Civitas Poll: North Carolinians support tax cuts

The Civitas Institute released a poll today showing North Carolinians are in favor of tax cuts to spur job growth by a large number. According to the live caller poll of 600 likely voters, 77 percent said they would support cutting taxes to encourage job creation even if it may require additional cuts in government spending in the short run. Nineteen percent of voters said they do not support cutting taxes.

“North Carolina voters’ support spurring job creation by cutting state taxes even if this requires more cuts to government services and spending,” said Civitas Institute Francis De Luca.

A poll questions that we would like them to ask is where, specifically, people would like to reduce spending in order to pay for tax cuts. Education? Health and human services?


Mint Hill crime report: Stolen vehicle and vandalism

A vehicle was reported stolen at Queen’s Grant High School (10323 Idlewild Road) on Saturday. Police recorded the incident at 6:49 am. And there were two incidents of Criminal Damage to Property (vandalism) that were reported yesterday in Brighton Park. The first was reported at 3:11 am in the 6900 block of Evans Road and the other was reported at 10:41 am in the 5800 block of Whitehawk Hill Lane.

To see where these crimes happened on a map, scroll to the right of the page and use the interactive crime report map.


Myrick named Vice Chair of Energy and Commerce Committee

US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) was named the Vice Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for the 112th Congress.

“I am honored to have been selected by my colleagues to serve in this position” Myrick said. “We currently face many challenges as a country, and I look forward to working with Chairman Upton and the Members of the Committee toward solutions and legislation that will benefit the American people.”

“Representative Myrick will be a tremendous asset as Committee Vice Chair, and I am pleased to have her as a member of our leadership team as we work to repeal the new health care law, protect the sanctity of life, cut spending, fight job-killing regulations, fortify our energy security, and help create jobs,” said Fred Upton, incoming Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Myrick also announced yesterday that she voted in favor of HR 4853, the Middle Class Tax Relief Act. Continue reading


This week’s paper: Butler wins state football title, town hall construction and coloring contest

Is Mint Hill “Youth Football, USA?” We already know about Independence’s amazing win streak three years ago—the best of any public high school in history. But now Butler is at it. They have won 31 consecutive games and two state 4AA titles. Despite off the field issue, the Bulldogs dominated every team they played this season. Of course, it helps

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Austin Stewart of Butler picked off a pass and returned it 93 yards for a touchdown in Butler's 44-0 victory over Wake Forest-Rolesville. The Rolesville coaches' reactions say it all. Photo by Mark Sward (

that they have a feeder program like the Mint Hill Chargers who just won their third national title in four years in Orlando, Fl last weekend. Want to hear an amazing stat? The Chargers outscored their opponents this season 708-28, including a 38-0 shellacking of Park Ridge Falcons (Illinois), the defending National Champ. Read about both team’s success this season in this week’s Mint Hill Times.

Other stories in this week’s paper:

• The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners voted to allow Town Manager Brian Welch to negotiate a “Pre-Construction Services Agreement” with Edifice, Inc., the company that will be the Construction Manager at-Risk for the new town hall.

• St. John Neumann Catholic Church is helping out with Operation Santa’s Helpers. Read how you can get involved. Also, read about Ken Manchester’s Toys for Tots campaign—lots of kids will be happy this Christmas as a result!

• For the kids, we have a Christmas Coloring Page this week and next. Mail us your coloring page and the best two get either a free haircut from Hair-Y Care-Y or a free pizza from Big Guys!The Mint Hill Times

• This week’s editorial asks the question: Is the ABC Commission in North Carolina banning grain alcohol as a last ditch effort to save itself from privatization by the state?

• Columnist John Hood outlines ideas that the state legislature should enact in The First 100 Days.

• Lot’s more this week: Dennis the Menace, columns by Leslie Southerland and Dr. Mike Richardson, Mint Hill Historical Society Christmas Tea Party pictures, Bain Elementary Terrific Kids and letters to the editor.

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Fran Harris plays the organ at the recent tea parties. (Photo by Larry Ferguson)


North Carolina Korean War Memorial ready for first phase

The Mint Hill TimesThe veterans behind the North Carolina Korean War Memorial at the Mint Hill Park on Fairview are ready to place the granite sign. Workers recently prepared the spot where the sign will go and are now waiting for warmer weather so they can pour the concrete. Once that is completed, workers will move on to Phase 2 which will consist of most of the rest of the memorial.