckless driving and speeding. May 21 • Monterrey Mexican Restaurant, 9623 E. Independence Blvd.: Defrauding innkeeper and com1municate threats. May 21 • 1900 block of Sam Newell Road: Littering. May 23 • Matthews Police Department, 11130 E. Independence Blvd.: Fictitious information to officer and revoked registration tag. May 23 • 2100 block of Matthews Township Parkway: Warrant for arrest and trespass notice. May 24

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• Harris Teeter (meat/seafood), 7036 Brighton Park Drive – 98 • Publix (seafood), 6828 Matthews-Mint Hill Road – 98

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BUSINESS BRIEFS Truxx provides city with truck-sharing platform CHARLOTTE – Carlos Suarez found himself in the parking lot of a large home improvement retailer after he bought a box too big to fit in his car. Suarez looked around at the large pickups and vans, wondering if he can use a ride sharing service like Uber or Lyft to get himself home, why not do the same for his large purchase? Since Suarez developed Truxx, people have used the free app for everything from moves across town to large purchases at retail stores. Truxx enables users to schedule and rate drivers and make cash-free payments. Rates start at $25 per half hour. With TruxxMe, users save money by loading and unloading by themselves. For $35 per half hour, users get TruxxHelp, in which drivers offer an extra set of hands. “With Truxx, drivers get real money for their time,” Suarez said. “In addition, it gives everyone access to a large network of drivers. It is a perfect marriage and a solution to a common problem.” Truxx is available for free download from the AppStore and Google Play. It serves Mecklenburg County and surrounding areas. Visit www.TruxxIt.com for details.

Novant Health Pediatric Pulmonology opens MATTHEWS – Novant Health Pediatric Pulmonology has opened a satellite clinic at 1401 Matthews Township Pkwy., suite 100. The clinic is open two Chester Wednesdays each month from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is staffed by Drs. Mark Chester and Maxine Eikani. Both are accepting new patients from birth to age 18. They have training in treating the following conditions:

CALENDAR • Sleep-related respiratory disorders, such as sleep apnea. • Childhood lung diseases. • Conditions that cause respiratory infections, such Eikani as cystic fibrosis and pneumonia. • Obstructive airway problems, such as shortness of breath, wheezing and noisy breathing. • Chronic lung disease due to premature birth requiring oxygen or home ventilation support. Call 704-316-5280 to make an appointment.

Date set for next Business Women's Network meeting MINT HILL – Lynette Outen, of H2O By Faith, will talk about pesticides on our produce and toxins in the home at the next Mint Hill Business Women's Network meeting. The event takes place 8:30 to 10 a.m. June 19 at Clear Creek Nursing and Rehab Center, 10506 Clear Creek Commerce Drive. The network meets each month for breakfast, networking and a speaker on the third Tuesday of each month. The event is free to Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce members and open to others. Visit www.minthillchamberofcommerce. com or call 704-573-4000 for details.

Growth consultant speaks at chamber luncheon MINT HILL – Glen Coleman, a business growth consultant with Custom Coach, will talk about networking basics at the next Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce's luncheon. The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. June 28 at Jimmies Restaurant, 7024 Brighton Park Drive. RSVPs are required. Visit www.minthillchamberofcommerce. com or call 704-573-4000 for details.

June 7 Blood Drive The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas holds a benefit at CHS Mint Hill. Call 888-59-BLOOD or visit www. cbcc.us to make an appointment at any location. 2 to 5 p.m.; 11304 Hawthorne Drive, Mint Hill

June 8 Stage Play The Matthews Playhouse Performing Arts presents “South Pacific at the Matthews Community Center. Showtimes are 8 p.m. June 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23, as well as 2 p.m. June 10, 17 and 24. Tickets cost $19 for adults, $16 for students and seniors and $13 for children under 10. Call 704-846-8343 or visit www.matthewsplayhouse. com for details. 8 p.m.; 100 McDowell St. E., Matthews Food Trucks The Town of Matthews hosts the next installment of the Food Truck Fridays & Concert Series. The series resumes on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at Stumptown Park. The event includes live music, craft beer and games. 5 to 9 p.m.; 120 S. Trade St,. Matthews

June 9 Museum Celebration The Matthews Heritage Museum celebrates its fifth anniversary with free admission. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; 232 N. Trade St., Matthews Park Yoga The Loyalist Market holds Vinyasa Flow yoga in the pocket park with Tara Keener. The class costs $10. Call 704814-9866 or visit www.theloy alistmarket.com for details. 11 a.m. to noon; 435 N. Trade St., Matthews Pet Adoption Greater Charlotte SPCA holds a pet adoption event at PetSmart. Visit www.char lottespca.org for details. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 9905 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews Family Fun SugarSmaX performs hits from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s during Mint Hill's Family Fun Night at town hall. The event includes a bounce house, face painting and games. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Visit www.minthill.com for details. 6:30 p.m.; 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill Gaming Your Local Game Store holds a launch night for Magic the Gathering: Battlebond. The game is played in pairs. Sign-in starts at 12:30 p.m. with the gaming beginning at 1 p.m. The entry fee costs $30. 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.; 6908

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Charlotte Symphony The Charlotte Symphony performs at Stumptown Park. Visit www.matthewsnc.gov. 7 to 10 p.m.; 120 S. Trade St., Matthews Music Bingo Top-Shelf Productions brings Music Bingo to Dunwellz Custom Kitchen and Pour House. Aside from prizes, there will be drink specials. Call 704-545-1505. 8 p.m.; 7110 Brighton Park Drive, Mint Hill

June 11 Beach Party JG's Chop House & Oyster Bar presents Beach Party Mondays on the second and fourth Monday of each month. The promotion will feature music by Big Dawg David Beaudry and specials. Call 704-628-6316 for details. 6 to 10:30 p.m.; 15080 Idlewild Road, Matthews

June 12 Run Club Carolina Beer Temple's Run Club explores routes of one, three and five miles. Visit www.carolinabeertemple. net/ or call (704) 847-2337 for details. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.; 131 Matthews Station St., Matthews Book Club Carolina Beer Temple's Book Club discusses “This Is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz. Visit www.carolinabeer temple.net/ or call 704-8472337 for details. 8 to 9 p.m.; 131 Matthews Station St., Matthews

June 13 Tap Takeover Twenty Six Acres takes over the taps at Vintner's Hill. Visit www.vintnershill.com or call 980-237-0457 for details. 6 to 9 p.m.; 7427 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill

June 14 Chamber Networking The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce holds its Business After Hours at Pour 64. Business After Hours offers a relaxed opportunity to meet others in the Mint Hill business community and build professional networks. Call 704-573-8282 for details. 5:30 to 7:30; 4410 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill Tap Takeover Devine Barrel Brewing takes over the taps at Carolina Beer Temple. Visit www. carolinabeertemple.net/ or call 704-847-2337 for details. 6 to 11 p.m.; 131 Matthews Station St., Matthews Cheese 101 The Loyalist Market hosts Cheese 101, a workshop that allows people to try and learn

about seven types of cheese. The event costs $35. Register in advance. Call 704-8149866 for details. 6:30 to 8 p.m.; 435 N. Trade St., Matthews Beer Pairing Seaboard Brewing Taproom & Wine Bar partners with The Secret Chocolatier on a Wine and Chocolate Pairing. Admission costs $30 for five pairings. Call 704-2468323 to register in advance. 6:45 to 8 p.m.; 213 N. Trade St., Matthews

June 15 Grand Reopening 9Round Matthews hosts a grand reopening party with balloon animals, food samples and raffles. Call 704-3210999 or visit www.9round. com/matthews for details. 6 to 8 p.m.; 929 Park Center Drive, Matthews

June 16 Veterans breakfast The Matthews Veterans Advisory Committee invites area veterans to attend the second annual breakfast with Mayor Paul Bailey and the town council at Mount Moriah Fellowship Hall. The breakfast provides a forum where veterans can learn about the committee, as well as voice concerns about veterans needs. Visit www.mat thewsnc.gov/mvac. 8:45 a.m.; 381 Crestdale Lane, Matthews

June 17 Car Show Jekyll & Hyde Taphouse & Grill hosts its second annual Father's Day Car Show. Old #7 Band performs live music. Visit www.hydestaphouse. com for details. Noon to 3 p.m.; 316 N. Trade St., Matthews

June 19 Blood Drive The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas holds a benefit at Point Blank Range. Call 888-59-BLOOD or visit www.cbcc.us to make an appointment at any location. 3:30 to 7 p.m.; 10726 Monroe Road, Matthews

June 25 Blood Drive The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas holds a benefit at BRACE Family YMCA. Call 888-59-BLOOD or visit www.cbcc.us to make an appointment at any location. 5 to 8 p.m.; 3127 Weddington Road, Matthews

June 27 Blood drive The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas holds a benefit at Chick-fil-A. Call 888-59-BLOOD or visit www. cbcc.us to make an appointment at any location. 4 to 7 p.m.; 9010 Albemarle Road, Charlotte

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The Plot Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.

Performances Friday, June 8 – 8 p.m. Saturday, June 9 – 8 p.m. Sunday, June 10 – 2 p.m. Friday, June 15 – 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16 – 8 p.m. Sunday, June 17 – 2 p.m. Friday, June 22 – 8 p.m. Saturday, June 23 – 8 p.m. Sunday, June 24 – 2 p.m. Tickets cost $19 for adults, $16 for seniors and students and $13 for children 10 and younger. Visit www.georgede mott.com or www.mat thewsplayhouse.com.

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The musical "South Pacific" opens June 8 in Matthews. Photo courtesy of Matthews Playhouse

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DeMott moved to south Charlotte two years ago and he took his daughter to a performance at the Matthews Playhouse. While there, he saw a notice for auditions for the musical “Oklahoma.” DeMott went in thinking about auditioning for a small role in the production but was instead given the lead role of Curly in the production at the Matthews Playhouse. “I had done Oklahoma 30 years earlier when I had graduated high school,” DeMott said. “I was thinking I was too old to play Curly but they gave me the lead role. I had a blast, and it went very well. June said

she hoped we could do another show together.” DeMott said he can’t wait for opening night. “This is something I have never done before, and it has worked out,” DeMott said. “It is a very interesting role and it is one of the most loved roles in musical theater. It’s a fun character to put on and play. Finally, I get to sing this iconic role. It’s a great part and there are a lot of different dimensions to his character.” Bayless said she is excited that a live orchestra will provide the music for the production. “A lot of times these days we use tracks,” Bayless said. “But this is going to be live, and it is going to be beautiful.”

It is a very interesting role and it is one of the most loved roles in musical theater. It's a fun character to put on and play. Finally, I get to sing this iconic role. It's a great part and there are a lot of different dimensions to his character." • George DeMott Emile in "South Pacific"

Fullwood Theater. • Street closures: South Trade Street will be closed during festival set-up, beginning 9 a.m. Aug. 31, from John to McDowell streets. This will allow vendors to set up safely. Matthews Elementary afternoon pick-ups and bus travel will still be possible from McDowell, from the access road from Sadie Drive to church parking lots and from lower South Trade. Police will help drivers and buses through the closure. • Design: Carol Hambridge, of Matthews, has created a poster design for the festival that depicts its focus on entertainment, family activities and downtown Matthews – with a retro twist. The community can see the design on posters, flyers, advertisements and T-shirts promoting the festival. • Sheer size: Organizers expect more than 160 regional artisans at this year's festival. Let's not forget the Family Fun Zone with rides, games and amusements; Kids Connection with crafts; petting zoo; train rides; and food vendors. Visit www.matthewsalive.org for details about the festival. Email lamoore@mat thewsnc.gov for details about sponsorships.

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another 13 years. “The same problem has not been alleviated, it has intensified. I give credit for the towns for saying, ‘please give us a tool so that we can relieve this situation by the use of charter schools.’ It’s a tool of expanding the authority of the towns to help in that situation. I commend Rep. Brawley for the bill, and we had to change it a bit to avoid technical obstacles, and I was pleased to help support it on the Senate floor.” Matthews and Mint Hill both gave their support to the measure heading into the legislative session. Matthews approved a legislative agenda that included support for HB 514 back in April on a 4-3 vote. Bailey and commissioners Chris Melton, John Urban and Kress Query voted for the legislative agenda while commissioners John Higdon, Barbara Dement and Jeff Miller opposed the resolution. After the vote at the April 23 board of commissioners meeting, the Town of Matthews released a statement the following day.

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development the city encourages. Fast food, gas stations and bank branches tend to be highway uses. “We need to get a design that integrates those uses better than just lining up along the road, which is a highway frontage kind of situation, not a mixed-use arrangement,” Main said. MacVean contends the land-use recommendations in the Albemarle Road/I-485 Small Area Plan are outdated. Since approved in 2003, the area has seen many changes, most notably Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center. Then there's the completion of the Woodbury neighborhood, as well as the continued buildout of the Cresswinds neighborhood and potential redevelopment of the Larkhaven Golf Course. The Cresswinds and Larkhaven Golf Course projects could bring 1,000-plus homes to the area, according to Councilman

One of the highlights of Matthews Alive is free concerts from bands that tour the Southeast. MMHW file photos

People from all over the region visit Matthews for its famous Labor Day festival. This year, the event is slated for Aug. 31 to Sept. 3.

“Should HB 514 eventually be signed into state law, it only gives the locality the right to create their own charter school – it does not mean that the Town of Matthews will take any action, let alone break away from CMS,” according to the statement. “The town board’s vote was in no way a vote to break away from CMS.” Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers said the legislation gives Mint Hill the option of opening charter schools if that is a direction the town wants to pursue. “I’m glad it got passed and it is a piece of legislation that Mint Hill and Matthews are looking forward to having in place if we need to use that,” Biggers said. “Right now, I can’t see taking any action immediately or in the near future. The town is pretty happy with the way things are going with CMS. What I see is that the towns will study the bill in depth and we will look and discuss all the consequences involved if a town decides to do its own charter school and see what the ramifications would be on the residents of the town before we would start something like that. Just because it is there doesn’t mean we are going to go out and do it.” Matt Newton. Newton, who represents the Albemarle Road area, challenged city staff on its recommendations. “This is very much supported by the surrounding community,” Newton said of the project. “It would introduce retail into an area that doesn't have a whole lot of it.” The project would also allow for broader housing options for the employees that will staff Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center, he said. Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles wanted city staff to bring back examples of similar developments coming off I-485 or comparable interstates. She was curious how the project's impact on traffic would look.

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Duck dominates in college football

Quick learner becomes one of nation’s best Alexander has only been triple jumping for two years, but ranks 14th nationally

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MATTHEWS – At Butler, Clifton Duck was a standout from the beginning. The 5-foot-10 defensive back first made a name for himself on the Bulldogs unbeaten and nationally ranked 2012 state championship team. That year, Duck capped his freshman season by starting in the championship game, where he recorded an interception during Butler’s 56-28 win over Jack Britt. That team, which finished ranked third in the country in some publications, was loaded with defensive stars Peter Kalambayi and Channing Stribling, who are now on NFL rosters. Duck wasn’t considered one of the team’s top defenders even though he started alongside of them. Each of the next three seasons when the Bulldogs went a combined 32-12 and won at least 10 games each season, Duck was named the team’s defensive MVP each year. Still, the scholarship offers weren’t pouring in for Duck the way they were for other players in his conference and even on his own team. During his senior season, Duck recorded five interceptions. On offense, he averaged 10.3 yards per carry, 15 yards per reception and 23.7 yards per punt return. That year, he scored five touchdowns – two receiving, one rushing, one on a punt see DUCK, Page 3B

CHARLOTTE – During Rocky River’s first meet of the 201617 indoor track and field season, Ravens coach Antoine Sidberry approached his new prodigy, instructed him to head to the triple jump event and just like they had practiced, show what he could do. It was Nov. 18, 2016. Christopher Alexander, then a sophomore and a little confused by Sidberry’s order, said OK to his coach as he got ready to compete. Alexander would place second that day at the JDL FastTrack in Winston-Salem with a jump of 41 feet, 5.0 inches, which wasn’t bad. Especially considering Sidberry had never spent a second working with Alexander on the triple jump. “The first time he jumped I thought we had gone over it before in practice,” Sidberry said. “We got to the first meet of the season and as he was walking to the triple jump when he said, ‘Coach, I’ve never practiced it before.’ I realized then that we hadn’t done anything with him on the triple jump, but he got with a kid from another school who kind of showed him what to do. His first jump wasn’t great, but we said to ourselves, ‘Oh man, if he can jump that far and has never done it before, that this was going to be his ticket.’” Turns out, Sidberry was right. Jumping, particularly the triple jump, has become Alexander’s specialty. It’s growing his acclaim in statewide and national track and field circles. Alexander would improve his distances in the triple jump that first indoor season by nearly three feet. During his sophomore outdoor season, Alexander was clearing a season-best jump of 46 feet, 4 inches, nearly five feet more than his first attempt. That year, Alexander placed

Area becomes hotbed for women’s Gaelic football by Paul Nielsen paul@cmgweekly.com

MATTHEWS – Charlotte is home to a North American football championship team, and the future looks bright for the James Connolly’s Gaelic Athletic Association women’s football team. Charlotte’s women’s team won its first North American senior ladies championship when they defeated San Francisco Fog City 22-21 last September. Gaelic football is a physical sport that can best be described as a blend of rugby, soccer, ice hockey and volleyball. The Charlotte women took the first step toward defending its championship June 2 when they won the Connolly Cup at the Sportsplex at Matthews. The Charlotte men’s team also took home the Connolly Cup in a tournament that featured several teams from North Carolina, as well as teams from Baltimore, Philadelphia and other East Coast cities. The Charlotte victory last

Track & Field Super Team

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Caitriona O’Shaughnessy goes through a drill before the Connolly Cup on June 2. Paul Nielsen/MMHW photo

fall was the first time since 1972 that a team outside of the sport’s powerbase of Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago or San Francisco won a North American championship. Those cities do something that Charlotte doesn’t – bring in players from Ireland on temporary visas to play in matches in the months see FOOTBALL, Page 2B

Christopher Alexander Rocky River The Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly Athlete of the Year was fantastic all season, but shone brightly at the NCHSAA 4A championship. He won the triple jump (49 feet, 4.0 inches, which was the second-best distance in the state this season) and placed second in the long jump (23-7.75, which was North Carolina’s fourth-best distance this season). Jack Choiniere Myers Park The Mustang senior placed fourth in the state in the shot put (52 feet, 10 inches) and tied for the 11th-best throw in North Carolina this season by placing fifth at the state meet in the discus (154-10). Earlier this season, Choiniere had the 10th-best shot put throw (52-4) recorded in the state. Jabari Dalton South Meck Dalton specialized in the 300-meter hurdles and turned in quite a performance this season. The junior placed third in the event at the state meet, running 38.45 seconds, a time which was the eighth-fastest in the state this season. Dalton also ran the 200 and was a key member of the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams. Noah Dolhare Providence Day Dolhare closed his career in style by placing third in the state in the 1,600and 3,200-meter runs. Earlier this season, the Furman commit became the first two-time winner at the Hares and Hounds Invitational and ran the state’s 11th-fastest 3,200 (9 minutes, 21.92 seconds) and 15th-fastest 1,600 (4:21.01).

Rocky River’s Christopher Alexander has turned himself into one of the country’s top long and triple jumpers. Photo courtesy of Antoine Sidberry

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leading up to the North American championships. Charlotte only has two native Irish players on its roster while the rest are homegrown. Many of the Charlotte players have a background in soccer or rugby. Team captain Caitriona O’Shaughnessy, who joined the team in 2014, is one of the two Irish-born players on the 25-player roster, which includes 11 players that played on the championship team in 2017. When O’Shaughnessy decided to come to the United States, she only looked at areas with a Gaelic football club. The sport is very popular in Ireland, and there are more than 2,500 clubs around the world. “In Ireland, it (Gaelic football) is a part of ordinary life and almost everybody plays,” O’Shaughnessy said. “When I had to emigrate because the economy in Ireland was bad, I made sure there was a team where ever I moved to. Before I even landed, I emailed them that I was coming and I met a few of the girls for a lunch after I landed. They brought me in right away.” O’Shaughnessy, 28, also played an unofficial role as a coach. She shared her insights of the game she started playing when she was 6 years old. “We have a few ultimate frisbee players, but a majority of them are soccer players,” O’Shaughnessy said. “They were definitely intrigued and they would ask me, ‘How do you do this and how do you do this.’ But most of them pick up things naturally. There were some that had played it for years, and they are fantastic at it. I felt like I was able to help out when I first got here.” Samantha Fox, of Charlotte, joined the team when it was first formed in 2008. “The beginning was very rough,” Fox said. “We just kept growing as we got one or two new girls each summer. We do events, use social media to get girls involved. Word of mouth is the best way. We tell them the game is not that difficult.” O’Shaughnessy said losing to Fog City in the 2016 North American championships motivated the team for the 2017 season. “We were not at that level yet, and Fog City was a few steps ahead of us,” O’Shaughnessy said. “We fought hard and they beat us pretty bad in the end. It was pretty devastating. We were upset about it

fourth-best distance this season and is tied for the 87th-best in the nation. While both jumps are exceptional, it’s the triple jump that has garnered recruiting interest from Virginia Tech, East Carolina, Clemson, N.C. State, Western Carolina, Missouri and “a couple more” schools Sidberry said have called to ask about Alexander. “Those are big schools with good programs,” Alexander said. “That would be so great for me. It would provide me a better living and give me the chance to be great. I’m trying to use track to get myself into a better situation, and right now it feels really good.” And, Sidberry said, Alexander is just scratching the surface. “He has owned it and has put in all of the work,” he said. “He found something he was good at and he’s worked tirelessly at it to get better. He’s always looking for feedback. It doesn’t matter if it’s negative or positive, he’s going to take all of that information that everyone gives him. He’s going to listen because he wants to be great. “There’s still a lot of technical stuff wrong with his jump, but if we can fix it before he leaves high school, he might break the high school national record. I think he can be that good.” The national record, which was set in 2004, is 56 feet, 2.5 inches. The No. 2 spot is 5311, just over four feet more than Alexander cleared this season. At the New Balance Nationals, which is being held June 15 to 17 in Greensboro, Alexander said he’s looking to get 25 feet in the long jump and maybe flirt with 51 feet in the triple jump. Sidberry thinks his budding star can do that and so much more. “He’s not the typical jumper because he’s six feet tall and not the typical long, skinny guy who excels in the sport. But he’s explosive,” Sidberry said. “Because he has so much technically wrong, 56 feet is not impossible. He probably loses two feet because he lands like he’s sitting in a chair whereas you’re supposed to land with your legs extended. If he’s jumping 50 now, that puts him at 52. If we add a foot to each of the three phases, now we’re at 55. So it sounds crazy, but there’s so much that can happen for him.” Alexander said he’s having a great time working through the recruiting process and working hard to hone in his jumps. While it’s fun, it’s also a lot of work for someone Sidberry says is one of his most determined athletes.

Kevin Tobin covers an opponent during the Connolly Cup on June 2. Paul Nielsen/ MMHW photo

What is Gaelic football? Field: Gaelic football is played on a field that ranges from up to 160 yards long and 120 yards wide. The goals and uprights are similar to rugby. Rules: Players can move the ball by carrying it for up to four steps, kicking it or striking it with their hand. Men may not pick up the ball off the ground with their hands as the ball must be lifted off the ground with their feet. Women are allowed to pick up the ball with their hands. Points are scored by playing the ball into the goal for three points or playing the ball over the goal and between the uprights for one point. Players can shoulder check their opponent but hits from the front or behind are not allowed. Each team has 13 players on the field, one goalie and 12 position players, who play back, mid-field and forward positions. Unlike soccer, there are no offsides. Matches are split into two 30-minute halves and there are no timeouts.

because we had trained hard and we found out the next day a lot of their girls were getting ready to fly back to Ireland.” But that disappointment turned to joy a year later as Charlotte stunned Fog City by a single point in the championship match last September. The match was tied 9-9 at halftime. “Winning is still very surreal,” O’Shaughnessy said. “The first thing I did was to call home and tell them we did it. We only won by one point, but things went our way that day. The girls really deserved it. We look back at the videos and relive it almost every single day.”

LEARN MORE: Visit www.charlottegaa.org for more on the Charlotte James Connolly’s Gaelic Athletic Association. Follow them on Facebook at @CharlotteGAA.

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“I really wouldn’t be surprised with anything he does because of the way he works and his will to get better,” Sidberry said. “He’s worked and worked to get where he is, and he has some more work to do. But I know he’ll put it in and do what he needs to to get where he wants to go. “I want him to enjoy the ride he’s on and the whole recruiting process he’s about to go through. With him jumping 49 right now, he’s setting himself apart. The schools who were watching him are now calling and asking what they can do to get him. When he breaks 50, the phones are really going to ring. From there ,who knows because they know he can be one of the really good ones.” Williamson placed third at the NCHSAA 4A state meet in the 3,200 (9 minutes, 34 seconds). Earlier this season, he led all Mecklenburg County runners with a 9:17.91, which was the seventh-fastest time in North Carolina in that event. Williamson also competed in the 800, 1,600 and 4x400 relay this season.

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Second Team Isaiah Belk Butler Lucas Brown Queen’s Grant Devine Drummond Independence Anthony Geren Ardrey Kell Logan Jones Charlotte Christian Christian Landis Providence Day Seth Rabinowitz Providence Henry Rutledge Charlotte Christian Jack Stajos Country Day Marcus Woods Country Day

DeMarkes Stradford Charlotte Latin The senior finished his career in style, winning his third consecutive NCISAA 100-meter title in 10.61 seconds. The Harvard football commit and South Charlotte Weekly Runner of the Year was also second in the state in the 200 and ran the state’s 12th-fastest time earlier this season (21.83). Marshall Williamson Myers Park

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return and one on a pick six interception return for a score. Duck still wasn’t getting the big offers. He eventually chose Appalachian State over Toledo, which were the only two teams to offer him a scholarship. Duck didn’t get discouraged, though, and said high school players in his shoes should trust the process. “I know there were a lot of times that it was frustrating for me and left me wondering why I wasn’t getting heavily recruited,” Duck said. “But if you put in the work and want it, it will pay off.” Duck has certainly made the most of his opportunity. As a freshman, Duck started all 13 games at cornerback. That season he led the Mountaineers with five interceptions, which tied for 13th most in the nation. He was named to the all-Sun Belt Conference team and the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year. Last season as a sophomore, Duck started all 13 games and led the Sun Belt Conference with six interceptions, which tied for fourth most in the nation. He also had 50 tackles and a sack. He was named to the all-Sun Belt first team for the second year in a row and became just the eighth player in the FBS to record five or more interceptions during both his freshman and sophomore years since the 2000 season. Since the 2016 season, Duck has led all FBS defensive backs in the country by allowing a passer rating, which was computed by Profootballfocus.com, of just 50.4 when targeted. By comparison, Alabama star Minkah Fitzpatrick, the 11th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, ranked second with a 59.9 rating. Even with all that’s happened, Duck has remained humble. “I didn’t expect everything that has happened so far to happen to me, but I do train really hard and put in the work, so I’m not surprised by any of it,” he said. Now, thanks to Street and Smith, Duck is a preseason second team all-American,

joining many of the country’s top players and highly projected NFL draft picks. “It was definitely a blessing, but it also means that I have to work even harder to go get on their first team,” he said. “I didn’t get first team, but to be one of the few players on that list was a big deal and a blessing.” Duck is one of the true success stories. This year, he’d like to become a vocal leader for his teammates. With all eyes on him, he’s ready to have another great season. “I’ve always led with my actions on the field, but I want to speak out a little more this year,” Duck said. “That’s not my biggest thing, but it’s something I’m trying to add to my role up here.” Duck will certainly have the attention of every quarterback who lines up to play the Mountaineers, but he said that’s the only way he wants it. “I don’t take any of this lightly,” he said. “I’m just ready to start the season and see what comes next.”

The United Faith Christian Academy boys basketball team won 21 games, went unbeaten in conference play and advanced to the semifinals of the NCISAA 1A championship before falling to eventual state champion Trinity Christian. Now, the accolades have followed for the Falcons’ entire starting five. United Faith coach and athletic director Josh Coley recently announced five of his senior standouts have signed to play college basketball, including four of whom will play at Division 1 schools. Jaylen Sims has signed with UNC Wilmington. Sims, a 6-foot-6 forward, led the team in scoring at 14.4 points per game and also averaged 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Point guard Rafael Jenkins signed with Virginia Military Institute. The 6-foot guard was a 1,000-point scorer during his career. He averaged 9.3 points and 2.4 assists per game this season. KC Hankton has inked his National Letter of Intent to play for Saint Louis University. A 6-foot-8 forward, Hankton averaged 11.4 points and a team-best 5.6 rebounds per game this season. Nate Springs has signed to play for Ohio University. Springs, a 6-foot-10 center, aver-

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aged six points and nearly five rebounds per game. Finally, Brett Swilling has signed a full academic scholarship to Roanoke College, a Division III school where he will play for former Providence Day star Clay Nunley. Swilling, a 6-foot-6 wing, averaged 9.4 points per game last season.

Knights fall in title game The Ardrey Kell baseball team enjoyed a magical run that ended in a 10-6 loss to Fuquay Varina in the final game of the best-ofthree NCHSAA championship series in Zebulon on June 3. The Knights got off to a great start, winning Game 1 by dominating the Bengals 3-0 on June 1. South Carolina commit Trey Tujetsch performed double duty to stake the Knights to a 1-0 series lead. Tujetsch threw six innings of shutout ball, striking out 10 batters, and along with Parker Ledford, hit one of two back-toback doubles that gave the Knights all three of their runs in the third inning. But Game 2 would be different. The Knights could muster just three hits all game off a trio of Bengal pitchers. A double by Ledford in the fifth inning gave the Knights a 2-1 advantage in the fifth inning, but in the bottom of the inning the Bengals scored twice to take a 3-2 lead that would

MATTHEWS – Noah Hall, who has more than 19 years of experience coaching and playing with teams such as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, will lead four weeks of baseball camps at the Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association’s fields this summer. The new Next Generation Baseball camp series is designed for the growth and development of skills. Depending on their level, campers will work on hitting, throwing, base running and conditioning. “These camps allow our community youth to tap into an experienced proven successful baseball mind right here in our own backyard,” MARA Board President Jim Warfield said. “Hall’s approach is refreshing as he focuses on the whole player building up confidence and mental stability with positive encouragement.” Hall lives in Charlotte and coaches young players year-round through lessons and

hold up to be the final score. Garrett McGraw preserved the win by tossing two hitless innings to earn the save as Fuquay Varina forced the decisive third game. In the final, the Bengals jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings of play. The Knights would tie the game in the third on RBIs from Cam Brantley, Tujetsch, Ledford and a run from Joe Verdeschi, who scored on a wild pitch. The score was tied at 6 entering the top of the seventh inning, but the Bengals, who clubbed 13 hits in the game, scored four more times for the 10-6 win. The Knights have played in three state championship final series, winning in 2009 after losing in 2008. Ardrey Kell finished the season 27-7.

Former Knight Kowar chosen by Kansas in MLB Draft Former Charlotte Christian and current University of Florida star Jackson Kowar was selected by the Kansas City Royals with the 33rd overall pick in the compensatory secKowar tion of first round of the 2018 MLB Draft on June 4. At Charlotte Christian, Kowar was ranked as the No. 4 overall prospect in the state and

clinics. He also coached Ty Buttrey, a former MARA player currently with the Boston Red Sox. Next Generation Baseball campers will be grouped based on their age and skill level. They will receive a T-shirt and personal development plan at the end of each camp. Along with skills work, campers, ages 9 to 12, will play games daily to receive immediate feedback on their growth. Campers, ages 6 to 8, will learn basic baseball skills along with other fun events and games. The camps cost $175 for Level 1 (ages 6 to 8) and $225 for Level 2 (ages 9 to 12). Session 1, designed for Level 1 players, will be held June 18 to 21 and July 16 to 19. Session 2, for Level 2 players, will be June 25 to 28 and July 23 to 27. All camps will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arthur Goodman Park, 1200 S. Trade St. Registration is open at www. MARASports.org under the baseball tab.

as the No. 1 right-handed pitcher by Perfect game.com. As a senior during the 2015 season, he finished with a 10-1 record that included a school-record 0.20 earned run average. Kowar also totaled 118 strikeouts in just 71 innings. In the playoffs during Kowar’s senior season, he was brilliant. He tossed a one-hit shutout with eight strikeouts in the semifinals and Kowar clinched the Knights’ fifth consecutive state title by beating Wesleyan Christian 7-0 in the championship game during which he allowed three hits and struck out 14 batters. Kowar was drafted by the Detroit Tigers with the 1,210th overall pick (40th round) of the MLB Draft that season, but he elected to attend Florida instead. Kowar went 3-0 in 12 appearances as a freshman and was 12-1 as a sophomore, posting the Gators’ best-ever record and placing second in the nation in wins. This season, Kowar has gone 9-5 for the Gators. As a junior, Kowar has the option of returning to school for his senior season, although he’s considered likely to sign with the Royals. He was joined in the first round by University of Florida teammates Jonathan India (a third baseman taken fifth overall by the Cincinnati Reds) and Brady Singer (a pitcher drafted 18th overall by the Kansas City Royals).


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Ann Litaker, from the Mint Hill Women’s Club, presents a check to David McGee, president of Mint Hill Arts. Photo courtesy of Toni Rollins

Mint Hill Women’s Club boasts ‘exceptional’ season During the 2017-18 season, the Mint Hill Women's Club grew to approximately 100 members, offered a wider variety of social activities and hosted two fundraisers that were collectively attended by over 300 supporters. The money raised was returned to the community through scholarships for Central Piedmont Community College students living in Mint Hill. Money was also given to Idlewild and Mint Hill Fire

Departments, Servant's Heart, Mint Hill Library, Levine Senior Center, Honor the Warrior, Mint Hill Arts and Pottery 51. In addition, members prepared gifts for local nursing home residents, Mint Hill families in need during Christmas, Bright Blessings, Alexander Youth Network and local schools. All women located in the Mint Hill area are welcomed to join the Mint Hill Women's Club. For more information, visit www.MHWClub.com.

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First, it was the two-seater BMW parked in the last two spaces (theirs and mine) in the parking lot. Next, it was the car in front of me making an abrupt right-hand turn, the courtesy of signaling absent. Lastly, it was me getting angry at the same driver holding up the left-lane traffic with a below-the-speed-limit pace. Now, I was an angry and unsafe driver. Fortunately, I was married to this wise lady who knew my propensity toward impatient driving. So, before I could do anything regretful, I recalled her formula on how to transition from angry to calm in three easy steps. Her advice was as follows: One, stop at once, whatever you are doing or thinking. Two, take a deep breath. Three, take a deep breath. Suddenly I half smiled at the realization that I was being a real jerk, it could quickly get worse, driving is serious business.

So how can you deal with that serious business? First, every time you turn your key or otherwise empower your vehicle, you should repeat the statement, “Driving is serious business.” Second, accept the need to drive responsibly for yourself and your passengers. Third, always be considerate and aware of both the rights of and risks posed by other drivers. Having read this far, please now bear with me on this next idea. If you are caring and mature enough to drive responsibly, you could also endeavor to buoy the attitudes of other drivers. Your actions of proper speed, proper signaling and yes, little courtesies contribute to road safety and can diminish the dangers of traffic frustrations for yourself and for the other drivers. My final point is that you can’t have total control over your traffic environment, but you can have a high degree of control over the traffic or your mental responses to the traffic. Be an effective traffic monitor!

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