Commissioners meeting canceled due to weather– Emergency meeting held to discuss flood ordinance

By Michele Dotson     dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

The regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for February 13 was canceled due to the snow.

Mayor Ted Biggers called a Special Meeting of the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Mint Hill Town Hall to make a decision on #ZC13-11, Filed by Town Of Mint Hill, Requesting a Text Amendment to Update the Flood Ordinance in response to the revised floodplain maps being prepared by Mecklenburg County.

According to Mecklenburg Storm Water Services, floodplain regulations for Charlotte, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville have been updated to reflect both the new flood hazard data and the date the new floodplain maps take effect. Continue reading

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Independence renovations nearing completion

 

Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 6.46.10 PM The new gymnasium being constructed at Independence High School from 2007 bond money is nearing completion. The renovations to the original gym are also nearing completion. Even with the recent bout of bad weather, the projected date of completion is sometime in April.

Independence High School will have a new façade when the construction is completed.Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 6.46.03 PM The area shown here will be the new front entrance to the school. Originally the area between the main building and the gym was a covered walk way. The building has been enclosed and connected to the gym. The new building will contain the front office as well as some administrative offices.

 

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Wilson Grove Baptist Church welcomes new pastor

By Michele Dotson  dotson@cm.k12.nc.us

Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 6.46.17 PMSome churches must endure a long search and trial period in order to find just the right pastor to lead the way. Thankfully, Wilson Grove Baptist Church is not one of them.

In January, Pastor Rob Mariucci took the helm at the long-established church in Mint Hill. For Mariucci, the move into the position was quick.

“I was member of the church,” says Mariucci. “I had been invited to lead the contemporary services we started in August, and when the pastor said he was being called to another church, I filled in during the search.” Continue reading

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Husband and wife dental team to offer free cleanings for kids

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com
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At last year’s Give Kids a Smile event, Forrest and Forrest served 50 children who did not have dental insurance or Medicaid. The Forrests help make children comfortable, provide cleaning and fluoride treatments and educate them on maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

On February 28, the husband and wife dentist team at Forrest and Forrest Cosmetic and Family Dentistry are offering free dental cleanings for children who don’t have dental insurance and are not on Medicaid.

The Forrests look forward to the annual event, called Give Kids a Smile.

“We are constantly looking for ways to give back to our community in Matthews, Mint Hill, Stallings and Indian Trail,” says Dr. Stacy Oller Forrest.  “We are thrilled to give back in a small way to the community.” Continue reading

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“Love is in the Air” contest winner Natalie Lloyd

Here is the winning entry: 
It was a fall weekend in 2003. I was 19 years old and a junior in college. Home for the weekend, I headed to the local YMCA to exercise. 
I chose a treadmill and began to run. During my summers off from college, I worked at the YMCA as a lifeguard and swim instructor and recognized many people as I looked around the gym. Lifting weights with two men that I recognized, a young guy that I had never seen before caught my eye. Muscular and fit, he held my attention through my entire workout. 
As I was leaving the gym that day, I stopped to speak to one of the men that I knew and was introduced to Rob, my husband-to-be. 
Intrigued by this muscular young man, I began coming home from college more frequently and spending more and more time at the YMCA in hopes that I might see him again. I logged in many miles on the treadmill and hours lifting weights, while I watched Rob exercise and hoped that he might notice me. 
With some prompting from his friends, Rob did notice me. He and I began to talk often at the YMCA. In late December 2003, Rob asked me out for our first date – dinner and a movie. In January 2005, just before my 21st birthday, we were engaged. On August 6, 2005, we were married. 
Rob and I celebrated eight years of marriage this past August (2013). We currently live in Stanfield with our three children and one dog. We both still enjoy running and lifting weights. Occasionally when we have the chance to go to the gym together without children, I think about that time when I was 19 and I fall in love all over again. 
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Snow Days: Feeling like a kid again

Tabitha and Josiah Enoch of Indian Trail

Tabitha and Josiah Enoch of Indian Trail

By Michele Dotson

In Mint Hill, snowflakes the size of quarters fell from gray skies. I donned my ski bibs, winter boots, turtle neck, sweatshirt, hat and gloves and trekked outside with my 14 year old daughter to do some sledding in the driveway.

We made snow angels. We laughed and got pink cheeks and stayed outside for four and a half hours.
Then we had hot chocolate with huge marshmallows and watched Pride and Prejudice, snuggled together under a soft blanket. Continue reading

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