Saturday’s schedule for A Day in the Park

By Joyce Lavene
The Town of Mint Hill will host A Day in the Park on Saturday, March 24 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Park on Fairview, 8850 Fairview Road. The event is free. There is no registration. It will include professional and interactive demonstrations on disc golf, volleyball and other sports as well as yoga, dance and martial arts. The rain date for the event is Saturday, March 31. Continue reading

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Built By Faith

Pastors Tim Glenham and John Mouritsen prepare the final details of the dedication ceremony while standing in the new sanctuary. Statesville Stained Glass created both the cross at the front of the sanctuary and the Holy Communion piece at the back of the building. PHOTOS BY MICHELLE WATERS

By Michelle Waters
Five years ago, the pastors of Morning Star Lutheran Church, Tim Glenham and John Mouritsen, envisioned a new worship center that would accommodate their growing congregation and also strengthen the community. The theme for the building campaign was “By Faith.” Because of the economic downturn that affected many congregants at Morning Star, they decided to hold back on that dream. This decision ultimately blessed them in many unforeseen ways. By waiting, they saved over a million dollars on the construction and in their opinion, had the chance to work with the finest building companies around Charlotte.
Morning Star, originally called Crooked Creek, was organized in 1775. It is 100 years older than the next oldest Lutheran church in Mecklenburg County. The church has staffed more than 36 pastors since its early beginnings. Pastor Tim Glenham said at the time in which the fourth sanctuary was built in 1906, the church had already been established for 125 years. The new sanctuary is the latest building to be erected since 1984 and will be Morning Star’s seventh sanctuary located on Idlewild Road.
The old sanctuary, now refurbished to be the Music Center, held 150 people. The new worship center will hold 300 people. The facility is equipped with state of the art audio and visual technology including a loop system for the hearing impaired that allows members of the congregation with hearing aids and implants to listen only to the service while cutting out background noise.
Morning Star held its ground breaking ceremony in December of 2010 and began construction in June of 2011. During the 10-month long construction, momentum was built through the use of Facebook and other social medias with photo updates and information about the daily changes to the work site. Continue reading

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Mint Hill police officer shoots man

A Mint Hill police officer shot a man off of Hoodridge Lane Wednesday evening at around 9 pm.
An emergency operator received a call from a man claiming to be suicidal. As 911 operators were on the phone with the man they heard a gunshot and lost the connection. Mint Hill Officers were dispatched to the scene. While en-route the man called 911 back and was crying and said there were children at the house and then said if officers arrive he will kill himself. He hung up again. Continue reading

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Suspect arrested in purse snatching

The Mint Hill Police Department said Friday Brenton Tarell Samuels was taken into custody by Benedict College Campus Police, where he is enrolled. He was wanted for robbing a 67-year-old woman last week. He will be held at a county detention center pending an extradition hearing. If he waves extradition Mint Hill Police will go pick him up and then transport him to the Mecklenburg County Jail.

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A Toy story from the past

By Joyce Lavene

The 35th North Carolina Volunteer Regiment was camped out at the Carl J. McEwen Historical Village last weekend. It was a cool night and a frosty morning for the soldiers and their families.  The renactors also have wives and children with them who help tend the fires, cook food and even march with the soldiers and handle weapons. Continue reading

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Commissioners approve Planning Board recommedation

By Joyce Lavene

At its first meeting in March, The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners  were receptive to a request by Sullivan and Roupas, LLS that would allow an exception from the Downtown Overlay Plan so that a building could be positioned fronting a private street. The Planning Board recommended the project. Council voted to allow it, with Commissioner Tina Ross as the only dissenting voice. Continue reading

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