Matthews announces a new app for mobile phones

The Town of Matthews has released a mobile application that will allow citizens to have instant access to the Town’s website, to report items such as a pothole or a malfunctioning traffic light. The MyMatthews Application is free and is available for IPhones and Droids now. A version for Blackberry and independent devices is coming soon.

“We are always exploring ways to better communicate with our citizens. This mobile app allows people on the go to quickly access information about the Town or to reach us about a concern they may have,” said Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor. “The application will allow our organization to use cutting edge technology to be even more efficient.” Continue reading

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Mint Hill man arrested for growing pot

A Mint Hill man was arrested by police last week for growing about 60 marijuana plants in his home on Heathergate Lane. Christian Munn was arrested for Manufacture/Create marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, Possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintain a dwelling for the purpose of
manufacture/sale of controlled substance.

Mint Hill Police Department conducted a search warrant with the assistance of the Charlotte DEA Task Force Team. Police seized the plants along with the equipment used for the grow operation.

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Founding Mecklenburg County father gets new grave marker

The Mint Hill TimesFor a community that has been settled since the 1700s, there are many family names that still survive to this day. One founding father of the community, Sugar Dulin, was honored June 4 with a new headstone at the Philadelphia Presbyterian Church cemetery located next to the church.The Mint Hill Times
Dulin’s original grave marker has long been missing. Based on historical documents, the family and church officials guessed where he might have been buried. Local residents Charlie Burdick and Harry Hood placed the new tombstone for the family. Both have been involved with restoring the three church cemeteries located at the church, along Matthews-Mint Hill Road near Queen’s Grant Charter School, and a location on Brief Road.
The memorial ceremony coincided with a family reunion for the Dulins. Sugar Dulin moved to the Mint Hill area in the late 1700s after serving in the Revolutionary War. Sue McDonald, administrator at the Mint Hill Historical Society, said his home was probably located near the McDonald’s Restaurant at the corner of Lawyers Road and Lebanon Road. At one time, that section of Mecklenburg County was known as “Dulin’s Crossroads.” (PHOTOS BY CHARLIE BURDICK) Continue reading

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Presbyterian Hospital-Matthews honors the military

The Mint Hill Times

From left to right: Keynote speaker and Brigadier General (Retired), Gary Wilfong; President of Presbyterian Hospital Matthews, Roland Bibeau; President & CEO Presbyterian Healthcare, Mark Billings; Mint Hill Town Manager, Brian Welch; Mint Hill Mayor, Ted Biggers; Indian Trail Mayor, John Quinn; Matthews Mayor, Jim Taylor; Matthews Town Manager, Hazen Blodgett.

Presbyterian Hospital-Matthews held its annual Memorial Day Ceremony last Thursday. The hospital honored veterans and currently-serving military personnel. The ceremony featured an aerial demonstration, wreath laying ceremony, recognition of the Armed Services and service anthems performed by the Sun Valley High School Band. Special remarks were offered by Brigadier General Gary Wilfong of the United States Air Force (Ret). Event guests included employees, physicians, hospital leadership, volunteers, patients and guests. In addition, the mayors of Matthews, Mint Hill and Indian Trail were all in attendance.

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Newly discovered map reveals long forgotten Mecklenburg town

The Mint Hill Times

The legend on this map shows the soil conditions throughout the county. In Gladis, "Ccl" indicates clay loam. "Cc" is clay. "Csl" is sandy loam. The black dots along the roads are the houses.

 

Sue McDonald, administrative director at the Mint Hill Historical Society, said they recently uncovered a soil map from 1910 that shows a long lost town in the area. While looking at the landmarks and towns, they noticed that the area where Fayetteville Road (now Albemarle Road) and Blair Road intersect there was a town called Gladis
“That is news to me! I haven’t seen Gladis on anything,” McDonald said.
While the town of Mint Hill was officially incorporated in 1971, the area has been settled since the late 1700s.


 

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Manager’s budget calls for decrease in taxes, spending

Town Manager Brian Welch will present the fiscal year 2012 budget to the board of commissioners at next week’s regularly scheduled meeting. After three workshops, the commissioners are expected to approve the budget with few if any changes.
Welch is recommending $10,619,436 in spending for the next fiscal year which begins in July, down about $1 million from the previous year’s budget. Most of the drop in spending comes from a decrease in capital projects and debt which is no longer on the books.
Last year, the town spent funds on purchasing land for the new town hall, permits and testing. Construction costs this year will appear as a “capital project ordinance,” and is separate from the regular budget.
The town hall will cost about $6 million to build, but that money will come directly from the fund balance. While spending over all will be down, so will the property tax rate. Currently, residents pay .275 per $100 in property taxes. Welch is recommending to the board that the tax be decreased to .27 cents per $100.
“We will derive enough revenue to produce a balanced budget while maintaining the same level of service to the citizens,” Welch said. Continue reading

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