MHMS boy’s basketball nearly sweeps season

By Leah Schmalz

With a 10-1 record and only one game left in the season, any sports team could get too psyched out to do well. That doesn’t seem to be an issue for the Mint Hill Middle School boy’s basketball team. As the wins keep stacking up, their focus doesn’t waver.

“You’ve got to go 1-0 every day,” said Coach Erik Dove. Up until Monday’s game against Piedmont, the team had done just that. Despite the loss, they put up stiff competition that only gave way in the last play of the game for a final score of 50-48.    For player DJ Little, the team’s impressive season wasn’t a surprise. “That’s always my expectation,” he said. To stay focused, player DJ Little takes some shots before the game and listens to music. Team member Justice Wallace ˆmaintains his focus by viewing each game as a fresh slate. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Madness seeks sponsors, vendors, volunteers

By Michele Dotson

Mint Hill Madness logo 2014This year’s Mint Hill Madness will be the first for Mint Hill Events, Inc., the newly formed non-profit 501(c)(3) that has taken over planning the annual event which will run Friday, May 23 from 4-10 pm, Saturday, May 24 from 10 am-10 pm, and Sunday, May 25 Noon-6 pm at Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Town Hall snow covered

Send us your snow pictures to news@minthilltimes.com and we will post them on our Facebook page and website!

Photos by: Michael Habenicht, CEO, Kaleidoscopic, Inc.

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Local students study global issues – Raise money for school in South Sudan

By Michele Dotson   dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 8.12.40 AMStudents from both Independence and Rocky River High Schools have designed t-shirts with global messages aimed at making a difference in the world.

The Any1Can Project is an arts-based global service learning initiative that allows students to learn about seven complex global issues and create an original work of art on a white t-shirt.

The winning t-shirt designs in each of the seven categories will be mass produced to sell in retail establishments across Charlotte. Continue reading

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Bain recipient of field to fork garden

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Fuel Pizza Garden

Students at Rama Road worked with their teacher to grow vegetables and herbs used to make a healthy pizza last spring. Bain Elementary School has been awarded a Field to Fork pizza garden for the spring of 2014. Basil, tomatoes, onions, and green peppers are some of the vegetables that will be grown at the school located on Bain School Road.

Kids love to play in the dirt.

Kids also love pizza.

Organizers of a local gardening project are banking on this combination to give kids an opportunity to grow their own vegetables and herbs to make a pizza.

Fuel Pizza Café of Charlotte has partnered with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), the Mecklenburg County Health Department, Mecklenburg County Fruit and Vegetable Coalition, and LandSculptors, LLC to bring “Field to Fork” Pizza Gardens to fifteen elementary schools, including Bain Elementary School in Mint Hill.

Working with their teachers, selected students will plan, grow, and harvest their own vegetable garden. After harvesting the produce, they will take a field trip to FUEL Pizza where they will be taught how to use their own vegetables to make whole wheat vegetarian pizza.

The idea behind the project is to get children excited about eating vegetables they wouldn’t normally eat by fostering a personal connection to the gardens they tend. Continue reading

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Free and low cost tax preparation offered at SECU

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

The State Employees Credit Union (SECU) in Mint Hill is offering free and low cost tax preparation for anyone meeting eligibility requirements. The service is available for members and non-members alike.

To be eligible for the free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), a tax payer’s income must be $52,000 or less for 2013.

The VITA program is staffed by IRS-certified volunteers who will provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. Volunteers can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.  Continue reading

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