Town shows residents A Day in the Park

 The event dubbed A Day in the Park was almost drowned out by storms on Saturday, March 24. Heavy rains swept through the area in the morning but sunshine prevailed in the afternoon and some of the events were able to take place. Under blue skies and puffy white clouds, Tone Your Temple offered free mini yoga lessons for those interested. A small crowd gathered to watch as the women went through the exercises. The event took place at the Park on Fairview as an incentive to get people to fill out an online survey about their interest in Mint Hill’s parks. Story and Photo by Joyce Lavene


Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas votes for new board members

The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas have a new set of board members. The group voted last month at its regular meeting at the Mint Hill Town Hall. The museum and archive will be constructed next to the North Carolina Korean War Veterans Memorial at the Park on Fairview.

The officers are William R. Dixon, President; Jeff Pitney, Vice President; Kathleen A. Wilsbach, Secretary; Ron Paschal, Treasurer; and Gary Aljets, Committee Coordinator. Two new members were also voted in: Andrew Hagopian and Ben Kubie.
About the group:
AFMAC is a a 501(c)(3) entity that will honor, preserve and celebrate freedom. This world-class museum, scheduled to break ground in 2014, will be unique in that it will honor all five branches of the United States military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. When completed, visitors will experience an educational showcase of 250 years of military history combined with the home front support and sacrifices that have made our nation great. Details and donation information can be seen at

Mint Hill ranks in top 15 percent of most livable places in the south

Mint Hill TimesIt may not seem like much, being ranked 166 of all southern cities, towns and villages in quality of life. But when you factor in that Mint Hill was in the top 15 percent out of 1,146 places, it doesn’t look so bad.
The Business Journal used a variety of factors to determine the quality of life including economy, housing and education. Huntersville, Cornelius and Matthews all ranked in the top 10 in North Carolina, while Chapel Hill was No. 13,  just one spot ahead of Mint Hill.

Mint Hill ranked higher than Raleigh and Charlotte on the list.


Queen’s Grant hosts turkey drive

Mr. Adam and Mr. Rutherford, 6th grade teachers and proud supporters of the “Turkey dinner drive!" Photo By Mark Sward

Queen’s Grant Community School held its annual Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Drive the week of November 14.  The students brought in enough Thanksgiving food supplies to fill 130 dinner bags and raised $1,128 “Gobble, Gobble” dollars to buy Food Lion Gift Cards to go with each bag.  QG partnered with Food Lion to purchase 108 “Hunger has a Cure” food boxes with $250 of the raised funds to go to Mint Hill’s Loaves and Fishes and other local churches.  The dinner bags went to families, schools and churches in our community.

Submitted by Melissa Sward


Butler beats Indy, moves on in 4AA playoffs

The Butler Bulldogs put together one its most solid games of the season Friday, defeating Independence in the second round of the state 4AA playoffs, 42-20.
“We didn’t execute on offense like we needed too,” Independence Coach Bill Geiler said after the game. “And we didn’t stop them on defense. They are a good football team. My hat’s off to them. They had a good game plan and kept us from doing what we do. The better team won.” Continue reading


Independence comes up short against Butler in the battle for the King of the Hill trophy

RJ Baker dives for extra yards in the first half of Friday's game. (Photo by Mark Sward at

Independence played a solid game on offense and defence against one of the best teams in the state, but it wasn’t enough Friday as cross-town rival Butler retained the King of the Hill trophy, winning 38-26.
The Bulldogs finished the regular season 9-1 and first place in the Southwest 4A, while the Patriots dropped to 9-2 and third place in the conference. Ardrey Kell took second place in the conference.
In front of a nearly sold out home crowd, the Patriots would rally in the second half, pulling with four points on an R.J. Baker four yard touchdown run.
Butler would come right back on its only meaningful possession of the fourth quarter, driving 80 yards for the touchdown. Josh Glisson ran the ball nine times on the drive, busting into the end zone on a one-yard carry to give the Bulldogs a 38-26 lead.
Butler’s other touchdown of the second half was the result of an interception by Channing Stribling. The referees were unsure if the ball had hit the ground before Stribling snagged it, but after a discussion, awarded the Bulldogs a touchdown. Others saw it differently. Continue reading