Deer runs into Food Lion in Mint Hill

A deer last night ran into the glass at a dry cleaners, shattering the glass, then ran in front of the automatic doors at the Food Lion next door and walked in. This happened at the Food Lion at Idlewild Road and Highway 51. The deer then went to one of the aisles and laid down. Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Control captured the deer and then released it unharmed into the woods behind the grocery store. No one was hurt.


N.C. Korean War Memorial sign completed

Bill Reid and Don Putnam recently visited Georgia to inspect the North Carolina Korean War Memorial sign. When erected at the Park on Fairview in Mint Hill, it will constitute the first phase of the construction.

Reid and Putnam have spearheaded the effort to bring the N.C. Korean War Memorial to Mint Hill. Last week, they finally received the final permits to begin construction. Most of the memorial will be built in the first two phases. After more fundraising, they will add final touches in the last three phases.


Sue Myrick votes early at the South Park library

If you are Sue Myrick, this is about the highlight of the election season: Voting early at the library. That’s because barring a catastrophe, she will easily get reelected to represent the 9th District for Congress. Myrick is so confident in her reelection that she’s hardly spent a penny on advertising. Her opponent, Jeff Doctor of Charlotte, seems like a capable candidate. But the suburbs and Gastonia are Myrick country and until she decides to retire, it’s safe to say she will keep getting reelected. Photographer Ed McDonald grabbed these shots of Myrick as she was coming out of the library after voting.


Is the Mecklenburg County District Attorney the ‘top cop?’

This election marks the first time since 1975 that Peter Gilchrist will not be the District Attorney for Mecklenburg County. Instead, we have two candidates–Republican Andrew Murray and Democrat Michael Barnes–vying to be the next D.A.

A debate between the two at the Charlotte School of Law School last week posed an interesting question: Is the District Attorney the “top cop?” Murray argues no, while Barnes, in a round-about way, says yes.

From a WFAE transcript:

Murray: To call yourself the Top Cop as the head prosecutor is a fundamental misunderstanding of our rules of justice of our system. Our prosecutor should be nowhere close to the Top Cop. We have a Top Cop. His name is Rodney Monroe. His job is to make certain his individuals are trained and equipped to investigate, to arrest, to bring quality cases to the prosecutor, and that’s where it ends.

Barnes: I am not interested in protecting criminals. I have talked to Chief Monroe and I have talked to the other chiefs as I have mentioned and they very much understand and desire to have a collaboration where the DA’s office is working with them to make sure that the cases are strong. They are not saying ‘We don’t want you to have anything to do with us, we want to work with you.’ They want to work with the DA’s office in a healthy way. I’ve also talked to detectives who say they want to have a strong relationship with the DA’s office so that when they bring the case in the case is made stronger because of that collaboration, not necessarily taken apart. So, for my opponent to say that it is not appropriate that the DA have a good relationship with the…

Women in audience: He didn’t say that! He didn’t say that!

Barnes: …prosecutor to such a degree that he becomes the Top Cop, theoretically speaking, I think, is a mistake. My job as your DA is to protect the people of this county from people who are breaking the law, and that’s what I’ll do.


Myrick endorsed by Americans for Legal Immigration PAC

Rep. Sue Myrick got an endorsement for re-election from  the Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee (ALIPAC) this week.

According to the press release from Myrick’s office, she “received ALIPAC’s endorsement based on her support for the new immigration law in Arizona, increasing border security and enforcing the Rule of Law.”

Said Myrick: “Illegal immigration is about our national security, and it’s an issue that grows more serious every day,” said Myrick. “We need to enforce our immigration laws, know who is in our country, and make sure that people who are here illegally aren’t rewarded for breaking the law.”


This week’s Mint Hill Times: Candidates debate, selling the cell tower, and lots of good info on health and wellness

Debate moderator Adam Kaplan, Republican Bill Brawley and Democrat Ann Newman at the Lion's Club debate Tuesday night.

Remember the hubbub over the town purchasing a cell tower five years ago? Well, the days of the town owning its own tower could be numbered. That’s because the City of Charlotte has asked the town if it can buy the tower, dismantle it, and erect it at another location. Town Manager Brian Welch said this week he will make a recommendation to the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners to sell the tower. Read the full story in this week’s Mint Hill Times.

Also in this week’s paper:

• The editorial looks at the travesty of having the state legislature redraw legislative and congressional districts. States are obligated to revisit district boundaries every 10 years. However, without an independent commission to do the work, it amounts to the fox guarding the hen house.

• District 103 candidates debated at the Lion’s Club meeting Tuesday night. Read what Republican Bill Brawley and Democrat Ann Newman have to say about the issues facing North Carolina.

• Lacey Hampton interviews leaders and residents in Mint Hill about how they handle stress in their daily lives. Most said either walking or praying as the best stress relievers.

Also this week, columns by Dr. Mike Richardson and Leslie Southerland, Terrific Kids for Lebanon Road Elementary School, and the best coverage of Butler and Independence high school football.