Harrisburg honors fallen soldier; Mint Hill will do the same Saturday

Area Harrisburg residents turned out yesterday to honor Chris Barton, a member of the 101st who was killed in Afghanistan May 24. Barton’s body was flown in from Dover Air Force Base to Concord Airport yesterday. The funeral will be held in Mint Hill on Saturday. Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers has asked residents to line Matthews-Mint Hill Road tomorrow at 11:30 am as the funeral procession goes from McEwen Funeral Home to Idlewild Road and then Idlewild Road Baptist Church. According to the Indpendent-Tribune, hundreds lined the streets in Harrisburg yesterday. Barton’s family was grateful.

“It was overwhelming,” said Roy Schmiedeshoff, Chris’ father. “I knew they were doing something, but I didn’t know it was going to be this big.

Here’s a slideshow from WSOC TV of Harrisburg honoring Barton.

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Help the postal service ‘stamp out hunger’ tomorrow


This Saturday, May 8, letter carriers in Charlotte and surrounding areas will again help Stamp Out Hunger! across America with your help in order to provide assistance to the rapidly increasing number of Americans who are struggling with hunger.

Now in its 18th year, the Stamp Out Hunger effort is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. In 2010, drive organizers hope to exceed last year’s record-setting total of 73.4 million pounds of donated food, as well as surpass one billion pounds of food collected over the history of the drive. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Police Department collects more than 14,000 pills

The Mint Hill Police Department participated in Operation Medicine Drop last week and successfully collected more than 14,000 pills.  The police department received many positive comments and encouraging feedback from citizens of Mecklenburg County about this initiative.  Due to the outpouring of support, the Mint Hill Police Department is planning to hold medicine drop offs at least twice per year.  The next date is tentatively set for the last weekend in September at the Mint Hill Madness Festival.  Continue reading

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Mint Hill Police want you to dispose of meds properly

Mint Hill Police will participate in Operation Medicine Drop, a program aimed at providing the public a safe and secure method for disposing of their prescription and over-the-counter medications. Poisonings from prescription medications is on the rise in North Carolina – since 1999 more than 75 percent of all unintentional poisonings were caused by prescription or over-the-counter medications (source N.C. Division of Public Health). Continue reading

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Empty Bowls raises money to fill stomachs

The Butler High School National Art Honor Society held an Empty Bowls event on February 1-5 and February 12 to help raise money for the Second Harvest Food Bank. The group raised more than $900 for the food bank. According to the organization’s Web site,

Our goals are to raise money to help organizations fight hunger, to raise awareness about the issues of hunger and food security, and to help bring about an attitude that will not allow hunger to exist.

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Fun run for Special Olympics this weekend

Queen’s Grant Prep School has organized a fun run this weekend at Pine Lake Country and the Farmwood development. The run will raise money for the Special Olympics. Queen’s Grant barely pulled off the event, as they had to get on the town’s Board of Commissioners agenda at the last minute. The board voted 5-0 to allow the school to host the fun run. Police Chief Tim Ledford said he will donate his time to provide security for the event, and he has a plan in place in case of an emergency. The run takes place between 10-11 am Saturday morning. After the run there will be a polar plunge at the Pine Lake swimming pool.

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