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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Clear Creek donates water to Haiti

It wasn’t long after the earthquake hit Haiti a few weeks ago that Clear Creek Elementary began raising funds to donate water to the devastated country. The water was delivered so fast, the school didn’t even have a chance to hold a official check donation ceremony. The school got that opportunity last Friday, presenting a ceremonial check in the amount of $1,600.


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Birthday Blessings receives thousands of books for homeless kids

Birthday Blessings, which provides birthday parties to homeless children, recently received more than 8,000 books donated by First Book-Charlotte and Barnes and Noble South Park. The non-profit, which has been enormously successful since beginning just a few years ago, was started by a Mint Hill couple. Here’s the press release: Continue reading

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Independence student chooses Columbia

One of Independence High School’s seniors, Devante’ Bledsoe, chose to attend Columbia University in New York on a full scholarship. He was also accepted to MIT and Georgia Tech.

“Devonte is bright young man with an amazing future in front of him,” said Principal Mark Bosco. “I am so proud of him  and it is a pleasure to work with him.”

Here are some comments from his teachers: Continue reading

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Birthday Blessings helps give familes professional portraits

Photog Sean Merewood taking portrait of 3 girls(Photo courtesy of Lorayn DeLuca Photography.

Photog Sean Merewood taking portrait of 3 girls(Photo courtesy of Lorayn DeLuca Photography.

Every December during Birthday Blessings holiday parties at area homeless shelters, needy children and families are treated to family photos, which are taken, printed, and provided as gifts in frames or frame craft kits that the children create. But this year, that annual party
tradition will become part of something much bigger. On December 12, photographers around the world will share their skills and give back to those who are less fortunate as a part of the Help-Portrait movement started by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart, and the greater Charlotte area is no exception. Continue reading

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Mint Hill holds 10th annual veteran’s breakfast

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The town of Mint Hill held its 10th annual Veteran’s Appreciation Day Breakfast Saturday at the Kerr Building at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church. More than 280 veterans showed up for the breakfast. The Colors were posted by Independence High School JROTC, and in addition to patriotic songs, music was provided by Mint Hill bluegrass legend Dwight Moody. Presentations were given by organizers of the Armed Forces Museum and Archives of the Carolinas and the Korean War Veteran’s Association Memorial, both of which will be located at The Park on Fairview in Mint Hill. The town spends about $500 a year for the breakfast, and boys and girls scouts, town staff and Mint Hill commissioners and mayor volunteer to served the veterans.

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