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Residents hear from developers on proposed shopping center

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Mint Hill residents gathered at the public library on Wednesday to hear a presentation by developers of a proposed shopping complex on Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

The property is a 56-acre lot, with only the front 15 acres being developed for use.

The proposed development is a community shopping center, with a large anchor grocery store and smaller retail outlets, enclosing a parking lot in the center.

Along Matthews-Mint Hill Road, the smaller retail spaces will be built alongside a small park, with walkways, seating, and vegetation.

The presentation was given by Scott MacLaren, senior vice president of real estate investments at Stiles Corporation, who presented details about the project, and Chris Isaacs, president of the Isaacs Group, who answered questions regarding zoning and town requirements.

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Bain students have breakfast for lunch to promote healthier nutrition

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Sausage, eggs, French toast, grits, and hot apples were all on the lunch menu last Wednesday at Bain Elementary, part of National School Breakfast Week.

National School Breakfast Week, March 4–8, is an initiative created by non-profit group School Nutrition Association and Kellogg’s Foodservice, first launched in 1989 to raise awareness about the School Breakfast Program and the importance of eating a healthy breakfast.

Studies by the Food Research and Action Center show that eating breakfast increases student’s math and reading scores and improves cognitive speed and memory.

At Bain, Kindergarten through second grade students wore pajamas to school, and third to fifth graders wore nightcaps and robes over their clothes, all to promote breakfast.

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Students help turn T-shirts into new school for needy

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

T-shirts can send a powerful message, whether it’s voting, working to cure cancer, or in the case of Rocky River High School students, helping to build a school in South Sudan.

Students participated in a painting party hosted by the Rocky River Optimist Club, InterClub, and Any1Can, a project by Charlotte-based non-profit Mothering Across Continents, that focuses on T-shirts.

Students discuss global issues in class, then, at the painting party, students choose one of seven causes and paints a T-shirt about that cause.

The shirts will be shown at Washington D.C. to do a program at the end of April, just after an exhibition at Sensoria, Central Piedmont Community College’s annual arts festival.

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First-ever Mint Hill Chamber Business Expo March 14

This Thursday, the first Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce Business Expo will bring together consumers and businesses in Mint Hill in one place.

Free to attend, the expo will be held from 4—8 pm at Blair Road United Methodist Church Family Life Center.

Businesses and consumers will have the chance to get acquainted with local business leaders, and learn what types of businesses operate within the Mint Hill community, especially businesses that the regular consumer may not encounter on a regular basis.

“There’s really two directions with this, it’s to generate opportunities for businesses to network with consumers within this area,” said Boyd Davis, with the Chamber of Commerce. “Also, it gives our businesses an opportunity to network with other businesses that they’re not familiar with.”

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Have you ever smelled history? Queen’s Grant takes annual trip to nation’s capital

What’s the difference between reading about history in a text book and actually observing it in person? A Queen’s Grant Community School student answered that question by saying: the smell. Eighth-grade students traveled to Washington, D.C. to learn, explore, and reflect on some historic moments in time.

In February, students spent three days touring our nation’s capital keeping a full itinerary to make sure they took advantage of as many educational opportunities as possible. The students toured the White House, laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, visited the Holocaust Museum, Capitol Building, National Cathedral, Mount Vernon, and the Smithsonian—just to name a few educational activities.

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Effort to save Bain Auditorium continues

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

The Bain auditorium is still slated for demolition, but Mint Hill residents are working to get it removed from the list.

A meeting was held February 19, which saw 70 to 80 people, and a bank account was set up for donations at American Community Bank.

The auditorium has been declared of historical significance, and very early estimates of the cost to refurbish the property are at around $1.5 million.

The Mint Hill Historical Society has commissioned a committee to save Bain auditorium, led by town commissioner Tina Ross.

Ross has spoken to Guy Chamberlain, associate superintendent for auxiliary services at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, as well as the John LeGrande, principal at Bain Elementary, and says the results are positive.

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