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Breathing new life into Bain Academy Bond vote could restore historic building into cultural center by Paul Nielsen paul@cmgweekly.com

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MINT HILL – The Historic Bain Restoration Committee was fighting an uphill battle when it formed five years ago. The group sought to raise money to save the Bain Academy building from the wrecking ball. Millions of dollars would be needed, and the committee set out to raise any money they could through a series of small fundraisers. Former Bain student and current Independence High School student Connor Fohr even held a bake sale to help with the cause when he was in the fifth grade. Fohr is still active with the committee. But there will be no more bake sales as the

Town of Mint Hill has stepped in to save Bain, which first served students in 1889. Last month, the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to put a $3 million bond issue on the November general election ballot with the money going to restore old Bain Academy. If voters approve the bond, plans call for the building to be turned into a cultural and civic center that will feature a renovated auditorium that could host theater productions, music and dance performances, lectures, civic meetings and art exhibits. There also could be several classrooms. Bain was used as a school up until several years ago, and the building was eventually condemned. see BOND, Page 8A

Mint Hill voters will decide on a $3 million bond package in November that would go toward restoring the Bain Academy Building and turning it into a cultural and civic center. Paul Nielsen/ MMHW photo

24 hours of preparation Spotlight expedites production of 'Sweeney Todd'

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The Town of Matthews Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resource Department has launched its first “Matthews’ Finest Fido” photo contest, in conjunction with Pawsitively Matthews on Nov. 3. Photo submissions are accepted through Aug. 24. The public will vote on finalists. Visit www.matthewsnc.gov for details.

Festival Food Truck Friday returns Aug. 10 to Stumptown Park in Matthews with beach flavor. That's because The Catalinas are providing the soundtrack for the festival.

Food Mint Hill Rockstore Bar-B-Q is among a growing number of restaurants using delivery apps, such as DoorDash, GrubHub and UberEats, to better connect with customers.

Drink The brand known for Boll Weevil Brown and Reed's Gold Ale is taking over the taps at Pour 64. That's right Cabarrus Brewing will be available Aug. 16. See the calendar on 5A for more events.

Music Rock Machine and SugarSmaX perform this weekend at Stooges Pub & Grub in Mint Hill. Flip to page 6A for more live music dates.

Streaming “All About the Washingtons,” “Insatiable” and “La Casa De Las Flores” are among new titles to binge on Netflix this weekend.

Movies Director Spike Lee could have another hit on his hands with "BlackkKlansman," but he'll have to fend off "Slender Man" and “The Meg.”

Jenna McCauley came from Queens Grant to lead Providence to its best-ever season on the diamond as she earned all-state and a number of Player of the Year honors. She has committed to UNC Wilmington. Photos courtesy of Jenna McCauley

Change of scenery benefits McCauley by Andrew Stark andrew@cmgweekly.com

CHARLOTTE – There were certainly some ups and downs in the road that led Jenna McCauley to the Providence softball team. She spent her first two seasons playing for her father, Joe. That was a big plus. “My dad has been one of my only coaches for my whole life, and I enjoy having him as my coach,” she said. “When we’re on the field together, he was just a coach and not really my dad. He knows a lot about softball and basically taught me everything that I know.”

But there were some negatives. McCauley was enrolled at Queen’s Grant, a program that has produced nine total wins over the past five seasons. Despite the team’s struggles, the losing didn't effect her statistically. In two seasons, McCauley batted .614, hit seven home runs and threw three no-hitters despite not really being a pitcher. But the grind of playing on bad teams was a lot to handle. “Queen’s Grant was really tough because there wasn’t much talent. It became very, see SOFTBALL, Page 8A

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CHARLOTTE – Longtime Providence baseball coach Danny Hignight has seen all sorts of stars and personalities come through the storied Townsend Panther program he’s built into a perennial winner.

At times, he’s had to stroke some egos and maybe reign in a little enthusiasm from some others in his 15 seasons turning Providence into a nationally acclaimed program. But when he gives the ball to Timmy Townsend, as he’s done more than 30 times over the past three seasons, there’s a very simple formula that has led to a lot of wins between the two. “If you looked at him and tried to

read him just on his actions, you’d have to check him to see if he had a pulse sometimes because he gives off a persona of being really calm,” Hignight said. “He doesn’t get overhyped or over-excited about things, but that’s just the way he is. You can’t look at him and say, ‘Man, he looks ready’ or ‘I need to worry about him.’ It was always the same: see BASEBALL, Page 8A

MINT HILL – Students at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy won't begin rehearsing for one of theater's most challenging productions until 24 hours before the curtain opens. The cast of 20 students, ranging from 13 to 20 years old, will begin rehearsing “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” at 7 p.m. Aug. 10. They'll continue rehearsing overnight and into the next day, leading up to their 7 p.m. Aug. 11 performance. Tickets for the one-night-only “We have show have al- some of the most ready sold out. “We have talented some of the students most talented in all of the students in all Charlotte of the Charlotte area. That's area,” Assistant why we're Director Jess able to do Strzepek said. this.” “That's why • Jess we're able to do Strzepek, this.” Assistant Students were Director given the script to memorize three weeks ago. Once rehearsal starts, they'll run the music, work on positioning and movement, and practice, practice, practice. Spotlight Performing Arts Academy has never produced a 24-hour musical before, but staff and students committed to doing one of the most difficult musicals to produce in Stephen Sondheim's dark comedy. After all, the academy has experience with challenging shows such as “Les Miserables” and “Wizard of Oz.” Angela Gordon Mill opened Spotlight Performing Arts Academy six years ago. The academy, located at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, offers music and theater lessons. The academy has performed at Discover Mint Hill and had a booth at Mint Hill Madness. The community still has time to buy tickets for the next performance, Disney's “The Little Mermaid,” on Sept. 7 and 8. Visit www.spotlightacade myonline.com for details.

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SAVE THE DATE September is for Seniors Expo will have dozens of vendors, informative break-out sessions, raffles, breakfast and lunch – all for free. Mark your calendars for 9 a.m. Sept. 28 at Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte. People interested in attending have to register (so we can plan for food) by calling 704-849-2261 or emailing kate@cmgweekly.com.

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Town attorney does double duty by Yustin Riopko Contributor

WAXHAW – Matthews Town Attorney Charles Buckley praised Waxhaw staff and leaders at a July 24 Waxhaw council meeting. On top of his role with Matthews, Buckley has been filling in as a legal advisor in Waxhaw for over two months while the town looks for a permanent attorney. “I have no idea how many days it’s been. I must be having fun though because it’s passed quickly,” Buckley told Waxhaw council members when they asked for his 60-day observation. “The first time I came, I thought ‘Gosh, this is just too cumbersome.’ But now that I’ve been here, I’ve fallen into the pattern of how you do things.” A member of the law firm Cranford, Buckley, Schultze, Tomchin, Allen & Buie, P.A., Buckley has also served as assistant city attorney in Charlotte and interim town attorney in Huntersville. Waxhaw parted ways with its former

town attorney, Chaplin Spencer, in May as part of a decision to move away from a contracted partnership with law firm Spencer & Spencer, P.A., and open up a public position for town attorney. So far, the search hasn’t turned up the right lawyer. “We’re seeing a lot of candidates who have experience in the field of law, but they don’t have the experience in municipal law, and specifically not in North Carolina,” Waxhaw Town Manager Greg Ferguson told his town council at a July 31 meeting. “They might have some experience with the community college, state university system or a hospital system; but it’s different from municipal law. The statutes that apply are different, and the daily practices, like real estate and zoning, are very different than what we were requesting.” Buckley has agreed to continue filling in as Waxhaw’s interim town attorney for now, while the town continues its search for the right permanent candidate.

Colored pencils allow Jan Schopen to incorporate intense colors, create contrasts, and capture precise detail in her images. Her work includes stylized florals, animal portraits, extreme close-ups and realistic depictions. Photo courtesy of Mint Hill Arts

Schopen demonstrates colored pencil techniques MINT HILL – Jan Schopen will share her appreciation of colored pencils at the next Mint Hill Arts monthly demonstration. Schopen's presentation, “The Beauty of Colored Pencils,” will touch on the beauty of working with the medium. Her colored pencil piece, “Tomatoes,” won Best in Show at the recent Binders’ Art Show at Mint Hill Arts, Schopen joined the teaching staff at Mint Hill Arts two years ago, and her Colored Pencils Basics course is offered regularly. The public is invited to the free hand-on demonstration at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Mint Hill Arts Gallery, 11025 Lawyers Road. Supplies will be provided.

Edwards shadows newsroom MATTHEWS – Lilly Edwards, a rising senior at Levine Middle College High School, recently shadowed the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly newsroom as part of her senior graduation project. Edwards had already shadowed a TV station by the time she arrived at the newspaper. During the 15-plus hours at the Weekly, she compiled listings, proofed pages and wrote a story that appeared on the front page. “I was impressed with the story Lilly wrote for us,” Managing Editor Justin Vick said. “She avoided a lot of the mistakes a college intern or starting reporter tends to make on their first few stories. She's a great writer.”

Obama endorses Hunt in House race MATTHEWS – Former President Barack Obama endorsed Rachel Hunt, as well as dozens of other Democrats running for state houses nationwide, according to the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. “I’m confident that, together, they’ll strengthen this country we love by restoring opportunity that’s broadly shared, repairing our alliances and standing in the world, and upholding our fundamental commitment to justice, fairness, responsibility, and the rule of law,” Obama said in a statement released by the DLCC. Hunt, an education advocate and business owner, is running against N.C. House Rep. Bill Brawley for the District 103 seat. Brawley, a Matthews Republican, is serving his fourth term in the N.C. House.

Take 5 Oil Change helps children's hospitals CHARLOTTE – Take 5 Oil Change has raised more than $500,000 in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. From May 25 to July 13, Take 5 Oil Change locations across the nation collected donations from $1 to $5 in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a nonprofit raising money and awareness for nearly 170 chil-

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Resident eligible for $50,000 to pay off student loans MATTHEWS – Amanda Parker is seeking $50,000 toward paying off her student loans through Education Loan Finance's Empowered By ELFI video contest. And the public can help the Matthews resident win. Entrants submitted 20-second to two-minute videos demonstrating how the entrant is Empowering A Brighter Future and why or how the prize of $50,000 toward a current student loan would enhance that empowerment. Parker's video featured her reading part of an essay she wrote when she was in high school about her perfect life as an adult. It involved a rocking chair on a large porch on a two-story country house serenaded by crickets. “Today, I'm still striving to achieve that dream,” she said in the video, noting the money would help her achieve basics like homeownership and saving for retirement. Voting ends Aug. 19. The top seven finalists will go to the final judging phase where a winner will be awarded $50,000 toward their student loan. Visit https://elfi.wishpondpag es.com/empoweredbyelfi/ and search for Amanda Parker.

Clean Commute Challenge aims to help environment CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte Air Awareness and Sustain Charlotte are teaming up to host a monthlong Clean Commute Challenge. The challenge encourages the community to use alternative methods to get to work, rather than driving alone. It is designed to reduce the number of miles driven by commuters through clean commuting options, such as taking public transit, carpooling, vanpooling, walking, biking and telecommuting. Residents can log their clean commutes Aug. 1 to 31 using www.Way2GoCLT.com or the Commute Tracker App. Anyone who works or lives within the Charlotte ozone maintenance area, including Mecklenburg and Union counties, is eligible to win weekly prizes.

Exhibit shows water media MINT HILL – Mint Hill Arts will host its Water Media Show next month. The opening reception, which is free to the public, takes place 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 7 at the gallery at 11205 Lawyers Road. Prizes include $100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third. The judged exhibit will be displayed noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 27. The Water Media Show includes watercolor, but also painting done with any water-based media on watercolor paper, watercolor board or synthetic paper such as yuppo. Paintings on canvas are not allowed. Intake for the show is 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 31 and 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 1. Visit www.minthillarts.org for details.

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Music Bingo Temple Mojo remixes the classic game of bingo by allowing patrons to fill up cards by identifying snippets of songs. The taproom hosts the event, dubbed Mingo, Thursdays, except the first of the month. Call 704-246-8196 for details. 7 p.m.; 195 N. Trade St., Matthews Music Bingo Top Shelf Promotions presents Music Bingo at CharBar No. 7. Call 704-814-0208 for details. 7 to 9 p.m.; 3118 Fincher Farm Road, Matthews Music Matchup HeadTilt Entertainment presents Music Matchup at Temple Mojo. Call 704-246-8196 for details. 7 to 9 p.m.; 195 N. Trade St., Matthews

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Food Trucks The Catalinas bring beach music to the Food Truck Fridays & Concert Series at Stumptown Park. The event takes place on the second and fourth Fridays of each month through September. Call 704-847-4411 for details. 5 to 9 p.m.; 120 S. Trade St., Matthews Music Bingo Top-Shelf Productions hosts Music Bingo at Kristopher's Sports Bar & Restaurant. Call 704-8456200 for details. 9 p.m. to midnight; 250 N. Trade St., Matthew

Aug. 11

Run Club Temple Mojo's run club takes on the 4 Mile Creek Greenway and meets back at the shop for coffee or breakfast. Call 704-246-8196 for details. 8 to 9 a.m.; 195 N. Trade St., Matthews Pet Adoption Greater Charlotte SPCA holds a pet adoption event at PetSmart. Visit www.charlottespca.org for details. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 9905 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews Music Bingo Trivia On Tap presents Music Bingo at Dunwellz Custom Kitchen and Pour House. Call 704-545-1505 for details. 9 to 11 p.m.; 7110 Brighton Park Drive, Mint Hill

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Music Bingo Trivia on Tap presents Music Bingo at Beantown Tavern. Patrons can play for prizes and take advantage of drink specials. Call 704849-2023 for details. 7 to 9 p.m.; 130 Matthews Station St., Matthews

Aug. 13

Book Club The Far Horizons Book Club discusses “White Trash” by Nancy Isenberg at the Matthews Library. Register in advance. Call 704-4165000 for details. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews

Aug. 14

Music Bingo Pour Entertainment presents Music Bingo at Moe's Original Bar B Que. Patrons play for prizes. Call 704-814-6637 for details. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; 111 Matthews Station St., Matthews Run Club Carolina Beer Temple's run club takes on 1, 3 or 5 mile routes throughout downtown and meets back for beer. Visit www.carolina beertemple.net for details. 6:45 p.m.; 131 Matthews Station St., Matthews Beer Yoga Hero Fitness Charlotte holds a yoga class Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Temple Mojo. Tickets are $10 and include a 16-ounce craft beer. Call 704-246-8196 for details. 7 to 8 p.m. 195 N. Trade St., Matthews

Aug. 15

Commissioner Coffee The Matthews Board of Commissioners invites the community to discuss town issues over coffee at Brakeman's Coffee. Call Maureen Keith at 704-708-1278 for details. 10 to 11 a.m.; 225 N. Trade St., Matthews Music Matchup HeadTilt Entertainment presents Music Matchup at Pour 64. Call 980-585-1051 for details. 7 to 9 p.m.; 4410 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill Music Bingo Top Shelf Promotions presents Music Bingo at Moochies Tavern. Call 704-893-2157 for details. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.; 15060 Idlewild Road, Matthews

Ribbon Cutting Sleep Number celebrates its membership in the Matthews Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting. Noon to 1 p.m.; 9727 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews Yarncrafters The Matthews Yarncrafters make crafts for nonprofits at the Matthews Library. Some experience is preferred. Call 704-4165000 for details. 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.; 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews Paint Night The Loyalist Market partners with The Tipsy Paintbrush for a night of cheese, charcuterie, wine and art. Tickets cost $25. Register at www.thetipsypaintbrush.com. 6 to 8 p.m.; 435 N. Trade St., Matthews Tap Takeover Cabarus Brewing Company takes over the taps at Pour 64. Call 980-585-1051 for details. 6 to 9 p.m.; 4410 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill Music Bingo Temple Mojo remixes the classic game of bingo by allowing patrons to fill up cards by identifying snippets of songs. Call 704-2468196 for details. 7 p.m.; 195 N. Trade St., Matthews Music Matchup HeadTilt Entertainment tests patrons' knowledge in Music Matchup at Beantown Tavern. Call 704-849-2023 for details. 7 to 9 p.m.; 130 Matthews Station St., Matthews Music Bingo Pour Entertainment presents Music Bingo at Pizza Peel. Call 704814-0231 for details. 7 to 9 p.m.; 110 Matthews Station St., Matthews Music Bingo Top Shelf Promotions presents Music Bingo at CharBar No. 7. Call 704-814-0208 for details. 7 to 9 p.m.; 3118 Fincher Farm Road, Matthews

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Music Bingo Top-Shelf Productions hosts Music Bingo at Kristopher's Sports Bar & Restaurant. Call 704-8456200 for details. 9 p.m. to midnight; 250 N. Trade St., Matthews

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More money doesn't have to mean more problems "Dear Attorney, I own a business that recently began to do really well; I am now earning real money! I never incorporated the business with the State of North Carolina. I am worried about sales taxes and I am concerned since I have never even mentioned my business income on my tax returns. I know I need to start doing some of these things, but every time I look into it, I get overwhelmed. I like working, not worrying about how I might be messing up legally. I know I should see a lawyer, but I do not even know what to ask, where to start, or when I do see one.” - Finally Making Money, Now What? in Matthews Submit your questions to inquiries@weaverbuddlaw.com Dear Finally Making Money, Now What? First of all, congratulations! Your hard work is paying off and now you are making money. And, now that you are making money, you get to spend some money becoming a more organized and sophisticated business entity. There are a few items you do need to address promptly with a lawyer and CPA. The following apply whether you are a new business or a growing business; 1. Depending on what your line of business is (manufacturing, retail, food, other services) will dictate what type of business entity is the best fit for you. The one that typically fits a small business best is a limited liability company. North Carolina’s Limited Liability Company Act enables owners to both limit their personal liability for actions of the business as well as claim special tax treatment, and it is easy to manage for a small company owner. However, depending on what you do, how you do it, business partners, and multiple other factors, another structure may be the best fit. Once you incorporate, you will apply for a Federal Tax Identification Number with the IRS. Typically, the attorney handling the incorporation will do this as part of the incorporation, but be sure to confirm this is being done. 2. Along with number one above, it is important to discuss whether you need a license or permit to engage in your line of business. The State of North Carolina does not issue a single business license, but your business may be required to have an occupational license. An occupational license allows a person “to work in a particular occupation after having met a minimum level of competency intended to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the public.” This is different than “certification.” A “certification” is the official endorsement of a person’s qualifications by a regulator agency or professional organization such as a doctor or lawyer. 3. Next, get a referral to a qualified certified public accountant (CPA) from the lawyer. Make sure the CPA has experience in corporate taxes. When meeting with the CPA, make sure you discuss whether it is in your best interests to elect “Sub S Corporation” status with the IRS. Without getting too bogged down in the technicalities, this is a corporate form that meets specific IRS requirements allowing you to be taxed as a partnership instead of a corporation. Thereby, reducing your taxes. I also recommend you

About Laura H. Budd Laura H. Budd, Esq. is a managing partner experienced in contracts, business law and litigation at Weaver | Budd, Attorneys at Law. To schedule a consultation with her, please call (704) 841-0760.

take your last several years’ worth of personal tax returns, information related to the income and expenses from your business as well as your notes from the meeting with your attorney. You will almost definitely need to amend your taxes since you stated above that you did not declare the business income in prior years on your personal taxes or file a corporate tax return. As agonizing as this process is, I can say it is far less agony than an IRS audit. 4. Finally, you mentioned sales taxes. This needs to be addressed with your lawyer to see if the business was required to pay them. If you do owe sales taxes, both the CPA and the attorney will work with you in order determine how much you need to pay and help you negotiate with the NC Department of Revenue, if necessary. If tangling with the IRS is not advisable, it is definitely not advisable to tangle with the NC Department of Revenue. As overwhelming as this is, it is not impossible. The first step is making the appointment. After that, your lawyer will walk you through step by step and work in tandem with the CPA. Also, do not be afraid to ask questions. They are not dumb. They are why you are seeking legal advice in the first place! Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is general in nature and not to be taken as legal advice, nor to establish an attorney-client relationship between the reader and Laura H. Budd or Weaver | Budd, Attorneys at Law.

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Enjoy a unique learning experience that you’ll never forget! Saturday, August 11th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Backyard Birds Jay Bell, founder of Reptiles 101, offers a hands-on presentation focusing on distinguishing between harmless and venomous species of reptiles. His mission is to educate everyone on the great benefits that snakes and other reptiles have on our environment.

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Should we let Matthews be seduced by change? Greenway and the intersection of Trade Street and N.C. 51. I live in one, which was sold to me on the condition I maintain All too often in business, government and it in its original form to help preserve this personal lives, we turn our backs on things little pocket of houses in this lovely village. that made us successful, admired and re- Though the original owner has passed away, spected. We become seduced by change, the I honor her wish. A cornerstone property sits at the entrance driving force that insists we must adapt to new concepts, fresh appearances and novel to this group of homes on a plot of a little more than two acres. A Charlotte developer approaches in order to succeed. The New York Times Syndication Sales theSyndication Matthews Board of Corporation CommissionThe township of Matthews isThe being seNew Yorkwants Times Sales 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y.Corporation 10018 ers to give him a zoning variance, so he can 620For Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10018 duced again. Information Call: 1-800-972-3550 For Information Call: 1-800-972-3550 fill that space with 13 houses, detached Only six houses remain along TradeFor Street Release Wednesday, January 31,five 2018 For Release February garages,Monday, a six-space parking 5, lot,2018 a public road between the entrance to Four Mile Creek

and a stormwater basin. The five homes with fronts on Trade Street would sit on lots as narrow as 40 feet, in an area where house lots have typically been 100 feet wide. In the process of erecting this cramped development, the developer would destroy the entrance to the greenway. You might think residents who oppose this proposal simply have a “not in my backyard” attitude. Yet what’s at stake isn’t the traffic pattern in one neighborhood, but the nature of Matthews itself. People who enjoy life in a densely populated area have all of Charlotte from which to choose. People who’ve settled

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Aug. 10 Beantown Tavern: Josh Danaiel/ DeCarlo Moochies Tavern: 9daytrip Southern Range Brewing: RJ Adams Stooges Pub & Grub: Ultimate Rock Machine Temple Mojo: Barton Hollow Treehouse Vineyards: Rust Buckett Vintner's Hill: Nathan Davis

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Aug. 11 Beantown Tavern: John Caneda/ Matt Minchew & The Highbinders Moochies Tavern: Lucas Gathings Southern Range Brewing: TARGeT Stooges Pub & Grub: SugarSmax Sweet Union Brewing: Rich Challen Treehouse Vineyards: Vanilla Cornbread

Aug. 12 Beantown Tavern: Jody & Joanna Treehouse Vineyards: Maggie Aldridge

Aug. 13 Beantown Tavern: Karoake

Aug. 14 Beantown Tavern: Scoot Moochies Tavern: Shannon's Jam Open Mic

Aug. 15 Beantown Tavern: Chuck Johnson Duo

Aug. 16 Beantown Tavern: Russell N Woods Jekyll & Hyde: Tony Fisher

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Venues Matthews Beantown Tavern: 130 Matthews Station St. Jekyll & Hyde Taphouse & Grill: 316 N. Trade St. Mac's Speed Shop: 142 E. John St. Moochies Tavern: 15060 Idlewild Road Temple Mojo: 195 N. Trade St. Mint Hill Stooges Pub & Grub: 13230 Albemarle Road Vintner's Hill: 7427 Matthews-Mint Hill Road Indian Trail Sweet Union Brewing: 13717 E. Independence Blvd. Monroe Southern Range Brewing: 151 S. Stewart St. Treehouse Vineyards: 301 Bay St. Waxhaw The DreamChaser's Brewery: 115 E. N. Main St.

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July 2018

Home Sales DATE SOLD

ADDRESS

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28105 Ashley Farms 3218 Nedmore Court 26-Jul 10324 Ashley Farm Dr. 26-Jul

Seaboard Taproom and Wine Bar was among restaurants and bars inspected this past week. MMHW file photo

DINING SCORES Health departments in Mecklenburg and Union inspected these restaurants July 27 to Aug. 2:

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• Halal Food Cart (Desi Kati Rolls), 7307 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte – 90 Violations include: Certified person in charged wasn't available; cold hold drawer wasn't functioning cold enough; cut lettuce, white sauce, diced tomatoes and falafel were not clearly marked with a start and end time; and sanitzer wasn't labeled.

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Drive – 94 • Dilworth Coffee Plantation Market, 3016 Weddington Road – 97 • Dunkin' Donuts, 9005 E. Independence Blvd. – 96 • Hot Wok, 5943 Weddington-Monroe Road – 94.5 • Royal Cafe & Creperie, 131 Matthews Station St. – 94.5 • Seaboard Taproom and Wine Bar, 213 N. Trade St. – 96.5 • Umami Sushi & Grill, 200 E. Matthews St. – 94.5

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• Thrashers Dawgs, 7732 Davis Road – 98

• AMF Carolina Lanes, 11210 Brigman Road – 97 • Applebee's, 9616 E. Independence Blvd. – 97.5 • Beantown Tavern, 130 Matthews Station St. – 96.5 • CiCi's, 1804 Windsor Square

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• Angela's Pizza & Restaurant, 9705 Mintworth Ave. – 94 • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar, 2530 Sardis Road N. – 97.5 • Burger King, 7026 Albemarle

Road – 97 • Halal Food Cart, 7308 E. Independence Blvd. – 94.5 • Ichiban Buffet Sushi & Hibachi, 7201 Albemarle Road – 93.5 • Jakes Good Eats, 12721 Albemarle Road – 97.5 • Salsarita's Fresh Cantina, 304 S. Sharon Road – 96

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• Cinemark Movie Bistro, 9630 Monroe Road – 98 • Subway, 1816 Galleria Blvd. – 94.5

Indian Trail

• Hickory Tavern, 6455 Old Monroe Road – 96 • Rossini's Pizza Pasta, 13803 U.S. 74 W. – 99.5 • Taco Bell, 13710 E. Independence Blvd. – 95.5

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Birnam Woods 5928 Falstaff Drive 12-Jul

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Braewick 3419 Braewick Place 18-Jul

$155,000

Brighton Park 10329 Misty Moss Ct. 23-Jul 5932 Whitehawk Hill Rd. 17-Jul 6011 Whitehawk Hill Rd. 10-Jul 4303 Patriots Hill Road 5-Jul

$265,000 $305,000 $320,000 $2,500,000

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Brightmoor 2631 Brightmoor Ridge Drive 24-Jul

$281,000

Callaway Forest 4019 Cedarbarrk Drive 9-Jul

$193,000

Callaway Plantation 8803 Elkins Park Drive 31-Jul

$195,000

Country Place 1108 Glenshannon Rd. 19-Jul

$270,000

Crestdale Crossing 400 Amir Circle 27-Jul

$161,000

Deerfield Creek 730 Hampshire Road 10-Jul 3616 Yearling Court 9-Jul

$634,500 $607,500

Clear Creek Estates 14701 Clay Bank Drive 17-Jul 10853 Coble Road 16-Jul 11333 Coble Road 10-Jul

Elizabeth Place 610 Swancroft Lane 30-Jul

$556,000

Clear Meadow 8609 Clear Meadow 11-Jul

$179,200

Elizabeth Woods 1041 Elizabeth Manor Ct. 11-Jul

$675,000

Glenwood Manor 3623 Rosedown Drive 13-Jul 3601 Rosedown Dr. E. 13-Jul

Covington Commons 6418 Covington Commons Drive 24-Jul

$188,000

$207,000 $220,000

Danbrooke Park 9436 Errington Lane 6-Jul

$187,500

Greylock 7507 Greylock Ridge Rd. 24-Jul

$410,000

Fairington Oaks 15106 Durmast Court 19-Jul

$480,000

Farmwood 5432 Gristmill Lane 13-Jul 4915 Quail Ridge Drive 11-Jul

$340,000 $310,000

Fox Ridge Estates 9220 Surrey Road 3-Jul

$267,000

Hartford Village 3319 New Hampshire Dr. 11-Jul

$175,000

Heathergate 7302 Lancashire Drive 10-Jul

$186,000

Hickory Ridge 6735 Raeburn Lane 6-Jul

$185,000

Hidden Forest 4811 Trey View Court 10-Jul

$410,000

Habersham 11137 Atrium Way 26-Jul $172,000 Hampton Green 333 Whitefriars Lane 19-Jul 309 Demaree Lane 6-Jul

$319,000 $285,000

Hearthstone 3101 Tatting Road 18-Jul 2935 Butter Churn Ln. 9-Jul

$345,000 $307,000

Idlewood 13718 Sustare Court

$267,900

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Lake Harmony Estates 8322 Lake Harmony Dr. 27-Jul 8309 Lake Harmony Dr. 16-Jul

$379,900 $414,900

Lake Haven 3701 Juniper St. 2-Jul

$201,000

Mallory Manor 624 Barington Place 13-Jul

Irongate 9914 Veramonte Court 20-Jul

$366,000

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Marlwood Acres 1033 Norwich Road 30-Jul 1933 Marlwood Circle 13-Jul

$305,000 $285,000

McAlpine Glen 5712 Osprey Watch Ct. 31-Jul

$165,000

McAlpine Woods 9712 Stillwater Lane 31-Jul 9940 Bella Marche Dr. 24-Jul 6018 Scots Bluff Drive 17-Jul

$170,000 $225,000 $191,500

Mint Hill Commons 6405 Brighton Park Dr. 24-Jul

$369,813

Mint Hill Estates 8921 Gosnell Drive 27-Jul

$190,000

Morris Farms 8804 Hunter Green Ln. 16-Jul

$152,000

Olde Savannah 8614 Nathanael Greene Lane 26-Jul

$218,500

Matthews Ridge 3302 Darlington Road 17-Jul 6933 Saranac Lane 3-Jul

$294,000 $312,000

Millstone Ridge 2632 Tall Pines Lane 18-Jul 2626 Tall Pines Lane 20-Jul

$310,000 $280,000

Old Belle Meade 4353 Spring St. 9-Jul

$435,000

Pheasant Knoll 3229 Old House Circle 6-Jul

$175,000

Pine Forest 630 John St. 18-Jul 509 Deer Creek Drive 13-Jul

$158,000 $205,000

Poplar Forest 3613 Savannah Hills Dr. 27-Jul

$350,000

Roxbury 4004 Lamington Road 18-Jul

$447,000

Sardis Plantation 305 Port Royal Drive 27-Jul 236 Wainsley Place 13-Jul

$385,000 $318,000

South Windsor 12411 Windsor Glade Dr. 20-Jul

Olde Sycamore 10602 Persimmon Creek Drive 27-Jul 10633 Stone Bunker Dr. 23-Jul 10910 Sycamore Club Drive 9-Jul

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$275,000

Pence Pond 7419 Heronwood Lane 31-Jul 7413 Heronwood Lane 30-Jul

$184,000 $200,000

Suburban Woods 11305 Torino Road 9-Jul

$190,500

Ravenscroft 4910 Sela Court 16-Jul

$342,000

The Forest 1506 Shadow Forest Dr. 31-Jul

$1,230,000

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$260,000

The Heathers 2700 Bathgate Lane 20-Jul

$270,000

St. Ives 7206 Forrest Rader Dr. 25-Jul

$370,000

Tarawoods 4720 Carving Tree Dr. 20-Jul

$227,000

Thornblade 1825 Thornblade Ridge Drive 17-Jul $327,000

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Marshbrooke 3410 Harewood Court 30-Jul $199,900

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Village At Windrow 2215 Annabel Court 19-Jul

$305,900

The Oaks at Oxfordshire 9708 Luckwood Court 13-Jul $319,000 6501 Loyola Court 11-Jul $389,900

Winterbrooke 2717 Oxborough Drive 3-Jul

$416,400

Versage 5628 Versage Drive

Wood Hollow 2516 Tall Pines Lane 31-Jul

$206,000

Wildwood 8231 Bald Ridge Drive 6-Jul

$145,000

Wynchase 2407 Mullis Lane

$280,000

Windermere 7021 Plough Drive 13-Jul

$270,000

9-Jul

28227 Arlington Oaks 9814 Arlington Oaks Dr. 12-Jul

$365,500

Ashe Plantation

12-Jul

Woodbury 9210 Cotton Gum Road 31-Jul 9123 Gray Willow Road 27-Jul 12602 Sitka Court 21-Jul 11804 Bending Branch Road 16-Jul

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CRIME SCENE The Matthews Police Department reported the following incidents July 23 to 29: Alcohol • 8000 block of South I-485: DWI. July 26 Break-Ins, Vehicles • 9800 block of Treeside Lane: Checkbook stolen. July 29 • 10500 block of Paces Avenue: Clothing and sneakers stolen. July 24 Burglary • Five Below, 10530 Northeast Pkwy.: Burglary reported with damage to window. July 29 Drug Possession • QuikTrip, 10621 Monroe Road: Marijuana possession. July 26 Forgeries/Fraud • 400 block of Amir Circle: Identity theft. July 24 • Best Buy, 2109 Matthews Township Pkwy.: Counterfeiting/forgery and credit card/ ATM fraud. July 25 Property Damage • 10600 block of Monroe Road: Hit and run. July 24 Robberies

• Chipotle Mexican Grill, 1909 Matthews Township Pkwy.: Robbery involving gun. July 24 Thefts • IHOP, 9253 E. Independence Blvd.: Food stolen. July 24 • JC Penney, 10101 E. Independence Blvd.: Jackets and clothes stolen. July 24 • Target, 1900 Matthews Township Pkwy.: Apple TVs stolen. July 24 • 1800 block of Gander Cove Lane: Jewelry stolen. July 25 • Sam's Club, 1801 Windsor Square Drive: Larceny. July 27 • Walgreens, 1220 Matthews Township Pkwy.: Hair and makeup products stolen. July 27 • 2300 block of Matthews Township Parkway: Utility trailer stolen. July 27 • Keffer Hyundai, 9010 E. Independence Blvd.: Vehicle stolen. July 27 • 900 block of Clearbrook Road: Vehicle parts stolen. July 27 • Five Below, 10530 block of Northeast Pkwy.: Canvas bag stolen. July 27

• 10500 block of Paces Avenue: Diamond engagement ring and wedding band stolen. July 27 • CVS Pharmacy, 1305 Matthews Township Pkwy.: Rogaine, diapers and candy stolen. July 27 • 4500 block of Hounds Run Drive: Vehicle stolen. July 29 Other • Movies Ten, 9508 Northeast Court: Harassment by electronic communication. July 23 • Pep Boys, 9415 E. Independence Blvd.: Fictitious tag. July 23 • 1800 block of Gander Cove Lane: Disorderly conduct. July 23 (2 cases) • Aldi, 555 W. John Street: Driving without license/registration. July 23 • Sam's Mart, 668 W. John St.: Communicate threats. July 24 • 200 block of South Freemont Street: Resist, obstruct, delay. July 26 • 1200 block of Crews Road: Warrant for arrest. July 27 • 1800 block of Gander Cove Lane: Dealer tag. July 28


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Give Timmy the ball and let him go work.” Recognition has most certainly followed Townsend, who has led the Panthers to a 76-15 record over the past three seasons, including a 2018 season that ended with the Panthers going 23-4. In a huge rarity for any player at any level of NCHSAA baseball, Townsend has earned all-state honors all three seasons he started. He was a Collegiate Baseball 2017 all-American, 2018 pre-season recipient, So. Meck 7 Conference Player of the Year and 2018 Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly Baseball Player of Year. You’d think that with all of those achievements, Townsend must be this flame-throwing phenom routinely zipping fastballs past overwhelmed hitters, but that’s not the case. “He’s not throwing all that hard out there, but it’s his deception, it’s his movement and it’s his heart,” Hignight said. “He seems like a shy type of kid, but when he’s on the mound, he’s highly competitive. I think that’s what separates him from most people.” Townsend won’t take much of the credit for his success. When asked what moments stand out to him, he struggles. There have been far too many. For all he has brought to the Panthers on the field, it is a very special place for Townsend off it, too. “I’m going to miss my teammates and my coaches. I’m very comfortable here,” said Townsend, who will be playing next season at the College of Charleston. “The coaches are great. They put in all of their hours after school and during school to help us. Coach Hignight sees us more than he probably sees his family and is dedicated to helping us. With us seeing each other so much, we’ve made a family together.” While again dominating on the mound as the Panthers ace, Townsend also became more of a leader off the field, whether men-

very dreadful, actually,” she said. “I had to be more of a coach than a player and go back and re-teach some of the girls things so we could at least try to be successful. It was not a good experience.” McCauley spent the summer with USA softball, traveling for nine days. It was a re-energizing trip that got her ready for this season. “That was awesome,” she said. “We went to Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and traveled around Europe for nine days. I played with girls from all over the United States, and I really enjoyed playing with people from different areas and different cultures because softball isn’t the same in some countries as it is in America. It was a great experience overall.” After enrolling at Providence, she began playing pretty well. Through six games, McCauley was 6-for-17 at the plate with a pair of homers and three RBIs, but the Panthers, who were coming off consecutive 18-win seasons without her, stood at just 3-3 following a 7-5 loss to Sun Valley. “It was a huge change, but a change for the better,” she said. “I’m definitely glad that I went to Providence. I was able to be myself, play up more and be more of a leader. It was really fun playing with a group of girls who all have the same passion that I do. Everyone wanted to work on their craft every day and get better. We were determined to do that.” In the next game, a 23-0 win over Berry, McCauley was 4-for-5 with three runs scored, three doubles, a home run and six RBIs. McCauley would go 29-68 (.427 batting average) the rest of the way and hit safely

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools wanted to tear the building down but CMS held off as they knew residents wanted to preserve and renovate it. Talk of saving Bain with an infusion of bond money started in 2017, but it was too close to last year’s municipal elections to put it on the ballot. “This is the best chance for the building to be saved,” said Carol Timblin, Historic Bain Restoration Committee acting chairwoman. “They (the town) approached us last year and we had some meetings. It needs to have an organization that will be responsible for it, pay the taxes and maintain it. Our committee would have never been able to do that. This is the perfect solution.” Timblin said she hopes the original features of the building can be preserved during the renovation process. The original structure was designed by noted architect Louis Asbury, who was the first North Carolina architect elected to the American Institute of Architects. “I would like to see the history preserved,” Timblin said. “The architectural features inside need to be preserved as much as possible. The historic Matthews building where they have their theater is a lot like what we

Providence ace Timmy Townsend is a threetime NCHSAA all-state pick. He helped the Panthers win 76 games over that stretch. Andrew Stark/MMHW photo

toring younger players or leading by example. “Being a leader is big for me because I try to set the example, and I don’t want to let my teammates down,” he said. “It helps me try to do the right thing all of the time. I want to succeed and make my team happy by throwing pitches and letting my defense do the work." Townsend will continue to pitch the same way in Charleston, and Hignight said he thinks he’ll have similar success. But he knows he’ll be starting over and none of the numerous awards and recognition will mean much at the next level. And he’s fine with it. “The awards and things are motivation and a big confidence builder to be recognized for things like that, but I don’t pay too much attention to titles or anything,” Townsend said. “I love being at the beach, and Charleston fits my needs because I didn’t want a giant school and I didn’t want a tiny school, so it seems perfect. It’s the place I want to go and where I want to be.”

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in 14 of the Panthers final 15 games. She finished the season with a .467 average that included 44 RBIs, 36 runs, 35 hits including 12 home runs, six doubles and a triple. With their new star leading the way, the Panthers rebounded from their 3-3 start, winning 19 consecutive games before falling 11-5 to Hickory Ridge in the second round of the playoffs. The 22 wins were a school record for the Panthers, and McCauley was rewarded for her efforts. The junior first baseman was named the So. Meck 7 Player of the Year. She earned all-state honors and was named the District 6 Player of the Year. She is also the 2018 Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly Softball Player of the Year. “It gives me a lot of confidence,” she said. “I’m one of those people who when things aren’t going well, I get down on myself because I care about it so much. This season, everything we went through and what we worked for helped me grow as a person and change my mindset.” The Panthers will graduate four key players, but return eight of their top 12 batters and all-state pitcher Carolyn Bentley, along with McCauley. Together, they’re thinking that next year can be just as good. “It was an awesome experience and really cool to be a part of that. I loved experiencing all of that because I definitely missed that my first two years of high school,” McCauley said. “I feel grateful because all of the hard work I’ve put in has paid off, and now I’m bigger than just myself and I’m ready for it.”

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The ABCs of academic excellence Concepts like combing your hair and standing in a line to go to lunch were very foreign to me when I started school. I remember being a slow reader and having a hard time paying attention. By the time I entered high school, I was not only doing well but also taking honors courses. If I can do well in school, then there's hope for you, too. Let me share some tips that worked for me.

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Clues – Think of your toughest classes as role playing games. Ask the teacher and more experienced players what will be on the final challenge (exam). Look for clues in the teacher's lessons. Study the grade-level curriculum and textbook. No cheat codes!

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Flashcards – Making flashcards helps when you have to memorize vocabulary or dates. It's more effective than just going down a list, because the questions come at you randomly. Guidance counselors – Get to know your guidance counselors. They can point out good scholarship opportunities. Help – When a teacher offers extra help before or after school, it doesn't hurt to put in the extra practice. In these one-on-one sessions,

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Plan ahead for college and after by Josh Stein Attorney General

Summer vacation is wrapping up, and many of you or your children are beginning to think about getting ready to start or return to college. But there’s important homeStein work to do before the semester begins. Higher education is a major financial investment, and students can use the rest of summer to make sure that they’re investing smartly and planning ahead for the future. Without careful planning, some students can end up drowning in student debt. Here’s a look at some key factors to consider when making student loan and financial aid decisions. High school students should start researching the types of financial aid that are available. Some financial aid is in the form of scholarships that don’t need to be repaid, ly | Aug. 18,

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but others are work-study programs or loans that will come due. Some are available directly via the college, while others are offered by businesses or the federal government. Pay special attention to loans, because they aren’t all designed the same way. Compare terms, interest rates and repayment periods. And be especially careful with private loans, which don’t come directly from the federal government. Private loans often have more restrictions and higher interest rates. Students who do end up deciding to take a private loan should research the lender carefully beforehand – you don’t want to end up with a bad deal! Use our student loan repayment calculator to help determine what you’ll owe once your loans come due. And don’t forget to fill out your FAFSA form if you haven’t already – you’ll learn how much federal financial aid is available to you. A FAFSA submission is free. If it’s not, you’re being scammed, and you should contact my office’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-

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SCAM. When you’re putting together a repayment plan, consider the factors that apply to your personal career goals. If the job you want to have doesn’t pay enough to pay back your loans, then you should think hard about your plans. So research how much you can expect to earn in your field and how quickly you should be able to find a job after you graduate. These answers will help you better understand how much you can afford to borrow in stu!! ! EAR E V E R Y T S dent loans and be able to repay in a E B e e th Th is w il l b timely manner. While in college, students should help start making smart decisions to protect their credit manage finances. Identify financial and save money to help reduce student goals, create and stick to a budget, and begin loan debt after graduation. And we should building a strong credit history. The financial decisions young people make in college will see COLLEGE, Page 3B

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BACK TO SCHOOL School Directory • Open House: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23

Bain Elementary School

• Address: 11540 Bain School Road, Charlotte • Principal: James Jarrell • Phone: 980-343-6915 • Open House: 3-5 p.m. Aug. 23

Butler High School

• Address: 1810 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Matthews • Principal: John LeGrand • Phone: 980-343-6300 • Open House: 9 -11 a.m. Aug. 9 (grade 9)

Clear Creek Elementary School

• Address: 13501 Albemarle Road, Charlotte • Principal: Michelle Johnson • Phone: 980-343-6922 • Open House: N/A

Crestdale Middle School

• Address: 940 Sam Newell Road, Matthews • Principal: Jennifer Schroeder • Phone: 980-343-5755 • Open House: 9 - 11 a.m. Aug. 23 (grade 6) and 1 - 2:30 p.m. Aug. 23 (grades 7-8)

Crown Point Elementary School

• Address: 3335 Sam Newell Road, Matthews • Principal: Kevin Woods • Phone: 980-343-6535

Elizabeth Lane Elementary School

• Address: 121 Elizabeth Lane, Matthews • Principal: Crystal Lail • Phone: 980-343-5700 • Open House: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Aug. 23 (grade K, last names A-L); 10-11 a.m. Aug. 23 (grade K, last names M-Z)

Independence High School

• Address: 1967 Patriot Drive, Charlotte • Principal: David LeGrand • Phone: 980-343-6900 • Open House: 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 24

Lebanon Elementary School

• Address: 7300 Lebanon Road, Charlotte • Principal: Janelle Styons • Phone: 980-343-3640 • Open House: N/A

Levine Middle College High School

• Address: 2728 Campus Ridge Road, Matthews • Principal: Joey Burch • Phone: 980-343-9437 • Open House: Open house was Aug. 3.

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Matthews Charter Academy

• Address: 2332 Mount Harmony Church Road, Matthews • Principal: Christy Morrin • Phone: 980-339-5449 • Open House: 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 20

Mint Hill Middle School • Address: 11501 Idlewild Road, Matthews • Principal: Steve Drye • Phone: 980-343-5439 • Open House: N/A

Matthews Elementary School

• Address: 200 E. McDowell St., Matthews

• Principal: Jessica Blanchard • Phone: 980-343-3940 • Open House: N/A

Queens Grant High

• Address: 10323 Idlewild Road, Matthews • Principal: Michael Smith • Phone: 704-545-0736 • Open House: Open house was Aug. 7

Northeast Middle School

• Address: 5960 Brickstone Drive, Charlotte • Principal: Deborah Heath • Phone: 980-343-6920 • Open House: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23

Rocky River High School

• Address: 10505 Clear Creek Commerce Drive, Mint Hill • Principal: Ericia Turner • Phone: 980-344-0409 • Open House: 5:30 - 7:30 a.m. Aug. 23

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• Address: 1800 Pineville-Matthews Road • Principal: Tracey Harrill • Phone: 980-343-5390 • Open House: N/A

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Projects – If you can master the art of breaking a large class project into pieces and working on a little bit of the project each day, you will experience less stress and have more time to hang out with friends the night or weekend before it's due.

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of background heading into a new chapter also helps you understand concepts better.

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Keep focused – It's easy to let your mind race and wander in class, but you've got to stay focused on what the teacher is saying. Let your mind wander when on the school bus or working out.

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unstoppable by studying harder, paying better attention, participating in class and taking advantage of extra tutoring.

Record – If you have trouble focusing in a lecture-based class, you may want to record the teacher (with their permission). Treat the lecture like a podcast. Listen to it on the ride home or when you're doing homework.

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Zeal – You either see the glass half empty or half full. Try to view school as free training opportunity to better prepare you to make your parents proud, prove the haters wrong and live a more fulfilling life.

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all make sure to protect our finances by checking our credit and taking steps to protect ourselves from identity theft. One of the most important visits a college applicant, student or recent graduate can make is to their college’s financial aid office. Financial aid officers can provide advice specific to each student and each school. They’ll be able to answer questions, help set financial goals and share resources to plan ahead. Attending college can be a huge step into a young person’s future. But it’s a major financial investment, and it should be made thoughtfully. Visit my office’s website at www.ncdoj.gov to get more information on college financial planning. Good luck to everyone thinking about, starting or continuing their education in the fall. Josh Stein serves as North Carolina Attorney General.

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BACK TO SCHOOL Don’t let asthma affect learning

Four tips to stop bullying at school JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Pilot Pen has partnered with TLC star, lifestyle expert and mom Gretta Monahan to help parents erase bullying in their childrens’ lives by sharing the following tips: 1. Pay attention: Look and listen: It's vital to understand children may be afraid to seek support. Because of this, it is important to observe and act if there are signs that something is wrong. 2. Encourage them to become an 'upstander,' instead of a bystander: Empowering children to stand up for themselves and their peers is fundamental in helping eliminate bullying and its effects. 3. Equip kids with the right tools: It's important that kids understand that bullies can be defeated. Using a strong support system can help when standing up to them. Show children they can reach out to you or another person they trust to help resolve issues and also use tools provided by

STOMP Out Bullying to do so. 4. Monitor online activity: Bullying doesn't just happen in the classroom and on the playground – it also happens online. Keeping an open dialogue and an eye on children's online activity in a way that feels right for you will help you recognize signs of cyberbullying. "One of the most important things you can do is be observant. Ask questions if something seems wrong and encourage your child to stand up for themselves and others if they witness bullying or cyberbullying," Monahan said. "Helping your children to be empowered to speak up and speak out can make all the difference." To learn more about the partnership between Pilot Pen and STOMP Out Bullying and how you can help make a difference in your child's back to school experience, visit www.Help EraseBullying.com or www. StompOutBullying.com.

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Breathing can be difficult for the 6.1 million children living with asthma in the U.S. While there is no cure for asthma, according to the American Lung Association, this chronic lung disease can be managed and treated allowing for children to lead active, healthy lives. “Asthma is a serious lung disease, but with proper treatment and an action plan, it can be managed, getting children back into the classroom and out on the playground,” said Traci Gonzales, pediatric nurse practitioner and American Lung Association volunteer spokesperson. As families prepare for kids to head back to school, the American Lung Association, in partnership with Philips, encourages parents to include asthma management in the back-to-school checklist, offering the following tips: • Use your child's yearly check-up or school physicals to create or revise an

asthma action plan. This is an excellent time to assess asthma control, adjust medicines as necessary and get prescriptions for back-up medications. The beginning of the school year is also an important time to ensure the school nurse, coaches, after-school program staff and others helping with the child's care know how to avoid asthma triggers and what to do in case of an emergency. • Proper use of effective medicines can relieve asthma symptoms and cut the risk of asthma episodes. Parents should ensure their children know how to use their asthma medication correctly. Students are encouraged to demonstrate using their inhalers, valved holding chambers or spacers, or nebulizers with their asthma care provider at each visit and replace these pieces of equipment at least annually. • If your child has fall allergies, start allergy medication early as a preventative measure, which will make asthma symptoms less likely to occur. • For a child who is struggling to

breathe, the trip from the classroom or playground to the school nurse for medication can be perilously far. Assess whether your child is ready to carry and self-administer their asthma medication. Gonzales recommends parents of children living with asthma recruit a team – the school nurse, teachers, coaches, babysitters and adults leading after-school activities – to recognize and treat asthma symptoms right when they start. “It's important that we work together to continually educate and empower parents on how best to monitor and manage their child's asthma,” said Linda Trevenen, respiratory drug delivery business leader at Philips. “Properly managing a child's air quality and environment while following a physician-prescribed treatment plan can truly transform a child's life, allowing them to perform better in school, build confidence in sports and simply get outside and play.” Visit www.Lung.org for details.

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BACK TO SCHOOL How to launch a business from your college dorm room College students may be eager to leave the confines of their cramped dorm rooms, move into spacious offices and launch the businesses of their dreams. But why wait? “There are plenty of examples of college students who were still living in their dorms when they started what became very successful businesses,” said Adam Witty, co-author with Rusty Shelton of “Authority Marketing: How to Leverage 7 Pillars of Thought Leadership to Make Competition Irrelevant.” Just to name a few: Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook; Evan Spiegel and Robert Murphy of Snapchat; and Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little of WordPress. Witty, the founder and CEO of Advantage|ForbesBooks, started his multimillion-dollar company in 2005 in a spare bedroom of his house when he was just two years out of college. Confined by the four walls but not by his vision, Witty mapped out a plan that would see him become the leader of a

growing company. Witty offers a few tips for college students who have been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug: Find a mentor. A good mentor, such as a professor or local business person, can provide valuable advice, help with networking and serve as the inspiration behind your business. Witty’s mentor was Pat Williams, an executive with the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Williams told Witty that every motivational speaker needs a book, but most don’t have one. Williams suggested Witty start a publishing company for people who could use the book as a marketing tool. Think of yourself as a brand.  College students are well aware of such brands as Nike, Netflix, Apple and Starbucks. They recognize and maybe even trust these brands, and naturally will think in terms of the corporate brand for whatever business they want to launch. But Witty said it’s also valuable to promote your personal brand. “Regardless of what service or product

you plan to offer, it’s important for you to build your visibility and credibility in your field,” he said. “This is especially true when you’re going up against established businesses that have years or decades head start on you in terms of brand awareness.” Make use of social media. Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram can all help you spread your message, build your authority and connect with potential customers or clients without a massive marketing budget, Witty said. Even before you begin, whether you’re starting your business in a dorm room or an office park, you will want to know how you will measure your success, Witty said. What metrics will you use? Will you set as a goal a certain number of leads, sales or new clients each month? “You have to know what success looks like and where you want to end up,” Witty said. “If you don’t, how will you know you’re happy with the results?”

Family Fun Night becomes pep rally MINT HILL – The Town of Mint Hill's Family Fun Night series resumes with a Back to School Pep Rally, featuring Independence High School athletes, cheerleaders, band boosters, staff and parents. The event takes place 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane. The rally includes corn hole, bounce house, dunk tank, obstacle course, food, face painting, giveaways and music from the Independence High School Marching Band. Email info@minthill. com for details.

Brightwood invites public to campus CHARLOTTE – Brightwood College in Charlotte will host a back-to-school event for the community. The free event will feature

refreshments and candy for kids, campus tours, face painting, crafts, and backpack and school supply giveaways while supplies last. Adults can also enter to win gift cards. The event takes place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 18 at the campus, located at 6070 E. Independence Blvd. Call 704567-3700 for details.

Curves collects school tools MATTHEWS – Curves is collecting school supplies for families with primary-age children that need a little extra help. The community is invited to participate by dropping off supplies through Aug. 20 at the Curves at 3555-3 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Call 704-841-1010 or visit www.curvesmatthews.com for details.

Safety first: Ways to avoid back pain from book bags As kids begin the new school year, it's important to remember heavy backpacks can be the source of back, neck and shoulder-related pain in children. Parents should ensure children aren't carrying a heavy load and that backpacks are worn correctly for proper posture and even weight distribution. In 2016, emergency departments, doctors' offices and clinics treated 35,937 people for backpack-related injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons encourages children and their parents to consider safety tips to help reduce their risk of injury.

“Make sure your child is only carrying the essentials to lessen their load,” said AAOS spokesman and orthopaedic spine surgeon Joshua Patt. "In addition to a light load, it's important backpacks have two wide, padded shoulder straps to improve comfort and promote good posture." The AAOS recommends the following backpack safety tips: • Always use both shoulder straps when carrying a backpack. The correct use of both wide, well-padded shoulder straps will help distribute the weight of the backpack more evenly across the child's back. • A crossbody bag can also be a good alternative for carrying books and supplies. • Tighten the straps to keep the load clos-

er to the back. • Organize the items: pack heavier things low and towards the center. • Pack light, removing items if the backpack is too heavy. Carry only those items that are required for the day, and if possible, leave unnecessary books at home or school. • When picking up a backpack, lift properly by bending at the knees Parents also can help with backpack-related matters: • Encourage your child or teenager to tell you about numbness, tingling, or discomfort in the arms or legs, which may indicate poor backpack fit or too much weight. • Watch your child put on or take off the backpack to see if it is a struggle. If the

backpack seems too heavy for the child, have them remove some of the books and carry them in their arms to ease load on the back. • Do not ignore any back pain in a child or teenager. • Talk to the school about lightening the load. Team up with other parents to encourage changes. • Encourage your child to stop at his or her locker when time permits throughout the day to drop off or exchange heavier books. Visit www.OrthoInfo.org for more backpack safety tips.


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BACK TO SCHOOL Schools had a very eventful summer by Justin Vick justin@cmgweekly.com

What did you do during summer break? Students of all ages struggle to encapsulate several weeks of leisure into a profound soundbite that satisfies the person asking the question. Some may be surprised to learn that schools stay busy over the summer, too. Outside of summer schools, there are hires, promotions and strategic decisions to be made. Here are some highlights since June (not counting graduations): June 6: Hayes moves up admin ladder After four years of leading Bain Elementary School in Mint Hill, Tracey Hayes is taking on a new challenge as executive director for CMS's Southeast Learning Community. Hayes will help Community Superintendent Kondra Rattley support 29 schools in southeast Charlotte, Matthews and Mint Hill. June 19: County approves school budgets Mecklenburg County approved $1.7 billion budget for the 2019 fiscal year. This staggering amount included building security upgrades and salary increases for locally funded teachers for CMS. CPCC also benefited from a $1.6 million boost to its operating budget and $4 million increase to address deferred maintenance.

June 21: Grads net millions in scholarships CMS announced that its Class of 2018 attracted 3,472 scholarships worth $151.4 million. Schools in southern Mecklenburg County earned a large chunk of that total, including Providence ($17.3 million), South Meck ($13.6 million), Ardrey Kell ($13.4 million), Myers Park ($8.2 million), Independence ($5.9 million), Rocky River (4.7 million) and Butler ($4.1 million). June 29: Carmel Christian earns three-peat Carmel Christian Academy won a Best of the Weekly Award for Best Private School for the third year in a row. Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly readers also recognized the academy as Best Preschool, thanks to its WEE School. July 1: School leader joins CPCC board Arthur Griffin became a trustee for Central Piedmont Community College. Griffin, who is retired, boasts the professional experience as senior vice president for McGraw-Hill Education and civic experience of 17 years as a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education. The Charlotte Post will honor him in the fall with its Luminary award for supporting equitable access to education for all.

Mark Anderson, former principal at Crown Point Elementary School, hugs a former student on May 2017. Crown Point now has a new principal. MMHW file photo

July 1: Crown Point sees succession Kevin Woods has big shoes to fill as new principal at Crown Point Elementary School in Matthews. He replaces Mark Anderson, a former N.C. Association of Educators Principal of the Year who retired after 15 years as the school's leader. Woods is no slouch, however. He's put in 23 years at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, including his most recent post as principal of John Morehead STEM Academy in Charlotte. July 2: CMS hires police chief Talk of making schools safer has intensified since the Parkland, Fla., school shooting in February. Superintendent Clayton Wilcox appointed Lisa Mangum to head up Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' police department. Mangum, a graduate of CMS, replaces the retired Randy Hagler. She has served nearly 30 years with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

July 9: Matthews concerned about safety Matthews commissioners were dissatisfied by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools not addressing concerns regarding safety of mobile units and plans for surplus property at Elizabeth Lane Elementary, so they deferred a key decision until Aug. 13. CMS has to get permission from commissioners to continue using more mobile units than its site plan allows. Commissioners prefer CMS arrive at a long-term plan for the overcrowded school. “We need to work together, but I think there has to be cooperation both ways,” Commissioner Kress Query said. “I don't think we're getting anything.” July 17: Governor visits CPCC Gov. Roy Cooper visited Central Piedmont Community College to talk about the advantages of the Finish Line program, which helps students overcome unexpected costs to complete their coursework. It was the culmination of several

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