Mint Hill Police dogs selected, begin training March 3

blitz Blitz is one of two police dogs selected and purchased by the Mint Hill Police to join forces with Officers Gilman and Owens. The officers will pick up their K-9 partners, and begin 5 weeks of intensive training beginning March 3.

Blitz is described as “Super social and loves to work. He is a physical specimen in agility and athleticism.”

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A pet’s needs & an owner’s wants: Mass produced verses specialty made Ppet treats!

pet focus logoThe domestic animal industry has changed dramatically over the pass thirty years.  Our pets have become very important members of our family.  As pet owners we have become more educated on our pets health and what we feed our pets. We all love to spoil our little four legged friends by giving them treats.  Hopefully this article will provide you with some information on the treats you buy for your dog or cat. Continue reading

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Annual chili cook-off to benefit Arts and Science Council

Annual chili cook-off to benefit Arts and Science Council

The Town of Mint Hill and the Arts and Science Council team together again for this annual event to find the best chili in Mint Hill.

The event will take place from 11:30- 1:30 PM at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy. Participants must have their chili at Spotlight no later than 11 am on February 27.

Spotlight Performing Arts Academy is located at 7741 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

For further information, contact Margie Nichols at 704-545-9726 or mnichols@admin.minthill.com by February 21.

To download an application, go to www.minthill.com

 

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Technology takes toll on mind, body

Charlotte-Mecklenburg students must complete a graduation project where the student investigates a topic and presents their findings and a project to a panel. Independence High School senior and Mint Hill resident Erin Evans researched the negative effects of technology. Her report is below and has been edited for brevity. The full version is on our website www.minthilltimes.com.

Erin is the daughter of Evan and Whitney Evans of Mint Hill. 

by Erin Evans

(edited for brevity)

A child sits quietly, hardly blinking, occasionally jerking, constantly staring, oblivious to his surroundings. Some might wonder if he is schizophrenic, autistic, or suffering from another mental illness.

This child is simply addicted to the technology that holds his undivided attention and isolates him from the real world.

Technology, which has so greatly impacted life today in positive ways, has now begun to raise concerns about its negative influences, especially upon the young.  Continue reading

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Wilson Grove Baptist Church welcomes new pastor

By Michele Dotson  dotson@cm.k12.nc.us

Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 6.46.17 PMSome churches must endure a long search and trial period in order to find just the right pastor to lead the way. Thankfully, Wilson Grove Baptist Church is not one of them.

In January, Pastor Rob Mariucci took the helm at the long-established church in Mint Hill. For Mariucci, the move into the position was quick.

“I was member of the church,” says Mariucci. “I had been invited to lead the contemporary services we started in August, and when the pastor said he was being called to another church, I filled in during the search.” Continue reading

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Husband and wife dental team to offer free cleanings for kids

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com
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At last year’s Give Kids a Smile event, Forrest and Forrest served 50 children who did not have dental insurance or Medicaid. The Forrests help make children comfortable, provide cleaning and fluoride treatments and educate them on maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

On February 28, the husband and wife dentist team at Forrest and Forrest Cosmetic and Family Dentistry are offering free dental cleanings for children who don’t have dental insurance and are not on Medicaid.

The Forrests look forward to the annual event, called Give Kids a Smile.

“We are constantly looking for ways to give back to our community in Matthews, Mint Hill, Stallings and Indian Trail,” says Dr. Stacy Oller Forrest.  “We are thrilled to give back in a small way to the community.” Continue reading

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