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Heath E. Morrison to resign as superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Heath E. Morrison will resign as superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on Thursday, Nov.6. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education will hold a special called meeting at noon to take action on a separation agreement which is not yet finalized.
“We appreciate Heath’s time and his contributions to the district and this community over the past two and […]

By |November 4th, 2014|Around Town, Breakiing News, Schools|1 Comment

Mint Hill Historical Society hosts events about wartime in America

By Leah Schmalz

On Saturday, November 8, children and adults alike can gain a deeper understanding of the history of the country and the state. The historical society is hosting a “Stars and Stripes” event at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village at 7601 Matthews Mint Hill Road. The event examines how periods of war shaped the United States. Running from 1 to 5 pm, it engages all senses with the sounds of enemy aircraft and the smell of gunpowder. Learn answers to questions like, “Why does the American flag have 15 stars?” and “Who are the gold and blue star mothers?” Five-dollar admission includes a souvenir dog tag on a beaded necklace.

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By |November 4th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, History|0 Comments

The Independence High School Key Club visits Lawyer’s Glen Retirement Living Center

The Independence High School Key Club visited Lawyer’s Glen Retirement Living Center last week and not only visited with the seniors but helped them do crafts and brought them treats!

By |November 4th, 2014|Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Independence High School|2 Comments

Three Artists-three views at Mint Hill Town Hall

The new Mint Hill Town Hall Exhibit, titled “Three Artists-Three Views,” runs through December. It features the work of Luis Ardila, John Barja, and Sharon Furner – all members of Mint Hill Arts. The artists will be honored at a public reception on Sunday, Nov. 2, 3-6 pm, at the rear of the hall.

“Each artist has a distinctive vision and style,” notes Judy Mizell, a well-known local artist, teacher, and MHA member. “Taken together, their art is a feast for the eyes, as well as the intellect.”

Columbia-born Luis German Ardila, whose preferred medium is oil, has exhibited his award-winning art throughout Europe and the Americas and has enjoyed an extensive career as an art teacher,. A recurring theme in his art is symbolism, which he believes is the key to enlightenment.   He has been influenced by 20th century Expressionism, as well as illuminators and sculptors of the Middle Ages.

John Barja, Sr., a Mint Hill businessman for over 30 years, began painting in high school and continued his study of art in college. He is known for his whimsical, often humorous pieces.  Barja is displaying for the first time ever his collection of paintings that commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I.  They are based on the poetry of Wilfred Owen, a renowned British poet who lost his life just days before the end of “The Great War.”  His moving portrayals of the horrors of war demonstrate the powerful message art can convey.  He hopes his works will provide inspiration to those interested in the arts […]

By |October 30th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|4 Comments

Free health and wellness testing at Fall Fest in Mint Hill

On Saturday Carolinas HealthCare System held a Fall Fest. Free health and wellness testing and information was provided. In addition there was food, face painting, a bouncy house and pumpkin decorating.

By |October 30th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Mint Hill finalizes land purchase

Charles Kelleher Harris

Mint Hill Commissioners voted unanimously to finalize the purchase of property at 9801 Brief Road for a total of $670,000. This decision comes on the feet of the news that Mint Hill had been awarded a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant totaling $335,000.

The PARTF grant application was submitted early this year and was approved by the state in late September.

It is a matching grant, meaning that the town must match the $335,000 in order to purchase land to be used for a future park.

Talks commenced almost immediately about usage of the 20 plus acres at 9801 Brief Road. Many have asked for a recreational complex that would feature playing fields.

“This is the last step to finalize the process,” said Town Manager Brian Welch. “We will be having a discussion here shortly about planning.”  […]

By |October 30th, 2014|Around Town, Development, Government, History|2 Comments