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


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.






Citizens Oppose New Development

By Charles Kelleher Harris

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners were in rapt attention as several citizens urged them to vote against a proposed housing development.

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners were in rapt attention as several citizens urged them to vote against a proposed housing development.

At least two dozen citizens were present at the September 11 meeting of the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting to voice their concerns over a proposed housing development behind the new Publix shopping center site during a public hearing.

Earlier this summer Ryan Homes, owned by NVR Inc., made a request for exemption from two zoning requirements in architectural guidelines in the proposed housing development located at 6828 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

“We are requesting approval (to) allow a garage to not be recessed from living space and relief from the exemption that every house must have a full front porch,” a representative from Ryan Homes told the board.  Continue reading


Mint Hill Arts Welcomes New Teachers

Fall classes for students of all ages (children, teens, and adults) will begin Sept. 15, 2014, at Mint Hill Arts, with an exciting array of classes, ranging from watercolors to oils to photography.  Returning to MHA classrooms are Judy Mizell, Larry Ferguson, Vicki Crossman, Mila Antonyuk, and Pamela Shook.  Joining them will be eleven new teachers representing a variety of talent in their respective mediums:

Ruth Crowe — Pastel Techniques and Basic Art Class.  Award-winning pastel artist; member of the Piedmont Pastel Society and Appalachian, Abingdon, and Kingsport Guilds.

Johannah Kelly – Pen & Inn with Watercolor Postcards.  Multi-lingual teacher working in a variety of mediums (watercolors, pen and ink, oils, acrylics, and multi-media collage).

Laurie Schorr – Exploring Photography and Learning to See like a Photographer.  Professional photographer and owner of LaurieSchorrPhotography, with teaching experience at Northwest Performing Arts School and The Light Factory.

Kathy Hood – Polymer Clay; Saturday Sampler classes on Jewelry: Resin Pendants and Making Exciting Earrings.   Artist specializing in polymer clay and jewelry and a member of Blue Ridge Clay Guild and Queen City Clayers.

Gina Anderson – Techniques in Colored Pencil (Saturday Sampler).   Member of the Pencil Art Society and the Colored Pencil Society of America, winner of national and international awards, and featured artist in numerous publications.

Mark Anderson – Basic Photographic Principles (Saturday Sampler).  Imaging manager at Cardinal Camera at the Arboretum, with over 30 years’ experience in the photo industry.

Tommy Beatty – Wet-on-Wet Oil Painting (Saturday Sampler).  Certified teacher of the Bob Ross Wet-on-Wet painting technique and retired business professional.

Pam Rooney – Artsy Tangles (Saturday Sampler). Artist specializing in creative ways to “doodle.”

Michele Dotson – Capture Your Memories (Saturday Sampler; two sessions using the creative writing process).  English teacher with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Anna Walker – Batik Painting (Saturday Sampler).  Retired art teacher and award-winning artist known for her batik painting workshops.

Tamra Davis – Blendabilities (Saturday Sampler).  Stampin’ Up! specialist and card designer.

 Mint Hill Arts is located at 11205 Lawyers Rd, Ste. A, Mint Hill, NC 28227. For more information on classes, including schedules and costs, call 980-226-5532 or visit You may also contact Marta Brown, Education Director, at or 704-577-8922.



Morrison praises Indy for graduation numbers

By Michele Dotson

CMS Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison held a press conference Tuesday, September 2 at Providence High School to share preliminary graduation results from across the district.

Morrison praised Independence High School for posting an impressive graduation rate of 88.6  which is an increase of  4.5 % from 2013.

Independence Assistant Principal Amy Mims described the school’s massive efforts to make connections with students and parents in order to pave the way to success.

Since the media briefing last Tuesday, further results have been released and Independence High School has been recognized for “Exceeding Expected Growth”  as a school with an overall 19.67 growth index  with EOC state tests.

In measuring student progress, the state recognizes growth in addition to proficiency. The state uses a sophisticated statistical analysis of students’ past performances to determine if they have learned at least a year’s worth of material; or exhibited growth.

This indicator is designed to show that students are learning even if their test results do not meet expected proficiency.

According to results published on Friday, Independence finished first in the district for the highest student growth on the English II EOC, second in the district for the highest student growth on the Biology EOC, and sixth in the district for the highest student growth on the Math 1 EOC.