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Independence High Steals the Show at Drama Competition

By Charles Kelleher Harris

Members of the Independence Drama Department won first place at a recent regional competition. The students will now be attending a statewide competition later this year.

“I am so very proud of these students and how much our theatre program has grown in the three short years that I have been at Independence,” said drama teacher Paula Baldwin. “We have tripled the number of students enrolled and have added a second theatre teacher, Rick Dills, to teach all of the technical aspects of production.”

Baldwin reported that some 300 Independence students are currently enrolled in her drama classes.

For the competition however, auditions were held and only a handful of students were selected.

After school rehearsals were held for almost two months prior to the competition which was held at Imaginon on November 1.

A total of 16 schools participated in the region including Northwest School of Arts.

Throughout the year, Baldwin said there will be other performances held for students, parents and the public at Independence High. […]

By |November 14th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

Mary Ellis Young Named Mint Hill Arts’ Volunteer of the Month for November

Mary Ellis Young, former secretary of the Mint Hill Arts’ Executive Committee, has been named Volunteer of the Month for November. She will be honored at the opening reception for the “Black and White Ball” exhibit on Friday, November 7, 6:30-9:30 pm, at the Gallery, 11205 Lawyers Road, Suite A, Mint Hill. (The reception is also a part of “Art Around the Block,” which occurs the first Friday of each month in Mint Hill.)

In addition to serving as secretary over the past two years, Mary has spent countless hours on grant applications that have resulted in an increase in the monies needed to operate Mint Hill Arts, making the organization financially solvent.  […]

By |November 14th, 2014|Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Graduate from Bain School reflects on school days

By Leah Schmalz

As the Bain School reunion this weekend approaches, Jim Black, a 95-year-old lifelong resident of Mint Hill and Bain graduate, remembers a particularly notable class reunion held decades ago. The school had managed to secure Clyde Hoey, the governor of North Carolina, as the guest speaker. “I don’t know how they swung that deal,” said Black. “I don’t remember a word he said.” Black does remember how worried his father was about introducing the governor. “He pulled through it okay,” he said.

Black said the reunion also involved small games like horseshoes and marbles. “I think marbles have gone out of style,” he said.

The popularity of marbles isn’t the only thing that has changed since Black attended school at Bain. Students had to play basketball on a dirt court outside before a gymnasium was built for indoor games. Classes were much smaller, with just 16 students in Black’s graduating class. Families in the community made a living growing cotton, so school was cancelled during harvest time to allow the children to help pick the crop. “It’s a terrible job, picking cotton,” said Black, who harvested his fair share.  […]

By |November 14th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

Aldi opens Mint Hill location

To celebrate the opening of their first location in Mint Hill, Aldi held a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 29 and provided samples of products for customers. Located at 8000 Blair Road, the store’s mission is to offer quality food at discount prices.

By |November 6th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Local nonprofit hopes to give away 700 Thanksgiving turkeys

Indian Trail-based food pantry Common Cupboard, a branch of local nonprofit Common Heart, began collecting turkeys and other groceries this week for its 7th annual Great Turkey Countdown. This year’s goal is to deliver Thanksgiving dinner baskets to 700 local families on Saturday, November. 22 complete with a frozen turkey and everything else needed to prepare their own Thanksgiving feast. The baskets will benefit families throughout Union County, southeast Charlotte, Matthews and Mint Hill. 

Common Heart is calling on the community for volunteers, frozen turkeys and/or $20 donations to help purchase turkeys, sides and desserts. About 400 volunteers will be needed to package meals and make deliveries to families beginning at 9 a.m. Nov. 22.  All meals will be delivered by noon.  […]

By |November 6th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Union County|16 Comments

Mint Hill Deputy Clerk to Retire after 30 Years

By Charles Kelleher Harris

Doris Miller is has mixed feelings.

“There have been many things I’ve liked about my work,” said Miller.  “Meeting and greeting the citizens of Mint Hill is at the top of the list.  I’ve made many friends and kept in touch with others just by being the first person they see coming into the Town Hall.”

But despite this joy, Miller had decided to retire this month after 30 years with the town and she is looking forward to it.

“My plans for retirement are to spend more time with my children and grandchildren, travel and devote more time volunteering in my church and community,” she said.

Miller, a native of Marion, NC, attended Kings College and shortly thereafter married Mint Hill resident the late James L. Miller.

Miller’s first job with the town was as Assistant Town Clerk and Tax Collector.  […]

By |November 6th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|3 Comments