Meeting sets stage for next year’s budget

A budget workshop was held at Mint Hill Town hall Wednesday, April 16. The purpose of the meeting was for departments within the town to review their operating budgets and discuss future needs.

“There’s not a whole lot of change in the way of expenses for next year,” says Town Manager Brian Welch. “Mostly we’re just maintaining what we’ve got.”

The police department is planning to purchase two new police cars to replace older cars that have high mileage. There is also discussion about adding an additional police position. Continue reading

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Commissioner charged with simple assault

A warrant was issued for Commissioner Lloyd Austin for an alleged assault on his neighbor.

Austin turned himself in to police on Wednesday, April 16 and was released on bond.

According to reports, the neighbor claims Austin threw rocks and dirt in his face, then punched him in the back of the neck.

Austin declined comment on the incident.

Town Manager Brian Welch also declined comment, saying Austin’s situation is personal business and not a town matter.

The town by-laws do not specify any specific consequences for alleged misconduct of a commissioner.

“I’m not aware of anything,” says Welch. “I would imagine if any actions are warranted, it would be after adjudication.”

Austin’s next court date is set for June.

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Mint Hill home to potters who love to share their craft

By Michele Dotson

The showroom at Log Cabin Pottery is inviting and full of ceramic arts; decorative wall hangings, mugs, tea pots, bowls and more are available for sale. A majority of the pottery sales goes to the potters’ respective churches.

The showroom at Log Cabin Pottery is inviting and full of ceramic arts; decorative wall hangings, mugs, tea pots, bowls and more are available for sale. A majority of the pottery sales goes to the potters’ respective churches.

If you love pottery, there is no doubt that Mint Hill is the place to be.

Working quietly in home studios, garages, and even an historic log cabin, these clay artists are giving the town a reputation for quality, functional and artistic clay works.

“Pineville is known for its antiques,” says potter Charles Beard (better known as Doc). “I think Mint Hill should be known for its pottery.”

Doc, who owns Log Cabin Pottery on Lebanon Road has seen an increase in interest for the pottery he creates, and the two other potters who share his space. Continue reading

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Canine Officer Robert Owens and the newest member

Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 8.41.15 PMCanine Officer Robert Owens and the newest member of the Mint Hill Police Department, Blitz, assisted with traffic control at last Saturday’s shred event sponsored by the Police Department and the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce. Owens and Blitz have just completed their first two weeks of active duty. Officer Owens picked up Blitz in March and the two attended an intensive five-week training course.

“We’ve been out and around Mint Hill,” says Officer Owens. “I like to keep Blitz out as much as possible. It helps to keep him social.”

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Bain celebrates outstanding students

By Michele Dotson
Staff Writer
dotson.michele@minthilltimes.

bain bobcat awardsThe third quarter Bain Bobcat students were celebrated at an awards ceremony on Thursday, April 10. Students are selected for this award because they display exemplary qualities both inside and outside of the classroom.com

“The Bain Bobcat award is reserved for students who not only have excellent grades, but also possess leadership qualities, give their personal best at all times, and are model citizens in the classroom and throughout our school,” says Robin Lysles-Khan, Bain Elementary School Dean of Students.

The students selected for third quarter are Carolyn Caulder, Hudson Snider, Jackson Clark, Troy Bunch, Ryan Turner, and Jamie Lynn Chowning.

 

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Independence students celebrate global youth service day

Continue projects to serve the children of South Sudan

By Michele Dotson

After hearing about the global issues impacting South Sudan and other countries around the world, students designed their own t-shirts addressing issues of education, hunger, poverty, protecting renewable resources, and especially, peace.

After hearing about the global issues impacting South Sudan and other countries around the world, students designed their own t-shirts addressing issues of education, hunger, poverty, protecting renewable resources, and especially, peace.

April 11 was Global Youth Service Day, and students in the Academy of International Studies (AIS) at Independence High School celebrated their successes in helping to provide a school and clean drinking water for the children of South Sudan.

For the past three years AIS students have been working to raise awareness and funds for children living in substandard conditions in a tiny country in northeastern Africa.

“In 2011, we held a spaghetti dinner and raised $1,500 for the school in South Sudan,” says senior Rachel Casale, who is president of the Interact Club. “In 2012, we sponsored the Carry the Jerry 5K to help fund clean water at the school, and we raised $2,000.”

Casale explained to the attentive crowd that in 2013, AIS students participated in the Any1Can Project where over 2,000 area students designed t-shirts raising awareness about a variety of global issues such as peace, education, water conservation, tolerance, hunger, and poverty. Continue reading

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