The Seafarer has a whale of a story

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The Seafarer's sign on Albemarle Road has become a landmark over the years.

Walking through the front door, the first things you notice are the numerous Andy Griffith, Three Stooges and other classic TV show memorabilia.

The next thing you notice is the smell of food from the kitchen and the many smiling faces that greet you as you come through the door.

If the huge whale on the sign doesn’t draw you in, the restaurant’s motto, “For a Whale of a Meal” or its huge menu might.

This is South 21’s The Seafarer. Though it’s only been around since the 1980s, many of its recipes have been around since the mid 1950s.

“Me and my father came up this way to go rabbit hunting and we stopped and pulled into this parking lot about 30 something years ago while waiting on an uncle to come join us,” said Chris Copsis the restaurant’s owner. “While we were waiting, we noticed a sign on the building that was for lease or for sale.” Continue reading

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Tax free weekend helps with the back-to-school blues

It’s time for the North Carolina Sales Tax Holiday weekend to begin. It will happen this Friday, August 5 and runs through Sunday August 7. It’s a good time to save some money on everything from clothes to computers.

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There are rules for not paying sales tax. Certain items are exempt while others are not. Just because your child’s school requires a certain article doesn’t mean it will be exempt.

Clothing and shoes are exempt if they are $100 or less per item. School materials such as calculators or notebooks of $300 or less are exempt. Sports and recreational equipment less than $50 is tax free. Computers of $3,500 or less can be purchased and computer supplies of $250 or less will also be exempt from sales tax.

Fabric, thread, yarn, and other such items purchased to make clothing are taxable. Clothing accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, protective equipment, wallets, furniture, items used in a trade or business, and rentals are not covered by the exemption and will be taxed.

Participation in the sales tax holiday is required. Retailers can’t decide if they want to participate. Be wary of being charged sales tax and if you are, address it immediately with the retailer. The state won’t refund this money to you but the retailer should. Continue reading

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Emotions run high at recent Mint Hill meeting

 

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In the current draft of the CLUP, the yellow area indicates areas where the town could see more dense growth.

Speakers during the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting on July 21 were emotional during the public comments period. They were concerned about the new Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP). Each had an opposition to “urban style, high density neighborhoods”.

 

Their concerns included increased congestion, less of small town feel and overcrowding. Each person said they had received a flyer illustrating these points and had taken the survey which was available on the town’s website until June 20.

 

A few wondered why the 2000 land use plan, which was supposed to be viable for 20 years, is already being changed.

 

Mayor Ted Biggers addressed the speakers when the public forum was over. “Most of the members of this board endorsed the 2000 land use plan. We are well aware of what is on it. The new plan is not finished yet. It hasn’t been officially presented to the board to be considered. The public will be well advised when we are considering a vote on that. Once board members are able to look at the survey data, we will open it to the public.”

 

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Bookbags of Love helps give kids a headstart

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Bookbags of Love began simplyčteachers found out their students weren’t getting enough to eat on the weekends when they were out of school. There was plenty during the week when they were in school receiving free breakfast and lunches but students were hungry when they came back on Monday morning.

The program began in 2009 with Lebanon School and Blair Road Methodist Church. The bags couldn’t weigh too much and they didn’t want the bags to be marked so everyone knew that the students were having trouble. They started feeding 25 children, and their families sometimes, by the end of the first year. By the end of the 2010 school year, the group was feeding 38 children. Continue reading

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