Ashe Plantation fall fest fun!

[singlepic=304,280,200,,left]Ashe Plantation had its Annual Fall Festival on Friday, October 31. There was a huge turnout with more than 100 people enjoying fellowship and a love of their neighborhood. Contributing to the success of the party was a discounted rental from The Bounce House Man www.bouncehouseman.com located in Waxhaw, NC which was a huge hit with the children. The Ashe Plantation Homeowners Association provided food, desserts, a raffle, games and a hay ride for the children around the neighborhood. A great time was had by all!

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Gas price puzzler

Over this weekend, area gas prices were in the $2.49 per gallon range. This extended from Mint Hill as far south as Westinghouse Boulevard (Exit 1 off I-77). Crossing the state line to Carowinds Blvd—just an eye blink away—gas prices were $2.29 per gallon. At the next exit, in Tega Cay, prices were in the mid $1.90s per gallon range. Even factoring in South Carolina’s less expensive gasoline tax, I still find myself wondering how just a handful of miles can equate to a .50 cents or more difference in gasoline prices.

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Honors for Mint Hill Iraq vet

[singlepic=305,320,240,,left]Capt. Kit Tinkham, who served three tours in Iraq with the Air Force, was recently named CFO for the US Navy Weapons Station in Charleston, S.C. Tinkham is a 1995 graduate of Independence High School and a 2001 graduate of Brigham Young University. He earned a Masters in Business Administration in August from Webster University in St. Louis. Kit separated from active duty at Hill AFB (Utah) in January and along with wife, Lynn, recently moved to Charleston to take his new position. The Air Force Reserve 315th Operations Support Squadron in Charleston then recommissioned Tinkham as a captain. He will sever one weekend a month and two weeks a year with the Reserves and could possibly be called up again to serve in Iraq.

“I wish I could have accomplished as much as he has when I was 31,” Keith Tinkham said.

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Final day bittersweet for UPS man

Rob Blumberg has worked the Mint Hill area as a UPS delivery man for 23 years. Friday was his last day, as[singlepic=295,320,240,,right] Rob hangs up his brown shorts permanently. At the suggestion of many of Rob’s customers, the Mint Hill Times wanted to feature him in an article. But he was embarrassed by the attention and didn’t want to be in the spotlight. Luckily, we saw his brown truck Friday at Evans Import Services, next to the Mint Hill Times offices. It was one of his last stops.

Rob told us he will miss his customers, but the time is right for him to move on and do something else. He said two heart operations in the past 10 years has given him a new outlook on life, and he’s ready to see what life is like without the brown truck. He said he had shed many tears Friday, sharing memories with customers as well as lamenting the last day doing something he has done for 36 years.

How well did Mint Hill get to know Rob? Whitney at Evans Import Service asked Rob what he doing to celebrate the momentous day. Rob said he was going to Outback Steakhouse and his girlfriend was treating. Not so fast. Whitney had just handed him a card with a gift certificate to Outback Steakhouse. “Be sure to open the card before you go to dinner,” Whitney said with a wink.

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Bulldogs bury Warriors 57-14

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Photo: Mark Sward swardpics.com

With a showdown against Independence lurking next week, could it be that the Butler Bulldogs would overlook a winless Weddington team heading into Friday night’s game? Not this time. The Bulldogs proved they are one of the best teams in the state by overpowering Weddington 57-14. Continue reading

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