CMS launches new and improved Web site

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools announced today it has launched a new Web site. The last major update was in 2002. CMS will utilize more multi-media functions such as videos, podcasting and blogs and hopes the new Web site will be more user friendly and faster. Continue reading


Mint Hill Board meetings to begin 30 minutes earlier

Regularly scheduled meetings of the Board of Commissioners, held the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, will begin a little earlier.  Beginning with the February 12, 2009 meeting of the Board of Commissioners, all regularly scheduled Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meetings will start at 7 pm. The Board voted at the end of last year to move the meetings up by 30 minutes so they could end earlier in the evening. Last week’s meeting, which began at 7:30 ended after two closed sessions, at 9:45.


Why do these snowmen look unhappy?


You would be unhappy too if slowly melting away in 50 degree weather. That’s what it was like for these snowmen in neighborhoods off Brief Road last Thursday. After getting several inches of snow in the Mint Hill area Tuesday, kids quickly built their snowmen. Some, like the ones below, survived several more days before slowly melting back into the earth. One family decided the best way to celebrate the snow was to add a basketball sized snowball on top of their mailbox. To each, their own.


Mint Hill man dies in helicopter crash

Mark Bartlett of Mint Hill died in helicopter crash this morning. According to published reports, the helicopter clipped a power line and crashed in Monroe. Bartlett was 46 years old. A second man, Justin Travis, was also involved in the crash and was taken to a nearby hospital. He was awake and conscious. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said Bartlett was the pilot and that the helicopter crashed at 10:35 am. According to the Monroe Enquirer Journal:

“It was just a big explosion,” said Charles Sturgis, who lives at 1402 Woodland Ave., near the crash site. “It shook my whole house.”


Myrick to speak today in support of Lance, Inc and its fine peanut butter products

Lance crackers is a North Carolina institution. That’s why Rep. Sue Myrick is going to bat for them on the floor of Congress this afternoon. Here’s what she is going to say:

“Madam Speaker –
I rise today to stand behind Lance Inc., a snack food company based in my district.
Lance is the #1 seller of peanut butter crackers in US grocery stores.  It operates manufacturing plants in seven states.  Lance products can be found in grocery stores, convenience stores, hospitals, schools and vending machines across the country.
Lance products have not been affected by the nationwide peanut butter recall caused by the salmonella outbreak.  Continue reading


Letter of support needed for town grant

Mint Hill is applying for the NCDOT Safe Routes to Schools Grant, and as they asked with the last grant, Letters of Support from Community members and Stakeholders are requested.  The grant, if awarded, would provide funding to design and build a sidewalk along Bain School Road from Fairview Road to the Meadows of Mint Hill Subdivision. Visit the Web site the town created or call Dana Clukey if you have any
questions: 704-545-9726 or