Mint Hill’s Trip Rogers featured on BBC Ireland

In this week’s paper, we report on Trip Rogers and his duo Thistledown Tinkers who were recently profiled on a BBC Ireland program. Here’s the segment that featured him and Tom Eure.

Also, Thistledown Tinkers have a house show coming up January 21 at 7:30 p.m. The event is at the home of Nancy Howe in Charlotte and tickets are  $10 in advance. You can purchase them online by going to the Mint Hill Scottish Society website.

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Myrick reacts to Saturday’s shooting in Arizona

They might be on different sides of the political spectrum, but Sue Myrick put aside ideological differences this week to show support for US Representative Gabrielle Giffords and others who were shot Saturday in Tucson, Arizona.

“I am shocked and saddened over the senseless attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, her staff and constituents, and over the sad news that this attack has taken the life of US District Court Judge John Roll. We cannot and must not tolerate acts of violence such as these, especially when the victims are working for the good of the American people. My thoughts and prayers are with Rep. Giffords and her family, the family of Judge Roll, and all of the victims and their families during this difficult and tragic time.”

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Perry’s Market in Mint Hill robbed at gunpoint

The Mint Hill TimesThe Mint Hill TimesThe Mint Hill TimesThe Mint Hill TimesIt was a harrowing morning for the employees and customers of Perry’s Market on Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road. Two masked men, one armed with a .22 caliber rifle, robbed the store Saturday at approximately 8 am, leaving with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects got into a vehicle and exited the store west, towards Albemarle Road. Neither of the employees or customers was injured.

The suspect vehicle is believed to be a blue/green two door approximately 3-6 years old. Officers are unsure of the make or model at this time. One of the witnesses stated he believed it was some type of Nissan. Mint Hill Police are following some leads but would ask anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to please call MHPD at 704 889-2231.

Here’s the set of events as told by Mint Hill Police:

Once inside the store the men went to the clerk at the front counter and demanded the money from two cash registers. The second suspect went to the back of the store and brought a second employee to the front counter also. While this was going on there were two customers inside the store. One of the customers ran outside the store and was chased by one suspect. The customer was struck with a fist from behind and knocked to the ground.

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Myrick Votes To Cut Congressional Budget

US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) voted today for a 5 percent across the board cut in the operating budget of Congress itself, immediately saving American taxpayers $35 million. It amounts to a drop in the bucket, but the symbolism of cutting money from Congress should pay dividends politically for Myrick and other U.S. Representatives who voted for it. Only 16 out of 423 voted against it.

“In our current economic climate, the American people have tightened their belts and are living on smaller budgets,” Myrick said. “It’s time for Congress to take a cue from them and do the same thing.”

The resolution reduces the budget of each Member, Committee and Leadership office by 5 percent of FY 2010 levels. It reduces the budget of the Appropriations Committee by 9 percent of FY 2010 levels.

Full text of the resolution can be found here.

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Mint Hill Police: House fire on Willhill Road was arson


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Mecklenburg County Fire Marshals determined today that the fire on Willhill Road Tuesday night was an act of arson and Mint Hill Police are asking the community for information. Officers noticed a large amount of black smoke coming from the area of Willhill Road at 11:55 Tuesday night. The Mint Hill Fire Department, along with Idlewild and Robinson fire departments, put the fire out in 35 minutes according to MHFD Chief Jeremy Russell.
No one was home at the time and no one, including firemen, were injured. The fire started in the back of the resdidence. Russell said it is still not determined if the home can be salvaged.
Mint Hill Officers are following all leads and anyone with additional information can contact Mint Hill Police at 704-545-1085 or Police Dispatch at 704- 889-2231 with any information on this incident.

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