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Fire department evolves to match growing community

By Leah Schmalz

Decades ago, firefighters were primarily volunteers responsible for responding to fires and putting them out if they could. Now there is a much greater chance of seeing a fire truck at a motor vehicle accident or EMS call.

Mint Hill’s Fire Department has had to change in other significant ways as well. The station used to be fully staffed by volunteers, but now there are 30 paid employees to cover a steady influx of calls and support the 60 to 65 volunteers that comprise the department.

“As the town grows, we’ll grow with it,” said Deputy Chief and Training Officer John Phillips.

Phillips joined as a junior firefighter in 1974 at the age of 16. On July 7, he celebrated 41 years with the department. Just a few days prior, he began his new position as Deputy Chief. With over four decades at the station, Phillips has seen the department evolve drastically. “We’re really not the sleepy little bedroom town that we were in the 60s and 70s,” he said.  […]

On July 9 at approximately 4:07  Mint Hill Police were dispatched to an alarm call at the Boost Mobile located at 4709 Margaret Wallace Road.  The first officer arrived on scene and discovered that a vehicle had been intentionally driven through the front of the business in order to gain entry.  Officers entered the business and conducted a search for any occupants.  The search revealed no one was inside the building.  Officers searched the vehicle and discovered the ignition column had been damaged, indicating the vehicle was possibly stolen.  The registered owner’s listed address was in Charlotte.  It was later confirmed that the vehicle had been stolen.  CMPD Crime Scene arrived on scene and assisted with processing the crime scene. […]

By |July 10th, 2015|Around Town, Breakiing News, Featured Posts, History|0 Comments

MHAA is thriving, planning for growth

By Andrew Stark

Since 1972, the Mint Hill Athletic Association has been providing kids in the area a chance to play recreational sports and offering all of the benefits that go with teambuilding, competition and good sportsmanship.

This year the association has added boys and girls tennis and wants to add lacrosse at some point in the future, but must first overcome the biggest issue the association faces, which is space.

The association uses the fields at Independence High School, Northeast Middle and Mint Hill Park on Hwy. 218, but is still having to turn away kids in its biggest sports. […]

Mint Hill Ashcraft Schoolhouse receives cupola with historic bell

The Ashcraft Schoolhouse in the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village has a new look thanks to a cupola placed on its roof last Friday.

The cupola was constructed by Brandon Hawkins for his Eagle Scout project. Carl Smith and Bob Roland completed the design and assisted with its construction.

The cupola was built to resemble the style of the period, and some of its elements are actual slices of history. Some of the wood is from an old barn and the lightning rod is from a historical home.   […]