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Cigarettes stolen from Walgreens on Lawyers Road

Mint Hill Police need help locating two suspects who stole cigarettes from Walgreens on Lawyers Road June 17. Police estimate the value of the cigarettes is $500.

The suspects entered the business and the male suspect positioned himself behind the counter where he stole the tobacco products. Both suspects fled the store on foot and fled the parking lot area in a red 4-door vehicle with a chrome style running board. […]

By |June 25th, 2011|Police|0 Comments

Matthews Receives Grant for New Community Garden

View Larger MapThe Town of Matthews has received a $3,000 grant to establish a new Community Garden. Currently the Town has one Community Garden which is located at 427 Covenant Church Lane.

The grant was given to the Town by the Nourishing North Carolina Program, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and the NC Recreation & Park Association.

The […]

By |June 24th, 2011|Development, Matthews|1 Comment

Town extends deadline for land use plan survey

The town of Mint Hill has extended the deadline to take the land use plan survey to July 11.

Town Manager Brian Welch made the decision so that more citizens would have a chance to participate. The former deadline was June 20.


The survey gauges how citizens feel about future development in the town.

The information will then be used to help either tweak or start over the Comprehensive Land Use Plan that was drafted last year.

As of Monday, 600 people have taken the survey according to Town Planning Director Lee Bailey.

The draft of the plan drew stern criticism from some in town who thought there was too much allowance for higher density development, especially in the areas closest to Charlotte’s borders.

Mint Hill Board of Commissioner Lloyd Austin was on the board when the previous plan was enacted in 2000. He said he supported extending the survey date to July to give more people a chance to have their say.

The  process has been much more contentious than in 2000 according to Austin.

“It’s been a roller coaster,” Austin said. “I’m not for higher density, but there was a misunderstanding about what the plan was originally about. Overall, I think it was just a communication problem.” […]

By |June 23rd, 2011|Around Town, Development|1 Comment

New restaurant coming to Mint Hill

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The Mint Hill restaurant scene is growing. Brad Bowen, a resident of the town, is in the process of opening a full service restaurant and bakery called Palmetto Grill and Bakery at the location formerly operated by Mama’s Pizza in Mint Hill Pavilion.
This follows the recent opening of The Hill Bar and Grill in the location that was once occupied by Mint Hill Grill and Deli.
Bowen has spent much of the past 30 years either operating restaurants or working in the corporate side of the food service industry. The Olde Sycamore resident hopes to have his new venture open by the New restaurant coming to Mint Hill end of August.
The restaurant will feature fresh cut steaks and fish and be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Bowen said he hopes to “bring to Mint Hill what it has been missing for years, an upscale, yet affordable family restaurant that serves made from scratch meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”
The dinner menu will include Mahi Mahi, Bourbon Glazed Salmon, Red Striped Bass, Filet Mignon and Baby Back Ribs. […]

By |June 23rd, 2011|Around Town|1 Comment

IBM employees volunteer at Blessed Assurance

Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care participated in IBM’s celebration of 100 years as a company on June 11 and 15. More than 75 employees from IBM in Charlotte contributed at 26 area non-profits in the region. As a part of this celebration, Melanie A. Tindley, Systems Availability Leader at IBM, reached out to Nate Huggins […]

By |June 22nd, 2011|Around Town, Non-profit|2 Comments

Matthews names police and support persons of the year

The officers of the Matthews Police Department have chosen Roy Sisk as the Police Officer of the Year and Hubert Adams, the Police Support Person of the Year. The Matthews Chamber of Commerce presented the awards.
Sgt. Roy Sisk joined the Matthews Police Department in 2003. He supervises the Patrol
Division and is a member of the Special Resource Team. A native of Alabama, Roy graduated from Wingate University with a B.S. degree and he completed his Basic Law Enforcement Training Certification at Western Piedmont Community College.

Before joining the Matthews Police Department he worked for eight years at the Marshville Police Department where he was a sergeant. […]

By |June 21st, 2011|Matthews|29 Comments