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Fundraising dinner Saturday, Feb. 21 at Big Guy’s Pizza

The local nonprofit Jamaica Hope Foundation will host a fundraising dinner Saturday, Feb. 21 at Big Guy’s Pizza, 6914 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, in Mint Hill.

The drop-in event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and will include raffle prizes such as: $25 TCBY gift certificate; 60-minute massage from Bliss Massage Therapy in Matthews; beach-themed painting from The Tipsy Paintbrush in Matthews; Thirty-One and Tupperware products and more.
Raffle tickets are $2 each or three for $5 and will be on sale at the restaurant the week of the fundraiser.
This is the first local fundraiser for the nonprofit since its 501(c)3 incorporation in April.  […]

By |February 21st, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Fair Havens Ministry aims to use old Bethel School as orphanage

By Leah Schmalz

A sign hangs on the front fence of the old Bethel School building on Highway 24-27, proclaiming it the future home of Fair Havens Orphanage. After sitting vacant for years, Mint Hill native Jessica Harris has plans to convert the five buildings and three ball fields into a place of hope for children throughout the area, with a proposed opening date of August 2017.

After praying and talking to others about her vision, Harris met with the current owners of the building in September to discuss her ideas for the property. Negotiations brought the property price down to $150,000, with just $50,000 of that required to close on the sale.  […]

By |February 19th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

Mint Hill’s Queen’s Grant senior wrestling standout Nic Mitchell already has one state championship to his credit, hopes to repeat next month

By Andrew Stark
Queen’s Grant High School’s Nic Mitchell has a plan to return to the top of the high school wrestling landscape, but his quest won’t end with just another state championship.
Mitchell has already reached the apex once, winning the 138-pound N.C. High School Athletic Association’s Class 2A title last season as a junior at High Point’s TW Andrews.
“It was something I will never forget,” said Mitchell, who moved to the Charlotte area this summer. “It was eye-opening because there were so many wrestlers all there for the same reason – to win a state championship – and it was great to come out on top.
“It was hectic. I got up at 6 in the morning, practicing two to three times a day, but I was so glad I did it. This year I brought the same work ethic and a level  head. It was great to win it, but that was last year and I can’t let what happened last year effect how I wrestle this year.”
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By |January 29th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Queen's Grant, Schools|2 Comments

Mint Hill Kiwanis Club celebrates star students, supports schools

By Leah Schmalz

Each month, students at J.H. Gunn, Bain, Lebanon Road and Clear Creek elementary schools are recognized through the Terrific Kids program sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Mint Hill and the Chick-fil-A on Albemarle Road. This week, in addition to the program, Kiwanis presented each school with a check for $1,000 to purchase much-needed books.

Each teacher chooses one student they feel stood out for the month to be honored as a Terrific Kid. Teachers submit a short summary describing why the student earned the Terrific Kid title, which is read at the awards ceremony. Phrases like “ray of sunshine” and “enthusiastic learner” marked the descriptions at Clear Creek’s ceremony on Monday. The students also receive free ice cream at lunch and have their photos taken to display on a bulletin board in the school.  […]

By |January 29th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Schools|0 Comments