Area students graduate from Gardner-Webb


The following local students were among a total of 512 students who graduated from Gardner-Webb University during its recent 2009 Spring Commencement Ceremony:

* Abigail Helms (28227) received a BA in English for speakers other languages.

* Jonathan Vang (28227) received a BS in biology.

* Demario Deese (28215) received a BS in psychology.

* Daniel Cooke  (28227) received a BS in sports management.

* Candice Colvin  (28227) received a MA in school administration.


In this week’s Mint Hill Times: high school boundaries, HOAs, and Highland Games wrap up


Don’t have a copy of this week’s Mint Hill Times? Here’s what you are missing:

  • Mayor Ted Biggers and a committee chosen by him sent to CMS a revised version of the school boundary map for the new Mint Hill high school. Above is the map. Most of the kids in Mint Hill will attend the new high school if this map is approved. Check out the front page story to read why this boundary map may be the best version yet.
  • Lacey Hampton reports that the Town Manager is in the process of organizing regular meetings with heads of home owners associations so neighborhoods can better communicate their needs.
  • Photographer Jim Young took some amazing shots of the Highland Games in Mint Hill last weekend. Check some of his best pics in this week’s paper and for additional pics that you can purchase, visit Jim’s Web site.
  • With graduation just around the corner, we profile this week some of the accomplishments of students at Independence High School.
  • Columnist Leslie Southerland writes about the adventures of taking her sons out to lunch on Memorial Day.

Mint Hill Rotary Club announces scholarship winners and Teacher of the Year

pict0277The Rotary Club of Mint Hill, at its annual Educational Emphasis Day meeting on May 21, 2009, recognized its selections of the 2009 Teacher of the Year and the four 2009 recipients of its educational grants.   The recipients and Rotarians who led the application/nomination process, as shown from left to right in the photograph are:   Rotarian Ken Cloaninger, grant recipients Nicholas Rabiipour (Butler High School) and Langston Said Mallouky (Independence High School), Teacher of the Year Peter Pickering (Independence High School), grant recipients Candice Kilzer (Cato Middle College High School) and Alina Foksha (Butler High School), and Rotarian John CasaSanta.   (Photo by Rotarian Helius Wong.) Continue reading


JLF: N.C. schools add administrative and support staff faster than students

A new John Locke Foundation report examines “significant” growth in nonclassroom jobs over this  decade. Here’s a synopsis of the report by Terry Stoops of the JLF.

North Carolina’s public schools have added administrators, consultants, and other nonclassroom staffers faster than they’ve added students this decade. That’s a key finding in a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report.

“It’s important to keep this rapid growth of nonclassroom jobs in mind as N.C. House budget writers recommend cutting positions to help fill the state government’s budget hole,” said report author Terry Stoops, John Locke Foundation Education Policy Analyst. “While North Carolina’s public school enrollment has grown about 13 percent since 2000, the number of school personnel has grown by nearly 18 percent. Much of that growth has been outside the classroom.” Continue reading


Police need you help locating thief


Mint Hill Police need your assistance locating a man who stole credit cards and used them to purchase gift cards at Lowes Foods in Brighton Park. On 04-03-2009 at approximately 6:30pm, Mint Hill Police were dispatched to 6400 Matthews Mint Hill Road for a reported larceny. While at work, the victim had some credit cards taken from her purse. The victim stated that she found these items missing because several items were misplaced inside of her purse.

On same date of the larceny, one of the victim’s credit cards was used at the Lowes Foods to purchase several gift cards in the store. Continue reading


Northlake Mall implements new rules for anyone under 18

Northlake Mall will begin requiring that anyone under the age of 18 be accompanied by a supervising adult 21 years of age or older on Fridays and Saturdays after 5 pm. The new policy, which was developed in consultation with community leaders throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg, goes into effect on June 12.

“Over the past year we have had a significant number of youth in the Mall on Friday and Saturday evenings without adult supervision,” said Phil Morosco, general manager of Northlake Mall, a 1.1 million-square-foot regional shopping center in north Charlotte. “When you have such a large amount of unsupervised youngsters together, it is difficult to provide a safe environment. We believe that an adult supervision policy is in everyone’s best interests – safety must always be our No. 1 priority.” Continue reading