What’s in this week’s Mint Hill Times?

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• The Armed Forces Museum and Archive of the Carolinas, which is set for the Park on Fairview in Mint Hill, is beginning its fundraising campaign in full in the coming weeks. The museum will cost around $2.5 million.

Once a gold assay office, then the Wilson's home in the 1950s, and now a restored gold assay office at the historical society.

• Wayne Wilson surprised his dad JW with a 90th birthday party last week. Even more of a surprise, they held it in the one room house the family lived in for 10 years in the 1950s. The house remained empty for half a decade until a few years ago when it was given to the historical society where it will be restored as a gold assay office in the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village.

• Mint Hill Women’s Club, which originated in Farmwood in 1974, is beginning its new year by looking for new members. Lacey Hampton reports.

• Jamie Jamison profiles Butler defensive lineman Colin Parsons.

• Get previews and recaps for Butler and Independence football.

• Leslie Southerland writes about the act of burning books.

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Mint Hill Police capture individuals who broke into cars

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Four individuals ranging in age from 11 to 17 years old were detained this morning for breaking into as many as 12 cars last night and early this morning. Det. Tim Lezette of the Mint Hill Police Department said GPS devises, CDs, phones, sun glasses and cameras were some of the more than 50 items taken from the cars. Most of the victims were in the Oxfordshire and Wilson Woods neighborhoods. Continue reading

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CMS could have a “heck of a battle” on its hands

Mayor Ted Biggers assured the town at last night’s Board of Commissioners meeting that Mint Hill Middle School will not close. He talked to officials at CMS and was told the school is on the list of 37 schools that will see change, but only because Mint Hill Middle is overcrowded. He added that there is a threat that some of the students at Mint Hill Middles School could be sent to other schools, and that CMS could have a “heck of a battle” on its hands with the town of Mint Hill.

CMS reported in a press release yesterday that shifting students from school to school—especially those classified as homeless—results in lower performance by those students.

Several of the schools on the list have large homeless populations and Board members discussed the challenges inherent in successfully educating these students, as well as other challenges present at the schools.
Poverty, homelessness and frequent school changes are present at many schools on the list, and Board Chairman Eric C. Davis said that educating poor and homeless students is the particular challenge facing CMS.
“This is the crux of the issue we’re dealing with,” he said, characterizing it as “a test of our will.”

The following video is a report from WCNC on shuffling students. They speak with a parent who was affected by the reassignment plan that shifted Mint Hill students from Butler to Independence.

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