Brawley to be sworn in next week in Matthews

Bill Brawley, the newly elected N.C. Representative for District 103 (which includes Mint Hill) will take the oath of office January 5th in Matthews. The event will be held at 7 pm at the Matthews Town Hall in the Commissioners Meeting Room and is open to the public.

Brawley takes the place of Jim Gulley who served more than a decade as the state representative for this area. Gulley chose not to seek another term because of health reasons.

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Historical Society purchases land for future growth

The Mint Hill Times

Mint Hill Historical Society leaders Judy McWhirter, Becky Griffin, Stan Davis and Bob Rowland commemorate the purchase of new land for the society.

If you recall over the summer the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners approved a unique deal that allowed Evans Construction a Special Use Permit for minor changes to its development behind Mint Hill Village in exchange for two plots of land that the Mint Hill Historical Society could obtain for its facilities on Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
It is now official, as the Historical Society announced yesterday that it is “the proud owner of an additional 3/4 of an acre of land.”
The historical society will make improvements to the already impressive Carl J. McEwen Historic Village.

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Another incident of man taking pictures of young girls

Mint Hill Police are on the look out for a man who is taking pictures of young girls. In the latest incident, a man was sitting in the passenger seat of a red full sized pick up truck Sunday taking pictures of an eight-year-old girl as she was playing in the snow. The girl was playing just outside her home on Atchinson Drive in Lawyers Station neighborhood. She told her mother that the man took three pictures of her with a Polaroid camera.
The suspect description is a white male with black and gray hair and a beard. He appeared to be approximately 40-50 years old.
The pickup truck is a red full size truck with some rust spots on it. Unlike the first reports, the suspect was not driving today. No description of the driver from today is available.
Police first heard about the man in the red truck on November 19 when he was spotted trying to persuade a six-year-old girl to come over to his truck as she got off the bus according to the mother. The incident took place in the Summerwood subdivision.
On November 22, the same truck was spotted in the Versage neighborhood off Truelight Church Road. Three young girls were walking in the neighborhood when the man in the red truck pulled up beside them and began taking pictures.
Anyone with information is requested to contact Mint Hill Police at 704-889-2231.  Information can be reported anonymously.

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LeMay will get one last shot playing on high school level

Former Butler quarterback Christian LeMay will play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl this week in Myrtle Beach. While the game is not as big as other high school all star games, it still pulls from some of the best players in the country.By now, most know about the plight of LeMay. Suspended from school for breaking the CMS conduct code, his parents decided to home school him for his senior season in preparation for playing quarterback for the University of Georgia next year. LeMay plans to enroll in Georgia in January and has already had three practices with the team as they prepare for their bowl game.

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Man wins $100,000 at Mint Hill store

The Mint Hill TimesRandolph Balzer, a handyman from Charlotte, has some extra cash on hand after winning $100,000 instantly. He scratched off the $100,000 prize on a $200 Million Extravaganza instant game in the N.C. Education Lottery.
“I still can’t believe it,” Balzer said as he claimed his prize money. “I never dreamed I would win on a scratch-off like this. I thought I would win on Cash 5.”

He purchased his winning ticket, worth $68,006 after taxes, at the Xpress Shop on Idlewild Road in Mint Hill. This is the store at the corner of Idlewild Road and Margaret Wallace.

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Matthews mayor accepts the no fizz challenge

The Mint Hill Times

Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor is one of 300 mayors across the Carolinas who will put down the sodas for the month  of January and instead drink water. The challenge was made by the non-profit No Fizz Charlotte, a non-profit organization “dedicated to advocating for healthy hydration and awareness about the dangers of soda for children and families in the Carolinas.”

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