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Nonprofit Common Heart offers free tax preparation

Local nonprofit Common Heart is now making appointments to provide free income tax preparation for local residents.

This is the fourth year Common Heart has offered free tax services, which are completed by trained and certified volunteers as part of the national Volunteers in Tax Assistance, or VITA, program. Individuals and families with annual incomes of […]

By |January 29th, 2015|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Mint Hill Kiwanis Club celebrates star students, supports schools

By Leah Schmalz

Each month, students at J.H. Gunn, Bain, Lebanon Road and Clear Creek elementary schools are recognized through the Terrific Kids program sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Mint Hill and the Chick-fil-A on Albemarle Road. This week, in addition to the program, Kiwanis presented each school with a check for $1,000 to purchase much-needed books.

Each teacher chooses one student they feel stood out for the month to be honored as a Terrific Kid. Teachers submit a short summary describing why the student earned the Terrific Kid title, which is read at the awards ceremony. Phrases like “ray of sunshine” and “enthusiastic learner” marked the descriptions at Clear Creek’s ceremony on Monday. The students also receive free ice cream at lunch and have their photos taken to display on a bulletin board in the school.  […]

By |January 29th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Schools|0 Comments

Morning Star Labyrinth honors memory, offers peace

By Leah Schmalz

In the back of the cemetery behind the historic Morning Star Lutheran Chapel, located at 12900 Idlewild Road, rests a legacy labyrinth to honor Shannon Christine Kennedy, who lost her life in 2011 at age 36 due to illness. Composed of over 9,000 pavers, the intricate design weaves circles around the Morning Star […]

By |January 25th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

Changing the course of time—Rev. Dr. Jesse L. Douglas Sr was a civil rights pioneer

By Andrew Stark
The Mint Hill Times
It turns out the “unidentified white man” has a name, and boy does he have a story to tell.
Mint Hill resident Rev. Dr. Jesse L. Douglas Sr. is the holder of two bachelor degrees, a masters and a doctorate degree. He is a minister, a soloist, a civil rights pioneer and was a confidant to some of the country’s biggest and most powerful players during the civil rights movements of the 1960s.
It was during that time Douglas became known by many as the “unidentified white man” since he appeared to be a caucasian man who was so often seen in photographs alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, Ralph Abernathy and many other key players in the civil rights movement in Atlanta, Alabama and throughout the United States.
Now 84 years old, Douglas resides in the Clear Creek Retirement Home with his wife, Blanche, and is recovering after spinal surgery. He gets around with a wheelchair or a walker these days, but just like his fighting spirit of the 1960s, Douglas can rise to the challenge when needed and, sometimes against his therapist’s best wishes, will stand by himself just months after surgery left him nearly bedridden. […]

By |January 16th, 2015|Featured Posts, History, North Carolina|2 Comments