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Clear Creek Elementary art teacher David McGee displays some of the Fundred Dollar Bills his students created in class. McGee’s students are involved in a country-wide initiative to bring aware- ness to the dangers and prevalence of lead poisoning in children.

Clear Creek Elementary art teacher David McGee has been working with his students to discover how art can be used to raise awareness about social issues. They are preparing their own representations of $100 bills in order to alert government officials to the dangers of lead poisoning.

Unseen lead contamination in both residential and working environments puts hundreds of thousands of children and adults at risk each year. The industrial use of lead has been limited since the 1970s, but residual lead dust, primarily from gasoline and paint, often remains in homes, yards, parks, and playing fields.

Additionally, experts warn that vinyl mini-blinds, hobby materials such as fishing weights or brass items, and old unsealed bathtubs can be additional sources of lead exposure.

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 1.59.01 PMAlthough adults can be affected by lead poisoning, the danger to children is the greatest. Prolonged exposure to lead can af- fect brain development and cause learning dis- abilities. Other consequences include lowered IQ, behavior and attention problems, hearing damage, nervous system and kidney damage. Continue reading

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Bain Daze first steps to saving historic school

Bain Daze

Ladies of all ages participated in the Victorian hat contest. Margaret Cochran, second from right, wore the winning hat, designed by Abbey Rose Floral Artistry, who was also a sponsor of the event.

The first ever Bain Daze was held at Mint Hill Park on Fairview on Saturday, September 21, and young and old came out to support fund raising efforts to save the historic school building from the wrecking ball.

The school, which dates to 1889 when it was known as Bain Academy, was the first graded school and college preparatory school in Mecklenburg County.

Around 1922 the school was turned over to Mecklenburg County and it was redesigned into a two-story brick structure with a belfry. For many years its graduates would meet at the school for reunions and gatherings.  Continue reading

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Mint Hill Police station open for business

Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 8.31.52 PMThe Mint Hill Police station was open for business on Monday, September 23 at its new location in the former town hall building.

A few small problems were reported, but, according to Police Chief Tim Ledford, the transition has been smooth.

“We have a couple of locks not working,” says Ledford. “We had a leak in the men’s locker room that was taken care of this morning, and the phones were not working properly.”

Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 8.31.58 PMAll minor inconveniences that haven’t dampened the excitement of the move.

The Board of Commissioners approved the renovations of the former Mint Hill Town Hall in March, 2012.

The architects worked hard to make effective use of the space in order to provide the police department with what they need to do their job effectively.

“We went from about 5,000 square feet to 7,800 square feet,” says Ledford. “In the old building, we had to put three units together to make one, and it wasn’t very effective.” Continue reading

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Cartoonist to appear at Bain Daze

Marcus Hamilton, a long-time Mint Hill resident and the cartoonist on the daily “Dennis the Menace” panel, will appear at the Bain Daze festival at the Mint Hill Park on Fairview this Saturday, September 21, between 10:30 am and 2 pm.
Visitors are encouraged to come by his tent around 11 am to see how he draws those lovable characters from the famous cartoon, developed by the late Hank Ketcham.╩ Hamilton will offer cardstock prints for $5 each and original posters for $25, with all proceeds going toward the Historic Bain Restoration. Continue reading
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LeGrand named Principal of the Year for the East Learning Community

Bain Elementary School principal John LeGrand with wife Beth and children Michael and Frannie pose in front of the congratulatory banner that was presented to him by East Learning Com- munity Tonya Kales. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

Bain Elementary School principal John LeGrand with wife Beth and children Michael and Frannie pose in front of the congratulatory banner that was presented to him by East Learning Com- munity Tonya Kales. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

Bain ElementarySchool principal John LeGrand was named Principal of the Year for the East Learning Community at a surprise ceremony in the school’s cafeteria on Thursday, September 12.East Learning Community Superintendent Tonya Kales presented the award.

Several area principals and administrators attended the brief ceremony to show their support. LeGrand’s wife and children, as well as his parents and step-mother were also in attendance.
LeGrand began his career in CMS as a teacher at Mint Hill Middle from 2003-2005 before becoming an Assistant Principal at JM Alexander Middle School in Huntersville from 2005-2006. From 2006-2008 he was an assistant principal at Independence High School, moving to Bain as an assistant principal in 2008 before becoming Principal in 2010.  Continue reading
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Amendment will allow for background checks

An amendment to the Code of Ordinances relating to peddling was unanimously approved at the September 12 Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting, paving the way for a more streamlined process for requiring background checks for those seeking a license to sell products door-to-door or on the street.╩
“Right now, I can only request a background check on someone involved in an active criminal investigation, or someone applying for a position wi
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School Board District 6 candidate Paul Bailey addresses the Board and citizens at the September 12 Board of Commissioners meeting at the Mint Hill Town Hall.

thin the department,” said Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford.
The minor changes in the wording of the ordinance allows the department to comply with the State Bureau of Investigation’s (SBI) regulations on having a specific purpose for conducting a criminal background check.
Once the background check is complete, the applicant will receive an ID badge from the Mint Hill Police Department. This effort is intended to keep citizens safe while allowing individuals to conduct business in the town.
The background checks do not apply to solicitation for charitable, civic, religious, patriotic or governmental purposes by persons who serve without compensation or remuneration.
 
•Mayor Biggers introduced, and announced his support for Paul Bailey who is running for School Board-District 6. Mr. Bailey addressed the Board and the visitors to introduce himself and tell about his vision for CMS. “I am personally going to support the bond initiative,” says Bailey, “they are not asking for anything excessive.
Whatever they’re asking for is needed and we have not had a Bond referendum since 2007.”
• A Proclamation for Constitution Week was presented by Commissioner Tina Ross. “Whereas September 17, 2013 marks the 226th Anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention; and whereas it is fitting and proper to officially recognize this magnificent document, and the anniversary of its creation; and whereas it is fitting and proper to officially recognize the patriotic celebrations which will commemorate the occasion; and whereas, Public Law 915 guarantees the issuance of the proclamation each year by the president of the United States of America, designating September 17-23 as Constitution Week.╩ Now, therefore I, Ted H. Biggers, Jr., Mayor of the Town of Mint Hill, NC, on behalf of the board of Commissioners, do hereby proclaim that September 17-23 as Constitution Week in the Town of Mint Hill and ask our citizens to reaffirm the ideals the framers of the Constitution had in 1787.”
• Commissioner Lloyd Austin provided an update on the Coffee with a Cop event he attended on September 9, 2013, with several Mint Hill residents. Austin indicated citizens seem to appreciate the opportunity to spend time asking questions and getting to know the officers.
• Commissioner Tina Ross reminded the Board of the next Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department meeting scheduled for September 23 at 7:00 pm at the fire station on Fairview Road. She also reminded everyone of Bain Days scheduled for September 21 from 10 am to 7 pm at the Mint Hill Park on Fairview Road.
• Town Manager Brian Welch gave an update to the Board on the Korean War Memorial which is nearing completion. According to Welch, the granite work will require another day’s labor, and then clean-up can begin. Welch also indicated that the sidewalk plan is on schedule, with more sidewalks going in front of Hawthorne’s Pizza, as well as paving of Mint Hill Village Lane, including the round-about in front of the Mint Hill Town Hall.
• Beatification is underway on Lawyer’s Road near Bain School Road to prepare for Homearama.
• Commissioner Mickey Ellington attended the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce meeting and reminded everyone of the upcoming golf tournament fund raising event sponsored by the Chamber.
•Moving day for Mint Hill Police will be September 21, 2013, will business resuming in the new location on Monday, September 23. The project will be completed on time and on budget.
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