Win Playhouse tickets, Chick-fil-A meals
Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly is teaming up with Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts to give one lucky reader four free tickets to see an upcoming performance of “The Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly.” The winner also will receive four free meals from Chick-fil-A in Matthews.
The play features music by Joan Cushing and is based on the children’s book by Doreen Cronin, which tells the story of a worm, a fly and a spider who begin first grade. Prize tickets will be valid for one of the following performances: March 1, a Friday, at 9:45 a.m. or 7:30 p.m.; March 2, a Saturday, at 2 p.m.; or March 3, a Sunday, at 2 p.m.
To enter the contest, email your name and town/city where you live to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 24, a Sunday, using “Contest” in the subject line.
The winner will be notified Feb. 25.
Sewer spill in Thornblade
A sewer spill in Matthews’ Thornblade subdivision Tuesday, Feb. 12 caused an estimated 1,500 gallons to leak into Four Mile Creek, according to an alert from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Department.
The spill originated at 1947 Wilrose Place and was caused by a blockage of kitchen grease, debris and a pipe failure, according to the alert.
Workers got to the spill within 42 minutes. No dead fish were found in the creek after the spill, according to the alert.
CMUD urges residents not to pour kitchen grease down the drain. Residents can report sewer problems by calling 3-1-1.
Mint Hill man wins $1M
Michael Powe, of Mint Hill, is the first person to win one of four $1 million prizes playing the Ruby Red 7’s instant game, according to a news release from the N.C. Education Lottery.
Powe bought the winning ticket from the Tobacco Road Outlet on N.C. 24/27 East in Albemarle. He chose to take a one-time lump sum payment or $600,000, or $408,003 after taxes.
“I’m a very rare ticket buyer,” Powe said in the release. Sitting in his car outside the store, he scratched the $10 ticket and saw the $1 million top prize. He called his wife to share the good news.
“I said, ‘Are you sitting down?’” Powe said. “She didn’t believe me until she actually saw the ticket.”
Powe works as an installation and support engineer for a company that installs high-tech medical equipment, according to the release. He plans to use the money to donate to nonprofits, and travel including a hunting expedition in Alaska or Africa.
Last chance to win free wedding flowers!
Matthews residents Calvin and Ana Young – who recently celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary – have partnered with Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly to give a lucky area couple $513 of free wedding flowers through Ana’s business, Silvia’s Floral Design.
To enter, write your love story, in 500 words or less, and email it to email@example.com, noting “Wedding Bells” in the subject line. Include your name, town/city and phone number and attach a photo of you and your fiancé.
Entries are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 22 and will be published, as space allows, in upcoming issues of Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly.
Matthews selects Buckley Way engineer
The Town of Matthews officially selected Eagle Engineering to handle the engineering of the Buckley Way project – a road that will connect East John and Charles streets.
Town commissioners voted Monday, Feb. 11, to approve a contract with the Indian Trail-based company, which proposed a cost of $17,850 for engineering and survey and $450 for any required easement maps.
Eagle Engineering’s bid was significantly less expensive than the other proposal received. Charlotte-based Davenport Engineering proposed $38,500 for engineering and survey and $400 for easement maps.
Town grants easement to Duke Energy
Duke Energy now has a temporary easement to deliver power to a new pump station at the intersection of Mt. Harmony and Marglyn roads.
Matthews commissioners voted to approve the easement Monday, Feb. 11.
Recently, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities initiated a construction project to bring a new sewer pump to the intersection. Ralph Messera, director of public works, said in a memo the pump station would replace the one in The Heathers subdivision, which will be
The station also will provide sewer service to the under-construction Royal Park Rehabilitation and Health Center on Moore Road.