MHPD benefits from K9 unit

Sgt. McKenzie and K9 Officer Ajay have worked together at the MHPD for five years. 

The Mint Hill Police Department is equipped with two working dogs.  Ajay and Bady go to work with their handlers, Sgt. McKenzie and Officer Mahmutovic.  They have been trained to find drugs, perform building searches, track suspects, and perform article searches.
The dogs spend a lot of time waiting in the K9 unit vehicle.  It’s equipped with a hot dog alarm, which automatically rolls down windows if temperatures get too hot.  Most of his calls are to sniff out traffic stops.  They have assisted with the DEA and police departments in Matthews, Pineville, and Charlotte.
McKenzie has seen a change in the number of people who run from him since he’s become a handler.  In his first four years, nine people attempted to run from him, but no one has tried it since they see the K9 logo on his car.
Ajay and Bady were bred in the Czech Republic.  Breeders pair dominant, trainable dogs, and a litter might produce just one dog that meets the behavioral requirements for police dogs.  American kennels purchase dogs from Europe, and bring them back to continue training.  They can cost between $6,000 and $12,000.  Mint Hill’s K9s came from a kennel in Greenville, N.C., and they respond to Czech commands.
“We spent a month at the kennel; we had to live there.  And we pretty much trained 12 hours a day, six or seven days a week,” said McKenzie.
He works with Ajay, an eight-year-old German Shepherd who has worked with the MHPD for five years.  McKenzie is his first handler.  When Ajay retires around the age of 10, McKenzie will gladly take him in as a family dog.
“I’ve always been an animal person.  I’ve always had dogs, and trained dogs for duck hunting,” he said.

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Burdicks celebrate 50 years

Charlie and Jane Burdick celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, August 4 at the Mint Hill Historical Society.  Their family and friends traveled from across the U.S. for the occasion.
The Burdicks were married Saturday, August 4, 1963 in Minnesota.  They have two daughters and five grandchildren.  They met their senior year at the University of Minnesota and married when they were 23 years old.
The party had an old-time southern feel.  The historic buildings, folk band, and gospel singers Karen and William Lindzy Washington provided the ambiance.
Dinner was provided by a caterer and served in the schoolhouse, and a bar was on site.  Tables and chairs were set under a tent, lit by strings of lights.
The Burdicks both volunteer at the historical society.  Charlie works on the grounds and Jane as a docent.  It’s a special place for them. Continue reading

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Fall sports registration

Mint Hill Athletic Association fall sports registration ends this month.  Soccer is available for children ages three to 16, football for ages six to 13, and baseball for ages five to 16.  Registration end dates vary from August 14 to August 24, depending on the sport.  Parents can register online at mhaa.us.

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Lions Club holds annual yard sale at Bi-Lo

All proceeds from Saturday's yard sale at Bi-Li go to the Lions Club to support their various causes in the Mint Hill community.

(Club will hold a car show Saturday)

Bi-Lo co-manager Tonya Ivey said the yard sale they sponsored in collaboration with the Lions Club last Saturday was successful enough to consider making it a monthly event.  She said the turn out was good, everyone made some money, and when it was over Good Will brought a truck to take donations if people didn’t want to pack up and keep their things.
Yard sale proceeds go to the Lions Club, an organization whose efforts Ivey and others at Bi-Lo respect and appreciate.
“They do a lot of good work in the community,” said Ivey.
This Saturday Bi-Lo and the Lions Club will hold their forth-annual car show in the Bi-Lo parking lot from 2 -5 pm.  The show grows with each year, and 30 to 40 cars are expected to participate.  The Corvette Car Club, Carolina Cruisers, Mint Hill Police, and Mint Hill Fire Department will be present.
Snow cones, pop corn, and lunch plates of chicken breast, baked beans, cole slaw and a roll – only five dollars a plate – will be for sale to help raise money.  Bi-Lo will also provide music. Continue reading

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Clear Creek DAR celebrates 20 years

Clear Creek Militia Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated its 20th Anniversary on April 14, 2012.  The Chapter was organized on April 18, 1992 by Mrs. William Kenneth Baucom (June Medlin) to recognize Mint Hill’s participation in the American Revolutionary War.  Among the charter members are Shirley Phillips West (Mrs. Lewis A. Jr.) and Amelia Robinson Ford.
The Clear Creek Chapter meets the second Saturday of each month at the Morningstar Lutheran Church on Idlewild Road.  The DAR promotes patriotism, education, and citizenship by working with veterans and schools.
A Genealogy Workshop will be held on June 2 from 1-4 pm at the Mint Hill Library by Jeanne McClary and NC State Genealogist.
Pictured above are the members of the Clear Creek Militia Chapter NSDAR along with Mrs. Judith C. Parker, District III Director.  Past Regents are:  June Baucom, Shirley West, Amelia Ford, Roberta Hart, and Janet Westbrook.  Johnsie Bickett is current Regent.

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Chamber holds monthly luncheon

John Aneralla joined the Chamber of Commerce for lunch at Jimmie's and won a business card drawing for Daphne's cupcakes.

The Chamber of Commerce met for lunch at Jimmie’s last Thursday.  Many members were in attendance, and a few shared information about upcoming events.
The Armed Forces Museum and Archives of the Carolinas shared information about their documentary “Honoring Our Heroes—The American POW Experience: WWII 1939-1949.”  It showed in Mint Hill at the Mint Hill Historical Society’s Ashcroft Schoolhouse, the Morrison Regional Library, and the South Charlotte Banquet Center for free.
Mint Hill Dance Center will hold its free recital at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church June 16.  The theme is dancing through the decades.
The not-for-profit Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care is in the running for a free van.  The company competed with over 4,000 non-profit groups nationwide, and it is now a finalist in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good.  Vote for them on Facebook to support this group’s efforts.
Chamber members also gave testimonials about each other’s services.  Suzanne Wolf of Abbey Rose thanked Michael Habenicht for his website design.
“We’re working within the Chamber, working with each other’s businesses, and we should acknowledge that,” said Wolf.
Nate Huggins expressed gratitude for the free flowers Abbey Rose donated to Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care for Mother’s Day.  Huggins said many of the people there need that extra attention they might not be receiving elsewhere.
The guest speakers were Gene White and Nadia Mercelis of LegalShield.  They spoke about identity theft.

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