Mint Hill family on edge after home is shot five times

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Beverly Cannaday of Mint Hill had thought about moving. An incident on Christmas weekend might have been the last straw.
A car described as an older, boxy model pulled up in front of Cannaday’s home between 3:30 and 4 am the morning of December 27 and fired five rounds into the house. Cannaday awakened immediately and thought her 24-year-old son was having nightmares and had fired a gun. He had recently returned from Iraq. She went upstairs as he was coming downstairs when Cannaday’s husabnd yelled for her to call 9/11.

Cannaday’s husband got a glimpse of the car, and saw the back window bring rolled up as it sped away. Other than that, there are few leads. Police arrived in minutes to the Cannaday’s home after the incident and reported they could still smell the gun powder from the shots.

Police were at Cannaday’s home again today looking for spent shells. A car near in the Heathergate subdivision was recently shot at, and there was a theft in her neighborhood in the past month. The Cannaday’s live in the Windermere neighborhood across from Independence High School.

Beverly has talked to her family to see if there were any reasons someone would want to shoot at the house. Her younger son is a senior at Independence and is well liked, Beverly said. Her husband and other son said there were no disagreements with people they know that could have caused this.

Police said this could be an incident of the shooters having the wrong house. Cannaday said Mint Hill Police have talked to neighbors, but there is no new information. The Cannaday’s have video surveillance around their house, but it is more focused on the yard, and not the street.

Despite the incident, Cannaday said she wants to stay in Mint Hill if possible, noting that where she currently lives is an area where East Charlotte, and its crime, is spilling over into the town. With no leads in the case, moving her home, she said, might be the only solution.

“I want to know who did this and why and until then, I can’t settle down.”


Create a Video makes memories last

The Mint Hill Times

Paris, France in 1960.

Have you driven past Create a Video on Fairview Road in Mint Hill yet? You’ve seen the big sign, but what do they do? I wasn’t sure until they advertised recently in the Mint Hill Times. Create a Video takes your photographs and videos and digitally converts them so that they can be stored  on your computer. It’s a much needed business these days with the boomer generation reaching retirement, and the many photographs and videos that are stored in boxes in attics that need to be divided among family members. Create a Video will also allow you to store photos online so you can access them from anywhere with an internet-connected computer.
Dave Martinson allowed me to test drive his services to see what I thought. So I brought in a box of my mom’s slides from a trip she took to Europe in 1960. No one in the family had ever viewed them before except my mom and dad and that was before any of us kids were born.

A scene from the home movie made in 1964.

Also in the box of slides was an 8 MM film that none of us recognized. Our family has very few home movies and most of those were taken in the past few years. Dave said he would convert the film to a DVD so we could see what it was and have it stored permanently.
The day before Christmas, Dave called and said everything was ready to be picked up. Good service, and before Christmas like he said. When I got there, he wanted to show me two videos: One was a slideshow of my mom’s trip to Europe, and the other was the contents of the 8 MM film.
The pictures were amazing and it was great to see images of my mom reading on the deck of a cruise ship, or posing in front of gardens in Paris. The other DVD Dave made floored me. It was three minutes of a home movie of my eldest brother when he was a child. Also in the video were my mom, dad and grandfather. None of us knew there was a home movie this far back in our family. Dave said he would make copies of the DVDs so others in my family could have it.
Next to the sofa in the viewing room of Create a Video, Dave keeps a box of Kleenex for all the times people come in a view pictures or video from long ago. It can be a moving experience. If you want your treasured family photographs digitized so that you can store them on a computer, or want to get video or 8 MM home movies made into DVDs, stop by Dave’s shop on Fairview Road in Mint Hill. Revisit those once-in-a-lifetime experiences and share them with family and friends on Facebook. You will be glad you did.


Matthews Director of Public Works appointed to N.C. committee

Ralph Messera, Director of Public Works for the Town of Matthews, has been appointed to serve on a N.C. League of Municipalities Committee. He will serve a two year term on the General Government Legislative Action Committee.

His work on the committee will include considering and developing the proposed legislative agenda for the Towns and Cities of N.C. The committee’s proposals will be sent to the League’s Board of Directors and then the full membership of the Towns and Cities.

Ralph Messera has served as the Town’s Public Works Director since 2002. He is currently the President of the Matthews Kiwanis Club. Previously he has served on the League’s Board of Directors from 1999-2001 and the League’s Technical Services Committee from 2006-2009.


Will Presbyterian Hospital continue construction in 2011?

Was it a shrewd business decision? Did Presbyterian Hospital decide at the last minute to change its design? Did the economy hit the hospital hard enough for it to scale back plans?

Or was it all of the above?

It was 2008 when the hospital wars heated up in Mint Hill. Carolinas Medical Center had already bought land for a new hospital on Blair Road but had not filed for a Certificate of Need with the state. Presbyterian instead jumped ahead of CMC and filed for a CON for a hospital on Albemarle Road. It was first come, first serve, and Presby was eventually awarded the right to build a hospital just outside of Mint Hill.  CMC had to settle for the medical building that it currently operates on Blair Road.

Presbyterian graded the land at Albemarle Road and I-485 but then abruptly stopped, citing the need to refine its designs of the building. Many have asked when–or if–it would ever get built. The Mint Hill Times has been told several times by hospital officials that Presbyterian has every intention of building when it gets its new design ready.

WBTV asked the same question to the hospital two weeks ago and got the same answer:

Officials say at the time they were preparing to build Mint Hill Presbyterian, they got approval to build two more hospitals and the expand their downtown location.

From there, they prioritized what needed to be done first.

They also realized they wanted to make Mint Hill Presbyterian more of a community hospital. So for the last couple years they’ve been in a “redesign” phase.

The hospital tells me they’re putting the final touches on that redesign. It plans on continuing the building process 2011.