County decides on fire tax for ETJ

The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners held its final vote April 3 to move forward with the fire tax that would create funding for unincorporated areas.  The tax rate has not yet been decided, but Fire Marshal Mark Auten says it will be between 4.5-7 cents per $100 based on property value. Continue reading

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Bestselling author offers writing workshop

New York Times Bestselling author Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth) will present a 45-minute writing workshop about her books and the writing process, Tuesday, April 17, at 5 pm at the Mint Hill Library.  Several attendees will win a copy of one of Ryan’s books.  She’ll be glad to autograph any copies presented to her at the end of the program.  Call 704-416-5200 to register or online at www.cmlibrary.org.

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News from Queen’s Grant

Queen’s Grant High School hosts walking tours
Queen’s Grant High School will host walking tours with principal Dr. Mike Smith. If you’re interested in learning more about Queen’s Grant Charter High School, take the tour Wednesday, March 28 at 10 am at the main office, 10323 Idlewild Road. Serving grades 9-12.These are small group tours. In case of inclement weather, a brief meeting will be held in the administration building. Please contact the admissions office to RSVP for a tour or call 704-545-0736 or visit QGPHS.com. Continue reading

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Students at Queen’s Grant High School create murals

Students in the classroom of Suzanne McGroarty’s Honors Biology, AP Biology, Physical and Marine Sciences worked together using their collaborative skills and creativity to create the murals inside of their classroom. The scenes were of a coral reef, kelp bed, tidal pool, and creatures of the deep.  “The mural served as a great teaching tool, for her students,” said McGroarty.

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Independence students design clothes with positive message

 By Feven Tewolde

(Tewolde is a student at Independence High School and writer for the Patriot News Bureau.)
“Are you Ignorant?” is a common phrase that founders Brian Acker, Broderick Cuthberson, and Kavon Shuler use for their clothing line “Ignorant Black Kidz” (also known as IBK Nation). It’s common that our society would view ignorance negatively, but the founders of IBK were determined to change the normal views and make it a positive movement.

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Mint Hill Girl Scouts celebrate

By Joyce Lavene

The Mint Hill Times Girl scout Troop 1333 began as a Daisy Troop in September 2005. The girls are second year cadettes now and they are celebrating the 100th year of Girl Scouting with other scouts from around the world.

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