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Mint Hill volunteers give back to seniors at annual holiday party

By Leah Schmalz

Residents decked out in red, green and white gathered at the long banquet tables filling the cafeteria of Independence High School for the annual senior citizen holiday party last Saturday. Sponsored by the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce and Carolinas Healthcare System, the event featured a warm meal, gift bags for everyone in […]

By |December 10th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Hugo the Hornet visits Mint Hill Bain to promote reading

By Leah Schmalz

Hugo the Hornet, the mascot for Charlotte’s newly rebranded NBA team, made a visit to Bain Elementary last Friday to invite students to join his Reading Revolution Team. Show emcee Tom Hill, who goes by stage name Justin Case, said a revolution is, “a major change in the way you think and ‘bee-have.’”

Hugo […]

By |November 20th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Truliant opens new branch location in Mint Hill

Truliant Federal Credit Union held a ribbon cutting today to celebrate the opening of the credit union’s newest full-service branch location in Mint Hill.

The new 2,300-square-foot Mint Hill facility supports Truliant’s membership growth in the Charlotte area and is located in the Mint Hill Pavilion Shopping Center on Brighton Park Drive. The location is Truliant’s sixth Charlotte-area Member Financial Center.

Truliant is working to give Charlotte area residents access to a better banking alternative and is motivated by making a difference in the lives of its current and future members.

“This location provides members with valuable access to the tools they need and want from a financial institution,” said Rik Kielbasa, senior vice president of member experience at Truliant.  “We look forward to growing the relationships we’ve built in the Mint Hill area with this innovative branch design that shows our commitment to the evolving functionality Truliant’s membership expects of our Member Financial Centers.”  […]

By |November 20th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

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