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Dogs Days of Summer aims to serve community, benefit shelters

By Leah Schmalz

Treat your dog to a day out and support local shelters at the Dogs Days of Summer event on July 19.

The event, hosted by Barks, Bones & Biscuits, runs from 12:30 am to 4:30 pm in the parking lot at 11300 Lawyers Road.

The proceeds benefit the Fabulous McGrady and Friends Foundation, which supports shelters throughout North and South Carolina.

“They sponsor neuter and spay clinics,” said Barks, Bones & Biscuits owner Robyn Kline. “They collect lightly used things that people might want to get rid of, like leashes, collars, blankets, beds and toys. We’re going through them because they can help more than just one shelter.”

Barks, Bones & Biscuits also held a dog food drive in the weeks leading up to the event. “The dog food drive is to benefit local shelters,” said Kline. Food can be donated during the event or dropped off at the store, which is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm.  […]

By |July 17th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|6 Comments

Fire department evolves to match growing community

By Leah Schmalz

Decades ago, firefighters were primarily volunteers responsible for responding to fires and putting them out if they could. Now there is a much greater chance of seeing a fire truck at a motor vehicle accident or EMS call.

Mint Hill’s Fire Department has had to change in other significant ways as well. The station used to be fully staffed by volunteers, but now there are 30 paid employees to cover a steady influx of calls and support the 60 to 65 volunteers that comprise the department.

“As the town grows, we’ll grow with it,” said Deputy Chief and Training Officer John Phillips.

Phillips joined as a junior firefighter in 1974 at the age of 16. On July 7, he celebrated 41 years with the department. Just a few days prior, he began his new position as Deputy Chief. With over four decades at the station, Phillips has seen the department evolve drastically. “We’re really not the sleepy little bedroom town that we were in the 60s and 70s,” he said.  […]

MHAA is thriving, planning for growth

By Andrew Stark

Since 1972, the Mint Hill Athletic Association has been providing kids in the area a chance to play recreational sports and offering all of the benefits that go with teambuilding, competition and good sportsmanship.

This year the association has added boys and girls tennis and wants to add lacrosse at some point in the future, but must first overcome the biggest issue the association faces, which is space.

The association uses the fields at Independence High School, Northeast Middle and Mint Hill Park on Hwy. 218, but is still having to turn away kids in its biggest sports. […]

Mint Hill Ashcraft Schoolhouse receives cupola with historic bell

The Ashcraft Schoolhouse in the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village has a new look thanks to a cupola placed on its roof last Friday.

The cupola was constructed by Brandon Hawkins for his Eagle Scout project. Carl Smith and Bob Roland completed the design and assisted with its construction.

The cupola was built to resemble the style of the period, and some of its elements are actual slices of history. Some of the wood is from an old barn and the lightning rod is from a historical home.   […]