QCBB on Town Hall lawn

[simple_slideshow]

The Queen City Brass Band delivered another crowd-pleasing performance this year at the Town Hall.  Numerous residents in red, white, and blue listened to Americana classics.  Jack and Dottye Brimhall (pictured) enjoyed the evening in their patriotic attire.  Photos by Amanda Waters.

Share

Dunwellz grand opening

Photo by Amanda Waters.

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce extended their welcome to Dunwellz last Thursday with a ribbon cutting for their grand opening.  Commissioners Lloyd Austin, Mickey Ellington, and Tina Ross were in attendance, along with Chamber members and Dunwellz owners, the Toler family.

“We welcome you to Mint Hill…. It’s a pleasure to have you as a part of this community,” said Austin.

“On behalf of the Chamber, also, we’d like to say thank you for being a part of the community, and you know that we’re here for you; because we’re only successful if you’re successful, so welcome to our family,” Rodney Rothoff.

Dunwellz is celebrating their grand opening by introducing their weekly specials.  Look for wing night, ladies night, cornhole tournaments, and live music throughout the week.

The restaurant has been open since June 13, and patrons have already announced, “Mint Hill needs this place.”

Share

Deadly crash on Bain School Road

Mint Hill Police released a statement early this morning that Wednesday at 7:53 police dispatched to a fatal single vehicle crash.  The car struck a tree in the front yard of 12601 Bain School Road.  A male was ejected from the car and was found lying on the ground.  He was pronounced dead on the scene.  Two other males were in the car.  One was transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte by air, and the other was transported by ground.  One of the men has life threatening injuries.  The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Major Crash Investigation Unit is working with the Mint Hill Police Department to investigate the incident.  Police believe speed and alcohol are factors.

Update: The names of the men involved in the accident have been released.  Enrique Omar Ochoa, 23, of Mint Hill, died at the scene of the accident.  Cameron C. Thomas Wells, 18, and Brandon Scott Smith, 19, of Mint Hill, are in critical condition at CMC.  Sergeant B. A. Beck of the Mint Hill Police Department is leading the investigation, which is ongoing.

Share

Cool lemonade

[simple_slideshow]

Pat Christian helps her grandchildren organize a lemonade stand every year around the Fourth of July.  Midday Tuesday the five children drew signs, baked cookies, and shouted “lemonade!” as cars passed.

From left to right in their lemonade stand tent, Will Taylor, Sophie Taylor, Camille Hough, Sam Taylor, and Seth Christian in their grandmother’s yard off of Blair Road.  For three hours they sold lemonade, cookies, water, and patriotic hair ties.

“This gave them a good summer project,” said Candice Hough.

Share

MHPD blood drive met goal

[simple_slideshow]

The Mint Hill Police Department partnered with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas last Tuesday for a blood drive.  CBCC registered 22 donors and collected 17 units, surpassing their goal of 15.

“This means that 51 local patients will benefit form those that donated blood!” said CBCC representative Meredith Morgan.

Kelly Childers (pictured) walked from his neighboring office at Nationwide to donate blood.

Share

CMS’s new superintendent visits Independence

Charlotte Mecklenburg School’s new superintendent, Heath Morrison, visited Independence High School Monday.  Morrison met with principal Amy Dellinger, faculty, transportation staff, and students.

“His primary goal was to get a feel for the culture and the organization of summer school,” said Dellinger.  Independence High School holds summer school for the district, serving students and teachers from Providence, East Mecklenburg, and Butler High Schools.

Morrison entered classrooms and spoke with students about the purpose of their summer school enrolment, graduation plans, and the next steps after graduation.

Dellinger and Morrison had some informal conversations about what is working well for Independence.  They will have a more Independence-focused conversation later in the year to discuss teachers, students, and the culture of the school.

“We were certainly glad to have him here,” said Dellinger.

Share