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Mint Hill holds retreat to review future goals

By Leah Schmalz

Mint Hill members of council and staff met Friday and Saturday to review priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. One of the highlights was a presentation from Robert Bush, president of the Arts and Science Council (ASC).

The ASC is changing its approach with a new cultural vision plan that includes goals like increasing programming for students from pre-k through 12th grade, restoring in- and out-of-school field trips at no cost and bringing the arts to areas that are underserved, including Mint Hill. “We want to expand deeper into the county to make sure everyone has access across the community,” Bush said.

The plan requests an increase in the monetary contribution from local communities. By 2020, ASC hopes to secure $1.30 per capita from each supporting community, which amounts to about $42,000 for Mint Hill. The increase would be gradual, starting with a jump from the current contribution of $10,000 to $16,000 for next fiscal year. Over the next 10 years, ASC plans to develop a source of revenue from the public sector that would replace and expand upon contributions from the towns, city and county.
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By |March 15th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Breakiing News, Development, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|1 Comment

Free tax service in full swing, appointments available

Thanks to generous community supporters, volunteers with the local nonprofit Common Heart have been able to file taxes for 86 residents just one month into its free income tax service.

Volunteer Site Coordinator Susan Ochs, of Marvin, said the 10 volunteer tax preparers and four volunteers who serve as greeters and appointment schedulers have been busy.   […]

By |March 9th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Mint Hill artist celebrates 21 years drawing Dennis

By Leah Schmalz

Dennis the Menace, created by the late Hank Ketcham, is published in 1,000 papers across 48 countries in 19 languages. Yet all of the weekday panels come from one source: Marcus Hamilton’s studio in Mint Hill. Since his first panel was published on January 15 in 1994, Hamilton has been producing five panels each week for the past 21 years.

“The honor of getting to work on probably one of the most popular comics, characters, features that was ever established was just awesome and I still am in awe that it ever happened, because if I stopped and thought about how many people are looking at the drawings I do it’d probably scare me to death and I wouldn’t be able to draw,” Hamilton said. […]

By |March 9th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

The Gift of Life

By Andrew Stark

In late 2013, Tom Ottman sat down to write one the most personal and heartfelt letters he’d penned in his 63 years of life.
The recipient was a stranger and the subject matter was someone whom he’d never met and with whom he would likely never cross paths with again. But as Ottman sat trying to put into words the love, appreciation and admiration he had for this man he’d never meet and a family he would likely never know, he carefully combed over every word  to make sure they were  just right.
“I gave it a lot of thought,” Ottman said. “I acknowledged the fact there is no adequate way to thoroughly or properly thank someone for their generosity in the worst moment in their life, and to stop and think about someone else at that time in their life.”
Ottman, who is now 65, had received a kidney transplant from a 40-year-old man who lived in or around the Charlotte area—the identities and details of deceased donors are kept private for obvious reasons—and had passed away from a stroke. […]

By |March 9th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments