Matthews Police discover a decomposed body
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department is asking for the public’s help for a case involving a body found March 8 down an embankment along the 1800 block of East John Street.
The Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner is investigating the cause of death. Police believe the body had been at the location for several weeks due to the level of decomposition.
Police had initially asked the public’s help in identifying the victim based on a description of clothing and bike found nearby. They identified him on March 12 as Shawn Antonio Horton, 46, of Charlotte.
Police still would like to get information regarding Horton’s whereabouts over the past several weeks. At the time of his death, he was wearing blue jeans, light brown work-style boots and a multi-colored hooded coat with a distinctive print.
He rode a purple and silver Huffy Stone Mountain bicycle.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact MPD at 704-847-5555.
Enos gives back to school
MATTHEWS – It didn’t take long for Ryan Enos to give back to his alma mater, Socrates Academy.
The Queens Grant High School senior constructed a gaga ball pit at Socrates Academy, where he went to elementary and middle school. The pit was his community service project for his Eagle Scout award.
Enos, of Matthews Boy Scout Troop 140, was awarded the Eagle Scout rank Feb. 10 at Cross & Crown Lutheran Church.
He is the son of Terry and Donna Enos of Matthews and grandson of Peter and Joanne McMurtrie of Mint Hill.
Students make Stop the Bleed kits
MATTHEWS – Students from the Butler High School Academy of Health Sciences assembled Stop the Bleed kits March 5 using supplies donated by Elevation Church Matthews.
The Department of Homeland Security developed Stop the Bleed to empower people to control bleeding in gunshot and trauma victims. Kits provide supplies and instructions for all classrooms at Butler.
Brandi Rabon, who sits on the advisory board of the academy, found a way to make kits at a lower price and asked her church if they’d help Butler.
David Weekley Homes extends promotion
CHARLOTTE – David Weekley Homes is extending incentives on move-in ready, or ready soon, homes in the Charlotte area during its Ring in Big Savings event to April 30.
The promotion offers homebuyers up to a $20,000 home discount when they select a David Weekley quick move-in home.
Homebuyers will receive a $10,000 home discount on select homes in the Massey community, a $15,000 home discount on select homes in Belton Street and a $20,000 home discount on select homes in Carson, Eden Hall and Fullwood Station. David Weekley Homes is building in nine communities throughout the area with prices ranging from the $250,000s to $1 million-plus. Floor plans range from 1,200 to 5,600 square feet.
Call 704-817-0030 for details.
311 launches CHAT feature
CHARLOTTE – City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County customers can access a new CHAT feature when they visit the 311 website, whether from a personal computer or a mobile device.
Customers will receive the same service via CHAT as they would by calling 311.
Although customers still have the option to call, 311 Division Manager Raquishela Stewart said a recent study indicated many people prefer to use mobile devices or websites to get information.
CHAT also allows 311 staff to accommodate more complex customer service issues, Stewart said.
Representatives will be available to answer questions via CHAT from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.
Providence Day alum earns SEC POY honors
CHARLOTTE – Former Providence Day basketball star Grant Williams has been named the SEC Player of the Year for the second-straight season.
Williams, a junior forward for Tennessee, averages 19.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals per game, while shooting 57 percent from the field and 83 percent from the free-throw line.
He becomes just the 10th player in SEC history to win the award in back-to-back years and the first since Corliss Williamson did so in 1994 and 1995 while at Arkansas.
Williams is also the second Providence Day player to win the SEC Player of the Year twice, joining former Charger Tiffany Mitchell, a former South Carolina star who now plays with Indiana in the WNBA.
Reboot Fitness Center offers affordable path to new you
CHARLOTTE – Loryn Wurst, formerly of Hero Fitness Charlotte, has launched a new venture, Reboot Fitness Center.
The company hopes to help 500 locals restart their health and fitness journeys this year through six-week programs. They’ve already helped 55 people with its first six-week program.
The next program started March 4 and cost $25. It includes three classes a week, online workouts, a nutrition plan, chances to win prizes and weekly workshops hosted by local experts that include yoga and goal-setting.
Register by calling 980-200-6863 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about the program and Reboot Fitness on its Facebook page or https://meetme.so/reboot1.
Cureton appointed as District Court Judge
RALEIGH – Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed Judge Donald Cureton Jr., of Charlotte, to serve as District Court Judge for Judicial District 26, Mecklenburg County.
Cureton’s legal experience includes serving as a district court judge from 2011 to 2018, assistant public defender and practicing law in the private sector. The Charlotte native is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University and Howard University School Law School.
Cureton will fill the seat previously held by Judge Louis Trosch Jr., who now serves as Superior Court Judge in Mecklenburg County.
Novant Health: Slow down, live in the moment
CHARLOTTE – Novant Health has launched a campaign encouraging people to slow down and be more present to experience life’s everyday moments.
The campaign, “Live in the Moment,” aims to raise awareness about the alarming effects of everyday stress on the body due to factors like work, busy schedules, co-dependence on technology and not enough focus on self-care.
“While ingrained in nearly every aspect of our lives today, it has become clear that over-reliance on technology and the resulting social isolation it can cause can have devastating effects on health,” said Dr. Darlene Ifill-Taylor, Novant Health Psychiatric Associates. “At Novant Health, we have emphasized resilience programs for our team members for several years and have seen firsthand the benefits and fulfillment that mindfulness and being more present can have on an individual’s physical and mental well-being.”