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News Notes

Veterans Day Recognition

Cornerstone Baptist Church invites all veterans to a free dinner and a program featuring guest speaker, retired Navy Captain Tom Joyce, and special music by nationally-known recording artist, Charles Billingsley. The event will take place November 11 with dinner beginning at 5:45 pm and the program beginning at 7 pm. The church is located at 8947 Albemarle Road (across from Target). For more information, call 704-537-1097 Ext 14.

Marine Corps Birthday Celebration

Join O’Neil’s Pub, 8111 Fairview Road, for their Marine Corps Birthday Celebration Saturday, November 14. There will be a Chili Cookoff at 1 pm. Call or stop by to sign up. The Cake Ceremony is at 2:30 pm. Buy your raffle tickets for cash and prizes. The 2015 fundraiser is for the MHPD K-9 Unit.  […]

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Four challengers for incumbent commissioners in Mint Hill

By Leah Schmalz

All four of Mint Hill’s commissioners are up for reelection, and four incumbents have registered to challenge them. The Times contacted each candidate and asked one question: Why do you want to serve as a commissioner? Below are their responses.


“It’s the first step toward ruling the world.”­—Harry Marsh

“I would like to serve because I desire to preserve Mint Hill as a great place to raise a family. I will work to provide clean, safe and reliable water and sewer service for all residents. I want to help manage the inevitable growth and traffic. I will be a voice for all regardless of party affiliation. I would like to see a place to have cultural events, Bain School or a similar place. I really would appreciate your vote.”—Alan McKenzie […]

Speakers share experiences in Cuba at Hot Meals

By Leah Schmalz

Gary and Debbie Wilfong spoke about their travels to Cuba at the Hot Meals lunch recently at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church.

Gary previously worked as a pilot in the Air Force and for US Airways. Now that he is retired, he has taken several mission trips to Cuba with Benton’s Cross Roads Baptist Church in Monroe, most recently on August 15. Debbie has accompanied him on some of the trips.

“Cuba is becoming more and more accessible,” Gary said. The group has been helping construct an assisted living facility. “When we come back, it’s like a reverse mission trip. We’re the ones who are changed.” […]

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Times will miss Joyce Lavene

It is with great sadness we report the passing of our former Mint Hill Times reporter and friend Joyce Lavene. Joyce reported for our sister paper, The Weekly Post and The Mint Hill Times tirelessly. She attended up to six different town meetings a month for us and reported on them all. She not only covered the news, but wrote features, columns and took photographs. She won several North Carolina Press Association Awards while reporting for us.
Joyce was the employee a business owner feels like they struck gold with finding. Joyce was loyal, intelligent, funny, and talented.
Joyce loved writing. Before she came to write for the paper, she and her husband of 44 years, Jim, were already the authors of more than 30 published mystery novels. Now that number has grown to more than 60.