Scenes of Christmas: God’s gift of love

The Cornerstone Baptist Church will be holding its 8th Annual drive-thru nativity scene December 7—9, from 6:30-8:30 pm.

“Scenes of Christmas: God’s Gift of Love” will feature live actors and animals and the narration is available in six different languages on tape or CD, and attendance is free of charge.

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Former fire chief pleads guilty to embezzlement

Former Mint Hill fire chief, Jeremy Russell, pleaded guilty to one account of embezzlement Tuesday in the Charlotte U.S. District Court.  For nearly two years Russell stole $225,000 from the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department and the Town of Mint Hill by creating a sham business called Regional Medic & First Responder Supply Connection.  Mint Hill invoices were sent to his fake company and bank account.  The announcement from the U.S. Attorneys Office in Charlotte reads:

Russell generally kept the invoices to amounts under $5,000 and got the corresponding checks signed off by those at the Town and Fire Department with payment authority. According to the charging document, Russell picked up the checks at the mail drop and then deposited them into the bank account in Regional Medic’s name…According to the bill of information, Russell used the money to fund his personal lifestyle and a gambling habit.

The plea comes after a federal investigation of Russell’s actions.  The Town of Mint Hill received a federal subpoena May 24 and has been cooperating with investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorneys Office involving Russell.   The town took disciplinary action against him in April, and he resigned from his position as the Fire/EMS Operations Director.

The embezzlement charge has a maximum term of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  Russell has agreed to pay restitution “to all victims directly or indirectly harmed by the defendant’s relevant conduct.”

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Hospital tells chamber timeline on track for 2014

Roland Bibeau, president of Presbyterian Hospital Matthews speaks to members of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce at the monthly members luncheon. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce was updated on the status of Presbyterian Hospital Mint Hill at its monthly member luncheon Thursday, November 15 at Pine Lake Country Club.

Roland Bibeau, president of Presbyterian Hospital Matthews spoke during the luncheon, telling the chamber the timeline is still on track to begin construction in 2014, and complete the hospital in 2016.

Bibeau spoke to the chamber in August of 2011, and at that time, the hospital was taking a second look at the plans, given the economic and political environment surrounding the healthcare industry.

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Hospital tells chamber timeline on track for 2014

Carol Timblin and Larry Ferguson, outside the general store at the Mint Hill Historical Society’s Carl J. McEwen Historic Village. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

“Step Into History, The Carl J. McEwen Historic Village,” a 12-minute video produced by the Mint Hill Historical Society, earned statewide recognition last month, winning a Paul Green Multimedia Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians.

It started with a need to take something to schools and other organizations, to show them what the Historical Society and the Historic Village had to offer.

With a matching grant of $2,500 from the Arts and Science Council, work was underway, with Historical Society co-founder Carol Timblin writing and producing, and member Larry Ferguson serving as director and videographer.

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Bringing Thanksgiving to those in need

Young Miss Shelby Stegall, Little Miss Brinkley Housand, Tiny Miss Braylin Huneycutt Back row: Baby Miss Charley Stegall, Teen Miss Lelia Mallouky and Miss Mint Hill Madness Ashley Olive. PHOTO COURTESY OF JULIE SHILLINGBURG

This year, the members of the Mint Hill Madness Beauty Pageant are bringing the spirit of Thanksgiving to those in need.

Bringing together all the necessities of a Thanksgiving meal, from whole turkeys to sides and desserts, pageant members gathered food to bring homeless families a full Thanksgiving.

This is the second year the pageant has donated Thanksgiving meals to those in need, and this year, eight families will be getting a meal; seven receiving laundry baskets full of food, and one, without the ability to cook, receiving a gift certificate to Cracker Barrel.

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Raven girls begin basketball season with new talent

The Rocky Ravens girls’ ball team is preparing for the upcoming 2012-13 season. Second year Head Coach Odis Gadson returns to a team that was 10-15 last year.

Coach Gadson is assisted by longtime coaches Troy Gaston and Rasheed Taylor. While this is Coach Gadson’s second year at Rocky River he was previously the head coach of the girls’ varsity team at Garinger High School for two years. Originally from Philadelphia, Coach Gadson played both football and basketball in high school in neighboring New Jersey and considers himself a student of the game.

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