Mint Hill Planning Board meets

The Planning Board met Monday at the Town Hall to approve the minutes of the March 22 meeting and to discuss and recommend the rezoning request filed by Sullivan, Burd and Roupas, LLC.  The dentists are asking to construct a new building at 6332 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
The first approval made by the Planning Board was to allow the front of the building to be on a private street.  The Monday meeting focused on sidewalks.
The site plan meets code requirements, but the town has asked Sullivan, Burd and Roupas to be flexible, shifting the sidewalk.  There was discussion on whether the sidewalk should be five or eight feet, but it was determined that five feet is adequate.
The closeness of the building to the road and to Queens Grant Charter School will add to the vision the town has for the downtown area.
The board carried the motion to send a favorable recommendation to the Board of Commissioners to work with the applicant.

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Indy teacher sky dives

Long-time Independence High School  chemistry teacher,  Melissa Bliss, did something crazy before Mother’s Day—she went sky diving.  She made a trip down to Skydive Carolina in Chester, South Carolina, where she met up with her tandem partner, the man who would be latched onto her when she made her big leap towards the ground.
There are a couple of procedures, including picking a flight suit, watching an informational video and doing a series of exercises before jumping.
“It was a very quick process before we went up in the air, the instructors made it out to be no big deal, so I wasn’t quite nervous.” Bliss said.
She paid extra for a videographer to go skydiving with her so he could take pictures and even make a video, so she could show her friends and family.
“It made a great, and shocking, Mother’s Day present for my mother,” she said. Continue reading

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Relay for Life

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The Mint Hill Park on Fairview hosted the Matthews-Mint Hill American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life May 18-19.  Teams raised money for the walk and set up booths, selling treats and passing out literature.  Throughout the night at least one team member was required to be on the track, representing the sleeplessness of cancer and the fight against it.  Cancer survivors wore purple and led the walk with a Survivor’s Lap.  Tina Ross (below), Mint Hill Commissioner and Hodgkin’s Disease survivor, opened the festivities saying “We walk tonight because we can make a difference and give those we know, as well as those we don’t know, more birthdays.”

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Local family celebrates new Naval cadet

Reid Grayson (middle) with his father Brent (left) and grandfather Alton. PHOTO COURTESY OF GRAYSON FAMILY

Lifetime Mint Hill residents Alton and Kathy Grayson are proud grandparents of a newly accepted Naval cadet.  Reid Grayson, son of Brent and Rebecca Grayson, will attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland this fall on a soccer scholarship.
Reid graduates this spring from Nations Ford High School.  His soccer skills took him to national playoffs for numerous seasons, and college scouts had their eyes on him.
After visiting several university campuses, Reid decided to join the Navy and attend the Naval Academy, where applicants rely on nominations from members of Congress.  Reid interviewed with and was nominated by South Carolina Representative Mick Mulvaney. Continue reading

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AFMAC honors ex-POWs with movie

The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas (AFMAC) will present a documentary honoring ex-prisoners of war at three venues. On Saturday, May 26, at the Mint Hill Historical Society’s Ashcraft Schoolhouse, 7601 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, showings are at 9:30 am and 10:30 am (space is limited). Other showings are Saturday, May 26, at 3 pm at the Morrison Regional Library and Wednesday, May  30, at 7 pm at the South Charlotte Banquet Center, 9009 Bryant Farms Road. All showings are free and open to the public.
The video, entitled Honoring Our World War II Heroes—The American POW Experience, is a 30-minute broadcast-quality documentary about the POW experience and is dedicated to honoring, preserving, and sharing the courage and sacrifices of our local WWII heroes, many of whom live in our community.
AFMAC, a museum scheduled to break ground in Mint Hill in 2014, will be unique in that it will honor all five branches of the United States military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. When completed, visitors will experience an educational showcase of 250 years of military history combined with the home front support and sacrifices. Details and donation information can be seen at VisitAFMAC.org.

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Mint Hill Fire Chief resigns

The time allotted for public comments during the Board of Commissioners meeting at the Town Hall last Thursday was centered around the resignation of Fire Chief Jeremy Russell.  Russell resigned from his position in the town as the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Operations Director in April and as the fire chief on the day of the board meeting.
Volunteer fire department chairman Jerry Mullis asked the commissioners to consider hiring four new personnel rather than the original three the department asked for.  He said it is a requirement to have four people each shift, but that day they had only three.  The Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department often receives double calls, but the staff limitations force more of a reliance on other organizations.
He also asked that the town release e-mails from the past chief.  Mullis explained that when Russell resigned from the town his e-mail was terminated.  He is concerned there may be issues that require the organization’s action within the e-mails, but they cannot be sure what those issues are.
Mullis said Russell resigned from the fire department so as to not bring that organization into the issues he was having with the town.
“He wanted us not to be involved with that,” said Mullis.
Russell’s mother, Virginia, also spoke during the public comments.  She asked the board to “pay my son for the vacation time he earned from the past 18 years.”
Russell was unavailable for comment.

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