News Notes & Happenings


The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association invites boys and girls ages four to nine years old to the Extreme Ice Center Saturday, November 3 from 1:30-3 pm for a Try Hockey for Free clinic to experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basics of the sport in a fun and safe environment. To register for one of the 500 plus Try Hockey for Free opportunities, visit or contact Brandy Mills at marketing@xicenter .com.


On Saturday, October 20, the Military Family LifeStyle Charitable Foundation is hosting the 3rd Annual Honor the Warriors Bike Ride at the park on Fairview in Mint Hill, 8850 Fairview Road. The ride will benefit soldiers and their families, and will include barbecue and music. There are three routes for riders, at 15, 34, and 66 miles. The entry fee is $30.00 per rider for early registration and $35.00 on race day, and start times for the races are 8, 9:30, and 10:30 am.


The Mint Hill American Legion Baseball Team will host a golf tournament Monday, October 29, at 9 am at Olde Sycamore. The cost is $400 per team with the $100 hole sponsors. For more information, call Steve Baucom at 704-507-1526 or Bryan Bunn at 704-264-9273. Register online at


Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James, who is run- ning for reelection to represent district 6 will be the guest speaker at the October 23 meeting of the Mint Hill Lions Club. The Mint Hill Lions meet the second and fourth Tuesday evenings at Jimmies Restaurant. Meeting begins at 7 pm, space will be limited. Those who plan to attend, email the Lions Club at minthilllions@gmail .com.


The annual Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce meeting will be October 25, from 11:30 am to 1 pm at Pine Lake Country Club. The keynote speaker will be Colonel Quincy Collins, USAF, Retired. RSVP required, $20 at the door. Email sandymint


The Mint Hill American Legion Baseball Team program is hosting a fall Baseball camp October 27 and 28 from 9 am until 3 pm at Butler High School. The cost of the camp is $40 per player per day. Contact Steve Baucom at 704-507- 1526 or Bryan Bunn at 704- 264-9273 for more informa- tion. To register online, go to


The Mint Hill American Le- gion Baseball Team is posting a golf tournament Monday, October 29 at 9 am at Olde Sycamore. The cost is $400 per team with the $100 hole sponsors. Contact Steve Baucom at 704-507- 1526 or Bryan Bunn at 704- 264-9273 for more information. To register online, go to


Stallings United Methodist Church will have a barbecue Friday, October 19 for lunch and dinner from 10 am until 8 pm. The barbecue will be eat in or carry out. For $8 the choices are a BBQ plate (chicken or pork, slaw, roll, beans, dessert, and drink), three BBQ sandwiches, or bulk BBQ weighing approximately one pound. For more information, call 704-821-8820.


The Central North Carolina Chapter of the National Lyme Disease Association holds support group meetings the second Saturday of each month from 1-4 pm at Queens Grant High School, 10323 Idlewild Road, Matthews N.C. 28105. Anyone with experience with Lyme or who would like to learn more about the disease is invited to attend.


The Independence High School class of 1967 class reunion will be October 20 at Jimmie’s Restaurant. Social hour is from 6-7 pm, followed by dinner. For more information, contact Regena Brown at


Independence students compete to feed the hungry

This fall, the Academy of International Studies at Independence High School is competing to feed the hungry.

The competition is the Student Hunger Drive of the Carolinas, a competition among more than 20 schools to donate food to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

This is Independence’s first year competing in the hunger drive, which started in 2010 with 12 schools, but has since grown, serving Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Lancaster, and surrounding counties.

Syndie Fleener is director of AIS at Independence, a school within a school that focuses on global education, a part of that being community service and this year, the hunger drive.

“This whole hunger drive is so fantastic,” Fleener said. “To see these teenagers get so involved in this.”

The school that donates the most will receive $2,500, and the runner-up $1,000. Other awards are given for most improved and student MVP, and each school that donates 5,000 pounds is given a $200 cash prize.

To date, the competition has donated 150,000 pounds of food in its two-year history, and last year, Ardrey Kell won the competition, donating 18,000 pounds. The competition kicked off with a talent show at Second Harvest, with hundreds of students attending and watching the other schools perform.

“It was fantastic to see hundreds of kids at the Second Harvest Food Bank—teenagers you know, really caring about the community,” Fleener said.

The competition lasts until November 14, when all the food will be weighed, and the winners announced. To date, Fleener says Independence hasn’t weighed their donations, but they’ve got 10 boxes of food, and the barrels that they use for donating are already full again.

“The kids have been wonderful,” Fleener said. “They’ve gone out into their communities and asked for donations—we have gotten so many donations. So far, it’s been really a big success.”

To donate, bring food to Independence High School anytime, preferably canned goods, or send the food in with a student.

To stay up to date on the hunger drive, follow them on Facebook at


Chamber says thanks for successful Madness

Thank you from the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce.

The Mint Hill chamber would like to say “Thank You” for all the support it received from the Town of Mint Hill and the various committees that made this year’s Mint Hill Madness a great time and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Special thanks to Town Manager Brian Welch, Mayor Ted Biggers, the commissioners, police and fire departments and especially Tim Garner and the entire maintenance department.

The chamber has received very positive feedback from the many attendees, local business owners, and sponsors as well.

This year was the 30th anniversary of Madness, and it’s incredible to see how much it has grown over the years.

Thank you for helping to make it a success.

Rich Ferretti President Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce


Clear Creek Animal Hospital hosts fourth open house

A poodle is dressed as “Doose,” a cross between a duck and goose, for the dog costume show. PHOTOS BY DEREK LACEY

On Saturday, Clear Creek Animal Hospital hosted their 4th annual open house.

Events and festivities included tours, a dog costume show, demonstrations by Dog Training in Your Home, Tails of Hope Rescue, adoptable pets, and representatives from Royal Canin Dog Food and C-Vets.

“It’s been really good for us,” said Dr. David Gallagher, veterinarian at Clear Creek. “People get to come by and see the hospital, see what we do in the back, areas where they don’t normally get to go, and we try to have some fun events for people.”

Nena Boon, office manager at Clear Creek, said that every year, the open house gets a little bigger, and meeting people is one of the best aspects of the event.

“Just getting to know people in the neighborhood is always wonderful,” said Boon.

The main difference between this year’s open house is that it was held in the fall instead of the spring, and the weather turned out just right.

Also, being closer to Halloween, better costumes showed up for the dog show,

with attendees’ dogs dressed as anything from college mascots to lizards. Continue reading


Mint Hill Police awarded Top Five in public safety

For the first time, Mint Hill Police Department was awarded the Top Five Communities award for the 2012 North Carolina Traffic Safety Communities awarded by AAA.

AAA uses crash ratings from data compiled by the University of North Carolina Charlotte on traffic accidents in North Carolina communities, as well as number of law enforcement officers per capita, and presence of a formal traffic safety program to select the winners.

Mint Hill Police Department has just completed the third year of its traffic safety program, which teaches DWI courses to driver’s education students, hosts child safety seat checking stations, and other traffic safety programs.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program provided a grant to start the traffic safety program, and the Police Department usually participates with other county agencies when hosting seat-checking stations and other traffic safety events.

Officer Scott Blevins represented the Mint Hill Police Department at the North Carolina Traffic Safe Community Awards Luncheon in Durham October 18, to receive the award.

AAA awards the top five communities in three categories, based on population: less than 10,000, 10,000 to 30,000, and more than 30,000.


Schools, businesses team up to stop bullying

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools are teaming up with area businesses, Mecklenburg County Police Department, and CBS Radio for “Stand Up, Speak Out,” a campaign to fight bullying.

The program encourages any victims or witnesses to do just what the name suggests—stand up and speak out.

CBS and businesses like Great Clips Salon, Goodwill, Best Buy, MTB Mechanical, and Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates are sponsoring the effort, which asks parents, students, and teachers to sign a pledge stating their intent to stop bullying.

The pledge consists of a statement that every student has the right to be respected and safe at school, and promises including treating others respectfully, not bullying, obeying the rules, supporting victims, speaking out, and notifying authority.

Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx came out in support of the program, releasing a video to CBS, encouraging people to join the cause, saying, “If we work together to eliminate bullying at home, at school, in the neighborhoods, and in the communities across our city, the quality of life of our young people will be so much richer.”

At the end of the pledge drive, the elementary, middle, and high schools with the most pledges will receive a CBS Radio pep rally.

A website is currently under construction and should be up and running by the end of the month.

Pledges can be found at any local Great Clips salon, or online at