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. […]