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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News Notes and Happenings

Business Expo

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce is holding its first-ever business expo March 14, 4–7 pm, at Blair road United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 9135 Blair Road. The Expo is free to attend. For more information, visit minthillchamberofcommerce.com.

Easter Eggstravaganza

Philadelphia Presbyterian Church will be hosting Easter Eggstravaganza! Saturday, March 23, 10 am, at Wilgrove Park, 7750 Jim Harper Lane in Mint Hill. The event is for children in third to fifth grade, will feature an egg hunt, crafts, and games. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own Easter basket.

Schoolhouse Rock auditions

Spotlight Performing Arts is currently holding auditions for a performance of Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr., first come first serve, Saturday March 16, at 10 am. Students should prepare 16 bars of a song to sing a Capella, a side to read will be provided. For more information, email info@spotlightacademyonline.com. Spotlight is located at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

BBQ Fundraiser

Arlington Baptist Church is hosting a BBQ fundraiser to support summer missions on Saturday, March 16, 11 am to 4 pm. Tickets are on sale now for $7 for a plate with barbecue, slaw, beans, and roll, or $7 per pound. for more information, call the church office at 704-545-4589, or at their website, www.arlingtonchurch.com.

Consignment Sale

Arlington Baptist church will hold a children’s consignment sale March 15-16, with a consignors shop Friday, 6 to 7 pm, early bird Friday, 7 to 9 pm, open to the public Saturday 8 am to noon, with half price 12:30 to 1:30 pm. For more information, visit www.arlingtonchurch.com/consignment.

Walk With the Cross

Mint Hill Baptist Church, along with other area churches, will participate in the annual Walk With the Cross Friday, March 29 at noon. Church members will carry a cross from Mint Hill Baptist to the intersection of Matthews-Mint Hill Road, stopping to read passages along the way.

VFW/VFD BBQ

The Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department and Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold their semi-annual fundraiser BBQ, all day April 6 at 11341 Bain School Road in Mint Hill. For more information, visit www.vfwpost4059.org.

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Mint Hill Middle/Queen’s Grant locked down for gun scare

This morning, Mint Hill Middle School and Queen’s Grant community school were briefly placed on lockdown, after Mint Hill Police received a call saying there was a man with a gun near the area.

No suspect was found, and Mint Hill Police urge that the lockdown was only a precautionary measure, and that students at either school were never in danger.

A press release by Mint Hill Police reads:

“at approximately 1016hrs, Mint Hill Police were advised that a passing motorist observed a “tan” skin male, slender build, approximately 5’6 to 5’8 was walking along Idlewild Road near Kale Lane. The complainant advised that the male was walking in the direction of Mint Hill Middle School near the wood line. The complainant advised the male was carrying a red backpack and a long gun (shotgun). He was approximately 1/4 to 1/2 mile from the school in a heavily wooded area.”

Officers from Mint Hill Police Department, Matthews Police Department, and CMS Law Enforcement circulated the area for around 90 minutes, with help from a CMPD Air Unit.
No subject was ever found, and officers cleared the area.

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Search underway for missing girl

Kiley Hegger, a 13-year-old South Charlotte girl, has been missing for more than two days and a search is underway.
The family suspects that Kiley snuck out her bedroom window in only her pajamas, to meet a person the family does not know after communicating with said person on Facebook.
Kiley Hegger is a white female, with blue eyes and red hair, 5’0″, and 100 pounds. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call (704) 336-8970.

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