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Chamber hosts record crowd at April luncheon

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce enjoyed a record turnout of more than 60 people at its monthly member luncheon last Thursday, April 25, at Pine Lake Country Club.

New Chamber members were also in abundance at this month’s luncheon, a total of eight: AFLAC, Asea-Advancing Health and Athletics, Blair Road United Methodist, Car- riker Carpets, CORE Technology, Cottage Yarn, 5/3 Bank, and Carl M. Ellington Funeral Services.

Andrea Buschur, financial professional with Prudential, was the featured speaker at this month’s luncheon, on the topic of “Reviewing Your Social Security Options.”

Buschur presented different strategies and options for making the most of social security after retirement.

Buschur informed the crowd that several problems have befallen social security in recent years, including less money being put toward social security, and changing demograph- ics in America that put extra stress on the social security system.

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By |May 2nd, 2013|Around Town|0 Comments

Mint Hill board holds budget workshop

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners met with other town leaders to discuss and plan the 2013- 2014 budget at a workshop meeting Tuesday, April 23.

Budget requests were presented from Mint Hill Fire and EMS, public works and police department, and commissioners approved special requests from nonprofits in Mint Hill.

David Leath, Fire/EMS Director presented the Fire Department’s budget report to the commissioners. The budget will stay much the same as the 2012-2013 budget, requesting more money for uniforms, turnout gear and office supplies.

Leath requested $20,550 for new uniforms, a cost that breaks down to $925 per employee, as well as $12,500 for five complete sets of new turnout gear, and $2,000 for a new computer for the department.

Tim Garner, public works director, presented the budget request for the public works division, which included four items: a backhoe at $93,500, two mower decks at $12,800, lettering and decals for trucks at $2,964.00, and repair costs for the town’s street sweeper, at $58,659.

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By |May 2nd, 2013|Around Town|0 Comments

Submit your Mother’s Day story!

Mother’s Day is May 12 and we want to hear why your mother is special. E-mail us in 100 words or less what your mother means to you. You may also send us a picture. Email: news@minthilltimes.com or post it on our Facebook page. You may also mail us your story to PO Box 690577, […]

By |April 19th, 2013|Around Town|1 Comment

Adventures and history in herbs

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

 

At the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village, right next to the Doctor’s Museum, which showcases historical medicinal techniques, there sits a small herb garden.

Roses, Foxglove, Thyme, sage, lavender, oregano, peppermint, and even catnip all grow in the garden, and all have medicinal properties and were once used by doctors.

In 1997, Virginia Frazier helped a Girl Scout, Blair Gutledge, with her project, an herb garden at the Mint Hill Historical Society.

After Gutledge grew out of girl scouts and moved on, Virginia and her daughter Brenda Dills would resurrect the neglected herb garden every year, to keep the plants growing and healthy. They decided it would be smarter and easier to just maintain the garden themselves, which they still do today.

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By |April 17th, 2013|Around Town|2 Comments