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Mint Hill Cruise in: Great car, great stories

By Michele Dotson

The weather was beautiful, the cars streamed in and the last Cruise-in of 2013 was held on Friday, October 4 in the Monroe Hardware parking lot in Mint Hill. The monthly event, which is held the first Friday night from April through October from 6-9 pm, helps to raise money for Special Olympics.

“We have done real well this year,” says organizer Ronnie Theroux. “We’ve had a real good turn out and have seem some new cars.”
Ronnie and wife Vicenta work with the Special Olympics where they are coaches for softball. They work with adults and their season begins in February, with Regionals beginning in June in Cabarrus County. […]

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Former Bain students now working on staff

By Michele Dotson

Whoever said “Nothing good can last forever,” certainly had never attended Bain Elementary School.

Five current members of the Bain Elementary staff are former students.  What has drawn them back to Bain to work as adults is basically the same feelings they got when they were kids.
“The closeness that we have is like an extended family,” says Administrative and Financial Secretary Dorothy Flaherty who attended Bain from Kindergarten through sixth grade.
Third grade teacher Jessica Corrigan is proud to be at Bain to continue the traditions.
“The heart of Bain is what makes it so special.  There is a feeling of love and warmth amongst the staff, parents, and students.  We have strong historical ties to the community and Bain is rooted in a long tradition of providing the best for its students. “
Academic Facilitator Kelli Drye’s mother taught at Bain when she was a student there and she remembers spending time after school with her in her classroom “teaching school.”
Although Bain has been known since its inception in 1889 as a quality educational institution, holding high expectation of its students and parents, there’s always room for some fun, too. […]

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Chamber hears the State of Real Estate

Meeting highlights trends in area home buying 
and financing

By Michele Dotson
Staff Writer
dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

The focus of the September 26 Chamber meeting on real estate and financing was facilitated by Mint Hill Chamber president and real estate professional Rich Ferretti and Monarch Mortgage loan officer, Janet Gaglione.
“There is confidence in the market and lenders are loaning money again,” says Ferretti, who cited recent comparisons in the market which shows a 12.4 percent increase in home sales in July 2013 compared with July of 2012.
“The housing market is growing in pockets around the country,” says Ferretti. “Las Vegas is hot right now, and overall, the cost of housing is down.”
Ferretti also says that North and South Carolina continue to attract a lot of newcomers, with large numbers relocating from Florida.
“We call them the half-backs,” he says. “These are individuals who moved to Florida from places up north, and have now settled in the Charlotte area.”
Thanks to Charlotte’s banking industry, 2nd only to New York City, and new industry such as Met Life and Chiquita, Ferretti says our market is thriving.
Although there is a spike in interest in houses close to or in uptown, Mint Hill continues to see a resurgence in building, particularly on sites that were already prepared before the housing crisis hit.
Most recently, Bontera began construction near Lebanon and Hwy. 51 and the upscale Cheval community will be the focus of this year’s HomeArama in November.
There are also lots of investors in the market looking for good deals, and a recent study of home sales in the Charlotte area indicated that nearly one in five home sales last year could be attributed to an investment purchase. […]

By |October 3rd, 2013|Around Town, Development, Featured Posts|0 Comments

National Merit Scholarship names local commended students

Independence High School principal Amy Dellinger announced today that Hunter Brakovec, Thomas Guist, Joseph Joyce, and Anna McElrath have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the programs, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). […]

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FSI office,Carolina Panthers announce Teacher of the Week

Independence High School marketing teacher and head baseball coach, Daniel Cooke, received the Teacher of the Week award from FSI Office Supplies and Carolina Panthers.
“We run scrolling announcements during games, and someone submitted Mr. Cooke’s name,” says Jerry Taylor, School Supply Specialist with FSI Office, who partners with the Carolina Panthers for the recognition program.
Winners […]

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Local student serves as Governor’s Page

Madison Jillani, a senior at Greyfriars Classical Academy, recently served as a Governor’s Page in the office of Governor Pat McCrory. She is the daughter of AJ and Lisa Jillani of Mint Hill and was recommended by Bill Dixon, former city councilman for Matthews.╩

Madison also served as a House Page in May and was sponsored […]

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