Coffee with a Cop opens dialogue on national front

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 2.04.26 PMBy Charles Kelleher Harris

Citizen’s concerns for law enforcement go beyond the scope of the Mint Hill town limits.

“I just think it is terrible on the news how people are down on the police,” said a Mint Hill resident who asked to be identified only as Leslie, “This whole climate in the country is terrible.”

Leslie was one of the residents who turned out for the monthly “Coffee with a Cop” that is hosted by the Mint Hill Police Department.

September’s event was hosted at Showmar’s Restaurant.  Continue reading

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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.

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Showmars employee reaches 20-year milestone

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 1.48.09 PMCustomers dining in or stopping to pick up food from Showmars in Mint Hill have probably noticed a giant banner hanging near the registers, thanking Lanny Barr for 20 years of reliable service. Not only is Barr celebrating two decades of employment with the business, he’s also hitting that impressive landmark at the age of 38.

“We’re really appreciative of all that he has done and is willing to do for the store,” said Manager Tommy Racano, who has worked with Barr about five and a half years. “He’s definitely a valuable asset.”

Barr started in 1994 at Showmars’ original location in Mint Hill,

doing prep work in the kitchen. He was with the company when they expanded to their current, larger location on Mat- thews Mint Hill Road. Now that he’s moved up to assistant manager, his responsibilities are as varied as handling money to running expo to managing calls for to-go orders. “I like the people,” said Barr. “The people I work with and

the customers.”

Barr’s coworkers unanimously agree that he’s a supportive assistant manager. “He’s always willing to be flexible with his scheduling and help anybody out that needs it,” said Racano. A perfect example is his recent switch to night shift. While he had previously worked during  the day, Barr traded with another manager, Tia Vang, when he learned it would make things easier on her.

“That just shows how big of a heart he has, how he cares about me and

my family,” she said. Vang has worked with Barr for 12 years. “I just love him on the team. We’ve grown to know each other and I appreciate that he’s my friend.”

 

 

 

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Mint Hill native says ‘yes’ to baseball park proposal

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 7.34.07 PM Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 7.34.02 PMAndy proposed to Sarah at the Charlotte Knights Baseball game Wednesday night, July 30. Andy told Sarah he won tickets on the radio and she got to throw out the first pitch. Andy caught the pitch and then got on his knee and proposed to Sarah. She said “yes”. Sarah Rappe grew up in Mint Hill, graduated from Butler High School and Appalachian State, play softball at both Butler and App State, and is currently employed by OrthoCarolina. Andy attended Appalachian State and graduated from The Citadel. He is currently employed by the Columbia SC police department and the Air National Guard.  He served in the US Marine Corps for 6 years. No wedding date has been set yet.

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It takes me to a different place

By Charles Kelleher Harris

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 7.30.05 PMGlenwood Barnes loves working with his hands. For the last 12 years he has worked creating beautiful custom made cabinetry.  But his craftsmanship with woodworking is only the beginning of Barnes creativity.  “When I was a kid I didn’t do to good in school,” Barnes said, “But I was creative.”  Barnes was born in Lancaster, South Carolina but raised primarily in Philadelphia. Barnes was one of 13 children.  In his late teens Barnes began taking art classes at a Philadelphia night school. It was there that his true talent blossomed.  Recognizing his skill, Barnes tried, unsuccessfully to garner attention for his work. Frustrated, Barnes put his brushes away for a very long time.  “I stopped,” Barnes recalled, “I lost interest.”  Meanwhile, Barnes and his wife of 25 years, Vernere, raised theirñ three children.  During the lull in his painting, Barnes began practicing Tai Chi and focused on woodworking.  After returning to Charlotte in the 1990s, his interest in painting was sparked anew.  While continuing to work in cabinetry with Metro Woodcrafter Inc, Barnes studied at Mint Hill Arts under Carlos Cotera.  Continue reading

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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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