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Matthews finds ‘bridge’ to new program by Courtney Schultz

Kiln is located, as a historic landmark. The board also unanimously approved the purchase of the 1.12-acre lot, as well as the adjacent 0.36-acre lot “to make the (Outen Pottery) site more viable,” according to a memo from town manager Hazen Blodgett. Matthews will purchase the property from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission for $270,000, with payments to be made interest free over a period of five years. The town will begin making annual payments of about $55,000 to the commission beginning July 1, Blodgett’s memo said. The first step after purchasing the property will be

MATTHEWS – About 25 people, in groups of four, huddle around card tables in the Crews Recreation Center in Matthews, dealing out cards. Only a murmur can be heard as the players concentrate while determining their best bid. This group of mostly senior citizens represents the American Contract Bridge League-sanctioned Matthews Bridge Club, a new program at the Crews Rec Center, located at 1201 Crews Road. Bridge is a trick-taking game using a standard 52-card deck, played by four players in two competing partnerships, with partners sitting opposite each other around the table. Charlie Babcock, the program’s director, started the Matthews program after helping direct a bridge club in the Dilworth area. “It used to be the only club in the area,” Babcock said. “(Dilworth) became the center of town, since people started moving east and south.” Babcock wanted to accommodate bridge players in other areas. After some encouragement from others, he contacted Scott Rawls, athletic programmer for the Matthews Park, Recreation and Cultural Resource Department, and the bridge club was born the first week of December 2014. Babcock offers two session options each week for players, at $6 each session:

(see Outen Pottery on page 5)

(see Bridge on page 8)

Residents of Alpine Village in Mint Hill recently joined together to support patients at Levine Children’s Hospital. See Josh Whitener’s story on page 3. Josh Whitener/MMHW photo

Matthews approves purchase of Outen Pottery Town designates site as historic landmark, prepares for stabilization by Josh Whitener

MATTHEWS – A piece of property that’s been significant to the Matthews community for more than 60 years will now officially become a town-owned, historically designated landmark. The Matthews Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Monday, Jan. 12, after months of discussion to designate the lot, where the R.F. Outen Pottery and

INDEX: News Briefs, Scores, 6; Crime Blotter, 7; Home Sales, 10; Education, 12; Rev. Tony, 16; Calendar, 18; Sports, 20; Classifieds, 23

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Crafting for children Retirement community gives back to Levine Children’s Hospital by Josh Whitener

MINT HILL – The members of Alpine Village retirement community’s craft group are no strangers to giving back. In the past, group members have created gift baskets for local firefighters and police officers, clipped coupons for U.S. service members and made bibs for residents of area nursing homes. “If there’s one thing I can say about this group, it’s the generosity (of its members),” said Ruth Owens, an Alpine Village resident and member of the craft group. “We want to do things for our community.” The Mint Hill retirement community can now add helping hospitalized children to its growing list of philanthropic efforts. Members of Alpine Village’s craft group recently created 48 dolls and 32 surgical caps, which will be distributed to pediatric patients at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. Joanne Bilger, a member of the craft group, said members simply were brainstorming about ways they could help the community when the idea to make dolls for Levine Children’s Hospital came up. Members came together to develop a system

where individuals were responsible for a separate step of constructing the dolls, giving the group an opportunity to work on the project together at their weekly Tuesday meetings or at home during the rest of the week. “What we would do is somebody would cut, somebody (else) would sew and somebody (else) would stuff them,” Bilger said. Group members met with Carrie Keuten, event coordinator for Levine Children’s Hospital, on Monday, Jan. 12, to present the items and learn more about how their gifts will help the hospital’s young patients. The dolls are made of white fabric and don’t contain any clothing, facial or body features or patterns. This allows physicians to draw on the dolls with pens or Sharpies to demonstrate how a certain procedure will be performed. Children can mark on the dolls to show doctors where they are hurting, and others can choose to draw and decorate their dolls while they are receiving treatment or experiencing an extended hospital stay. “These things come out with everything on them – it’s so much fun to see,” Keuten said. “We do everything we can to make it a good experience for them.” The surgical caps created by the Alpine Village craft group bore a variety of colorful and seasonal patterns – including everything from Snoopy designs to turkeys for

Members of the Alpine Village craft group examine the specially-designed surgical caps they created for Levine Children’s Hospital. Josh Whitener/MMHW photo

the Thanksgiving holiday. Keuten said children would be able to wear the caps as they go in for surgery or treatments. “We’re very appreciative of anything that comes in because we’ll find a home for it in the hospital,” she said. Levine Children’s Hospital has 234 beds, including 85 “baby beds” in the neonatal and progressive intensive care units. While physicians do everything they can to help children leave the hospital as soon as possible, Keuten said, a number of young patients face long-term stays, especially those waiting for transplants or recovering from a heart attack or serious injuries. Keuten said blankets also are a popular item donated to patients – and one the

hospital is in continual need of, especially for teenagers. “These are real popular with our teens,” Keuten said about homemade blankets. “A lot of times teens get forgotten, and a lot of times they’re as frightened as a 2-year-old can be,” she said. Members of the Alpine Village craft group said Keuten’s visit was inspiring and they hope to continue helping the Levine Children’s Hospital through various means. “I crochet, so I’ll probably make an afghan,” Bilger said. Find more information on how to help the Levine Children’s Hospital at www. under the “Give Back” tab.

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to stabilize the site, according to Paula Lester, president of the Matthews Historical Foundation. Commissioners voted to purchase the Outen Pottery property in May 2014, but commissioners didn’t want to move forward with the purchase until they received cost estimates for stabilization. Lester received two estimates at $21,500 and $29,650. “The plan right now is to stabilize the property and keep it, so it doesn’t deteriorate,” Lester said. “We need to make sure it’s stable, so when we want to renovate it, we can.” Outen Pottery, located at 430 Jefferson St., was built in the early 1950s and is the last known pottery kiln in Mecklenburg County, Lester said. Rufus Franklin Outen, who ran Outen Pottery in the mid-20th century, was known for crafting “utilitarian pottery” – items people needed for their every day lives, such as dishes and feeders. “I think that speaks volumes about the importance (of Outen Pottery) to Matthews,” Lester said. “Pottery is such an interesting art form and

certainly collected by many, many, many people … That makes (the site) something we feel is certainly worth preserving.” Lester said there isn’t a pressing reason to stabilize the building immediately, but she said the Matthews Historical Foundation plans to begin the process in the spring. “We’re not in danger of anything happening (to the building) in the next two to three weeks, but we really need to sit down and make definite bullet points and plans for this, I would think for probably March or April, when the weather gets a little better,” she added. Outen Pottery has been submitted for consideration for the National Register of Historic Places. Lester said the town should receive an answer from the federal government by midFebruary. Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor said at Monday’s meeting he was excited the board members could play a role in preserving part of the town’s history. “We just helped, again, preserve some history of the town of Matthews,” Taylor said after the board approved the purchase.

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News Briefs Mint Hill named ‘No. 9 safest place’ in North Carolina

MINT HILL – Real estate brokerage and blog Movoto recently released its latest list of the Safest Places in North Carolina, and Mint Hill made the Top 10, coming in at No. 9. The rankings are based on the 2013 FBI Uniform Crime Report, which draws upon the latest data regarding murders, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes. The report stated Mint Hill residents had a 1 in 54 chance of being the victim of a crime in 2013. There were 451 total crimes reported in Mint Hill during 2013, with 406 being property crimes and 45 being violent crimes, according to the report. “With its population of 24,350, this meant that it had both the eighth fewest total crimes and property crimes per person, and the 18th fewest violent crimes. Now the 18th fewest may not sound all that impressive, but do keep in mind, this was out of a total of 68 places, and also, none of those violent crimes were murders,” Movoto stated in its post, “These Are The Safest Places In North Carolina (Spring 2015 Edition).” The nearby towns of Stallings and Waxhaw also made the list, at No. 5 and No. 7, respectively. Find more information and view the entire list at

Town approves street closures for 2015 special events

MATTHEWS – The Matthews Board of Commissioners approved a request from

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the towns Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource department for a number of street closures related to special events in 2015. Residents should expect street closures in and around downtown Matthews during the following dates: • May 8 and 9 (BeachFest Matthews) • June 17 (Matthews Library event – closure of town hall green circle only) • July 4 (Fourth of July Family Parade) • Sept. 4 to 7 (Matthews Alive Festival and Matthews Auto Reunion) • Sept. 26 and 27 (ArtFest of Matthews) • Dec. 5 (Hometown Holidays Tree Lighting Celebration) Special events manager Lee Anne Moore said Pawsitively Matthews, the town’s annual pet festival slated for Nov. 14, will not require any street closures. Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly will provide details on these closures as the dates draw nearer. Find the entire list of closures online at under “Town Government,” “Agenda and Minutes” and “January 12, 2015.”

New Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly feature series coming next month

Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly will introduce a new monthly feature series, “Eye on Development,” in February. The feature series will include an article focusing on a different emerging or growing community, neighborhood or subdivision in the Matthews-Mint Hill area each month. “Eye on Development” features will run alongside our monthly listing of homes sold in Matthews and Mint Hill, typically included in the second issue of each month. Readers should expect the first “Eye on Development” story in the Feb. 12 to 19 issue of Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly. Email news@matthewsminthillweekly. com to recommend a community for our “Eye on Development” series.

AT&T celebrates grand opening of new Matthews site MATTHEWS – AT&T celebrated the opening of its new authorized dealer in Matthews with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 10. The two-hour event also featured free giveaways, including CDs, shirts and movie passes. AT&T opened the Matthews site “to meet the growing needs of its customers in the region,” according to a news release, and provides customers with options for purchasing the latest devices, accessories and services from AT&T. “It is always exciting when a new business (see News Briefs on page 11)

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Restaurant Scores The Mecklenburg County Health Department inspected the following dining locations in Matthews and Mint Hill between Jan. 6 and 12.

28105 • Hibachi Buffet Sushi & Grill, 9925 E. Independence Blvd. – 95.5 28227 No restaurants inspected this week. About the grades... Restaurants are given grades of A for scoring at least 90 percent, B for 80 to 89 percent and C for 70 to 79 percent. The state revokes permits for restaurants that score below 70 percent.

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Crime Blotter The following people were arrested in Matthews between Jan. 5 and 11, according to the Matthews Police Department. • William Clayton Perry, 9600 block of Independence Pointe Parkway: Driving while impaired. Jan. 6 • Lamar Antonio Sapp, 9900 block of Matthews Park Drive: Warrant – unauthorized use of motor vehicle. Jan. 6 • Robert Dean Wilson, 9900 block of East Independence Boulevard: Fictitious registration number plate; driving with license revoked; open container. Jan. 7 • Brandon Christopher Privatte, 200 block of Morris Road: Breaking and entering vehicle; probation violation. Jan. 9 • Jason Carmona, 1500 block of Tank Town Road: Warrant. Jan. 9 • Paxton, Steven Thomas, 1100 block of Tank Town Road: Driving while impaired; driving with license revoked; open container. Jan. 9 • Dearrico Javorlo Hopkins, 9300 block of Idlewild Road: No insurance; no operator’s license; speeding. Jan. 9 • Matthew James Lunsford, 10500 block of Paces Avenue: Simple possession. Jan. 10 • Tyshea Whitcomb Olive, 1500 block of Crescent Lane: Warrant. Jan. 11

• Arthur Nikolayevic Dolmatov, Kohl’s, 9617 E. Independence Blvd.: Larceny. Jan. 11 • Vince Deron Bacon, 700 block of West Charles Street: Driving while impaired; driving with license revoked; reckless driving. Jan. 11 The following crimes were reported in Matthews between Jan. 5 and 11, according to the Matthews Police Department.

Property Theft • Sherwin Williams, 1623 Matthews-Mint Hill Road: Larceny by employee. Jan. 7 • 1900 block of Matthews Township Parkway: Black wallet, driver’s license, credit/ debit and insurance cards stolen. Jan. 8 • Rite Aid, 630 Matthews Township Pkwy.: $10.95 worth of women’s clothing unlawfully concealed. Jan. 9 • Lakeshore Learning Store, 10005 E. Independence Blvd.: Color viewers and wall border, worth $23.98 total, shoplifted. Jan. 10 • Kohl’s, 9617 E. Independence Blvd.: Watches, gloves, cologne, perfume, headphones and speaker, worth $429 total, shoplifted. Jan. 11 • Rue 21, 9609 E. Independence Blvd., suite J: Larceny; nothing listed as stolen. Jan. 11

Drugs • 3400 block of Matthews-Mint Hill Road: Possession of cocaine, heroin and

drug paraphernalia; simple possession of marijuana; conspiring to sell/deliver heroin; maintaining a vehicle. Jan. 5 • 10500 block of Paces Avenue: Simple possession of marijuana. Jan. 10

Vehicle Break-In • 1000 block of Markwell Drive: Soft single pool stick case, soft double pool stick case and pool sticks, worth $830 total, stolen from vehicle. Jan. 7 • 3100 block of Weddington Road: $15 cash and cellphone, purse, driver’s license, bank cards and gift cards, worth $315 total, stolen when vehicle broken into, causing $750 damage to vehicle window. Jan. 10 • BoneFish Grill, 10056 E. Independence Blvd.: Book bag containing miscellaneous work clothes, worth $50 total, stolen when vehicle broken into, causing $200 in damage to vehicle. Jan. 11 • Royal Park Nursing and Rehabilitation, 2700 Royal Commons Lane: iPad Mini and Northface clothes, worth $600 total, stolen from vehicle, causing $500 in damage to vehicle. Jan. 11 • Harris Teeter, 1811 Matthews Township Pkwy.: $10 in coins and lunch box, coin container, set of work keys, gift cards and CDs, worth $540, stolen when vehicle broken into, causing $1,000 in damage to rear passenger window and passenger door. Jan. 11

Home/Business Break-Ins • 200 block of Morris Road: Burglary, nonforced entry; nothing listed as stolen. Jan. 9

Fraud • Marshalls, 2530 Matthews Township Pkwy.: Fraud – $300 in U.S. currency stolen by confidence games/trickery. Jan. 9 • 9600 block of East Independence Boulevard: Using/uttering forged instrument; obtaining money/property by false pretense. Jan. 11

Vandalism/Hit-and-Run • Certified Collision, 708 W. Charles St.: $8,200 damage to multiple vehicles in vandalism incident. Jan. 11

Other • Microtel Inn, 1603 Matthews-Mint Hill Road: Communicating threats. Jan. 6 • 5100 block of Morningwood Drive: Unauthorized use of motor vehicle. Jan. 8 • Fullwood Express, 11229 E. Independence Blvd., suite 4: Simple physical assault. Jan. 9 The following people were arrested in Mint Hill between Jan. 6 and 12, according to the Mint Hill Police Department. • James Francis Perrone V, Inner loop of Interstate 485: Possession of drug paraphernalia. Jan. 7 • Johnnie Hazel Miller III, 5200 block of Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road: Possession of a Schedule I substance; drug violations – equipment/paraphernalia. Jan. 8 (see Crime Blotter on page 11)

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A growing group of mostly senior citizens share in the game of Bridge each week at the Crews Rec Center’s newest club. Courtney Schultz/MMHW photo

Bridge (continued from page 1)

Sundays at 1 p.m. and Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. “We live in an era where we can do anything,” said Babcock, who has played bridge since he was a teen. Babcock played for years and, ultimately, became a bridge director after passing an open-book test, but he says he had to have “on-the-job training.” “The director’s job is easy until three minutes before the game and three minutes after, where you have to make quick decisions,” he said while hustling around the room, collecting and replacing new boards for players. As director, Babcock serves as the catalyst of the game, ensuring the rounds progress smoothly. Even with the added effort, the director wouldn’t trade the position for the world. “The best reason to be a bridge director is it’s nice to be able to get up in the morning and have something to do,” he said. Babcock often coordinates partnerships, which are necessary to play the game, and even steps in as a player himself when needed. He said this task helps new players be comfortable joining the program. Wesley Chapel resident Lee Monks and South Park resident Alan Mahnheimer have played together as a Babcock-created partnership. Mahnheimer met Babcock through the Charlotte Bridge Club website and Page 8 • Jan. 15 to 21, 2015 • Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly

asked him to find Mahnheimer a partner. He has attended games ever since. “It’s an intellectual game,” Mahnheimer said. “It’s like chess with card counting.” Monks had retired and was looking for something to fill his time. “When I retired, I thought I would go crazy, but then I found senior (citizen) softball and bridge,” Monk said. “Bridge is a stimulating game.” Babcock said anyone is welcome to participate in the program, but a newbie to the game would have to learn the ropes. “It’s not like you can go somewhere and learn this,” said the director, adding large bridge clubs sometimes offer instructional programs. “You acquire it from people who’ve done it.” However, Babcock said the Matthews club is a “gentle” club and is less competitive, unlike large clubs, which he hopes will prevent people from becoming intimidated. He hopes to continue encouraging more people to join the program, as he’s already recruited more players from other area clubs, and he’s thrilled with the program’s growth since its inception. Babcock posts all results online at ClubResults-NC/Charlotte6/Game_ Index.cgi for players to track master points and for residents to track upcoming games. Contact him at 704-975-8814 or charliebabcock@ for more information or to help find partners.

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Home Sales in Matthews and Mint Hill A breakdown of recent home sales Dec. 2014 Dec. 2013

Dec. 2012

84 $216,478

45 $261, 277

Homes Sold Average Sales Price

Date sold


sale price

28105 Annecy 2206 Annecy Drive Dec. 18 Belle Meade 10608 Knox Ave. Dec. 18 Brandywine 2117 Brandywine Drive Dec. 12 Brightmoor 1205 Driftway Pt Point Dec. 22 2630 Carriage Crossing Drive Dec. 19 3109 Terra Glen Court Dec. 17 2733 Edgebrook Circle Dec. 9 Castle Cliff 8602 Castle Cliff Drive Dec. 29 Chesney Glen 108 Chesney Glen Drive Dec. 1 Deerfield Creek 4035 Fawn Hill Road Dec. 17 Franklin Meadows 3720 Franklin Meadows Drive Dec. 1 Glen Devon 319 Mattridge Road Dec. 5 Glenwood Manor 3509 Fortis Lane Dec. 2 Greygate 918 Cithara Drive Dec. 8 801 Cithara Drive Dec. 5 Grove Hall 7914 Grove Hall Ave. Dec. 22 7822 Grove Hall Ave. Dec. 19

$202,500 $258,000 $104,000 $180,000 $242,000 $227,000 $229,900 $205,000 $240,000 $585,000 $324,920 $365,000 $121,000 $338,000 $295,000 $297,922 $228,000


sale price

Date sold

Habersham 4519 Hounds Run Drive Dec. 31 4508 Doves Nest Court Dec. 19 Idlewood 13811 Idle Drive Dec. 30 Matthews Ridge 7024 Saranac Lane Dec. 29 7218 Corduroy Court Dec. 12 Oakcroft 14408 Buckton Lane Dec. 11 Pebble Run 4612 Pebble Run Drive Dec. 30 Pine Forest 301 Deer Creek Drive Dec. 2 Providence Hills 3235 Savannah Hills Drive Dec. 10 3318 Providence Hills Drive Dec. 4 3304 Danhill Place Dec. 1 Saddlebrook 3211 Winding Trail Dec. 22 Sardis Forest 9532 Hinson Drive Dec. 19 Savannah Hills 3557 Cameron Creek Drive Dec. 17 Somersby 346 Longbridge Drive Dec. 5 Southminster Woods 112 Lakenheath Lane Dec. 31 Southwoods 2919 Firewood Drive Dec. 2

$115,000 $126,000 $144,000 $218,000 $225,000 $217,500 $447,000 $161,000 $399,000 $395,000 $462,000 $132,000 $174,000 $325,000 $220,000 $320,000

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67 $221,450 Date sold

The Heathers 13502 Kintyre Court Dec. 3 Thornblade 1825 Weddington Road Dec. 8 Williams Crossing 2605 Windsor Chase Drive Dec. 31 2611 Windsor Chase Drive Dec. 15 Windrow Estates 13926 Double Girth Court Dec. 19 13021 Saddletree Court Dec. 15 14116 Mill House Drive Dec. 9 2221 Citation Court Dec. 8 Wood Hollow 1227 Lightwood Drive Dec. 18

sale price

$175,000 $189,900 $185,000 $200,000 $210,000 $115,000 $109,500 $188,000 $149,000

28227 Applegate 8726 Goldfields Drive Dec. 12 Arlington Forest 14808 Brighton Place Dec. 23 Birnam Woods 8800 Touchstone Lane Dec. 30 9100 Touchstone Lane Dec. 16 Brighton Park 6335 Hove Road Dec. 10 5918 Phyliss Lane Dec. 9 4405 Patriots Hill Road Dec. 2 Chestnut Lake 7108 Lea Wood Lane Dec. 16 7222 Lea Wood Lane Dec. 5


$149,092 $144,000 $104,000 $133,000 $215,000 $220,000 $265,000 $114,900 $80,500

Editor’s note: Information provided by the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association and Date sold

Fairfield Park 8357 Barncliff Road Dec. 19 Farmwood 7411 Timber Ridge Drive Dec. 16 5432 Birchhill Road Dec. 12 Forestbrook 4100 Cherrybrook Drive Dec. 15 Heatherwood 6301 Montezuma Trail Dec. 15 Heathfield 6618 Heath Glen Drive Dec. 18 Holly Hills 6414 Big Oak Lane Dec. 30 Iveystone 9110 St Michaels Lane Dec. 30 Lawyers Station 7305 Iron Horse Court Dec. 22 Marlwood Acres 1320 Marlwood Circle Dec. 15 Martin Lakes 8001 Glencannon Drive Dec. 18 Meadows of Mint Hill 12016 Canter Drive Dec. 5 Mintworth Village 9507 Mintworth Ave. Dec. 12 9425 Macquarie Lane Dec. 5 Oakbridge At Waterleaf 14914 Bagley Lane Dec. 5

sale price

$39,000 $185,000 $125,000 $250,000 $98,000 $275,000 $90,000 $45,000 $113,000 $362,000 $127,000 $340,000 $127,000 $125,000 $300,000


Date sold

Old Oaks 4306 Claybury Court Dec. 5 Olde Stonegate 8502 Olde Stonegate Lane Dec. 29 Olde Sycamore 10505 Persimmon Creek Dec. 10 Drive Pleasant Valley 10311 Annie Oakley Trail Dec. 30 Ravenscroft 4909 Sela Court Dec. 23 4916 Sela Court Dec. 12 Rolling Oaks 5110 Rolling Oak Lane Dec. 16 Shelburne 2600 Weathersford Road Dec. 12 Summerwood 10832 Meg Meadow Drive Dec. 23 11009 Sorrel Ridge Drive Dec. 12 The Oaks At Oxfordshire 6509 Loyola Court Dec. 5 Timber Creek 9624 Buckskin Lane Dec. 24 9612 Central Drive Dec. 11 Versage 7016 Woodbridge Valley Dec. 12 Circle 7519 Kuck Road Dec. 4 Woodbury 9309 Cotton Gum Road Dec. 30 13204 Great Laurel Road Dec. 18

sale price

$115,000 $294,000 $265,000

$284,700 $217,780 $263,000 $98,000 $281,000 $343,260 $500,744 $299,000 $124,000 $85,000 $237,500 $172,000 $157,000 $190,549


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opens its doors in Matthews and brings new jobs and opportunities for our citizens,” Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor said in a news release. “But, with families and businesses increasingly relying on wireless communications and services, I’m particularly pleased to welcome AT&T to the neighborhood. We’re a growing, dynamic community, and this new store shows AT&T is committed to investing here.” The site, located at 1909 Matthews Township Pkwy., is about 1,500 square feet and is owned and operated by Noble Communications. The new store also created four jobs and is managed by McKenzie Price, the release said.

Coffee with a Cop program returning MINT HILL – The Mint Hill Police Department will host a Coffee with a Cop event on Feb. 3, a Tuesday, at 9 a.m. at the Brighton Park Harris Teeter’s Starbucks. The program gives area residents a chance

Crime Blotter (continued from page 7)

• Antonio Vargas-Gonzales, 9200 block of Shackleford Terrace: Driving while impaired. Jan. 9 • Jesus Manuel Gonzales, 1200 block of Idlewild Road: Possession of a Schedule VI substance. Jan. 9 • Samuel Robertson Brown, 7700 block of Whitmire Lane: Simple possession of a Schedule VI substance; possession of drug paraphernalia. Jan. 9 • Malachi Forrest Sams, 9800 block of Idlewild Road: Warrant for arrest (drug violations). Jan. 10 • Michael Clinton Mills, 4900 block of Margaret Wallace Road: Simple possession of marijuana. Jan. 10 • Jason Alan Williams, 2600 block of Shelburne Place: Assault on a female. Jan. 11 The following crimes were reported in Mint Hill between Jan. 6 and 12, according to the Mint Hill Police Department.

Property Theft • 5700 block of Gatekeeper Lane: $500 in copper wire stolen. Jan. 6 • 5900 block of Oak Drive: Stolen automobile recovered. Jan. 6 • 11100 block of Pine Grove Avenue: Checkbook, Social Security card and prepaid debit card stolen. Jan. 7 • 9800 block of Idlewild Road: $500 semiautomatic pistol stolen. Jan. 9 • Food Lion, 3609 Matthews-Mint Hill Road: $35 wallet, credit cards and driver’s license taken from the victim’s purse. Jan. 12

Home/Business Break-Ins • 12500 block of Hashanli Place: Power tool kit, oscillating tool, toolbox and

to meet local law enforcement officers and discuss questions and concerns in an informal setting. The Starbucks is located inside Harris Teeter, at 7036 Brighton Park Drive.

Town to place speed hump on Sadie Drive MATTHEWS – The Matthews Board of Commissioners voted during its Monday, Jan. 12, meeting to approve adding a speed hump at the 400 block of Sadie Drive. Residents on Sadie Drive have been petitioning the town for a speed hump placement and have presented a petition with signatures from 66 percent of the residents in the affected area. The location met the minimum requirements for a speed hump based on traffic and speed counts, according to a memo from Ralph Messera, director of public works for Matthews. The project will cost the town approximately $300, all of which will be used to purchase asphalt for the hump, Messera said at the meeting.

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miscellaneous tools, worth $667 total, stolen when storage container broken into, causing $10 damage to padlock. Jan. 8

Drugs • 11200 block of Lawyers Road: Possession of a Schedule I substance; drug violations – equipment/paraphernalia. Jan. 8 • 13000 block of Bain School Road: Possession of heroin. Jan. 11


Fraud • 9400 block of Peckham Rye Road: Blackmail/extortion. Jan. 7 • 9700 bock of Tufts Drive: Obtaining money/property by calling victim and claiming to be Internal Revenue Service agent. Jan. 8 • 6700 block of Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road: Victim’s credit card used to make unauthorized purchases. Jan. 8 • Shell Gas Station, 9201 Lawyers Road: Victim’s debit card used without permission. Jan. 9 • 9600 block of Stoney Glen Drive: Victim’s information fraudulently used to obtain an apartment. Jan. 9

Jan. 30 April 24 July 24 Oct. 2

Vehicle Break-In • Mint Hill Urgent Care, 10545 Blair Road: $200 Tom Tom GPS stolen from vehicle. Jan. 9

Vandalism/Hit-and-Run • 5900 block of Oak Drive: $250 in damage to vehicle tires. Jan. 11

Other • 11600 block of Albemarle Road: Speeding to elude; careless and reckless driving; speeding. Jan. 6 • 13500 block of Idlefield Lane: Simple physical assault. Jan. 11

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Rocky River students create multimedia college in school-wide challenge by Courtney Schultz

MINT HILL – Rocky River High School students took on a challenge during the school’s College Application Week this year to create their own college, and students in technology education teacher Natosha Burgess-Rodriguez’s multimedia and webpage design class took the schoolwide project to the next level. Third block classes were challenged to create their own college, including a mascot, application and academic planning. “It was an effort that was created as an initiative to gain this awareness within the student body for the opportunities for college in general,” Burgess-Rodriguez said. “Then, also the whole structure behind the college life like the mascot and everything that goes into applying to the college, such as admissions.” Burgess-Rodriguez felt the project tied in with the multimedia class because the objective of the class is to convey messages to a target audience – the same thing the class chose to do with the challenge. “For the concepts that we learned in class that when we’re creating whatever projects we’re creating for the client, there is this sense of unity with the products that we’re creating,” Burgess-Rodriguez said. The multimedia class broke into different

departments, including academic planning and communications and marketing to create their school: Computer, Arts and Design (C.A.D.) Technical University. “Everybody had to work together (to create the brand),” said freshman Juasemai Dolo, who headed the academic planning “department.” “You have to work together and make sure everybody understands everything.” Students ultimately produced a commercial, website, brochures, flyer and application, all containing information about their university. Judges visited each classroom’s display to view the classes’ universities and to learn about the “schools.” Students decorated the classrooms and presented an open-house-style presentation. Burgess-Rodriguez’s class branded its technical university as “the university of choice,” according to the commercial students created. “The school is for technology and multimedia and stuff like that. Since this is a multimedia class and webpage, we used what we learned in class to make the college,” said senior Creston Cummings, who headed the marketing and communication group and filmed and edited the commercial, as well as took pictures for the project’s website, presentation and commercial. After the students saw all the details that went into creating a university, they

(From left) Rocky River technology education teacher Natosha Burgess-Rodriguez and student leaders senior Harriet Agbozo, freshman Juasemai Dolo and senior Creston Cummings created a multifaceted university in their multimedia and webpage design class. Courtney Schultz/MMHW photo

were required reach a consensus on those details. Senior Harriet Agbozo, who oversaw the organizational structure of the project, wanted to ensure that the school her class created was a four-year university because she plans to pursue a four-year institution after she graduates. Burgess-Rodriguez’s class ultimately did not win the challenge, but enjoyed the competition and the work they put into it. “We won within ourselves, for the experience,” Burgess-Rodriguez said. “They were still able to gain that experience, including myself.” The technology teacher hopes the project helped students develop knowledge

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and skills they can utilize as they pursue their own real-life education and career. “I was hoping what we worked on is something they can use in the real world,” Burgess-Rodriguez said. “I hope they gained some knowledge to take out into the real world.” She also hopes the project demonstrated how a single class can be important to a student’s entire academic experience and can help create well-rounded students. “Multimedia is an elective, and students often don’t take electives seriously,” Burgess-Rodriguez said. “This (project) taught them that electives could give them a skill set for later. It encourages them to take each class seriously.”

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Carmel Christians School’s National Honor Society (NHS) members volunteered at Beds for Kids at the beginning of their Christmas break, which included sorting donations, cleaning and assembling furniture and pairing warehouse equipment, according to a news release. This is the second year that the NHS members have volunteered with the organization, which helps families in the community. Photo courtesy of Carmel Christian School

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Education News & Notes

Mint Hill Middle to go under the sea MINT HILL – Mint Hill Middle School will perform its musical production of “The Little Mermaid” at the end of this month for the public. Performances will be on Jan. 29, 30 and 31, Thursday through Saturday, at 7 p.m. each night in the Mint Hill Middle cafeteria. Tickets will cost $7, and concessions will be sold at intermission for $1 each. DVDs also will be sold for $15. Call 980343-5439 for more information. Mint Hill Middle School is located at 11501 Idlewild Road in Mint Hill. Crestdale to offer first Fit for Life class MATTHEWS – Crestdale Middle School will offer its first Fit for Life class in the Crestdale Fit Lab during the second semester for eighth-grade students. Students have received an application in their homerooms, and applications must be submitted by Thursday, Jan. 15. The goal of the class is to help students live a healthy lifestyle with the skills, values and knowledge of physical fitness, according to the school’s newsletter. Students also will use Total Gyms, stationary bikes, bocce balls, steps and exercise bands. The class will be offered as an elective in addition to the required health/ physical education class. Contact Jennifer Thompson at jennifer. for more information. Matthews Elementary to host multicultural fair MATTHEWS – Matthews Elementary School will host its annual Multicultural Fair on Feb. 19, a Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m., as an opportunity for families to share their cultural heritage with the Matthews Elementary community. The fair will consist of cultural displays


and performances. Each student/family will have an opportunity to create a display in the school’s cafeteria or a musical/dance presentation in the school’s gym, according to the school newsletter. The displays will include the name of the country, language spoken, maps, national flag, cultural artifacts, handicrafts, photos, costumes, customs and/or music. The school is asking families to focus on the nationality being represented, and religion and food are not to be included. Participants may share their customs, occupations, stories of immigration, items on display, cultural games, crafts, favorite cultural stories and anything of cultural interest. Families can sign up for a booth at www. Matthews Elementary PTO to host inaugural Bingo Night MATTHEWS – The Matthews Elementary School PTO will host its first annual Family Bingo Night on Friday, Jan. 30. Food trucks from Maki Taco and Cheese to the Mac will be available from 5 to 8 p.m. to give families a chance to grab a bite before the festivities. Prices at the food truck will range from $5 to $10. Families can attend two game sessions that night, with one from 6 to 7 p.m. and another from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Matthews Elementary teachers will sell bingo cards, at three cards for $1, in the game room. Prizes for game winners will be available, and there will be a free raffle entry for each family in attendance. This is not a drop-off event, the school wrote in its newsletter, and parents and guardians are responsible for their students and siblings. The PTO also needs more CMS-approved volunteers for the bingo night. Volunteers can sign up at go/20f0f4faaaa29a46-mesbingo. Contact 980-343-3940 for more information about bingo night. Matthews Elementary is located at 200 McDowell Ave.

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Notes Matthews Elementary helps the community bundle up Education (continued from page 13) by Courtney Schultz

MATTHEWS – Students and faculty at Matthews Elementary School will help local families stay warm during cold days through the school’s annual coat drive. The school will collect new or gently-used coats of all sizes during the drive, which runs Jan. 19 to 30 and will benefit the Matthews HELP Center. The Matthews HELP Center serves an average of more than 430 families from the Matthews community each month by providing financial crisis assistance, food items through its pantry and other items through Backporch Treasures Thrift Boutique. Matthews Elementary chose to support the HELP Center because the nonprofit directly assists Matthews families including some students from Matthews Elementary, according to Ashley Brown, the school’s counselor and coat drive organizer. “It would be really great to stock them up,” Brown said. “We’ve done that before through the canned food drive (the school held last fall).” The school has collected coats for

at least the past four years, Brown said, and previously donated to Steve’s Coats for Kids, but wanted to make a direct impact in the Matthews community this year. “I like to help kids make a difference in their communities and make an impact, and show them they can make a huge impact and may not realize it,” she said. This year’s coat drive is sponsored by the Character Ambassadors of Matthews Elementary, who created advertising for the drive and will manage the collection. Students from the school’s third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classes who exhibit strong character traits are chosen to serve as character ambassadors and help carry out charitable drives within the school and motivate their respective classrooms to give to the drives. Brown feels the drive helps make the Matthews Elementary community aware of the needs, while also inspiring students to give back. “I don’t think that people have realized the needs have changed in our own community because we tend to think it’s happening ‘over there,’ but it’s happening right here,” she said, adding the Matthews Elementary

community has been “generous” when the school has hosted various drives. “I think that (the drive) helps (the students) to be more grateful for what they have and do what they can, and see that kids can make a difference in their community.” She also hopes students realize they can make a difference without spending money – they can help by simply outgrowing an item. Matthews Elementary hopes the drive helps alleviate needs in the community and shows how individuals in the community can support one another, as the school feels that’s what Matthews is all about. Anonymous donors already donated coats to the drive last Thursday, when temperatures dropped below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. “(That) cold morning is the perfect example of why we are doing a coat drive,” Jennifer Myers, a secretary at Matthews Elementary, said in an email. People can donate coats and other cold-weather clothing to the school, located at 200 E. McDowell St., through Jan. 30. Call 980-343-3940 for more information about how to contribute to the drive.


Latin classes available for home-schoolers in Matthews MATTHEWS – Sherri Madden, a Latin teacher who caters to home-school students, will offer elementary, middle and high school Latin classes on Tuesdays in Matthews. Registration is now open for students in kindergarten to 12th grade. Middle and high school students also can join the NC Junior Classical League. Email Madden at for more information. Young Actors’ Symposium coming this weekend The second annual Actors’ Symposium will take place on Saturday, Jan. 17, and Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Northwest School of the Arts, located at 1415 Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte, for area students. Many workshops and classes will be offered, including documentary film making, film editing and special effects makeup, among others. Film and theater professionals from New York and Los Angeles will attend. Tara Rubin, New York casting director, will be a keynote speaker on Saturday evening. Rubin cast Eva Noblezada, a Charlotte teen and graduate of Northwest School of the Arts, in the revival of “Miss Saigon” now playing in London. Registration is open, and classes are filling up. Visit to register.


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How I spent my Christmas vacation by Rev. Tony Marciano

This is my “how I spent my Christmas vacation” essay. Day One (Dec. 26): My son, Ed, announces he needs to rent a truck to get away and wants to go to the local Ford Rev. Tony dealership to do Marciano that. We don’t go to the one that’s three miles away; instead, we drive to a dealership 35 miles away. Why in the world would you call the cellphone number of the Ford owner when you can drive that far to find out they don’t rent trucks? Ed is convinced he wants an F-250 diesel dual-wheeled truck. Does he own

a boat? No. An RV? No. A golf cart with trailer? No. Does he have any kind of trailer? No. He just likes the torque of a diesel. His eyes dance when he says, “Diesel.” For $10,000, Ford will happily help you empty your wallet so your eyes can sparkle with all the diesel torque you want. Ed’s sister, Maria, convinces her brother that the F-250 ride was too rough. He agreed – no F-250. He even gives up on the diesel and settles on an F-150 Eco boost. The dealership loans him a truck, and off he goes for two days. Day Two: Ed returns with the borrowed truck. We drive another 35 miles to the dealership and thank them for allowing us to use it. Then, they show him another truck and haggle over price. His Mustang is in their body shop and isn’t ready to be picked up, so we leave to go to another Ford dealership. The

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salesman is busy, so we go out to lunch. Ed announces, “I’ll pay. I don’t want you to pay for everything.” I’m thinking, “Who is paying for the gas?” They return to dealer No. 2, but the price is higher, so we go home. Mileage to date: 140. Day Three: We return to the dealership to pick up the Mustang. There are more negotiations on price for the F-150, and now they are close to reaching an agreement, but there’s one problem: “What color do you want – the red truck on the lot or the blue truck that has to be transported from another dealership?” I started humming the “Jeopardy” theme song while Ed considered the color options in front of him. In fact, I hummed three verses and added a chorus using finger puppets – still no color selection. Being a wonderful father who’s trying to empower his children to be adults, I yell, “Buy the red one. I like red.” But it’s New Year’s Eve, and the dealership closed 30 minutes before. Mileage to date: 210. Day Four: It’s New Year’s Day. We decide CarMax will give us a better trade-in on the Mustang than the Ford dealership, so we drive there. Yes, another 35 miles. CarMax says, “You pay us, and we’ll take it off your hands.” It’s that bad. We return back to the Ford dealership, sheepishly smiling and

saying, “We’ll take the red truck.” Are we at the end of the story? No, but you knew that. Mileage to date: 245. Gas expenses: don’t ask. You’re thinking Ed bought a nice F-150 pickup truck like your grandfather had. That would make sense. No, this is the Marciano family. They can create drama just from buying a vehicle. This may be an F-150, but it’s a crew cab – yes, the four-door pickup truck crew cab. Do you know who buys four-door crew cab pickup trucks? People with three or more kids. How many kids does Ed have? None. He has no kids, no dog and no wife. It’s just him. But wait, there’s more. It has the “offroad package.” His idea of “off-roading” is the dirt driveway where he lives. Total miles driven to purchase the truck: 280. Who paid for that gas? The same one who paid for Ed’s college. Am I complaining? Not on your life. It was one of the best Christmases I have ever had. As a parent, it’s what we do. I’ll be back in two weeks. Until then, live well my friend. Rev. Tony Marciano is the Executive Director of the Charlotte Rescue Mission. He is available to speak to your group. Find more information at www.


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Brunswick stew and bake sale to benefit Matthews UMC Youth Choir MATTHEWS – The Matthews United Methodist Church Youth Choir will host a Brunswick stew and bake sale on Jan. 24, a Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds will help the youth choir offset the costs of its summer tour. The Godspell Junior Youth Choir Tour will have youth choir members travel to churches throughout the Southeast, as the youth provide hands-on mission support in the various towns where they perform, according to a news release. Tickets for the sale cost $10 per quart of stew and can be purchased on the day of the event, while supplies last. Call 704-847-6261 or visit for more information. Matthews UMC is located at 801 S. Trade St. Spring youth baseball registration to open Jan. 17 at Idlewild Baptist MINT HILL – Registration for spring 2015 youth baseball and softball at Idlewild Baptist Church will open Saturday, Jan. 17, and run through Feb. 28, a Wednesday. The church offers a tee-ball program for children 5 and 6 years old and baseball and softball teams for children 7 years old and older. Cost to participate is $70 for tee-ball and $90 for softball and baseball, and a portion of the registration fees will benefit the New Song Mission Nicaragua Sports Ministry. The church will host on-site registration events on Feb. 7 and 14, both Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Uniform samples will be available during the on-site registration sessions to assist with sizing the players. Parents also can register their children online at beginning Jan. 17. Team practices should begin around March 7. Call 704-847-6565 for more information. Idlewild Baptist is located at 12701 Idlewild Road. ‘Journey Through Church History’ class coming to Carmel Baptist MATTHEWS – Carmel Baptist Church will offer a “Journey Through Church History� class in partnership with Gordon-Conwell


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St. Luke Catholic to host orientation for new parishioners MINT HILL – St. Luke Catholic Church will host a parish orientation on Saturday, Jan. 17, after the 5 p.m. Mass in the church’s family life center. All new parishioners are encouraged to attend. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Father Paul Gary, the church’s senior pastor; receive information about the parish and its ministries; and take a facility tour. Snacks will be served during the event. Find more information at, or call 704-545-1224. St. Luke Catholic is located at 13700 Lawyers Road. St. John Neumann volunteers aid Operation Santa’s Helpers CHARLOTTE – A number of families and individuals from St. John Neumann Catholic Church recently participated in the annual Operation Santa’s Helpers program in Charlotte. Operation Santa offered more than 800 children, representing more than 300 area families in need, an opportunity to receive an early Christmas through donations of food, clothing and presents. Bob Bowler, founder of annual Charlottearea Special Olympics summer program Camp SOAR, also launched Operation Santa’s Helpers. Father Pat Hoare, senior pastor of St. John Neumann, led a group of volunteers from the church that included members of the church youth group, Knights of Columbus, Columbian Squires and more, the release said. St. John Neumann Catholic is located at 8451 Idlewild Road in Charlotte, just outside of Mint Hill. Send faith news items to news@ Announcements should be sent two weeks in advance.

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Calendar 1.15.15 Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch & Learn for Nonprofits

1.15.15 & 1.16.15 Thursday and Friday 6 p.m. High School Musical On Stage auditions

JAJ Nonprofit Resource will host a Lunch & Learn event for area nonprofits. The event’s theme, “Nonprofit Taxes – Getting Ready to Submit Your 990,” will help organizations prepare for the tax season. Cost to attend is $15, which covers lunch and handouts. Find more information at, or call 704-560-9202. Casa Rita’s, 9727 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews 1.15.15 Thursday 6 p.m. Mint Hill Chamber’s Business After Hours

All area middle and high school students are invited to audition for Spotlight Performing Arts Academy’s upcoming production, “High School Musical On Stage.” Auditions are on a first-come, first-served basis, and students should arrive prepared to sing 16 bars of a song and do a cold reading from the script. Everyone who auditions will receive a role in the show – the audition determines in which role a student will be cast. Show dates and times are April 24, a Friday, at 7 p.m., and April 25, a Saturday, at 2 and 7 p.m. The fee to participate is $100. Find a full rehearsal schedule and download an audition application at www.

1.20.15 Tuesday 6 p.m. Teen Art Club Teenagers are invited to visit the Mint Hill Library for its Teen Art Club. During the club meeting, teen artists will exercise their creativity and learn new skills in a group setting. Participants also will explore different media and techniques and create art to enhance the library. Find more information and register online at programs/programListing.asp. Mint Hill Library, 6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill 1.22.15 Thursday 5 to 7 p.m. Business After Hours

Spotlight Performing Arts Academy, 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill 1.17.15 Saturday 10:30 a.m. Prolific Pens – Mint Hill Writers Group

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours event at Bull Moose Guns. The event will include appetizers, networking opportunities and more. Find more information at www. or www.bullmooseguns. com. Bull Moose Guns, 11205 Lawyers Road, suite C, Mint Hill

Adults who are writers of all skill levels are invited to visit the Mint Hill Library to join the Prolific Pens, a group for Mint Hill writers. Meetings allow members to write, meet other local amateur writers and exchange ideas. Find more information and register online at programs/programListing.asp.

The Matthews Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours event at the newly renovated Carolina Cinemas Charlotte. The event will include networking, beverages and appetizers. Find more information at Carolina Cinemas Charlotte, 9630 Monroe Road, Charlotte Send your events to news@

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Calendar 1.23.15 Friday 2 p.m. Learn, Connect, Play: Gaming

1.30.15 Friday 1:30 to 3:45 p.m. An Afternoon With Henry Fonda: “12 Angry Men”

Teens are invited to recruit their friends to visit the Matthews library and play video games while also developing literacy, critical thinking and teamwork skills. Find more information and register online at

The Matthews Library will host another “page to screen” experience this month. The event will feature a presentation on the life and works of Henry Fonda, the star of the Academy-Award winning 1957 movie “12 Angry Men.” Participants can view the movie, and refreshments will be served after the presentation. Participants can register at; however, registration is limited. Contact Rosanna Losee at 704-416-5000 or rlosee@cmlibrary. org for more information.

Matthews Library, 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews 1.27.15 Tuesday 6 p.m. Weight Loss Seminar The Novant Health Matthews Medical Center will host a free seminar, “Surgical Solutions for Weight Loss.” People who attend the seminar can learn if they are a candidate for surgical weight loss and which bariatric surgery might be best for them. Registration is required. Call 704-384-CARE for more information or to register. Community Room A & B, Matthews Medical Center, 1500 Matthews Township Pkwy., Matthews 1.29.15 Thursday 4:30 p.m. Fun with “The Snow Queen” Children 3 to 8 years old can learn about the classic Hans Christian Anderson story, “The Snow Queen,” and explore through games, crafts and activities with Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts. Find more information and register online at www. Matthews Library, 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews 1.29.15 Thursday 5 to 7 p.m. Annual January After Hours at Beantown Tavern Representatives from local businesses and nonprofits are invited to attend the Matthews Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours at Beantown Tavern in downtown Matthews. There is no cost to attend the event, but attendees are encouraged to RSVP to 704-847-3649. Find more information at www. Beantown Tavern, 130 Matthews Station St., Matthews

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Ongoing through 2.28.15 Tuesday through Saturday 2 to 9 p.m. Chris Austin Fine Art Photography On Tuesdays through Saturdays, renowned Charlotte skyline photographer Chris Austin has certified some of his prints for a winter exhibit. Austin’s works are well known in the Charlotte area and include his limited edition “Rainbow over Charlotte” and one of his newest releases, “Canyon Light.” Attendees must be 21 years old or older, and admission is free. Grape’s Wine Bar, 2233 Matthews Township Pkwy., suite G, Matthews

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1. Anthony Ratliff-Williams, Butler Just as we expected at the start of the season, RatliffWilliams was unstoppable this year. The dual-threat quarterback completed 61 percent of passes for 1,783 yards and 25 touchdowns while adding another 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns on his feet. It’s no wonder the North Carolina commit was named the Southwestern 4A Offensive Player of the Year. 2. Elijah Deveaux, Charlotte Christian The 6-foot-1, 210-pound running back backed up his record-breaking performance last season, finishing the season with 1,876 yards and 22 touchdowns, leading the Knights dominating ground game. Deveaux blazed a trail of destruction over Knights opponents and the Duke commit will undoubtedly do it again next year. 3. Brian Chaffin, Charlotte Christian A rare four-year starter for the Knights’ program, Chaffin went out this year in style. The Stanford recruit finished his high school campaign as an all-state pick and Under Armour All-American ranked the No. 2 center in the nation, helping the Knights repeat as state champs. 4. Jaret Anderson, Charlotte Catholic Anderson wasted no time making a name for himself in his first year of varsity football and keeping the Cougars on the top of the Class 4A competitive scene. The junior running back rushed for 2,067 yards, scored 32 touchdowns and averaged 35 yards per kickoff return this season on his way to becoming the offensive MVP in the Class 4A championship game. 5. Jaire Alexander, Rocky River There wasn’t much the 5-foot-11, 170pound Alexander couldn’t do this season. At defensive back, Alexander had 36 tackles and four interceptions but he was a playmaker on


the other side of the ball as well, with 76 catches for 1,220 yards and 20 touchdowns at wide receiver. The Louisville commit finished the season as the Southwestern 4A Defensive Player of the Year.

6. Mason Veal, Ardrey Kell The 6-foot-5, 290-pound tackle finished his high school career as a two-time all-conference pick and Shrine Bowl selection. The immovable Veal helped the Knights record a 9-3 record. Known as one of the best tackles in the state, he’ll continue his football career at North Carolina. 7. Daniel Jones, Charlotte Latin Jones did it all this year. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound quarterback passed for a whopping 2,949 yards and 43 touchdowns. As impressive as that is, he also ran for 778 yards and 10 scores while setting single-season school records for total yards, passing yards and passing touchdowns. He’ll continue his football career at Duke. 8. Philip Walton, Charlotte Christian It was impossible not to notice the 6-foot-7, 260pound Walton lining up on the Charlotte Christian offensive line this season and opening holes for running back Deveaux. The N.C. State commit finished as an all-state selection and helped the Knights repeat as state champs.

record. The senior Army commit and dual-threat quarterback finished the year with 1,811 passing yards for 23 touchdowns and another 533 yards and nine TDs on the ground, making him an easy choice for all-conference.

11. Benny LeMay, Butler LeMay, a junior, didn’t disappoint this year. He already has an offer from the Charlotte 49ers and it’s easy to see why after rushing for 1,490 yards and 23 touchdowns on 190 carries. The 6-foot, 195-pound workhorse is in line for a huge senior season with the Bulldogs. 12. Ryan Miller, Charlotte Catholic After starting two years at quarterback, Miller made a switch and played all over the field this season as a wide receiver, running back and tight end. The all-around athlete flourished, helping lead the Cougars to the state championship game. He finished the season with 414 rushing yards on 48 carries for seven TDs and 586 receiving yards for six touchdowns, while also spending time at cornerback. 13. Twazanga Mugala, Ardrey Kell Mugala became a backto-back all-conference pick after setting a school record for sacks in a season (16). The 6-foot-4 lineman finished the year with 109 tackles and 38 for a loss. He’ll continue his football career at Purdue University.

9. Stephen Griffin, South Meck The University of Tennessee-bound defensive back was a key playmaker all over the field this season for the Sabers. Griffin, the So. Meck 8 Defensive Player of the Year, had 80 tackles on the season and 400 yards from his spot at receiver.

14. Adonis Alexander, Independence Just as anticipated, Alexander was a huge factor in the Patriots dominating run this season. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound safety finished the season with 62 tackles and was named to the allstate team. The speedy Virginia Tech commit was big in the return game as well.

10. Kelvin Hopkins, Independence Hopkins was the heart and soul of the Patriots high-powered offense that finished the season with an unblemished conference

15. Will Sapyta, Ardrey Kell The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Sapyta might have started the season as a relatively unknown linebacker but he certainly didn’t finish that way.

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Sapyta led the Matthews-Mint Hill area with 143 tackles and added six sacks on his way to becoming an all-conference selection.

16. Christian Dixon, Butler Dixon, a sophomore, is on track to be Butler’s next big star. The 6-foot, 200-pound middle linebacker recorded a team-high 109 tackles with two sacks and two interceptions. The sky is the limit for the up-and-coming Dixon. 17. Alex Barrow, Butler The dangerous Barrow had no problem repeating as the Bulldogs’ leading receiver. The Charlotte 49er commit hauled in 45 catches for 820 yards and 11 scores on his way to becoming an all-conference selection. 18. Caleb York, Providence York, the Panthers’ dualthreat quarterback, passed for 1,740 yards and 13 TDs last season. This year, the senior upped even that impressive performance, passing for 2,016 yards and 20 touchdowns while adding 707 yards and nine scores on his feet, despite breaking his arm mid-season. 19. Zack Gilbert, South Meck The 6-foot-2, 245 pound Gilbert was an opposing coordinators nightmare. The all-conference defensive end recorded seven sacks and 50 tackles. Just a junior, Gilbert already has offers from North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Florida and the Charlotte 49ers among others. 20. Clay Norris, Myers Park Norris, an all-conference selection in the competitive Southwestern 4A, completed 58 percent of passes this season for 2,128 yards and 17 touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback committed to Georgetown over offers from Stetson, Gardner-Webb and a preferred walk-on spot at Wake Forest.

Sports Butler continues winning streak

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Butler, Independence swimmers compete at inaugural Providence Day Invitational Butler and Independence’s swim teams competed at the inaugural Providence Day Invitational, held Jan. 10 at Mecklenburg Aquatic Club. Both Marvin Ridge teams won the meet. Butler girls finished in fourth place with 90 points. Independence girls finished sixth with 56 points. The Bulldogs’ boys team finished in third place with 104 points. Independence boys finished sixth with 58 points. First-place finishes for the Bulldog boys team included Payton Graham in the 50-yard freestyle (24.19) and Austin Spaeth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.56). The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Spaeth, David Safir, Nathaneal Gunson and Michael Schoen finished in second (1:39.87). The 200-yard medley relay team of Graham, Safir, Gunson and Spaeth placed second (1:49.81) and Gunson took third in the 200-yard free (1:57.02). In girls’ events, Butler’s Eliza Gunson took third place in the 200-yard freestyle (2:11.15). Butler’s 200-yard relay team of Gunson, Laura Schoen, Jaime Mull and SheArye Bowels finished in second with a time of 1:49.09.

Marvin Ridge boys and girls swim team won the inaugural Providence Day Invitational. Photo courtesy of Mike McCarn

The inaugural meet, which will become an annual event, was sponsored by BSN Sports.

Charlotte Latin’s quarterback commits to Duke Charlotte Latin quarterback Daniel Jones announced last week he would continue his football career at Duke University. Jones was previously committed to Princeton. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Jones chose the Blue Devils over Princeton, Harvard and Wake Forest. He will pay his own way during the fall 2015 semester before being added to the scholarship Daniel Jones

roster in spring 2016. Jones led the Hawks to back-to-back North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association state championship appearances. He passed for 2,949 yards and 43 TDs and added another 778 yards and 10 scores on the ground. Jones will leave Charlotte Latin holding records for total yards, total passing yards and passing touchdowns.

Butler blasted Porter Ridge with a 76-58 win on Jan. 9 to continue its 13-game winning streak and improve to 15-2 on the season. Junior guard Raequan Scott has been a big factor in the Bulldogs performances of late, scoring a team-high 22 points against Porter Ridge and 29 points on Jan. 6 against Rocky River. Scott is averaging 22 points and four assists on the season and has the Bulldogs off to a 5-0 start in Southwestern 4A conference play. He’s currently 35 points away from reaching the 1,000-point Raequan Scott mark. Butler hosts Independence on Jan. 20.

Girls Basketball Player of the Week: Sarah Billiard, Covenant Day Billiard didn’t bow under pressure but instead hit the game-winning free throw to give the Lions a 37-36 upset win over Charlotte Christian for the first time in school history on Jan. 13. She finished the game with 11 points.

Boys Basketball Player of the Week: Cody Miess, Grace Academy The 6-foot-2, 180-pound forward grabbed a jaw-dropping 19 rebounds on Jan. 13 in a one-point win over York Prep. Miess added eight points and two assists to his impressive performance.

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