VFW and VFD barbeque Saturday

[singlepic=185,220,140,,right]The semi-annual Veterans of Foreign Wars and Volunteer Fire Department barbeque is only two days away. The event is 11 am to 7 pm Saturday at the VFW post on Bain School Road. Proceeds from the barbeque are divided between the organizations. Funds going to the VFD are used to support needy families, and the VFW uses the money for its operating expenses.

The organizations have sold barbeque as a fundrasiser for the past 30 years.

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Boykin, Blanton impressive at next level

jarrett-boykin.jpgVirginia Tech wide receiver Jarrett Boykin, a former Butler player, has started to stand-out to his new coaches, according to an article in The Virginian-Pilot. Boykin is the No. 3 receiver on the Virgina Tech roster.

Boykin isn’t the only former Butler standout making waves this year. Notre Dame cornerback Robert Blanton returned an interception for a touchdown against Purdue. Blanton and Boykin graduated from Butler earlier this year.

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Mint Hill’s gas madness

gas-pump.jpgSome drove until their tanks were empty while some people were driven to the pumps by panic. Why did this happen to such a large population in a growing region? Three Mint Hill residents didn’t have the answers but know they weren’t satisfied with anything they’ve heard so far. Mint Hill resident Angie Milleman waited two hours at one station. She said the government isn’t telling the whole truth about the situation. Henry Villatoro said the gas station owners know more about the situation than they tell people. Karen Brown has heard conflicting reports for why we have lines at the pump. Was it Hurricane Ike or were people topping off their tanks because of panic caused the long lines for gas.

“I think it’s a combination of both,” she said. “I think people have gone nuts because of Hugo.” Hurricane Hugo left the Queen City without power for weeks after it hit in 1989.

“I keep asking the same question,” Villatoro said. “How are they going to have gasoline last week (after the hurricane hit), but not have it this week?”

The answer is still unclear, but he knew one thing was for sure.

“If you have gas, you better treat that like gold today.”

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Board meeting wrap-up

The Board of Commissioners meeting at 7:30 pm last night was brief, but there was important discussion before and during the meeting.

  • The board met at 6 pm yesterday with architect David Creech and his staff. The new town hall might be smaller because the estimated budget was $1 million more than Town Manager Brian Welch wants to spend. Board members also commented on the project’s design.
  • The board approved construction of the Lawyers Road sidewalk connecting Traditions at Lawyers Glen to Brighton Park.
  • Mayor Ted Biggers attended the meeting last night, and he thanked everyone for their support during his recovery from shoulder surgery last month.
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This week’s Mint Hill Times

It’s Mint Hill Madness, and it’s time for The Mint Hill Times annual complimentary issue. Also, Look for The Times’ booth this weekend at Mint Hill Madness.

[singlepic=172,220,140,,right]This week’s paper:

  • Read what Mayor Ted Biggers says about how the economic downturn is affecting Mint Hill, and what effect the delay of the mall is having. “When you put everything in perspective, (the mall) will not have an impact on us as far as continuing to be a low tax, nice place to live.”
  • Adam Houston reports the town commissioners are taking the mall construction delay in stride.
  • Columnist Leslie Southerland says she’s getting a little tired of the presidential campaign. “I hope I can make a decision about who I think is truly the best candidate. And if not, I’ll revert back to my 13-year-old rebellion and vote for the one nobody wants me to vote for.”
  • Columnist John Hood has an answer to the recent gas lines: let stations charge market prices without being accused of price gouging.

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Bob Dole in Mint Hill TODAY

[singlepic=170,220,140,,right]Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) will make several stops in the Piedmont today, including Mint Hill. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, Dole’s wife, and challenger Kay Hagan are in a close race with less than six weeks till the general election.

Dole will speak at 2:30 pm today at the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, and at 3 pm in Matthews. Dole scheduled six stops starting at 9:15 am in Mooresville and ending at 7 pm in Salisbury.

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