June Tunes spotlights local band

Horsefly – Jack Dunne, Paul Miller, Kevin Scruggs, and Fuzzy – brought the blues and classic rock to June Tunes last Saturday. Photo courtesy of Horsefly.

Mint Hill’s own Horsefly played at the Town Hall last Saturday for June Tunes, and pulled in quite a crowd.  The blues and classic rock n roll band was formed last August through the monthly jam sessions at local Forty Rod Roadhouse on Lawyers Road.  June Tunes visitors enjoyed a taste of their classic sound.

Horsefly is a foursome: Paul Miller on vocals and rhythm guitar, Kevin Scruggs on lead guitar and vocals, Fuzzy on bass, and Jack Dunne on drums.  They list Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, The Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix as influences, which is evident in their sound and song selection.

Horsefly took listeners back to an innovative time of blues rock.  It was the perfect music for an evening’s lawn concert.

In their short existence, Horsefly has managed to become the house band for Forty Rod’s monthly Charlotte Blues Jams.  They placed second in a battle of the bands at the 2011 Stumptown Skirmish, and third place in the Charlotte Blue’s Society’s 2011 annual band competition at the Double Door Inn.

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Bi-Lo car show raises $1,300

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The Bi-Lo car show last Saturday was a success, raising 1,300 dollars for the Lions Club.  Vendors donated prizes like grills, coolers, and a tent, which were auctioned off.  The car show was broken up into classes.  Roger Kerns came in first place in the hot rod class with a 1947 Plymouth Club Coupe; Tim Tollo came in second with a 1953 Chevrolet pick-up.  Gene Veese came in first place in the classic class with a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad; Paul Cochrane came in second with a 1968 Chevrolet pick-up.  Ron Stokes won first place in the antique class with a 1936 Buick Special Coupe; Mike Cescon won second with a 1935 Ford Deluxe Tudor Sedan.  Richard Garland won first place in the muscle class with a 1967 Dodge R/T Convertible; Phillip Winston won second with a 1970 Chevrolet Corvette.  C.W. Adcock won first place in the motorcycle class with a 2003 Suzuki motorcycle.  Roger Kerns also won Best of Show.  Mayor Ted Biggers, Chief of Police Tim Ledford, and Action Auto’s Ken Kuehl were the show’s judges.

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Park and Recreation Committee met

The Park and Recreation Committee met at the Town Hall June 12 to discuss and approve the police department’s National Night Out event to be held at Fairview Park August 7.  This event is held across the country and allows police departments to provide safety tips to the community.

The committee also discussed the Pine Lake Country Club Junior Open to be held September 7-9.  The event, sponsored by orthodontist Dr. Wesley Robinson, may be large enough to require extra tennis courts.  Free clinics the weekend before or after the event have been offered in exchange for use of the public courts.

The town attorney is looking into new contracts regarding the radio tower in Fairview Park.  Committee members brought up concerns for what the tower will mean for a future dog park.  Town Manger Brian Welch explained the town had access to the area under the tower, excluding the fenced-in area.

“We had to work out the issue of whether or not we could be under the tower, per se; now that we know we can it’s just a matter of waiting to see is there going to be a tower to be under,” said Welch.

The budget does not have funds specified for a dog park, though there may be extra money available depending on the cost of construction and what other needs come up in the town.

Welch also announced that Dwayne Dorton, Director of Public Works, will be retiring this year.  His last day will be August 31.

“Dwayne was good for this town, not just for just keeping the park squared away, but obviously we have the best streets in Mecklenburg County,” said Welch.

The committee will not meet in July.

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Adoption in the Carolinas

Adoption in the Carolinas is being made easier with the help of Gift of Adoption, a national non-profit organization headquartered in Chicago and dedicated to providing financial assistance for domestic and international adoptions.

Charlotte is the new headquarters for Gift of Adoption’s seventh regional chapter.  The new chapter will serve North and South Carolina.  Its opening celebration was May 10 at the Myers Park Country Club.  Charlotte residents and Carolinas chapter board members Jason Cipriani, Muhsin Muhammad II, and Eric Welch joined board president Greg Ewald at the celebration.  The group shared its mission statement and the expected impact it will have on the Carolinas.

The event was also a fundraiser, generating nearly 40,000 dollars for adoption grants.  This single fundraising event can assist up to 10 children.

Over the past ten years, Gift of Adoption has awarded over 150,000 dollars in grants to families adopting nearly 50 children in the Carolinas, and over 2.8 million dollars in grants to connect more than 950 children with new families.

Gift of Adoption was founded in 1996 and has chapters in Florida, Illinois Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, and Wisconsin.  It awards grants of up to 7,500 dollars to provide families with financial support, regardless of race, religion, age, or marital status.

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String of shootings

Six car windows and Jakes Good Eats restaurant window were shot in east Charlotte last Friday, June 8; and last Tuesday, June 5 a bullet entered a home on Cabarrus Road in Mint Hill.  Some of the bullets have narrowly missed people, including drivers and a restaurant patron.  Shattered glass injured drivers on Albemarle road when their window was shot out.  Police are working with undercover detectives and K-9 units, and keeping watch of the homes of potential suspects.  CMPD requested the fragment of the round in the Mint Hill home to compare it to the Albemarle Road rounds.  Two vehicles were seen on Albemarle Road, a red pickup truck and a grey or silver Chevy Astro Van.  Police encourage witnesses to call Crime Stoppers at 704-336-1600.

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Police looking for suspects in armed robbery

Mint Hill Police responded to an armed robbery call at Mr. Professional Jewelers at 4709 Margaret Wallace Road June 6 at 8:30 pm. The victim stated that two men entered the store wearing masks. The armed suspect held the victim at gunpoint while the other removed money from the register.

The suspects are described as black males, one wearing a white t-shirt and shorts, and the other wearing a black shirt and dark shorts with a Yankees ball cap. Officers searched the area but were unable to find the suspects.

Contact Mint Hill Police at 704-545-1085 or Police Dispatch at 704-847-5555 with any information on this incident.

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