This week in Mint Hill history

In 1960, the Mint Hill VFW at their Christmas party, named Clarke A. Prather from Wilgrove as man of the year because of his strong commitment to community service organizations.  Boy scouts, civil air patrol, Woodmen of the World, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Philadelphia Presbyterian Church are among the groups he is active with.  In an acceptance statement, he called Mint Hill his second home.

In 1979, Troy Pollard began his third term as mayor.  He commented that MInt Hill is now the second largest town in the county.  He added that a search is taking place for a site to build town hall on.

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This week in Mint Hill history

In 1973, a re-zoning proposal that would have required new homes in some parts of town to be built on one acre lots was voted down by the Mint Hill Town Board. There was concern that this proposal would keep middle class citizens from buying these properties and that it would stunt future growth.

In 1987, a list of groups, families, and individuals who had donated to the VFW memorial was printed in the local newspaper. This memorial had been dedicated in November.

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Much needed rainfall in forecast for western NC

Meteorologists are presently forecasting some much needed rainfall for the western part of the state over the next several days.  Presently the western part of the state is experiencing drier conditions than Mecklenburg County.

The Catawba River, which contributes greatly to the water supply in our county originates in the Appalachian Mountains.  Less than adequate rainfall and snow runoff in the mountains can lead to reduced water supplies in the communities that the river passes through.

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This week in Mint Hill History

A meeting to discuss possible routes for the future I-485 was recently held at Northeast Junior High.  It attracted people from Mint Hill, Matthews, and Southeast Charlotte.  Two comments that were heard at the meeting were:

“This route goes right through downtown Mint Hill.”

and

“That’s not county land, it’s mine, and they’ll get it over my dead body.”

Gambles store had an advertisement that included the following: Mom and Pop country ham for $1.49 per lb.; 10 lbs of ground beef – $.79 per lb.;  3 lbs of sweet potatoes – $1.00. With certain purchases, you get extra “Quality Stamps.”

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This week in history

  • In 1986, a one-mile jogging trail at Mint Hill Municipal Park off Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road was opened. Officials will be monitoring its use to see how much this trail was really wanted.
  • In 1983, the first new Mint Hill municipal building held its first town meeting. John McEwen gave the invocation.
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Gas price puzzler

Over this weekend, area gas prices were in the $2.49 per gallon range. This extended from Mint Hill as far south as Westinghouse Boulevard (Exit 1 off I-77). Crossing the state line to Carowinds Blvd—just an eye blink away—gas prices were $2.29 per gallon. At the next exit, in Tega Cay, prices were in the mid $1.90s per gallon range. Even factoring in South Carolina’s less expensive gasoline tax, I still find myself wondering how just a handful of miles can equate to a .50 cents or more difference in gasoline prices.

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