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Mint Hill Board of Commissioners hold closed Session, Open Apology

By Charles Kelleher Harris

As soon as Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting was called to order, a motion was made for the board to go into close session in order to discuss “personnel” issues.

After about 45 minutes in a conference room outside the meeting room, the board returned.

Mayor Ted Biggers called the meeting back into open session and then immediately stated that Commissioner Lloyd Austin had a comment to make.

“Most of you know I’ve been in the news recently,” Austin said holding back tears. “I’d like to apologize to the police department. I’m very sorry that they had to come out that time of night.”

Austin is referencing a November 1 incident in which Mint Hill police were dispatched to his home at 10306 Edward’s Place for a noise complaint.  […]

By |November 20th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Government, History|1 Comment

Independence High Steals the Show at Drama Competition

By Charles Kelleher Harris

Members of the Independence Drama Department won first place at a recent regional competition. The students will now be attending a statewide competition later this year.

“I am so very proud of these students and how much our theatre program has grown in the three short years that I have been at Independence,” said drama teacher Paula Baldwin. “We have tripled the number of students enrolled and have added a second theatre teacher, Rick Dills, to teach all of the technical aspects of production.”

Baldwin reported that some 300 Independence students are currently enrolled in her drama classes.

For the competition however, auditions were held and only a handful of students were selected.

After school rehearsals were held for almost two months prior to the competition which was held at Imaginon on November 1.

A total of 16 schools participated in the region including Northwest School of Arts.

Throughout the year, Baldwin said there will be other performances held for students, parents and the public at Independence High. […]

By |November 14th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

Mary Ellis Young Named Mint Hill Arts’ Volunteer of the Month for November

Mary Ellis Young, former secretary of the Mint Hill Arts’ Executive Committee, has been named Volunteer of the Month for November. She will be honored at the opening reception for the “Black and White Ball” exhibit on Friday, November 7, 6:30-9:30 pm, at the Gallery, 11205 Lawyers Road, Suite A, Mint Hill. (The reception is also a part of “Art Around the Block,” which occurs the first Friday of each month in Mint Hill.)

In addition to serving as secretary over the past two years, Mary has spent countless hours on grant applications that have resulted in an increase in the monies needed to operate Mint Hill Arts, making the organization financially solvent.  […]

By |November 14th, 2014|Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Graduate from Bain School reflects on school days

By Leah Schmalz

As the Bain School reunion this weekend approaches, Jim Black, a 95-year-old lifelong resident of Mint Hill and Bain graduate, remembers a particularly notable class reunion held decades ago. The school had managed to secure Clyde Hoey, the governor of North Carolina, as the guest speaker. “I don’t know how they swung that deal,” said Black. “I don’t remember a word he said.” Black does remember how worried his father was about introducing the governor. “He pulled through it okay,” he said.

Black said the reunion also involved small games like horseshoes and marbles. “I think marbles have gone out of style,” he said.

The popularity of marbles isn’t the only thing that has changed since Black attended school at Bain. Students had to play basketball on a dirt court outside before a gymnasium was built for indoor games. Classes were much smaller, with just 16 students in Black’s graduating class. Families in the community made a living growing cotton, so school was cancelled during harvest time to allow the children to help pick the crop. “It’s a terrible job, picking cotton,” said Black, who harvested his fair share.  […]

By |November 14th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments