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MHPD renovation on track

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Renovations are underway, and soon the Mint Hill Police Department will move across the street into their new station in the old town hall.

Work began in March at the old town hall, 7151 Matthews Mint Hill Road, by Charlotte-based general contractors Edifice Inc., who is handling the renovation.

Mint Hill has worked with Edifice before, as they led the project to build the new town hall.

At the March 14 Board of Commissioners meeting, the board adopted the capital projects ordinance for the police department renovation, which appropriated funds for the project totaling $2,043,036.

The ordinance sets aside the most, $1,758,036, for general construction, with smaller amounts for contingencies, design, furnishings, and moving costs.

“No. Hopefully less,” said Town Manager Brian Welch, when asked if he thought the town would spend more than the allotted monies. “That ($2,043,036) contains some contingencies and some estimates for furniture and the like, so I fully anticipate to bring it in a little under that.”

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Mint Hill police officer biking 500 miles for fallen officers

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

This May, more than 100 area police officers will travel 500 miles to Washington D.C. to visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial–on bicycles.

The Law Enforcement Bicycle Ride to D.C. 2013 will feature area law enforcement officers riding all the way to our nation’s capital via bicycle, to honor and remember those officers that gave their life in the line of duty.

Riders will reach Washington D.C. just in time to kick off Police Week at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, the nation’s monument to all law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty. Two 304-foot-long walls are carved with the names of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers-more than 19,000-who have been killed throughout U.S. history, dating back to 1791, the first known death. New names are aded each spring, in conjunction with National Police Week, which is May 12–18 this year.

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Queen’s Grant, Mint Hill Police 5K benefits fallen officers

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

May 12 marks the start of National Police Week, a week to remember what police officers do for our communities, and to remember those officers that gave their lives in that service.

Queen’s Grant High School and Mint Hill Police Department are putting together the Soles to Remember 5K race, May 18, to benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is the nation’s monument to all law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty. Two 304-foot-long walls are carved with the names of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers-more than 19,000-who have been killed throughout U.S. history, dating back to 1791, the first known death.

The run is being sponsored by Mint Hill Police Department and the Community Connections Club at Queen’s Grant, which in the past, under the leadership of founder Melanie Moore, has been involved in raising money for Special Olympics, Project Unify, and serving food to the homeless.

“The Community Connections Club is a way for students to get plugged into the community and do community service,” said Robyn Marlin, of Queen’s Grant. “We’re always looking for ways for the club to volunteer.”

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Independence students live and learn in England

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

This spring break, a group of Independence High School students made the trip across the Atlantic, to England, as part of the exchange program at the school.

Students traveled to Worcestershire, England, to stay with the families of exchange students they hosted in October 2012.

The exchange program allows students to broaden their horizons and meet people from around the world.

“This exchange facilitates growth for the students on a multitude of levels,” said Katie Willett, social sciences teacher and chaperone for the trip. “It provides students an opportunity to meet a person from a different country and to explore it with all its successes and failures from a native.”

Indy students Lauren Burrows, Kathia Toledo, Terhass Yosief, Connor Owens, Tanner Barnett, Keven Gomez, Josh Cobb, Crystal Conde went on the trip, where they are attending Kingsley College and visiting local historical and cultural sites.

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Mint Hill commissioners discuss resolution, demolition ordinance, graffiti

 

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Rescinding a demolition ordinance, accepting a resolution, and graffiti took center stage at the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners March 28 meeting.

The agenda was short, and the meeting went quickly, as Mayor Ted Biggers was absent, mayor pro tem Lloyd Austin officiated the meeting.

After approving minutes of the March 14, 2013 regular meeting and accepting the treasurer’s report, commissioner Tina Ross opened discussion about the Democratic Government Resolution, saying that in the future, Mint Hill would be better served to be involved in the processes of this type of declaration sooner. The resolution was adopted.

The resolution states the primary functions of state and local governments in terms of services provided to citizens, the state’s being mainly to fund roadways and education, while municipalities responsibilities include mainly police, fire, water, and sewer management.

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Walking by Faith Church purchases land for new church

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Walking by Faith Ministry Church has purchased property for a new church, and work is beginning to build a church of their own.

The congregation presently meets for Sunday services in the chapel of Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church, but at the end of April, will move to Crown Point Elementary School in Matthews, holding their first service there on May 5. The move is an effort to be closer to the community they serve, and the community where their new church building will be.

Church members will be canvassing the neighborhood and sending out postcards prior to that first Sunday service at Crown Point.

The church was established in 2004, and today consists of around 80 members, led by Pastor Alvin Denson, retired Army and director of ROTC at Mallard Creek.

The 5.5-acre lot purchased by the church is at the corner of Sam Newell and Rice roads in Mint Hill, and was bought at foreclosure for $42,000, while market price estimates closer to $300,000, according to Larry Miller, vice president and business manager, as well as deacon for the church.

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