Three days of the Fourth of July—what’s happening in the Charlotte-Mint Hill-Matthews area

• The Town of Matthews will celebrate the 4th of July Saturday, July 2. Activities begin at 5:30 pm in front of Town Hall as everyone gathers to decorate their bicycles, scooters or wagons with free patriotic items provided by the Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural ResourcesMint Hill Times Department. A “Peoples Parade” will start at 6 pm. The parade route is from Town Hall to Stumptown Park. Games and activities are from 6:30-7 pm. End the night with “Too Much Sylvia” who will perform a free concert in Stumptown Park at 7 pm. The event is co-sponsored by the Arts & Science Council.

• The Town of Mint Hill host The Queen City Brass Band July 3 starting at 7:30 pm on the lawn of town hall. This is the last concert of the season in the June Tunes series. The Queen City Brass Band was established in 1992 and is a community based organization that promotes music in a traditional British brass band style. Their repertoire consists of marches, hymns, original works for brass band, classical transcriptions, jazz, show tunes, movie scores and more. The event is free.

• The Charlotte Museum of History will host an event July 4 from 11 am to 3 pm. The museum will have colonial games, family-friendly activities, and open house tours of the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite. Bring a picnic lunch and have some fun before your regular nighttime festivities.
The museum is located at 3500 Shamrock Drive, between Eastway Drive and Sharon Amity Road. (Charlottemuseum.org)

• The Presbyterian Hospital July 4th Spectacular will take place July 4 from 6-10 pm in downtown Charlotte, with the fireworks beginning at 9:30 pm. Continue reading

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Bill Brawley says nothing illegal about GOP fundraiser

As Republicans in North Carolina held a fundraiser in Raleigh yesterday, a crowd of demonstrators stood outside calling the event a “pay for play” dinner with lobbyists.
Rep. Bill Brawley, who serves the Mint Hill and Matthews area, told WTVD that Democrats held the same type of fundraisers when they were in power:

The only difference between this and what has happened for years is the Republicans are in the majority.

Brawley spoke with reporters before heading into the event. He told WRAL that he had never been protested before. “This is great,” he said.

Democrats will hold a similar fundraiser July 12.

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Mint Hill’s Sunday Afternoon in the Park accepting applicants

The Sunday Afternoon in the Park Committee is soliciting artists and musicians to display, perform, demonstrate and sell their products at Sunday Afternoon in the Park, on Sunday, August 28, 2011. The event will be held at the Mint Hill Park on Wilgrove (5233 Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road) from 1-6 pm. There is a $5 fee to participate. Artists need to provide their own tables, tents, displays, etc. There is no electricity provided. Only items handmade by the exhibiting artist will be allowed. Franchises, imports, and commercially produced items are prohibited. The committee reserves the right to reject any pieces that do not fit our family friendly event.  Complete and return the application below, along with the $5 application fee, and a photograph of your work, by August 22, 2011 if you are interested in participating in Sunday Afternoon in the Park.

For further information contact Tina Ross at 704-545-6231 or e-mail katrinar87@earthlink.net

Return completed applications to: Sunday Afternoon in the Park 8743 Scarsdale Dr., Mint Hill, NC  28227.

APPLICATION: Continue reading

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New West Union County Rotary Club president installed

Chad Hannon was named the Union West Rotary Club Chad president for the coming year.The Mint Hill Times
“I joined Rotary back in 2009 with hopes of being able to contribute to our community,” he said. “I am looking forward to the next stage in my life and being President of Rotary. My goal in life is to help as many people as I can and impact their life in a positive way.”

Outgoing President Maureen Mulhall began the June 23 meeting with remarks about her tenure.
“It has been an honor to serve Union West Rotary and our community. I am delighted to welcome Chad Hannon as the new President and look forward to working with him and our new board,” said Mulhall.

Union West Rotary meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 am at the Indian Trail Civic Building. This 42 member service club strives to make a positive difference in the lives of others and support the community through various activities such as sponsoring literacy programs at Union West Library, supplying dictionaries to the local schools, and more recently, donating $50,000 to the Town of Indian Trail sponsoring the pavilion in their new park. For more information about Union West Rotary visit www.rotaryclubofunionwest.org.

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No charges brought against Mint Hill man


View Larger MapThe Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office will not bring charges against the driver of an ATV that killed Evan Wolf last week. Patrick Keaton, 43, of Mint Hill accidentally hit Wolf with ATV at a gathering at Christ Covenant Church June 21. Wolf, 15, was participating in a summer youth program called Seek the City when the accident occurred.

The Matthews Police Department has been conducting an investigation into the circumstances leading up to the crash since the incident occurred.

The investigation is considered closed at this time.

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Chris Leak’s passing record may not have been broken after all

Chris Leak set many records as quarterback for Independence High School in the early 2000s. One mark, passing for 585 yards in a game in 2002, was recently broken by Will Cooper, quarterback of Broughton High School last year.
The record, however, was recently challenged by the Raleigh News and Observer who reviewed the game film and found that Cooper passed for 15 yards less than what was originally recorded. That means Cooper actually tied Leak’s mark.
Because it is nearly impossible to check high school football stats, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association will probably allow Cooper to keep the record, however. As Bobby Guthrie, the Wake County Schools athletic director and a member of the NCHSAA board said:

“How do we know the Charlotte [record] is correct? Is Chris Leak’s record any more valid than what the Cooper boy did?”

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