Members of the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department will hold their Fill the Boot collection to support their annual fundraising efforts and contribution to the local Muscular Dystrophy Association, an organization that benefits children and adults affected by neuromuscular diseases.

The collection will take place at the intersection of Lawyers Road and Matthews- Mint Hill Road Sat- urday, September 27, from 9 am to 3 pm.

Funds raised through the 2014 Mint Hill Fill the Boot will help support MDA’s programs of worldwide research, specialized health care services, and day-to-day support – which includes sending children affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases
to a weeklong, barrier-free MDA summer camp at Camp Bethelwoods in York, SC.

In 2013, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated in Fill the Boot events across
the country and raised $26.2 million. Last year, Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department raised a total of $4,800 for MDA. For the 60th anniversary, they’re looking to raise even more awareness and provide further support by setting a goal of collecting $6,000 this year.


Mint Hill’s “Art Around the Block” Friday, October 3

The upcoming “Art Around the Block” on Friday, October 3 (6:30-9:30  pm) promises to be fun and entertaining.  Think about wearing a costume or mask and making an appearance at Irene Cafe, where’s there is always live music.  Next, take time to cast your vote for your favorite piece of art during the “People’s Choice Award Show” at Mint Hill Arts, where you can meet and greet the artists. Then, shop for arts, crafts, and gifts at Homestyles, Picket and Plume, and The Looking Glass.  And don’t forget to check out what’s happen at Spotlight, the home of Black and White Theatre, Pottery 51, and Glenwood Barnes’ studio (also offering art for sale and martial arts demonstrations).  Mint Hill’s restaurants will be open that evening — a great opportunity to get together with your friends and family.

For more information, contact Ginny Edelen 704-573-4644


Shots fired

On September 23 at approximately 2:51 Mint Hill Police were called to the 4700 Block of Margaret-Wallace Road, in the Idlewild Plaza parking lot, in reference to a fight in progress with shots being fired.  Upon arrival both parties involved had left the area, via private vehicles.  Investigators arrived on scene and began speaking with witnesses.

The only thing that can be confirmed is that two males were involved in a physical altercation, in the parking lot, and one of the men was shot.  The individual that was shot is at a local hospital and a MHPD detective is at the hospital now trying to obtain further.  The identity of both individuals involved is not known.

The investigation is still in its infancy and more information will be released when it becomes available and it is appropriate to release the information.  Detective Sergeant M. Moberg is in charge of the investigation.

Anyone who may have information that can assist with the information is asked to call Mint Hill Police Dispatch at 704 889-2231.




Local youth joins efforts to save Bain School

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 4.12.31 PMAt the September 11 Board of Commissioners meeting, Connor Fohr was presented with a certificate of recognition from Commissioner Tina Ross.

“I want to recognize Connor for his efforts in saving the Bain School,” said Ross.

Connor’s mother said that nostalgia contributed to Connor’s decision to help the Bain Restoration Committee

“He was one of the last classes to actually use the building for instruction,” said Denise Fohr, “He wanted to help because the school is an important part of Bain and Mint Hill history.”

“I think the building is an

important part of Bain Elementary and CMS history since it was the first CMS [Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools] school. I wanted to do something to make sure the building wasn’t destroyed,” Connor said, “After talking to Council- woman Ross, I liked the plans for the performance center and think it is a good addition to Mint Hill.”

The original Bain School was built in 1889 and was the first graded and preparatory school in Mecklenburg County. The school closed around 9 years ago when it was condemned for struc- tural issues.

Connor is a seventh grade student at Mint Hill Middle School and a member of Troop 159 in Windrow.

While in fifth grade, Connor read about efforts to save Bain Academy during a current events assignment.

Connor wanted to do something to help and talked with then Bain Principal John LeGrand and together they decided a bake sale would be a suitable way to raise funds for a contribution to the restoration project.

Last spring, Connor and two other classmates, Sophia Ternes and Kayla Salguedo, held a bake sale and raised about $131.25 which was donated to the restoration project.

“We are both very proud of Connor for everything he does,” said Denise Fohr, “Connor is a very

thoughtful young man and always wants to help others. It is because of his desire to make that contribution that we are still involved in the restoration committee and the wonderful group that keeps it going.”

Connor said that his future goals included traveling the globe to provide health care to underprivileged people.Connor said that it was an “honor” to be recognized by the Town for his contribution. He also said that he is helping with an upcoming All Class Bain Reunion in November.

“I will continue to help the committee anyway I can,” he said.






Patriots allow Huskies to score points but not win

By Ron Morris

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 4.03.21 PMEntering Friday’s night non-conference battle between county rivals the Hough Huskies and host Independence, the Patriots had been un-scored on and undefeated.
However, at the 8:14 mark in the second quarter, the Patriots gave up 3 points on a 27-yard field goal. Before the game ended, Hough managed to put 17 points on the board, but the Patriots stayed undefeated by defeating Hough 27-17.
Independence was the first to get on the board with 1:30 to go in the first quarter. The Patriots drove the ball 52-yards and on a one yard run by quarterback Kelvin Hopkins. The Patri- ots took the lead 7-0. Continue reading


Independence FFA Chapter promotes National Teach Ag Day

By Leah Schmalz

The Future Farmers of America, or FFA, at Independence High School is working to promote National Teach Ag Day this Thursday.

“There is a dire need for agriculture teachers,” said John Hess, the program’s advisor. “National Teach Ag Day is trying to promote students to get into agriculture and even into the field of teaching agriculture.” The program is doing this through announcements and posters that provide data on the need for agriculture teachers specific to the Southeast.  Continue reading