Mint Hill Arts Welcomes New Teachers

Fall classes for students of all ages (children, teens, and adults) will begin Sept. 15, 2014, at Mint Hill Arts, with an exciting array of classes, ranging from watercolors to oils to photography.  Returning to MHA classrooms are Judy Mizell, Larry Ferguson, Vicki Crossman, Mila Antonyuk, and Pamela Shook.  Joining them will be eleven new teachers representing a variety of talent in their respective mediums:

Ruth Crowe — Pastel Techniques and Basic Art Class.  Award-winning pastel artist; member of the Piedmont Pastel Society and Appalachian, Abingdon, and Kingsport Guilds.

Johannah Kelly – Pen & Inn with Watercolor Postcards.  Multi-lingual teacher working in a variety of mediums (watercolors, pen and ink, oils, acrylics, and multi-media collage).

Laurie Schorr – Exploring Photography and Learning to See like a Photographer.  Professional photographer and owner of LaurieSchorrPhotography, with teaching experience at Northwest Performing Arts School and The Light Factory.

Kathy Hood – Polymer Clay; Saturday Sampler classes on Jewelry: Resin Pendants and Making Exciting Earrings.   Artist specializing in polymer clay and jewelry and a member of Blue Ridge Clay Guild and Queen City Clayers.

Gina Anderson – Techniques in Colored Pencil (Saturday Sampler).   Member of the Pencil Art Society and the Colored Pencil Society of America, winner of national and international awards, and featured artist in numerous publications.

Mark Anderson – Basic Photographic Principles (Saturday Sampler).  Imaging manager at Cardinal Camera at the Arboretum, with over 30 years’ experience in the photo industry.

Tommy Beatty – Wet-on-Wet Oil Painting (Saturday Sampler).  Certified teacher of the Bob Ross Wet-on-Wet painting technique and retired business professional.

Pam Rooney – Artsy Tangles (Saturday Sampler). Artist specializing in creative ways to “doodle.”

Michele Dotson – Capture Your Memories (Saturday Sampler; two sessions using the creative writing process).  English teacher with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Anna Walker – Batik Painting (Saturday Sampler).  Retired art teacher and award-winning artist known for her batik painting workshops.

Tamra Davis – Blendabilities (Saturday Sampler).  Stampin’ Up! specialist and card designer.

 Mint Hill Arts is located at 11205 Lawyers Rd, Ste. A, Mint Hill, NC 28227. For more information on classes, including schedules and costs, call 980-226-5532 or visit www.minthillarts.org. You may also contact Marta Brown, Education Director, at martabob@aol.com or 704-577-8922.

 

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Coffee with a Cop opens dialogue on national front

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 2.04.26 PMBy Charles Kelleher Harris

Citizen’s concerns for law enforcement go beyond the scope of the Mint Hill town limits.

“I just think it is terrible on the news how people are down on the police,” said a Mint Hill resident who asked to be identified only as Leslie, “This whole climate in the country is terrible.”

Leslie was one of the residents who turned out for the monthly “Coffee with a Cop” that is hosted by the Mint Hill Police Department.

September’s event was hosted at Showmar’s Restaurant.  Continue reading

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Morrison praises Indy for graduation numbers

By Michele Dotson

CMS Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison held a press conference Tuesday, September 2 at Providence High School to share preliminary graduation results from across the district.

Morrison praised Independence High School for posting an impressive graduation rate of 88.6  which is an increase of  4.5 % from 2013.

Independence Assistant Principal Amy Mims described the school’s massive efforts to make connections with students and parents in order to pave the way to success.

Since the media briefing last Tuesday, further results have been released and Independence High School has been recognized for “Exceeding Expected Growth”  as a school with an overall 19.67 growth index  with EOC state tests.

In measuring student progress, the state recognizes growth in addition to proficiency. The state uses a sophisticated statistical analysis of students’ past performances to determine if they have learned at least a year’s worth of material; or exhibited growth.

This indicator is designed to show that students are learning even if their test results do not meet expected proficiency.

According to results published on Friday, Independence finished first in the district for the highest student growth on the English II EOC, second in the district for the highest student growth on the Biology EOC, and sixth in the district for the highest student growth on the Math 1 EOC.

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Independence aces national list

By Charles Kelleher Harris

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 1.54.29 PMIndependence High School has been named one of the countries’ best high school by the popular reporting and opinion website The Daily Beast.

“Our mission [is] to create a college and career ready culture,” said Independence High School Principal Amy D. Dellinger, “[We want our students to be] prepared for success regardless of their choice after high school i.e. college, military or the work face.”

Dellinger said that Independence applied for the opportunity to be placed on The Daily Beast list.

Dellinger has spent 23 years in education, the last four of which have been as Independence principal.

Dellinger said that the school has worked hard to develop four-year plans for each student, to help develop a specific vision for their future.  Continue reading

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Showmars employee reaches 20-year milestone

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 1.48.09 PMCustomers dining in or stopping to pick up food from Showmars in Mint Hill have probably noticed a giant banner hanging near the registers, thanking Lanny Barr for 20 years of reliable service. Not only is Barr celebrating two decades of employment with the business, he’s also hitting that impressive landmark at the age of 38.

“We’re really appreciative of all that he has done and is willing to do for the store,” said Manager Tommy Racano, who has worked with Barr about five and a half years. “He’s definitely a valuable asset.”

Barr started in 1994 at Showmars’ original location in Mint Hill,

doing prep work in the kitchen. He was with the company when they expanded to their current, larger location on Mat- thews Mint Hill Road. Now that he’s moved up to assistant manager, his responsibilities are as varied as handling money to running expo to managing calls for to-go orders. “I like the people,” said Barr. “The people I work with and

the customers.”

Barr’s coworkers unanimously agree that he’s a supportive assistant manager. “He’s always willing to be flexible with his scheduling and help anybody out that needs it,” said Racano. A perfect example is his recent switch to night shift. While he had previously worked during  the day, Barr traded with another manager, Tia Vang, when he learned it would make things easier on her.

“That just shows how big of a heart he has, how he cares about me and

my family,” she said. Vang has worked with Barr for 12 years. “I just love him on the team. We’ve grown to know each other and I appreciate that he’s my friend.”

 

 

 

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Local youth raises funds for police K-9 Unit

Landon Weyenberg (center) poses with K-9 Officer Billy Gilman (left) dog Ivy and Officer Robbie Owens (right) with Blitz. Photo courtesy of Angela Weyenberg.

Landon Weyenberg (center) poses with K-9 Officer Billy Gilman (left) dog Ivy and Officer Robbie Owens (right) with Blitz. Photo courtesy of Angela Weyenberg.

By Charles Kelleher Harris

When most of think of those who protect and serve, we imagine them standing on two legs. But some of the greatest assets to law enforcement agencies around the world work on four legs.

Recently the Mint Hill Police Department acquired too such crime fighters.

Blitz and Ivy are Dutch German Shepherds trained specifically to assist police in a variety of areas.

“We use them for tracking, trailing, appre- hension and evidence searches,” said Mint Hill Police Officer Robbie Owens who along with Officer Billy Gilman manages the K-9 unit.

Since the K-9s are often placed in precarious situations, their protection is important.

To that end, a Charlotte boy decided to make things a little safer for Blitz and Ivy.

“I care for the dogs that help us in everyday situations,” said 12 year- old Landon Weyenberg, “I wanted to be sure that these dogs, were better protected, as they work to protect us.

Weyenberg decided that he would hold a fundraiser to help purchase bullet proof vests for Blitz and Ivy.

Weyenberg said that after hearing about Mint Hill PD’s recent K- 9 acquisition, he called Chief Tim Ledford and inquired about K-9 vests. Ledford explained that the purchase was costly, around $800 per vest.

With the help of his parents, Weyenberg created a fundraising site at CROWDRISE.com. Word spread quickly and in only four days $1,800 was raised.

“It was truly a testament to how giving people can really be,” said Landon’s mom

Angela, “Of course it makes me proud that my 12 year old son chose to do something of this nature, in order to help with a need for one of our local communities. But what makes it really great was that he chose something that he is passionate about…dogs!”

Landon, who attends Hickory Grove Christian School, hopes that his efforts will help inspire others to follow in his footsteps.

Meanwhile Angela said that the entire family has been motivated.

“This project has given our whole family reasons to continue this cause,” she said.

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