Mint Hill dentist wants to help homeless even more this year

For 10 years now, Larry Sladek and his wife have donated meals to the Men’s Shelter in downtown Charlotte. They¬† donated $125 worth of food every first Saturday of the month, enough to feed 125 men. In recent years, their church, St. John Neumann Catholic Church, has helped out. They created several teams, one of which was the Sladeks, that each donated food four times a year.
After Sladek read a story in the Charlotte Observer on Sunday, he decided to broaden his scope by asking Mint Hill residents to pitch in this year. He is asking for donations of dry oatmeal and gently used men’s clothing that he and his wife will in turn take to the shelter January 1. You can bring by donations to Sladek’s dentist office in the same parking lot of the Mint Hill Police Department.


Weekend fires damage two Matthews homes

Two separate fires this weekend in Matthews resulted in damage to a home and an apartment complex.The first fire occurred Saturday around 3 p.m. at the Berkshires of Matthews off Chamber Ridge Drive. Three apartments sustained damage in the fire which started as a result of paper catching fire in ductwork. Damage is estimated at

The second fire happened around 7 p.m. Saturday at a home located at 818 Lightwood Road. The house was significantly damaged by the fire and estimated to be $80,000. The cause of the fire was electrical. No one was injured.

The Red Cross is assisting the residents from both fires.