Science Rocks! Independence students teach Bain science class about rocks

By Leah Schmalz

What are rocks? Fourth grade students at Bain Elementary learned the answer to that question last Thursday morning, thanks to a group of students from Independence High School. They spent an hour at the elementary school giving science presentations on rocks.

Bain Elementary fourth grader Jake Glanzer checks out his pet rock, provided by ninth graders from Independence High School as part of a science presentation on rocks.

Bain Elementary fourth grader Jake Glanzer checks out his pet rock, provided by ninth graders from Independence High School as part of a science presentation on rocks.

The IHS students split up into small groups. Each group gave a presentation in a different fourth grade class. They passed out guided notes and presented a slideshow that covered how rocks are weathered, the three types of rocks and how they are formed, and the uses of rocks in everyday life.

In Pam Spilde’s class, IHS freshman Josh Blue passed around samples of coal, gneiss, and mica. He explained that if the stu- dents were able to press the coal hard enough between their hands, they could turn it into a diamond. “Don’t try it, though,” he said.

“What are some of the uses of rocks?” asked fresh- man Ashley Gildersleeve. The students quickly rattled off gravel roads, arrowheads, countertops, and houses. One student jokingly added “throwing” to the list. Continue reading

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Kiwanis names September Terrific Kids

Bain Terrific Kids Kindergarten: Elijah Smith, Isabella Perry, Gavin Poulin, Abigail Hayes, Abigayle Price, De’Asia Alexander. Second: Jayden Osorio, Sienna Hopkins, Natalie James, Alex Kem- per, Jordan Appling, Jessie Butler, Josie Mullis. Fourth: Calvin Saia, Emma Elliot, Cole Schoolcraft, Tamia Burgess, Nahua Cortez, Jana Pak, Ryan Arne. First: Natalie Johnson, John Howard, Natalie Howie, Ryan Land, Katie Watson, Ian Turner, Taryn Vogler. Third: Ol- ivia Troy-Mebane, Andrew Graham, Kelsey Diggs, Tyler Whetstone, Jake Russell, Jake Brabson, Kalyn Cuthbertson. Fifth: John Hernandez, Sterling Dennis, Joshua Ponder, Chelsea Matthews, Harrison Gates, Bryson Hogsed, Jada Adams.

Bain Terrific Kids
Kindergarten: Elijah Smith, Isabella Perry, Gavin Poulin, Abigail Hayes, Abigayle Price, De’Asia Alexander. Second: Jayden Osorio, Sienna Hopkins, Natalie James, Alex Kemper, Jordan Appling, Jessie Butler, Josie Mullis. Fourth: Calvin Saia, Emma Elliot, Cole Schoolcraft, Tamia Burgess, Nahua Cortez, Jana Pak, Ryan Arne. First: Natalie Johnson, John Howard, Natalie Howie, Ryan Land, Katie Watson, Ian Turner, Taryn Vogler. Third: Olivia Troy Mebane, Andrew Graham, Kelsey Diggs, Tyler Whetstone, Jake Russell, Jake Brabson, Kalyn Cuthbertson. Fifth: John Hernandez, Sterling Dennis, Joshua Ponder, Chelsea Matthews, Harrison Gates, Bryson Hogsed, Jada Adams.

Clear Creek Teriffic Kids Kindergarten: Holden Smith, Triniti James, Maicy Metzgar, Isabel Pereira, Maricarmen San- chez-Martinez. First: Bryce Sprout, Brandon Bernai Jarquin, John-Ru- ben Jimenez, Jesse Sprout. Angel Hernandez. Second: Jonathan Chadwick, Michael Graham, Naima Adams, Peyton Carros, Jailynn Lo- pez. Third: Kerry Creech, Michele Amoah, Christopher Jones, Naomi Moga, Giselle Lee-Diaz. Fourth: Abigail Lee, Amahri Surratt, Sofiya Iurceac, Joshiah Sutherland. Fifth: Zoe Hopwood, Alex Patrick, Natalie Tepedino, Joni Gerringer, Jessimey Reyes.

Clear Creek Teriffic Kids
Kindergarten: Holden Smith, Triniti James, Maicy Metzgar, Isabel Pereira, Maricarmen Sanchez-Martinez. First: Bryce Sprout, Brandon Bernai Jarquin, John Ruben Jimenez, Jesse Sprout. Angel Hernandez. Second: Jonathan Chadwick, Michael Graham, Naima Adams, Peyton Carros, Jailynn Lopez. Third: Kerry Creech, Michele Amoah, Christopher Jones, Naomi Moga, Giselle Lee-Diaz. Fourth: Abigail Lee, Amahri Surratt, Sofiya Iurceac, Joshiah Sutherland. Fifth: Zoe Hopwood, Alex Patrick, Natalie Tepedino, Joni Gerringer, Jessimey Reyes.

H Gunn Terrific Kids Kindergarten: Nahom Abraha, Nina Manning, Sierra Tal- ley, Ahmad Savage, Maurice Rovira, Caleb Jackson. First: Alexisa Tedeku, David Tourn, Daisy Diaz Zambrano, Jesse Davis, Shessley Hernandez, Reem Ezzaarate. Second: Yaz- min Lowery, Valeria Delgado, Isabella Garcia, Joel Velas- quez, Sarai Barrios, Plankhy Shaw El. Third: Derek Estrada, Paris Maxell, Esmeralda Boria, Marlon Duran Chavez, Anabel Ibarra-Gomez, Veronica Ro- man. Fourth: Marro Agbaga, Francisco Limon, Lashandria Jordan, Javares Green, Barba- ra Sanchez. Fifth: Addison Ga- ron, Genesis Jimenez, Kacee Sinclair, Jackie Dunlap, Destiny Estrada, Marco Torres, Clem- ente Mayo, Landon King.

H Gunn Terrific Kids
Kindergarten: Nahom Abraha, Nina Manning, Sierra Talley, Ahmad Savage, Maurice Rovira, Caleb Jackson. First: Alexisa Tedeku, David Tourn, Daisy Diaz Zambrano, Jesse Davis, Shessley Hernandez, Reem Ezzaarate. Second: Yazmin Lowery, Valeria Delgado, Isabella Garcia, Joel Velas- quez, Sarai Barrios, Plankhy Shaw El. Third: Derek Estrada, Paris Maxell, Esmeralda Boria, Marlon Duran Chavez, Anabel Ibarra-Gomez, Veronica Ro- man. Fourth: Marro Agbaga, Francisco Limon, Lashandria Jordan, Javares Green, Barba- ra Sanchez. Fifth: Addison Ga- ron, Genesis Jimenez, Kacee Sinclair, Jackie Dunlap, Destiny Estrada, Marco Torres, Clemente Mayo, Landon King.

Lebanon Terrific Kids Kindergarten: Jazmin Sumter, Razia Ahmed, Brayden Ramirez, Sophia Tristan, Tatiana Collins, Peyton Mines, Valeria Valle Ojeda. First: Alexshai Valdovinos, Andrea Jacobo, Nadira Estrada, Corey Burleson, Frankie Jones, Luai Abdulraheem, Yazmin Galvan-Martinez. Second: Austin Bodin, Tyler Phan, Jalyn Allen, Bereni- ece Cervantes. Third: Bryan Martinez, Pamela Santibanez, Nathan Rankin, Kayla Castro, Lakshmi Alfaro Perez. Fourth: Melissa Flores, Cara Story, Jaheim Roscoe, Lizbeth Munoz Ro- driguez, Amy Figueroa-Cribas. Fifth: Briana Phan, Sammy Haile, Amaya Coe, Nicole Garcia, Brianna Ca’Camo, Chelsy Montoya.

Lebanon Terrific Kids
Kindergarten: Jazmin Sumter, Razia Ahmed, Brayden Ramirez, Sophia Tristan, Tatiana Collins, Peyton Mines, Valeria Valle Ojeda. First: Alexshai Valdovinos, Andrea Jacobo, Nadira Estrada, Corey Burleson, Frankie Jones, Luai Abdulraheem, Yazmin Galvan-Martinez. Second: Austin Bodin, Tyler Phan, Jalyn Allen, Bereni- ece Cervantes. Third: Bryan Martinez, Pamela Santibanez, Nathan Rankin, Kayla Castro, Lakshmi Alfaro Perez. Fourth: Melissa Flores, Cara Story, Jaheim Roscoe, Lizbeth Munoz Ro- driguez, Amy Figueroa-Cribas. Fifth: Briana Phan, Sammy Haile, Amaya Coe, Nicole Garcia, Brianna Ca’Camo, Chelsy Montoya.

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Shred event set for Sunday

By Michele Dotson
Identify theft is a problem across the nation and it is important to protect your personal information at all times. According to the State’s Attorney General’s office, about 300,000 people in North Carolina become victims of identity theft annually. 
Many of these cases can be prevented by shredding personal documents instead of throwing them away in the trash can.
The Charlotte area is one of the two North Carolina cities that rank in the top 100 metropolitan areas for identity theft complaints; the other is Fayetteville.
The public is urged to attend the free Community Shred Event on Saturday, October 12 from 9 am to noon at the McEwen Shopping Center, which is located at the corner of Hwy 51 and Lawyers Road.
The event is sponsored by the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Mint Hill Police Department.
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Mint Hill Cruise in: Great car, great stories

By Michele Dotson

Michael and Becky Smith displayed their 1960 Ford Starling at the October 4 Cruise-in in Mint Hill. The Smith’s are pictured here with their grandson Jacob Tucker. PHOTOS BY MICHELE DOTSON

Michael and Becky Smith displayed their 1960 Ford Starling at the October 4 Cruise-in in Mint Hill. The Smith’s are pictured here with their grandson Jacob Tucker. PHOTOS BY MICHELE DOTSON

The weather was beautiful, the cars streamed in and the last Cruise-in of 2013 was held on Friday, October 4 in the Monroe Hardware parking lot in Mint Hill. The monthly event, which is held the first Friday night from April through October from 6-9 pm, helps to raise money for Special Olympics.

“We have done real well this year,” says organizer Ronnie Theroux. “We’ve had a real good turn out and have seem some new cars.”
Ronnie and wife Vicenta work with the Special Olympics where they are coaches for softball. They work with adults and their season begins in February, with Regionals beginning in June in Cabarrus County. Continue reading
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MH Women’s Club to hold meet the candidates forum

By Michele Dotson

  The campaign signs are out all over Mint Hill as candidates vie for positions as commissioners and School Board members. The election will be held on November 5. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON


The campaign signs are out all over Mint Hill as candidates vie for positions as commissioners and School Board members. The election will be held on November 5. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

The Mint Hill Women’s Club will hold a candidates forum and question and answer session for residents on Monday, October 14 at the Mint Hill Town Hall. The event will run from 7-8 pm. Citizens will get the chance to learn more about candidates for Mint Hill Mayor, Board of Commissioners and District 6 School Board.  

Most of the 13 candidates have committed to be present for the forum, which will be followed up by a question and answer session. Audience members will be given index cards for their questions and candidates will answer as many questions as possible in the time permitted.
Moderation will be provided by The League of Women Voters.  
At 7 pm the meeting will open with comments from Bettie Ann Haynes from Charlotte-Mecklenburg League of Women Voters. Candidates will have the opportunity to speak for up to two minutes each.
Then a Question and answer session will be facilitated by Haynes and questions will continue until 8 pm.
Mayor Ted Biggers, running unopposed, has committed to attending the event.
Candidates for the Board of Commissioners that have positively responded to the invitation include Lloyd Austin, Dale Dalton, Carl “Mickey” Ellington, Rich Ferretti, Harry Marsh, Brenda McRae, Richard “Fig” Newton, and Katrina “Tina” Ross. At press time, there had been no response from Eric Random.
Responding candidates for School Board District 6 are Paul Bailey and Bolyn McClung. 
At press time, there had not been a response from Doug Wrona.
Mint Hill Town Hall is located at 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane. 
The meeting will be in the Assembly Room.
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Former Bain students now working on staff

By Michele Dotson
Former Bain students Dorothy Flaherty, Kelli Drye, Tracy Mullis, Susan Moore and Jessica Corrigan have returned to their elementary alma mater as employees. Flaherty is the school’s administrative and financial secretary, Drye is the Instructional Facilitator, Mullis and Moore are both teaching assistants, and Corrigan teaches third grade. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

Former Bain students Dorothy Flaherty, Kelli Drye, Tracy Mullis, Susan Moore and Jessica Corrigan have returned to their elementary alma mater as employees. Flaherty is the school’s administrative and financial secretary, Drye is the Instructional Facilitator, Mullis and Moore are both teaching assistants, and Corrigan teaches third grade. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

Whoever said “Nothing good can last forever,” certainly had never attended Bain Elementary School.

Five current members of the Bain Elementary staff are former students.  What has drawn them back to Bain to work as adults is basically the same feelings they got when they were kids.
“The closeness that we have is like an extended family,” says Administrative and Financial Secretary Dorothy Flaherty who attended Bain from Kindergarten through sixth grade.
Third grade teacher Jessica Corrigan is proud to be at Bain to continue the traditions.
“The heart of Bain is what makes it so special.  There is a feeling of love and warmth amongst the staff, parents, and students.  We have strong historical ties to the community and Bain is rooted in a long tradition of providing the best for its students. “
Academic Facilitator Kelli Drye’s mother taught at Bain when she was a student there and she remembers spending time after school with her in her classroom “teaching school.”
Although Bain has been known since its inception in 1889 as a quality educational institution, holding high expectation of its students and parents, there’s always room for some fun, too. Continue reading
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