NY Times hopes its state doesn’t botch fed funds

Last week, the Mint Hill Times ran an editorial explaining how North Carolina could miss out on millions of dollars in federal funds for education because of its opposition to charter schools. The Obama administration is handing out Race to the Top funds to states which show the most innovative ways of improving education. Tops on the list: The promotion of charter schools, something Gov. Bev Perdue is against. Seems North Carolina isn’t the only state that should be worried about losing federal funds because of its opposition to charter schools. New York has its own problems.


Mint Hill resident named to Dean’s List

Evan Matthew Weinzierl, a senior at Hampden-Sydney College, was named to the Dean’s List for the first semester of the 2009-2010 academic year.  To earn this distinction, students must achieve at least a 3.3 semester grade point average out of a possible 4.0.  Evan is a graduate of Providence Day School and is the son of Mr. & Mrs. David Weinzierl of Mint Hill. A private college for men, Hampden-Sydney is ranked in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report.  The College is known for its liberal arts curriculum, the Honor Code which stresses individual and collective responsibility, and a focus on the needs of young men.



Mohamed Massaquoi visits Bishop Spaugh Middle

NFL player Mohamed Massaquoi takes time each year to visit CMS schools. Tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 22, 10-11 a.m., the former Independence High athlete will visit Bishop Spaugh Middle School and talk to students in leadership roles and student athletes. He will discuss the importance of getting a quality education, making good choices and how to be an effective leader.
“Mo is grounded and he’s a great person,” said Assistant Principal Jan McIver, who taught Massaquoi at Northeast Middle. “He has a great story to share about how he achieved on and off the field.”
Massaquoi is currently a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns. He graduated from Independence High School in 2004 and the University of Georgia in 2008. Bishop Spaugh Middle is located at 1901 Herbert Spaugh Lane.


Mint Hill business center robbed yesterday

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Mint Hill Police responded to CBW Business Center located at 9229-A Lawyers Road in reference to an armed robbery yesterday at approximately 1:15pm. Officers who responded to the scene spoke with employees and one patron who all described that a black male between the ages of 18-22 years entered the business brandishing a small black revolver. The suspect pointed the firearm at the employees and demanded money.

The suspect is described as being approximately 5’7” tall with a slim build. He was last seen wearing light colored blue jeans, a dark colored t-shirt, and a dark colored hooded sweatshirt that zips in the front. The suspect appeared to have a goatee or mustache and was of a dark complexion.

The suspect fled the scene on foot, but possibly entered a white in color, older model vehicle, unknown make and model.

CBW Business Center provided surveillance video and the suspect is shown below. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Garmon with Mint Hill Police at 704-545-1085. Information can be provided anonymously.