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Memorial honors USAF Capt. Glenn Cook

By Andrew Stark

It had been 45 years since Capt. Glenn Richard Cook died serving his country while in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. His 0-2 Skymaster had gone down in the thick jungles of the Nihn Thuan Province in the Republic of Vietnam and despite mass searches, neither his plane nor his body were ever recovered.
When Cook’s sister, Jan Cook Bradley, and a group of her brother’s old friends and classmates got together at a recent event, the talk quickly turned to Cook and the group realized he’d never received a proper burial.
That set the tone for a special memorial ceremony, which was held May 31 at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
As the date approached and Jan began preparing for travel to Mint Hill from her Florida home, she wondered out loud how many people would attend a memorial service for a fallen military hero 45 years after his death.
But as the May 31 ceremony got underway, both sides of the Sunset Memorial drive were packed with more than 250 attendees who came to give thanks to a fallen hero. […]

By |June 5th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

Mint Hill Madness pictures

Photos by Leah Schmalz

By |May 25th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History, Mint Hill Madness|0 Comments

Smoking, tobacco ban off to uneventful start

By Andrew Stark

It’s been just over three months since the Town of Mint Hill adopted a smoke-free stance in and around government grounds, vehicles and property and went tobacco-free in Mecklenburg County parks, but you’d hardly know the ban was implemented.

“I haven’t heard a peep,” town manager Brian Welch sad. “Folks just don’t smoke as much as they used to, so it doesn’t have as much of an effect as it may have had in the past. But no, in all honesty I haven’t heard one person say anything about it.” […]

By |May 22nd, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

Patriots get tough first test on gridiron

By Andrew Stark

First-year Independence football coach Justin Hardin won’t have any time to ease into his new role as the leader of the Patriots.

CarolinaPreps.tv released the schedule for its third-annual Kickoff Night, a grouping of two games that annually kick off the football season in a stand-alone format, and the Patriots are on tap for the nightcap for the third straight year.

After bulldozing South Meck with 49-0 wins each of the past two seasons, the Patriots will get a little tougher challenge this year in two-time defending Class 4-AA champion Mallard Creek at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 22, a Saturday, at approximately 8 p.m.

The Independence-Mallard Creek game will be played 30 minutes after the kickoff game of Charlotte Country Day and Myers Park concludes. […]

By |May 22nd, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, History, Independence High School|0 Comments