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Mother-daughter pair bring some sparkle to HomeStyles

By Leah Schmalz

Ever wanted a baseball hat without a logo, or one that dresses your outfit up instead of down?

A Little Southern Sparkle, the newest addition to HomeStyles Gallery, offers just that.

The shop is run by Debbie Thomas and her daughter Amy Purser, who discovered the hats several years ago while on vacation but could never find them locally. After being stopped and complimented on the hats so often, Purser and Thomas began to consider bringing the hats to the local area themselves.

“Everywhere we go, people stop us,” said Purser. “It had just been more or less a joke until I got stopped four times in one day. As far as we know, this is the only place they’re available locally.” […]

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SonFest returns with live music, carnival features

By Leah Schmalz

St. John Neumann Catholic Church will be transformed into a fun-filled carnival next weekend for the fifth annual SonFest. The festival runs Friday, June 12 from 5 to 11 pm and Saturday, June 13 from 4 to 11 pm at 8451 Idlewild Road.

Sponsored by the American Burger Company, SonFest will offer all the food, rides and games that accompany a traditional carnival. In addition to classic carnival food like hot dogs, cheesesteaks and funnel cakes, there will be ethnic dishes available. Polish and Latin American plates are available both days, Vietnamese plates are available Friday and Eritrean plates are available Saturday.  […]

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Mint Hill Art Around the Block

Art Around the Block continues in Mint Hill Friday, June 5, from 6:30-9:30 pm, with 11 businesses and arts groups participating in the monthly event. Organizers suggest that visitors pick up maps at Mint Hill Arts or Pottery 51 and then proceed to other venues around the block. Places to visit include Homestyles, Irene Café featuring “The Zebras,” […]

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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. […]

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