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Rise in flu cases leads to new visitation policy at CHS facilities

Carolinas Healthcare System has restricted its visitation policy in all its in-patient care facilities in the greater Charlotte area in response to heightened risk of influenza. 

Visitations by children younger than 12 years of age is restricted entry to all in-patient hospitals, while previously the restriction had only applied to neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. 
“We had been monitoring the flu situation for a while,” said Kevin McCarthy, communications staff member with Carolina HealthCare System. “And because it had started so quickly and we were starting to see so many cases a lot earlier than we usually do, we felt it was an appropriate step to take.”
In order to hinder the spread of flu further, CHS is also requesting that anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms not to visit anyone in the hospital. 

By |January 17th, 2013|Around Town|0 Comments

Mint Hill design firm wins global competition

Kaleidoscopic Incorporated is a 3-person design firm in Mint Hill that develops websites, graphic design, illustrations, content management, writing, and email marketing. 

A monthly digital newsletter they produce, Chartwells Magazine, is a chronicle of the food industry giant Chartwells Higher Education Dining Service, who supplies food and hospitality services to schools and universities around the country. 
Chartwells Magazine recently won a number of awards from the League of American Communication Professionals (LACP), as part of their 2012 Magellan award series.

By |January 17th, 2013|Around Town|0 Comments

Mint Hill Board of Commissioners hears plans on development

Before the normal Mint Hill Board of commissioners meeting last Thursday, January 10, the town held their quarterly developer’s workshop, hearing presentations from several area land developers.

The board heard from Jerry Helms regarding Blair Road Development, Chris Isaacs regarding Mint Hill Commons development, and Brian Jackson regarding modifications to the Summerwood Community’s architecture requirements. 
Helms presented preliminary plans for an area of land owned by a number of residents, and potential uses for the land include a retirement community and a retail shopping space.
“I’m afraid if we develop Lawyer’s Road, we develop 218, we develop Blair Road, it’s going to turn Mint Hill and the outer belt into a nightmare,” said Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers, speaking of the potential development for a retail shopping complex along 485 in Mint Hill. “So at this point, I’m not encouraging this project. I think there are components of it that may be viable down the road, but this project is one big project that  I’m just not encouraged by.”

Celebrating family: Lem and Eddie Long’s 66th anniversary


Lem Long married Eddie Jeanetta Vaughn on Christmas Eve 1946.

Lem began his apprenticeship at McEwen Funeral home upon coming home from World War II, and he and Eddie, a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, would eventually own and operate what is now Long and Son Mortuary Service in Charlotte.

Long and Son, which has been serving local families for more than 65 years, is one of the most successful older black businesses in Charlotte.

Eddie and Lem’s 66th anniversary was celebrated by more than 100 family members who gathered at the Mint Hill Lodge on December 22.


By |January 15th, 2013|Around Town|0 Comments

MHFVD looks toward new year at January meeting

At the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department’s first meeting of the new year, Chief John Phillips and the members of the department reflected on the past year and readied for the new one.

The meeting began by remembering those who had passed, and those that are sick or injured, including members of the Mint Hill community, and people throughout the nation.

Three applications were accepted, and those potential members began their 90-day probation period, while that period ended for six others, who were accepted into full membership with the department.


By |January 15th, 2013|Around Town|0 Comments

DaVita Dialysis comes to Mint Hill

DaVita Dialysis, a national Fortune 500 company with nearly 2,000 U.S. locations, opened a new facility in Mint Hill, located on Hawthorne Drive.

DaVita, which was founded in 1999, now serves about 150,000 patients and 41,000 employees nationwide.

The Mint Hill location opened November 5, and in the little more than two months of operation, is serving 19 patients with a staff of 11 people, all experienced in dialysis treatment, and they are currently looking to hire another nurse.


By |January 11th, 2013|Around Town, Development|4 Comments