Mint Hill Police need your help catching a thief

Dollar General on Lawyers Road, August 4, 2008:

This guy walks past the store office, sees a phone cord stuck in the safe door, grabs the cash, and walks out. His partner, and probable lookout, buys something to distract the clerk so the thief can exit. (Notice that the lookout guy has to borrow money from the thief.)
Mint Hill Police say the two guys took advantage of a frazzled new employee at Dollar General and they probably scoped the place out beforehand.

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Eastland mall cuts hours

The ice rink is now closed at Eastland Mall.

The ice rink is now closed at Eastland Mall.

The saga of Eastland Mall continues. Today, it was announced operating hours were being cut for the interior section owned by Glimcher Realty Trust. The venerable white box mall will be open from 11 am to 7 pm on weekdays and from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturdays. The interior stores will be closed Sundays. The three anchor stores, Dillard’s, Sears and Burlington Coat Factory will not be affected and will keep current hours.

In yesterday’s Mint Hill Times, we reported Dillard’s had already closed. The store was supposed to close this month, but officials decided to postpone the closing for one more month.

Watch a video of Eastland Mall in 1979 from YouTube.

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Friday at the historical society

Bob Rowland measures and cuts wood for the new public restroom at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village. Rowland and Dave Reed (not pictured) spent Friday afternoon at the village putting some finishing touches on the project. Rowland said the restroom, which the historical society needs to host field trips, should be finished in early September. PHOTO BY ADAM HOUSTON

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Mixed messages from CMS?

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools reported today more schools throughout the district met expected academic growth or had high academic growth. One hundred twenty-three schools made expected and high growth in 2007-2008, compared to 102 school in 2006-2007.

CMS reported July 21 fewer schools met adequate yearly progress standards according to the No Child Left Behind Act. All students must perform at grade level by 2014 to meet adequate yearly progress.

So in one measurement the schools are doing better than last year, but in another measurment they are not meeting adequate yearly progress?

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Meck mayors support bond

WFAE reports Mint Hill, Matthews, and Pineville mayors are urging support for the November bond. Green space is the issue, according to Matthews mayor Lee Myers. The money from the bond will help towns preserve land for parks, ball fields and natural areas.

Mint Hill has mucho green space, but keeping it is another story. Mecklenburg County has two pieces of land for planned parks in or close to Mint Hill. One is the Ezell Farm property located at the corner of Matthews-Mint Hill Road and Mintwood Drive. The other is a planned natural area near I-485.

To the left, Mecklenburg County’s Greenway Master Plan. Above, a close up of how this plan will affect Mint Hill.

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