Mint Hill Park on Fairview could receive new name

By Michele Dotson; Staff Writer  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 2.53.20 PM At the September 26 Board of Commissioners meeting, a recommendation was made to rename the Mint Hill Park on Fairview.
Mayor Ted Biggers said that it has been recommended that the park be renamed in order to pay tribute to area veterans.
“It could be something like Mint Hill Veteran’s Park,” he said. “We don’t have to vote on an actual name tonight. We should involve the Parks and Recreation Committee and see if they could come up with a list of possible names.”
Commissioner Mickey Ellington agreed, saying there should be time to put some thought into it.
“The veterans deserve everything we can do for them,” he says.
Commissioner Brenda McRae said it was most appropriate to honor our veterans in this way, and it was unanimously approved to move forward with the idea.
In addition to the North Carolina Korean War Veterans Memorial that is located at the park, plans for the Armed Forces Museum and Archives of the Carolinas are still moving forward.
“Discretionary income is not as available as it was four or five years ago,” says Bill Dixon, president of the museum, “but we are still working very hard to make it happen.”
Dixons says that organizers are meeting next week to revamp the campaign. The last fund raising event was in January, 2013 when the United States Air Force Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble concert drew a crowd of over 400.
Town Manager Brian Welch said if a decision could be reached at the next Board of Commissioners Meeting, there would probably be enough time to order and have a new park sign installed by the date of the Korean War Memorial dedication on November 9. Continue reading
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Chamber hears the State of Real Estate

Meeting highlights trends in area home buying 
and financing
By Michele Dotson
The focus of the September 26 Chamber meeting on real estate and financing was facilitated by Mint Hill Chamber president and real estate professional Rich Ferretti and Monarch Mortgage loan officer, Janet Gaglione.
“There is confidence in the market and lenders are loaning money again,” says Ferretti, who cited recent comparisons in the market which shows a 12.4 percent increase in home sales in July 2013 compared with July of 2012.
“The housing market is growing in pockets around the country,” says Ferretti. “Las Vegas is hot right now, and overall, the cost of housing is down.”
Ferretti also says that North and South Carolina continue to attract a lot of newcomers, with large numbers relocating from Florida.
chamber“We call them the half-backs,” he says. “These are individuals who moved to Florida from places up north, and have now settled in the Charlotte area.”
Thanks to Charlotte’s banking industry, 2nd only to New York City, and new industry such as Met Life and Chiquita, Ferretti says our market is thriving.
Although there is a spike in interest in houses close to or in uptown, Mint Hill continues to see a resurgence in building, particularly on sites that were already prepared before the housing crisis hit.
Most recently, Bontera began construction near Lebanon and Hwy. 51 and the upscale Cheval community will be the focus of this year’s HomeArama in November.
There are also lots of investors in the market looking for good deals, and a recent study of home sales in the Charlotte area indicated that nearly one in five home sales last year could be attributed to an investment purchase. Continue reading
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Election time draws near

Election day will soon be here, and there a few things to remember before heading out to the polls on November 5.
First, the deadline to register to vote in North Carolina is 25 days before the day of the election, so be sure that you are registered by October 11 if you plan to vote on November 5.╩
Voter registration forms are located on line and at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections and should be received by the county board of elections office or postmarked by the deadline in order to be accepted as valid applications for the upcoming election.
Also, agency and DMV voter registration transactions that are completed by the deadline are accepted as valid for the upcoming election. Applicants will be notified by the county board of elections of their precinct and polling place assignments, or you can use the on line application to locate our polling place by searching your address. Continue reading
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Library programs for kids and teens not just for summer

The first day of summer vacation always sees a surge in activity at the Mint Hill Public Library as kids and teens come to sign up for the summer reading program where they can play games, read books to win prizes and enjoy logging in to chart their progress.
But the fun does not have to end when the school bells signal the start of a new school year. The Mint Hill Public Library has terrific classes, readers clubs, and game time for kids of all ages, all year long.
Are comics your thing?
The Comic Book Club for Teens will have you drawing and writing your own in no time. This activity happens the 3rd Tuesday of each month and is open for ages 12-18.
The Teen Book Club meets the last Monday of each month at 5:00 pm to discuss a teen book that the group chooses.
Teen Read Week: Bingo mixes the fun of playing a game with library related activities.
Programs for pre-teens are plentiful, with American Girl Book Club for ages 5-11, and a Rookie Science program for ages 8-11.
There is even a chess club for all ages.
Kids can also use the computers, browse magazines, and peruse the shelves for a good book to curl up with.
Registration is required for most activities and is available on line at www.cmlibrary.org.
Mint Hill Public Library is located at 6840 Matthews – Mint Hill Road. Hours of Operation are:Monday: 10 am to 8 pm; Tuesday: 10 am to 8 pm; Wednesday: 10 am to 8 pm; Thursday: Closed; Friday: 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday: Closed.
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National Merit Scholarship names local commended students

scholarshipIndependence High School principal Amy Dellinger announced today that Hunter Brakovec, Thomas Guist, Joseph Joyce, and Anna McElrath have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the programs, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Continue reading
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FSI office,Carolina Panthers announce Teacher of the Week

FSIIndependence High School marketing teacher and head baseball coach, Daniel Cooke, received the Teacher of the Week award from FSI Office Supplies and Carolina Panthers.
“We run scrolling announcements during games, and someone submitted Mr. Cooke’s name,” says Jerry Taylor, School Supply Specialist with FSI Office, who partners with the Carolina Panthers for the recognition program.
Winners are chosen based on their commitment in the classroom as well as their willingness to go out of their way to help others.
Cooke received a storage box full of supplies for the classroom, including a carton of paper, and 2 tickets to the December 15 game at Bank of America Stadium against the NY Jets.
At the December 15 game, the Teacher of the Year will be announced and will receive a Grand Prize package of additional supplies for their classroom.
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