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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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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Speaker shares six essentials of running a successful business

By Michele Dotson

Chamber meeting

Guest speaker and business coach Harvey Smith addresses the Mint Hill Chamber members and guests. “What skills and knowledge do we need to develop to be exceptional in 2014?”

The monthly meeting of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce was held at Pine Lake Country Club on Thursday, March 27. Members gathered for lunch and listened as guest speaker, business coach Harvey Smith from who spoke on the six essentials of running a successful business.

Smith is President of Carolina Business Coach and has worked with over 1,500 individuals and organizations helping them to achieve greater success in their businesses and their lives.

Smith described the six essentials of running a successful business as a way to build a toolbox of usable skills to motivate and engage people, who are often tuned out of their jobs. Continue reading

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Rocky River apparel development students win top honors at fashion event

By Michele Dotson

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 8.26.04 PMOn February 22nd and March 1st, Rocky River High School’s Honors Apparel Development II Class won first and second place with a $600.00 prize for the best use of recyclable materials at The Recycle the Runway Event held at the Southern Spring Home and Garden Show in the Park Expo and Conference Center.

Seventeen students from the class designed and created the four winning garments.  The winners were chosen based on entries that incorporated the largest amount of recyclable materials.

Charlotte Solid Waste Services, Waste Reduction in Mecklenburg County, and MGR Youth Empowerment sponsored this event.   Continue reading

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