Richard Newton edges out Brenda McRae

Election Day 2013 has come and gone and the results indicate that Mint Hill town leadership will remain largely unchanged. Mayor Ted Biggers, who ran unopposed, as well as incumbents Lloyd Austin, Mickey Ellington and Tina Ross pulled in a majority of the votes. Brenda McRae is the only incumbent not returning to her position on the Town Council. She was edged out by 244 votes in favor of Richard “Fig” Newton.

According to official election records, there are 16,555 registered voters in Mint Hill, but only about 2,200 actually came out to vote on November 5.

Commissioner elect Newton will be sworn in on December 12 during the regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners meeting at Mint Hill Town Hall.

Richard Newton

Richard Newton

Newton, who is a 20 year resident of Mint Hill, is grateful for the opportunity to serve.

“Thank you Mint Hill residents,” says Newton, “I appreciate your confi- dence and look forward to serving you.”

Mint Hill continues to grow as the four exits on I-485 become settled with new business and resi dential areas. Managing growth while maintaining the small town atmosphere is what residents have declared emphatically is non-negotiable. This issue will continue to be on the forefront of the board’s priorities.

“We want to make sure we continue to grow,” says Commissioner Lloyd Austin, “and to keep our budget in good shape.”

The next meeting of the Board of Commissioners will be held tonight, Thursday, No- vember 14, at 7 pm at Mint Hill Town Hall.

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Mint Hill dedicates Korean War Memorial–New park sign installed in time for festivities

By Michele Dotson    dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

On Saturday, November 9 at 10:30 am, an elaborate and poignant ceremony was held at Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park, formerly Mint Hill Park on Fairview, to dedicate and officially open the Korean War Memorial.

The park sign with the newly adopted name was unveiled just prior to the memorial dedication. The Park will now officially be known as Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park.

Honored guests and speakers included Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers, Mint Hill Town Council, visiting dignitaries from the Republic of Korea, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), State Representative Bill Brawley (R), Mr. Kent Goolsby, architect for the project, and Don Putnam, co-chairman of the committee responsible for bringing the monument to realization.

After presentation of the colors, both the US national anthem as well as the national anthem for the Republic of Korea were sung.  Continue reading

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Mint Hill salutes veterans at annual breakfast–Brings affordable services to you

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

Picture 3The annual Veterans Day breakfast, sponsored by the town of Mint Hill and the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce was held on November 9th at 8 am at the Kerr Building at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church on Bain School Road.
The capacity crowd enjoyed breakfast at 8:00 am, followed by a patriotic program facilitated by Mayor Ted Biggers.
Breakfast was prepared by a volunteer crew led by Mayor Biggers’ wife, Elizabeth, who has spearheaded the efforts for 13 years with a dedicated crew that comes together yearly to organize and cook.
Members of Boy Scout Troop 65, as well as Mint Hill Town Hall staff served the veterans, refilled coffee, and cleaned up after the event.
The program included remarks from Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce treasurer Boyd Davis, a multi-media presentation honoring generations of veterans, and an armed forces medley honoring all branches and those who served.
93 year old US Marine and Pearl Harbor survivor Henry Craswell was announced as the oldest veteran at the breakfast. Additionally, women veterans were honored, as well as those who chose the military as their career.
A portion of the program was reserved to honor those veterans who are no longer with us.
John Ellis brought an American flag for display in honor of Lt. Leroy M. Duffy who died in April, 2012. The US flag, sporting only 48 stars, flew in Korea from September 1950-April, 1951.
A visibly moved Mayor Biggers read a letter from Mint Hill resident Martha Helms, who responded to the invitation that her husband, Veteran Ray Helms, who enjoyed the breakfast every year, had passed away in February.
In response, the mayor read a list of all Mint Hill veterans who have died this year, with a special tribute to long-time Mint Hill resident Dwight Moody, who was a regular at the annual breakfast.
“In honor of all veterans that have passed,” says Biggers. “I wish you were here to play “Cotton Eyed Joe” for us today.”
Before Taps played to end the program, Mayor Biggers thanked everyone for their service.
“Your country needed you. You served. I thank you all for coming today and I hope to see everyone here next year.”

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December coffee with a cop at Bojangles’

The Mint Hill Police Department and community members will come together December 3, 2013 in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend.
The event begins at 8 am at the Mint Hill Bojangles’ located at 9075 Lawyers Road.
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Mint Hill’s neighborhoods.
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The US Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and the community one cup of coffee at a time.
For more information, call Chief Ledford at 704- 545-1085.

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