This week’s Mint Hill Times: Health, elections and big time high school football

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The scene at town hall Monday night at the candidates forum.

This week is the Mint Hill Times’ annual health and fitness issue. We have lots of good ideas how you can stay physically and mentally fit. We also are the only news outlet to cover the candidates forum at town hall on Monday. It may be getting cooler outside, but the races for school board, commissioner and mayor are heating up!

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This week’s paper:

• Most of the candidates for BOE District 6 and Mint Hill Commissioner attended the Mint Hill Women’s Club Candidate Forum on Monday. In the mayoral race, Larry Bumgarner attended, while Mayor Ted Biggers was out with an illness. Read why each of the candidates think they are the right candidate for their respective offices.

• Did Larry Bumgarner help with the founding of the Mint Hill Police Department? At the forum he said he did. Commissioner Lloyd Austin, who was on the board the time the department was started, said no. Read Bumgarner’s letter regarding the situation in this week’s Times, plus read Mayor Ted Biggers recollection of how and why the department was started. It was Biggers who was mayor at the time the department began.

• Check out the many advertisements from local health organizations. If you live in Mint Hill, the quality health options are numerous!

• The Levine Center has been a blessing for local seniors in this area. Read Lacey Hampton’s story on what it does to help maintain good physical and mental health of our seniors in this area.

• Got kids and worried about H1N1 in CMS? Lacey reports that CMS is fully prepared if an outbreak did occur. They are also focused on educating kids and parents on ways to avoid the flu.

• It’s less than a month away before the gigantic battle between Mint Hill’s two high school football teams–Independence and Butler–both teams are still undefeated and getting tons of national recognition. Read about Butler’s trouncing of East Meck last week, and Independence’s win over Providence.

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Jacob Charest to play Saturday for Illinois?

Jacob Charest, former Butler quarterback, could get his first snaps behind center for the Illinois Illini Saturday, the Daily Illini reported. Illinois takes on Indiana.

Either senior Juice Williams or junior Eddie McGee will get the nod as the starting signal caller for Saturday, but Charest offers a different game than the two dual-threat quarterbacks.

“When Jacob’s in there the offense maybe does change a little bit,” Zook said. “Not that Jacob can’t move around, but the option isn’t exactly his forte. Maybe down the road when we get into those situations, but it’s just hard to get three guys ready to do each week.”

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