Team Mint Hill hikes for a cure

Dr. Earle Sullivan of Mint Hill Dentistry joined a team to raise money for pediatric cancer research by hiking the Foothills Trail along the Appalachian Mountains. Team Mint Hill is hiking for the CureSearch Charlotte event, and includes Sullivan, his wife Leigh Hutchinson, Jean Kreisher, and Sue Johnson.
The hike is a $10,000 commitment. Those who sign up hand over a credit card to be charged if fundraising does not reach the goal. Team Mint Hill has already passed their goal, and the CureSearch Charlotte hike has reached $120,000 so far. Continue reading

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Local business adopts green practices

The owners of Abbey Rose Florists and Gifts in Mint Hill have taken steps to ensure their business is eco-friendly. The mother-daughter team of Suzanne Wolf and Libby DeYoung have taken the slogan Reduce, Reuse, Recycle to heart, and to the shop.

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NY Port Authority World Trade Center flag flew in Mint Hill

The Charlotte Fire Department’s baseball team played the New York Port Authority last week at Rocky River High School. The two teams are both in their first year.
Civil service baseball teams have been around a long time, and the Charlotte FD team is the first official team since 1958. Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department also has a team, and helps the CFD team.
The team is part of Charlotte’s Premier Adult Baseball League, and the league regularly uses the Rocky River High School fields for games. That’s how this baseball game, and a flag from the World Trade Center, made it to Mint Hill.
The NYPA brought with them an American flag that flew over the World Trade Center before 9/11. Since the Charlotte Fire Department could not bring out their own truck to fly the flag, the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department donated their truck for the night.
Charlotte won the baseball game 15-1 with spectators watching.
“I was very pleased with the turnout of the crowd,” said Pritchard.
New York’s American flag was donated to the Charlotte Fire Department who in turn gave the flag to the Mint Hill VFD for their generosity.

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Two sisters and a love of Lacrosse

Mint Hill is home to two talented, high-scoring lacrosse players–and they’re sisters. Austin and Cassie Brown have been playing sports their whole lives. You may have seen them at the Mint Hill Athletic Association fields. But basketball, baseball, and field hockey did not catch them like lacrosse did.
Introduced to lacrosse by their aunt, Austin and Cassie have been playing the sport since middle school. Both girls are on the Providence Day varsity team and are two of the top scorers, accounting for 56 percent of the team’s goals.
They have been practicing together since they were young, which has proven to be very beneficial.
“Most of my assists are with [my sister],” said Cassie.
“I can throw passes to Cassie that I know no one else can catch,” added Austin.
The Providence Day team is ranked fourth in the state.

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Local rugby legend looking to form team in Mint Hill

By Jamie Jamison
The Mint Hill Times

William “Skipper” Bailey has many years of experience playing and coaching rugby. However, no rugby team exists in his home town of Mint Hill and Bailey wants to change that.
Bailey was asked to join the Charlotte Gargoyles Rugby Team after high school in the 1970s. During his career in the United States Air Force, he played rugby at Fort Bragg.
Bailey has more than 12 years of experience as a player, and six years as a coach. Most recently
he coached a rugby team at UNC-Charlotte. He currently holds the highest rugby coaching
credential possible, and has never had a losing season. Bailey believes the strong high school football traditions in the Mint Hill area makes it an ideal place to form a rugby team.
“Mint Hill is blessed to have nationally ranked high school football teams located so close,” he said. “A lot of those players may not pursue football after high school. Rugby is a game that will fill that void.”
Rugby is a physical sport that can be very appealing to some athletes. Bailey stresses the levels of stamina required to participate.
“It’s a sense of stepping into a game where we wear no pads and we do not stop the game for any reason. It is two 40 minute halves of non-stop action, and knowing that you have the endurance to last over 80 minutes of full contact.” Continue reading

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Myrick: The Muslim Brotherhood Is not ‘Largely Secular’

US Representative Sue Myrick released a statement yesterday about DNI Director James Clapper’s claim that the Muslim Brotherhood is a “largely secular” organization. (Clapper has since clarified his remark.) Myrick, who has researched terrorist groups such as Hamas, an off-shoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, believes the Muslim Brotherhood is a religious organization.

“Either the Administration doesn’t know who the Muslim Brotherhood is, which shows incompetence, or they are apologizing for them, which is inappropriate for those in charge of protecting the American people. Let’s be clear – the Muslim Brotherhood is NOT secular.

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Myrick continues:

“The Muslim Brotherhood’s English language website highlights their bylaws, which state: ‘The Muslim Brotherhood, is an international Muslim Body, which seeks to establish Allah’s law in the land by achieving the spiritual goals of Islam…’. Its founding motto was: ‘Allah is our objective; the Koran is our law; the Prophet is our leader; jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations’. Today, the Muslim Brotherhood uses the slogan ‘Islam is the answer’. If its own words don’t prove that it is not a “secular organization”, I don’t know what does.

“The Administration is playing with fire here. Did the Administration prep DNI Director Clapper on how to message on the Muslim Brotherhood, watering down the stated goals and ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood, so they could create space to engage the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt? Looks like it to me”.

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