$1 million in stimulus grants available for local diesel equipment owners

Grants to Replace Aging Diesel Engines+ (GRADE+) will assist businesses in the Charlotte region with replacing their heavy-duty diesel equipment, vehicles or engines. More than 100,000 pieces of equipment in the 13-county region that straddles North and South Carolina are eligible to participate in this $1 million grant opportunity. GRADE+ grants are an excellent opportunity for participants to reduce maintenance costs, increase fuel efficiency and extend the life of their equipment while breathing easier financially with assistance from stimulus funds.
Past GRADE+ grant recipients include Baucom Service Inc., Blythe Development Co., Bruce R. Jenkins and Associates, Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, City of Gastonia, Culp Brothers Inc., Duke Energy, Gaston County Solid Waste, Hoopaugh Grading Co., McWhirter Grading Co., Mecklenburg County Storm Water Services, Okuma America Corp., Piedmont Airlines, Radco Construction Services, TRANSFLO Terminal Services Inc. and US Airways. Continue reading

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Governor’s Office Launches Twitter Page

The Office of Governor Bev Perdue today launched a twitter page, https://twitter.com/ncgovoffice, to help citizens find the latest news and information from inside the Governor’s Office and administration.

“With only 140 characters, a little bit of twitter can go a long way toward my goal of a transparent, accountable and interactive state gov’t,” tweeted Perdue. Continue reading

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Rotarians need help for funding Flights of Honor

Rotarians are appealing to individuals, companies, foundations and other organizations to help provide funding for Flights of Honor for World War II veterans to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
“We had 120 veterans on the first flight in April.  We have 120 veterans booked for the Sept. 19 flight and already have more than 60 veterans on a waiting list for the next flight,” said David McKnight of the Mooresville-Lake Norman Rotary Club and co-chairman of the Rotary District 7680 Flight of Honor Committee.  “These men and women are in their 80’s and 90’s, so we have only a small window of opportunity to provide these flights.  Since our April flight, three of those veterans have died.” Continue reading

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Local Collector/Restorer joins Resto-Mod display at Food Lion AutoFair

Nationally recognized Pontiac GTO collector and expert Walt Hollifield, of Mint Hill, N.C., has a passion for vintage cars with modern, high-performance equipment underneath. He will display two of these “resto-mods” – including this 1935 Ford Cabriolet with a late-model Chevrolet V-8 – during the Sept. 10-13 Food Lion AutoFair at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Nationally recognized Pontiac GTO collector and expert Walt Hollifield, of Mint Hill, N.C., has a passion for vintage cars with modern, high-performance equipment underneath. He will display two of these “resto-mods” – including this 1935 Ford Cabriolet with a late-model Chevrolet V-8 – during the Sept. 10-13 Food Lion AutoFair at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Although he is nationally recognized as an expert on, and collector of, Pontiac GTO muscle cars, Mint Hill resident Walt Hollifield has a passion for building “resto-mod” performance cars, two prime examples of which will be part of a special display during the Sept. 10-13 Food Lion AutoFair at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
A resto-mod is a vintage car that looks as if it just left the factory, but with modern mechanical upgrades under the stock sheet metal. It is not uncommon for resto-mod builders to create complete chassis from scratch, then place a perfectly restored body shell on top of it. Continue reading

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September is library card sign-up month

mint_hillSeptember is Library Card Sign-up Month, and the Mint Hill branch of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library wants to make sure that all children in Mint Hill have the smartest card of all – a library card.
Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

Mint Hill Branch Manager David Sniffin said the library is a great place for kids and adults.

“There are a wealth of activities and resources for kids and their families, and we encourage them to visit us for the first time, or get reacquainted with your library and see the changes and how the library has grown.  There’s a lot happening at the Mint Hill Branch, and the best part for both kids and parents is that it’s all free with a library card!” Continue reading

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Mint Hill Arts unveils September exhibit

9-09 pic The summer may be winding down but the excitement at Mint Hill Arts is not. The September exhibit will feature works of art using a monochromatic palette. Monochromism is a painting, drawing, or other work of art utilizing a single color or various shades of the same color.

The exhibit opens with a gallery reception on September 11, from 7-9 pm and runs through October 1. MHA Gallery is open 10 amto 3 pm, Tues-Sat.  Go to minthillarts.org for details of events and classes.

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