Mint Hill Arts to expand offerings Begin kids’ birthday parties in January

By Michele Dotson

Mint Hill Arts will be offering up space and services for birthday parties beginning in January, 2014.

Puppeteer Pamela Shook will lead kids through a puppet making experience and brief performance, and artist Mila Antonyuk will be in charge of parties with more of a visual art focus.

“I will write a unique song for the child’s birthday,” says Shook. “Then the children will make their own puppets which we’ll use to tell a unique story.”

Puppet parties are appropriate for children ages 4 and up and will be $125 for 10 kids to have an hour and half on site.

Visual arts parties will be available for ages 5 and above. Parents can choose from several different theme-related titles such as princess, dinosaur, or pirates. There will be an additional $25.00 for custom parties. Continue reading


Christmas comes to town hall

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 11.04.09 PMThe annual Mint Hill Town Hall Christmas tree lighting was held last Thursday. Following the official lighting of the tree, Town Hall was open to the public for cookies, music, drinks, and visits with Santa.


Seniors enjoy annual Christmas lunch

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimescom

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 11.08.52 PMAt 8:30 am on Saturday, December 7, about 50 volunteers converged on Independence High School to prepare for the annual senior citizen Christmas lunch.

In just under two hours, 600 gift bags were prepared, 600 places were set for lunch, tables were decorated, food brought in, drinks prepared and prizes displayed.

Just before the opening remarks by emcee meteorologist Larry Sprinkle, organizer Mike Cochrane pulled some young volunteers aside for a little pep talk.

“Thank you all for coming out today,” says Cochrane. “There’s nothing better than giving of yourselves, your time and effort.” Continue reading


Johnson honored for 10 years of service to chamber

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 11.04.17 PMThe Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce recently honored attorney, Tony C. Johnson for his 10 years of service to the board of di- rectors. Johnson, who has served as the organization’s secretary, will still offer his legal counsel to the 2014 board.
New officers and di- rectors elected for the Mint Hill Chamber will begin their term in Janu- ary. Boyd Davis of First Citizens Bank will serve as President; Mike Cochrane of Yadkin Bank as Vice President; John Hurst, Fi- nancial Advisor, will serve
as Treasurer; and Sue Wolf of Abbey Rose Floral Art- istry as Secretary.
The remainder of the 13-person board are as follows: Phil Angelo of Leisure Travel, Bonnie Broadwell of Novant Health, Barbara Costa of HB Cantrell & Co, Denise Hallett of Vulcan Materi- als Co, Nate Huggins of Blessed Assurance, Bob Lucas of Allstate Insur- ance, Tony Long of Mint Hill Tool Rental, Rodney Rothoff of Time Warner Cable Business Class & Colleen Rhyant of Caroli- nas Healthcare System.
The chamber invites all businesses in the Mint Hill area to join. Networking events are already planned for the new year. Visit the chamber website for details and information on mem- bership. www.minthillcha