Mint Hill Madness set for Memorial Day Weekend

By Michele Dotson : Staff Writer- dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Plans for this year’s Mint Hill Madness are well underway and the four-man Board of Directors is looking for ways to make it bigger and better than ever. Board members Dalton Taylor, Tony Long, Julian Venable, and Scott Harris have been working quietly behind the scenes for the past few months.Screen Shot 2013-10-27 at 4.21.20 PM

“Right now we’re putting finishing touches on several key components for planning,” says Dalton Taylor. “Our 501 (c)(3) status is very, very close to being finalized, our website is being built, and applications are being updated.”

Dalton says once these pieces are done and in place, they can line up vendors, entertainment, and solicit volunteer organizations for assistance.

“We want to run this so that the volunteer organizations that help can generate money for their non-profit,” says Taylor.

Board member Julian Venable says the Board is committed to the project and knows Mint Hill residents are supportive. Continue reading

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Fundraiser provides support for military families

By Michele Dotson:  Staff Writer- dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

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Former Charlotte native Joseph Henao prepares for a 33 mile bike ride to benefit US soldiers and their families. Henao currently teaches military science at the Citadel.

On Saturday, October 19, Military Family Lifestyle Charitable Foundation (MFLCF) held its 4th Annual Honor the Warriors Bike Ride at the newly renamed Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park on Hwy. 218. The organization works specifically with the family members of killed in action paratroopers or Special Forces.

MFLCF is in partnership with Hearts & Hammers, Purple Heart Homes, Charlotte Bridge Homes, The Patriot Charities, local businesses and hundreds of volunteers to build five homes in five years for Service Disabled Veterans who are moving to the Charlotte area.

According to Cantwell, it is estimated that over 7,000 veterans will be moving to the Charlotte area in the next couple of years.

“We just finished building the first house,” says Richard D. Cantwell, Chairman of MFLCF and former Commander for a 625-man combat engineer battalion in South Korea.

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Riders of all ability levels prepare at the starting line on October 19 for the 4th Annual Honor the Warrior Ride. These riders prepare for a 33 mile ride.

“We have four home sites in one location, and the fifth lot was a bit small for a house, so Lowe’s has donated a playground,” he says. “The last house will be built near the others in the Denver, NC area.”

Despite the rain, turnout was great and other organizations were visible and supportive.

Former Charlotte resident Joseph Henao, who is now a military science instructor at the Citadel, participated with The Warrior Ride, a non-profit organization founded in Oak Island, North Carolina who uses cycling as a rehabilitative and morale building activity for wounded soldiers.

Three separate rides left the park on staggered times. Continue reading

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Student raises awareness, money with T-shirts

By Michele Dotson: Staff Writer -dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Andrew Terry is a student at Queen’s Grant High School.

Andrew Terry is a student at Queen’s Grant High School.

Last year, Queens Grant student Andrew Terry wore pink socks and wrist bands during his cross-country meets to raise awareness and show his support for cancer research.

This year, Terry got the idea to take his initiative a step further, so he de- signed a tee shirt and has been selling them at school since the first school days in August.

So far, he’s profited $780 towards his goal of raising $1000 which will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

“This year I just wanted to do something bigger,” says Terry. “We also have a raffle going on and so far we’ve raised $160.”

Tee shirts are $20 and will be on sale through October.

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Week of festivities at Indy ends with crowning of king and quee

Senior Sidney Quach was crowned homecoming queen Friday night at Independence High School. PHOTO BY RON MORRIS

Senior Sidney Quach was crowned homecoming queen Friday night at Independence High School. PHOTO BY RON MORRIS

Students at Independence High School participated in homecoming week from October 14-18. Festivities wrapped up at school on Friday afternoon with an indoor parade and cheering for a Friday night victory against Garinger.

The band marched through the halls led by the varsity cheerleaders on Friday afternoon before school let out.

Games and activities such as Corn Hole began at 5:30 pm inside the stadium and a DJ entertained until the start of the game.

At half time the homecoming court was presented at mid-field and senior Sidney Quach was name the 2013 Homecoming Queen.

Independence beat Garinger 69-0.

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