Morning Star Lutheran Church honored by Historic Charlotte

Historic Charlotte, Inc will honor the Morning Star Lutheran Chapel on Idlewild Road for its historical preservation.  The awards will be given at Historic Charlotte’s annual Blast for the Past starting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, October 15th at The Duke Mansion (celebrating its 95th year). Blast for the Past is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased online at www.HistoricCharlotte.

Four other Charlotte-area historical and preservation projects will be honored in addition to Morning Star.

Morning Star Lutheran Chapel was built in 1906 and has a long history in the Mint Hill Matthews community. Continue reading

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Help raise funds for Boy Scout Troop 65!

Be PreparedBoy Scout Troop 65 is currently selling tickets and soliciting donations in support of our Annual BBQ Fundraiser to be held on Saturday, October 17th, 2009, at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church. This event will be the only fundraiser scheduled for Troop 65 during the year, so the troop has set a goal of meeting all of its annual expenses with proceeds from the Barbeque. Troop 65 offers a variety of outstanding community service, camping, and leadership opportunities for more than 40 boys in the local area. Your donations will help keep scouting alive and well in the Mint Hill community.

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This week’s Mint Hill Times (and more photos from Mint Hill Madness 2009)

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The 2009 Mint Hill Madness was hampered by rain on Friday and Saturday, but that didn’t prevent the show from going on. Despite a cool, misty day, the parade on Matthews-Mint Hill Road was lined by parade goers from start to finish. At the festival, Saturday saw heavy rain in the afternoon, making the big day for the festival more subdued than hoped for. Read about the ups and downs of the Madness festival in this week’s Mint Hill Times.

Also in this week’s Times:

• Mint Hill could be getting a military museum in the near future. The town on Thursday told museum developers it wants to move forward with the construction of the museum next to the planned North Carolina Korean War Memorial at The Park on Fairview.

• With the military museum and the Korean War memorial, the Mint Hill Times editorial wonders if it is time to think about renaming the plain-named “Park on Fairview.”

• Columnist Leslie Southerland bemoans the amount of exercise it takes to sometimes exercise.

• Tim Long writes about the Mint Hill Lions Club’s donation to a marine from Mint Hill who is serving in Afghanistan. One of the requests from the soldiers? Baby wipes. Read why.

• Both Butler and Independence continue to dominate. The Bulldogs beat Myers Park, while Independence beat a strong East Meck team. A monumental November showdown is looking more and more likely.

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Butler student among 14 named National Achievement Program semifinalists

The National Achievement Scholarship program has named 14 CMS students as 2010 semifinalists. These students are among 1,600 black high school seniors across the country who will compete for Achievement Scholarship awards worth $2.6 million. The list of semifinalists and their high schools:
David W. Butler: Lindsey Barrett; Harding University: Justin Ezeji and Gregory Moore; Ardrey Kell: Xavier Layne and Vashti Robinson; Mallard Creek: Amber McCravy; Myers Park: Richard Nichols and Nicole Yearwood; Northwest School of the Arts: Kayla Carter; Providence: Jarrette Brathwaite, Wesley Brown, Lindsay Johnson and Mecan Williams, and South Mecklenburg: Sydney Steward. Continue reading

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Sidewalk on Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road clears ‘biggest hurdle’


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The plan for a sidewalk from Matthews Mint Hill Road to the Park on Wilgrove is closer to becoming a reality.Town Manager Brian Welch said this morning the town has now gained access to all the property along Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road needed for the sidewalk. The only thing holding up the sidewalk’s construction now is the $400,000 stimulus grant from the federal government.

“We’ve cleared the biggest hurdle,” Welch said today.

At last Thursday’s town meeting, Welch told the board the NCDOT requires all but one of the properties to be acquired before the town can get the grant money.

Commissioners Mickey Ellington and Lloyd Austin, along with town staff, have met with property owners over the course of the last few months to secure to the properties. Only a few property owners held out. All of them are now on board

Welch said there is still lots of paper work to do before they officially get the grant money, but the hardest part is now done and the sidewalk should be a reality in the near future.

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