Art Around the Block set for Friday

 

Join local artists and neighbors at the Mint Hill community’s first ever Art Around the Block event Friday, August 1, from 7-9 pm. It will be an evening of fine art, music, demon- strations, entertainment and much more.

Recognizing that art and other cultural venues are flourishing in Mint Hill, artists, neighbors, and local businesses gathered for a brain-storming session at Hawthorne’s Pizza and created Art Around the Block—an evening event to be celebrated on the first Friday of each month.

Art Around the Block will feature monthly displays of paintings and other fine art, along with pottery and gift items by local artists, music, demonstrations and home fineries—all in one easy-to-navigate block, complete with ample parking.

Carol Clayton - Rain in the City

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Long-time bank teller fosters customer relationships

By Leah Schmalz

Jane Locklear, second from left, has worked as a bank teller for 27 years. She is appreciated not only by her customers, but also her coworkers, including Anna Pancamo, far left, Cindy Brinson, second from right, and Cim McComiskey, far right.

Jane Locklear, second from left, has worked as a bank teller for 27 years. She is appreciated not only by her customers, but also her coworkers, including Anna Pancamo, far left, Cindy Brinson, second from right, and Cim McComiskey, far right.

If you bank at BB&T in Mint Hill, chances are you know Jane Locklear. With 27 years under her belt as a teller, Locklear does more than handle the banking needs of her customers- she forms genuine relationships with them. “Not only is there the fact she is superior at her job, she is just a totally caring person,” said Sandy Reynolds, a long-time customer.

Reynolds has worked for Mobley Electric Company, Inc. for about 20 years and has banked with Locklear on behalf of her company throughout that time. Reynolds’ daughter even got a job at BB&T after graduating high school. “Her first day there Jane brought a fresh peach cake, and she knew she would like her,” said Reynolds. “She said everyone always wanted Jane and would be upset when she was away on vacation.”  Continue reading

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Habitat Matthews looks to expand to Mint Hill

By Leah Schmalz

On top of celebrating 25 years of serving low-income families, Habitat Matthews is looking ahead to the future. The organization plans to expand into Mint Hill to fill a hole in the community. “We hope to grow with the community and provide something that’s not being provided right now,” said Development Director Dawn Folmar. “We’re concerned Mint Hill is not being served with low-income housing.”  Continue reading

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Sticks and Cones Ice Cream truck lands national top 10 list

By Leah Schmalz

sticks and cones ice creamJust a year after being recognized by MSN’s Delish website, Sticks and Cones Ice Cream has landed on a list of the top 10 best gourmet ice cream trucks in the country. Crafted by Relish.com, the list included only two soft-serve ice cream trucks and only one from the South. The Mint Hill-based business’ Cones truck was recognized for its unique ice cream creations. “We have a pretty creative menu,” said Karen Trauner, who owns the business with her husband Dave. “We’ve worked very hard on it and it’s different from the average ice cream truck.” While their Sticks truck focuses on traditional, nostalgic ice cream, the Cones truck specializes in gourmet offerings like the Boldy Balsamic, a sundae that features strawberries paired with varieties of flavored balsamic vinegar like blueberry or cinnamon pear. “We get our ideas from all over the place,” said Karen.Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 7.31.49 PM Continue reading

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June Tunes July 3

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 4.23.44 PMThe Queen City Brass Band will perform as a part of the June Tunes series Thursday, July3 at 7:30pm.This is a free patriotic concert held on the front lawn of the Town Hall. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the music.

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SonFest

St. John Neumann Catholic Church held their annual SonFest event on June 13 and 14. Over 6,000 people attended the 4th annual carnival event, which was sponsored by American Burger Company. The event kicked off Friday night with a special appearance from Drex, Maney and Cassiday of the “Drex and Maney Morning Show” on KISS 95.1 FM. The all-star radio hosts guest emceed on the main stage, moderated the 1st annual Hamburger Eating Contest and called a few rounds of BINGO in the Parish Hall. “We are so honored to have Drex and Maney back for the second year in a row,” said St. John Neumann’s Pastor Patrick Hoare. “This year we had the pleasure of having Cassiday with them and they were one of the entertainment highlights on Friday night.” Kids of all ages enjoyed several rides, including Thomas the Train, Paratrooper, Way Out Swing, a 3 Ring Circus bounce house, Bungee Trampoline and a Super Slide. The midway featured several carnival games like the Ring Toss, Balloon Darts, Putt Putt, Quarterback Challenge and Water Race. A variety of ethnic and carnival-friendly foods were anvailable for purchase. Continue reading

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