Bain celebrates outstanding students

By Michele Dotson
Staff Writer
dotson.michele@minthilltimes.

bain bobcat awardsThe third quarter Bain Bobcat students were celebrated at an awards ceremony on Thursday, April 10. Students are selected for this award because they display exemplary qualities both inside and outside of the classroom.com

“The Bain Bobcat award is reserved for students who not only have excellent grades, but also possess leadership qualities, give their personal best at all times, and are model citizens in the classroom and throughout our school,” says Robin Lysles-Khan, Bain Elementary School Dean of Students.

The students selected for third quarter are Carolyn Caulder, Hudson Snider, Jackson Clark, Troy Bunch, Ryan Turner, and Jamie Lynn Chowning.

 

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Independence students celebrate global youth service day

Continue projects to serve the children of South Sudan

By Michele Dotson

After hearing about the global issues impacting South Sudan and other countries around the world, students designed their own t-shirts addressing issues of education, hunger, poverty, protecting renewable resources, and especially, peace.

After hearing about the global issues impacting South Sudan and other countries around the world, students designed their own t-shirts addressing issues of education, hunger, poverty, protecting renewable resources, and especially, peace.

April 11 was Global Youth Service Day, and students in the Academy of International Studies (AIS) at Independence High School celebrated their successes in helping to provide a school and clean drinking water for the children of South Sudan.

For the past three years AIS students have been working to raise awareness and funds for children living in substandard conditions in a tiny country in northeastern Africa.

“In 2011, we held a spaghetti dinner and raised $1,500 for the school in South Sudan,” says senior Rachel Casale, who is president of the Interact Club. “In 2012, we sponsored the Carry the Jerry 5K to help fund clean water at the school, and we raised $2,000.”

Casale explained to the attentive crowd that in 2013, AIS students participated in the Any1Can Project where over 2,000 area students designed t-shirts raising awareness about a variety of global issues such as peace, education, water conservation, tolerance, hunger, and poverty. Continue reading

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Shredding service convenient for citizens

By Michele Dotson

CINTAS Document Management employee Jose Sosa helps residents unload documents and shred them at the semi-annual shredding services provided by Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Mint Hill Police Department.

CINTAS Document Management employee Jose Sosa helps residents unload documents and shred them at the semi-annual shredding services provided by Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Mint Hill Police Department.

The Mint Hill Police Department and the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce hosted a document shredding event in the parking lot of Fifth Third Bank on Saturday, April 12. This semi-annual service is provided free of charge as a way to encourage citizens to destroy documents containing personal information that could be used by criminals intent on committing identity theft.

CINTAS Document Management was on site with two trucks to immediately shred the documents. The shredded paper will later be recycled into secondary paper products such as paper towels and tissue.

By 10:15 am Saturday, over 6,000 pounds of paper had already been shredded, and the line for dropping off paper was steady and stretched around the building. Continue reading

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Commissioners say no to 7-Eleven

By Michele Dotson

Screen Shot 2014-04-03 at 9.08.39 PMOn Thursday, March 27, at their regularly scheduled meeting, Mint Hill commissioners rejected the plan presented by BWN Investments, LLC to build a new 7-Eleven convenience store at the corner of Hwy 51 and Idlewild Road.

Residents of Mint Lake Village came out in Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 2.53.20 PMlarge numbers, sporting matching I Love Mint Hill tee shirts, to weigh in once more on the decision to allow the construction of the 24-hour establishment, citing concerns over potential decrease in property values, increased traffic with the “chaotic” roundabout, and crime.  Continue reading

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Speaker shares six essentials of running a successful business

By Michele Dotson

Chamber meeting

Guest speaker and business coach Harvey Smith addresses the Mint Hill Chamber members and guests. “What skills and knowledge do we need to develop to be exceptional in 2014?”

The monthly meeting of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce was held at Pine Lake Country Club on Thursday, March 27. Members gathered for lunch and listened as guest speaker, business coach Harvey Smith from who spoke on the six essentials of running a successful business.

Smith is President of Carolina Business Coach and has worked with over 1,500 individuals and organizations helping them to achieve greater success in their businesses and their lives.

Smith described the six essentials of running a successful business as a way to build a toolbox of usable skills to motivate and engage people, who are often tuned out of their jobs. Continue reading

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Kelly Lewis named athletic director of the year

By Michele Dotson

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Independence High School Athletic Director Kelly Lewis was named Athletic Director of the Year for North Carolina at the NCADA spring conference in Asheville on March 23.

Kelly Lewis was named Athletic Director of the Year by the North Carolina Athletic Director Association (NCADA) at the 2014 spring conference in Asheville, NC on March 23.

Lewis, who has been athletic director (AD) at Independence for 10 years, was honored at the spring conference at the Grove Park Inn.

The North Carolina Athletic Directors Association was formed in 1970 by the late Bob Jamieson of Greensboro, and others, with the hopes of providing athletic directors a forum for sharing their common concerns and problems while growing professionally.

Independence High School principal Amy Dellinger says Lewis has many responsibilities, and he is a true professional. Continue reading

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