Holocaust survivor speaks to Mint Hill Middle School students

By Leah Schmalz
Irving Bienstock answered questions from Mint Hill Middle School students last Monday about his experience as a Jew in Germany during the Holocaust.

Irving Bienstock answered questions from Mint Hill Middle School students last Monday about his experience as a Jew in Germany during the Holocaust.

When Irving Bienstock saw the Nazi military starting fires in synagogues, smashing windows, and raiding the houses of Jews on the night that is now known as Kristallnacht, his hope of survival wavered. “At that moment I thought I was going to die,” he said, as he recounted his story to eighth grade students at Mint Hill Middle School last Monday.

Bienstock covered his experience in Germany during the beginning of Hitler’s rise to power, when Jews weren’t permitted to ride buses, visit parks, or continue to run their businesses. Most of his extended family was killed and his father was forced to flee. Finally the rest of the family was able to escape the country. His father eventually made it to the United States in 1939 and the rest of the family joined him the following year. Bienstock entered the military and returned to Europe five years later to fight in World War II.  Continue reading

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New home building increasing steadily in Mint Hill

By Michele Dotson
Cheval will develop the defunct wine community that was to have a Tuscan-designed homes and its own vineyard.

Cheval will develop the defunct wine community that was to have a Tuscan-designed homes and its own vineyard.

New home building has really been on an upswing in Mint Hill this year, with price points set for a moderate budget.

In April 2012, only 62 new home permits were issued in all of Mecklenburg County.

April 2014 shows a very different picture with 229 housing permits issued throughout the month.

So far this year, 837 permits have been issued for new homes.

While some of these new Mint Hill neighborhoods were taken over from previous builders who lost their property to foreclosure during the economic downturn, there are new properties being developed all over the area. Continue reading

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Discover Mint Hilll

The woodwright shop was open for demonstrations.

The woodwright shop was open for demonstrations.

Discover Mint Hill, the annual showcase of the town’s civic, artistic and historical groups, was held Saturday, May 3.

The Lions Club was present selling brooms.

The Kiwanis had a prize wheel and participants of all ages spun for their chance to win a prize.

The blacksmith shop and the wheelwright shop were operational for demonstrations.

The date also marked the official start of the Mint Hill Farmer’s Market season which will be open weekends through fall.Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 5.15.56 PM

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Four candidates vie for two spots on sheriff ticket

By Leah Schmalz

With Chipp Bailey stepping down as Mecklenburg County sheriff, four contenders have registered to take his place. Irwin Carmichael and Antoine M. Ensley seek a spot on the Democratic ticket, while Chris Hailey and Louis Rango Jr. are up against each other for the Republican spot.

Irwin Carmichael has worked as a reserve captain with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office for 28 years. “I just want to see the stability of the office to continue,” he said. Carmichael’s two main points of focus are inmates and youthful offenders. Carmichael said the daily count of inmates just dropped below 1,800, down from nearly 3,000 several years ago. “We have been able to cut the population down because of the programs we have inside our facilities,” he said. “We are going to turn 95% back out into community. We want to return them as productive members.” He said the office has training programs in place in areas such as culinary, carpentry, and horticulture so that released inmates have employment and are less likely to reoffend.  Continue reading

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Town of Mint Hill to donate car to Fire Department

By Michele Dotson

Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 2.53.20 PMMint Hill Board of Commissioners met Thursday, April 24 at 7 pm to move forward with some general business items, including a resolution to donate a 2005 Ford Crown Vic to the Mint Hill Fire Department. The car had previously been used by the Town.

North Carolina General Stature 160A-280 allows any item the governing board deems to be surplus, obsolete or unused to be donated to another governmental unit.

The resolution was adopted by Mayor Biggers. Continue reading

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