This week’s Mint Hill Times

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This week’s paper:

Al and Gail Beisiegel

• Earlier this year we profiled Al and Gail Beisiegel of Blair Road Methodist Church. The couple was in Haiti for a few hours in January before the earthquake hit. Read what they have been up to since, and what they plan to do in the future to keep Haiti in the hearts and minds of the community.

• Columnist Leslie Southerland writes about her latest conquest in the world of technology.

• The Mint Hill Stingers, a Little League team from the Mint Hill Athletic Association, finished third in the state tournament last weekend. Lacey Hampton talked to the coaches about the amazing season.

• This week’s editorial looks at the use and abuse of the term reverse racism.


Wishes do come true for Matthews girl

Alanna Bhargava, a 9-year-old from Matthews, had a wish come true Tuesday. Alanna has a life-threatening medical condition, and through the Make-A-Wish Foundation was given a room makeover courtesy of Broyhill Furniture. Since children with severe health issues often have to spend a lot of time indoors, Broyhill has teamed up with Make-A-Wish to give kids room makeovers. More than 400 wish kids wish for room makeovers each year. Alanna’s wish? A more grown-up look to her “little-girl room.” Alanna’s dream bedroom featured a new bedroom set, wall art, window coverings and bedding.


Rocky River, the $60 million high school, readies for business

With under a month to go before Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools begins the new year, Rocky River High School, the new, $60,000,000 school in Mint Hill,  is busy with the final touches. WCNC takes a tour of the high school near Blair Road. For the first year, only 9-11 graders will attend, very few of whom will live in Mint Hill.


Five myths about charter schools

It should be no surprise to our readers that The Mint Hill Times has been a proponent of the charter school concept. We have argued many times in editorials and guest columns that removing the arbitrary cap on charter schools in North Carolina would benefit not only the charter schools, but regular public funded schools as well. State Sen. Eddie Goodall, the outgoing senator who represents the Mint Hill area and who is the President of the NC Alliance for Charter Schools, posted this link about five myths about charter schools. North Carolina teachers and administrators associations are adamantly against charter schools because it threatens the power of those organizations. But charter schools are public schools as well. Why should they be treated differently than the regular, government run schools?


Library forms task force to navigate rough financial waters

At last Thursday’s Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting, Tina Ross wondered why the library has not begun the effort to face its future funding problems. Her question is now answered. The library announced today it is forming a task force to help guide them in the restructuring process so it can remain viable in the community.

Former UNC-Charlotte Chancellor Dr. Jim Woodward will chair of the task force. He served as the chancellor of UNC Charlotte from 1989-2005, and was Interim Chancellor of NC State University in 2009. During his time at UNC Charlotte, he chaired the UNC System’s Information Technology Strategy Network Infrastructure Assessment Task Force.

The Library also announced today it has received a grant for $75,000 from the Community Catalyst Fund of the Foundation for the Carolinas to form a Future of the Library Task Force. Continue reading


In this week’s Mint Hill Times

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• Mint Hill Stingers traveled to the state Little League Championship this week. Lacey Hampton visited the team at their send-off breakfast last week at Jimmie’s Restaurant.

• Mint Hill’s Library Committee met Tuesday to discuss the future of the library here in town. Over the next six months, the committee will come up with a plan for the town to take over the library if Mecklenburg County cannot fund it next fiscal year. Meanwhile, recruitment of volunteers in Mint Hill is underway.

• More famous names in Mint Hill: Rustee Lane profiles Roger Moore, Charlie Brown and James Dean. Watch this week for a real celebrity with close Mint Hill ties. Hint: She gets physical.

• Also, Dennis the Menace cartoon from Mint Hill’s own Marcus Hamilton, Leslie Southerland writes about being I-Crazy, and this week’s editorial touches on SC politics, Mint Hill’s lead role in recent county issues, and the plethora of fresh veggies around town.