Symone Stukes rewarded by school for performance at Poetry Out Loud

A couple of weeks ago The Mint Hill Times told you about Symone Stukes, the second symone-stukes2runner at the Poetry Out Loud contest in Raleigh a few weeks ago. Staff and students at Independence thought Symone deserved more than third place, so they took it upon themselves to raise a little bit of cash to give to Symone for her hard work and awesome performance. The school raised $128 to give to her, a difficult task in these economic times.

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Mint Hill native releases ‘Restaurant Personality’

Stephen Healy displays his new book, "Restaurant Personalities."

Stephen Healy displays his new book, "Restaurant Personalities."

Stephen C. Healy, who was raised in Mint Hill and whose parents still live in Farmwood, dropped by the Mint Hill Times office today to show us his new children’s book “Restaurant Personality.” The book, which was illustrated by Thomas McDaniel, tells the story of a restaurant that serves up personalities. Healy said he hopes children take away from the book the lesson of learning to be one’s self.
“It’s the retelling of the quintessential coming of age story but told a little differently,” Healy said.
One-third of the proceeds from the book go toward the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Healy said they have sold 1,200 books thus far, and he has plans to tour the Southeast for the next three months to promote the book. Healy has three more books coming out in the next year for Sleep Tree Publishing Co, two children’s books and a coffee cookbook for Dilworth Coffee.

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Mint Hill Police apprehend assault suspect after breif chase

Mint Hill Police were dispatched to 6920 Ravenglass Lane in reference to an assault on a female today around 3 pm. Officers were advised that the suspect, image001Rawle Harding, had left the residence in a vehicle. An officer located the vehicle on Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road and attempted to make a traffic stop. The suspect did not immediately respond to the activated emergency equipment, but after a short chase, officers took Harding into custody. Harding has been charged with Assault on a Female and Fleeing to Elude Police and was transported to Mecklenburg County Intake Center. The victim, Catherina Harding, was transported to Presbyterian Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

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This week’s Mint Hill Times

In this week’s Mint Hill Times

• Get a Bridges at Mint Hill update. Every indication is the developers and retailers are still 100 percent committed to the project.

• Mint Hill could sign a lease next week for the police department to open a satellite office at the Idlewild Plaza Shopping Center. Rent will be free, but the town will have to pay $4,000 in utilities a year.

• Reporter Carolyn Steeves writes about Dog’s Day Out in Matthews and its unique approach to caring for dogs.

• Sports reporter Andrew Stark previews spring sports at Butler and Independence high schools.

• Award winning columnist Leslie Southerland writes about her attempts to get her young boys into a sleeping habits that benefit the whole family:

One culprit, I know, has been the time change.  Whoever came up with the concept of daylight savings time was not raising small children at the time.  It takes awhile for adults to get used to the time change each time it happens—small children don’t get it at all!

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