Public invited to Biz Expo to learn about local businesses

By Michele Dotson

Chamber event promises fun, food, and prizes

Mike Cochran

Mike Cochrane from Yadkin Bank welcomes visitors at last year’s inaugural Biz Expo.

Mint Hill has managed to maintain a good balance of larger corporate presence along with locally owned and operated businesses in its efforts to preserve the small-town feel that makes the town unique as a suburb of a fairly large city.

To celebrate this feat of good business sense, the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 2nd Annual Biz Expo event on Thursday, March 13 from 4 to 7 pm at Blair Road Methodist Church Family Life Center in Mint Hill.

Approximately 50 local businesses will showcase their products and services to the community in an effort to expand their customer base in the area.   Continue reading

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Fires destroy two Mint Hill homes

By Michele Dotson

Fire that went undetected in this house on Eagle Claw Court while the owner was at work was completely destroyed the structure. The cause of the blaze is unknown.

Fire that went undetected in this house on Eagle Claw Court while the owner was at work was completely destroyed the structure. The cause of the blaze is unknown.

Separate fires rendered two families homeless within three days in the Mint Hill Area last week.

On Thursday, February 28, a home in the 6200 block of Eagle Claw Court was completely destroyed by fire that was reported by a neighbor at around 10:30 am.

“I left for work at about 7:30,” said the owner, who wished to remain anonymous. “You know, it was my normal routine. I made my coffee and went out to work. If it hadn’t been for a friend of mine in Kannapolis who saw it on the news and called me, I would have come home at night to find my house was gone.”

The owner’s wife and two daughters were out of the country and no injuries were reported. Continue reading

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MHPD Shred-It event

The Mint Hill Police Department will host a Shred-It event in Mint Hill April 12. This provides the residents of Mint Hill a safe and secure place to dispose of documents which may contain personal or confidential information. The event will be in the parking lot of Fifth Third Bank from 9 am to 12 pm.

For more information, contact the Mint Hill Police Department at 704-545-1085.

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Coffee With a Cop March 4 at Showmars

The Mint Hill Police Department and community members will come together March 4, in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend. The event is from 8-9am at Showmars Restaurant located at 6850 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Mint Hill. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Mint Hill’s neighbor- hoods. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Bloodhound is crowd favorite at Westminster

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 2.43.20 PMNathan the Bloodhound from Mint Hill won the hearts of all the spectators at Madison Square Garden in New York City earlier this month making every- one smile at his antics in and out of the ring. Three year old Grand Champion CH Flessner’s Internation- al S’Cess, better known at home as “Baby Nathan,” won the breed and went on to be the first Bloodhound to win the Hound Group at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club show and ad- vance to Best in Show.

Nathan was clearly the fans’ favorite and they let it be known as soon as the 135 pound gentle gi- ant put his big paw on the green carpet at the Garden. Their screaming and clap- ping every time Nathan’s droopy face appeared on the jumbo screen just made him that much more animated. Continue reading

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Local institutions help navigate college financial aid options

By Michele Dotson

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 2.27.23 PMOn Saturday, February 20, college bound teens and their parents converged on local public institutions offering help in deciphering the first step in getting financial aid; the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FASFA).

Both Hickory Grove Public Library, and the State Employees Credit Union in Mint Hill (and all across the state) were open and staffed with volunteers to help take that first, vital step.

All students are expected to contribute towards the cost of their college education. But how much a student and his family will be expected to contribute depends on individuals’ financial situation. Continue reading

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