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Angry Aqua customers join forces for action

Residents of Ashe Plantation are happy to hear that after years of communication with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Town of Mint Hill their roads will finally be repaired.  The town and state will repair the parts of the neighborhood, located off Hwy. 218, and when the work is completed, the town will maintain the roads.  This does not mark the end of Ashe Plantation’s utility problems, though.

Ashe Plantation’s homeowner association president, Sharon Decker, says residents are being overcharged and disregarded by their water company, Aqua North Carolina.  Her neighborhood isn’t alone.  Aqua services a number of communities in Mecklenburg County, including Farmwood East, Glencroft, Oxford Glen, Rocky Ridge, Belle Meade, Timberlands, and Wyndham.

Decker met with Stan Coleman from Park South Station in Charlotte about the issue.  As an Aqua customer, Coleman has been working toward finding a solution to the problems he has with the company.  He filed a formal complaint two years ago.

Coleman directed answers about Aqua’s ethical practices to Clean Water for North Carolina, a non-profit organization whose mission is “to promote clean, safe water and environments and empowered, just communities for all North Carolinians through community organizing, education, advocacy and technical assistance.”
The organization published a 2011 report called “Privatizing North Carolina’s Water, Undermining Justice.”  The report acknowledges the Park Foundation and the Duke University Stanback Internship Program for supporting the research, investigations, and preparation of the report. […]

By |June 28th, 2012|Mecklenburg County, North Carolina|13 Comments

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Mint Hill’s American Legion senior baseball team played rival Union County last week at Wingate and Butler.  With a promising start to Friday’s game at Butler, Mint Hill lost 5-6.  After the Union County game June 22, VFW Post 4059’s record was 13-5. The regular season ended June 26, and the playoffs begin July 1.

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Local FD volunteer pulls victim to safety

Camden Johnson was fishing at Oak Island, N.C. when he watched a helicopter crash into the ocean June 14.  He was on a boat with friends Steve Peloza and Matt Brooks.

Johnson, 16, is a volunteer fire fighter in Mint Hill and a rising junior at Independence High School.  He volunteers about 80-100 hours a month […]

By |June 28th, 2012|Good deeds|2 Comments

Reedy Creek Nature Center visits the library

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Children gathered at the library last Thursday to learn about nocturnal animals.  Heather Reid from Reedy Creek Nature Center taught the young naturalists about the barred owl’s sight, the skunk’s defense mechanism, the bat’s echolocation, and the necessity of beetles and millipedes for a forest’s ecosystem.  The children had the opportunity to ask questions and […]

By |June 28th, 2012|Around Town, Library|0 Comments

QBCC at June Tunes

June Tunes will end July 3 this year with its annual performance by Queen City Brass Band.  Band member Richard Spangler said their song list theme is Americana, including patriotic songs as well as some Broadway tunes and other popular songs.  Listeners can expect selections from Oklahoma, The Thunderer, Blue Tango, and Annie’s Tomorrow.

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By |June 28th, 2012|Around Town, Town Hall|0 Comments

Old and new Town Hall building plans

The Board of Commissioners met June 21 for a mini-retreat to discuss various issues regarding the plans for the new and current Town Hall buildings.

The current building will be renovated for the future police department.  Construction will be minimal.  Most walls will be kept as they are to keep costs low.  Chief of Police Tim […]

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