Mint Hill Junior American Legion baseball team wins state title

The Mint Hill American Legion Post 4059 Army Junior baseball team won the N.C. state title on July 23, 2013.  Back row:  Coach Dan Kerr, Braden Roark, Cameron Morgan, James Hickes, Jacob Fairfax, Dillon Hardy, Jarrett Thompson, Quintin Alwran, Coach Patrick Deckbar, Coach Darrall Simmons. Front row:  Joe Guns, Rodney Honeycutt, Jordan May, Mark Milleman, Tristen Glover, Josh Scango. PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRYAN BUNN

The Mint Hill American Legion Post 4059 Army Junior baseball team won the N.C. state title on July 23, 2013. Back row: Coach Dan Kerr, Braden Roark, Cameron Morgan, James Hickes, Jacob Fairfax, Dillon Hardy, Jarrett Thompson, Quintin Alwran, Coach Patrick Deckbar, Coach Darrall Simmons. Front row: Joe Guns, Rodney Honeycutt, Jordan May, Mark Milleman, Tristen Glover, Josh Scango. PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRYAN BUNN

American Legion baseball is a national institution founded in 1925 with some pretty lofty goals. Everyone wants to be on a winning team, but understanding how to be a good teammate is not so easy. The Mint Hill Post 4059 Army Juniors got it this summer.  The planning, the practice, and the long hours paid off and they triumphed against Kernersville July 23 to win the N.C. Junior American Legion title.

So what does it take to create a winning team?  First, it takes coaches that care. Continue reading

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Mint Hill student selected as UNC Phillips Ambassador

Neelesh Dewan

Neelesh Dewan

Neelesh Dewan, a senior biology major from Mint Hill, was selected as a UNC-Chapel Hill Phillips Ambassador this spring. Dewan studied abroad this summer with the UNC Summer in India program in New Delhi.

The Phillips Ambassadors scholarship program is designed to broaden awareness of Asia on and off campus. The scholarship combines an award for study in Asia with an academic course that challenges students to share their experiences..

Phillips Ambassadors are chosen twice each year. Recipients are selected based on their academic achievement and commitment to activities, service and leadership roles in the classroom and community.

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School notes

New season, new technology

Want up-to-date information on your favorite CMS high school athletic teams? Now you can—online. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has partnered with National Amateur Sports (NAS) to launch a new website for middle and high school athletics. The district-wide site will strengthen the CMS athletic program by providing a single technology hub for all athletic programs and team communications. Beginning this school year, each middle and high school will have its own site with information about game scores and highlights, photos, rosters, statistics and team standings. Parents are encouraged to access the site and register to receive information from coaches and athletic directors. They may also choose to pay participation fees online. Athletic supporters will also be able to download an app and follow their favorite team on mobile devices. The site, www.cmsathleticzone.com is operated by NAS.  Continue reading

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Summer cruise-in raises money for Special Olympics

The monthly cruise-in is the place to be to see sports cars, exotic cars, classic cars and hot rod rods. PHOTO BY AUSTIN DOTSON

The monthly cruise-in is the place to be to see sports cars, exotic cars, classic cars and hot rod rods. PHOTO BY AUSTIN DOTSON

The parking lot at Monroe Hardware in Mint Hill was packed Friday, August 2 with classics, exotics, and hot rods to the delight of the crowd that came to view them.

The summer cruise-in series continued with a large showing of owners enjoying the warm weather and a chance to share some information about their automobiles with others who appreciate them or who want to learn more about owning, restoring, or maintaining a collectable automobile. Continue reading

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Village Woodwright shop gets facelift

Thanks to the generosity of The Home Depot on Albemarle Road, the newest building at the Carl J McEwen Historic Village is getting a fresh coat of paint. Plenty of paint, brushes, and volunteers arrived to work early Tuesday, July 30 to bring to life what will be the woodwright shop.

“This is not the first building we have painted here,” says Customer Service Manager Michele Douglas.  “We provided the paint and labor for two other buildings, too.”  She went on to say The Home Depot likes to get involved in community projects whenever they can.

Home Depot volunteer Taylor Spellenberg paints the building that will become the woodwright shop. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

Home Depot volunteer Taylor Spellenberg paints the building that will become the woodwright shop. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

The Albemarle Road store supplied the paint and the labor for all three projects.  The Ira Ferguson Country Store and Dr. Whitley’s office were both painted by volunteers from The Home Depot.

“Our volunteers work on service projects on their own time,” says Douglas. “Many of them leave their work shift to come to help.” Continue reading

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