Pop Warner football program stresses development, safety

By Leah Schmalz

With growing concern over concussions among sports players, it only makes sense that parents exercise a degree of caution when considering which sport their children will play. To address these concerns, Mint Hill Athletic Association offers Pop Warner football, a program that stresses safety above winning.

A national program, Pop Warner is tuned into ways to prevent concussions among young players. “The statistic [from the program] that I think is surprising to people as far as concussions is it’s safer than soccer up until the age of 15,” said Dennis DiCarlo, commissioner for the Mint Hill Pop Warner football program. “They keep the ages and weights really confined.”  Continue reading

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Mint Hill Lions Club holds annual 5K, proceeds aid humanitarian projects

By Michele Dotson
Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 3.42.48 PMThe annual Mint Hill Lions Club 5K was held Saturday before the start of the Mint Hill Madness parade.
Long associated with Mint Hill Madness, the competitive run returned this year on a new schedule to coincide with the festival which had traditionally been held in the fall.
More than 250 runners participated. 
Mike Mitchell of Mint Hill placed first overall in the men’s division with a time of 16:31.
Jessica Alley from New Castle came in first overall in the women’s division with a time of 18:51.
Community support was visible with many area residents, teachers, local students, and public servants participating. Continue reading
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Historic Bain School Dinner & Silent Auction at Pine Lake Promises Entertaining Evening

Can you imagine being the owner of an original barn painting by Mint Hill artist Larry Ferguson?   Or a drawing of Dennis the Menace by Marcus Hamilton?   Would you enjoy dining on Angus steaks from DD’s Farms in Mint Hill?  How about an exquisite floral arrangement by Abbey Rose Florist?  A two-night getaway in Historic Charleston?   A few gift certificates from local businesses?

If the answer is Yes, plan to attend the Historic Bain School Dinner & Silent Auction at Pine Lake Country Club in Mint Hill on Thursday, May 29.  Individual tickets are $50; table sponsorships. $500.  The ticket price includes food and beverage valued at $25, resulting in a tax-deductible gift of $25. Reservations are due May 25. Continue reading

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Student ministries director returns to “Inspire youth for the next generation”

By Michele Dotson
Daniel Baird returns to Blair Road United Methodist Church as the Director of Student Ministries. Baird was raised in Mint Hill and grew up in the church he now serves.

Daniel Baird returns to Blair Road United Methodist Church as the Director of Student Ministries. Baird was raised in Mint Hill and grew up in the church he now serves.

Daniel Baird was hired in March as the new Director of Student Ministries at Blair Road United Methodist Church, but he’s no stranger to Mint Hill or the church located on Blair Road.

Baird was born in Long Island and raised in Mint Hill. He graduated from Butler High School and then went on to Appalachian State where he studied Business Management and minored in Recreation Management.

He was also an active member of Blair Road United Methodist Church, even completing his Eagle project at the church.

Baird was previously employed by the Boy Scouts as a District Executive in Boone for six years before transferring to Greensboro for the past year.

“I felt God calling me to youth ministry,” says Baird. “I was confident it would work out for me.” Continue reading

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Soles 2 Remember celebrates 98 runners

By Michele Dotson

The Soles 2 Remember 5K kicks off Saturday, May 17 at Pine Lake Country Club. To date, 98 runners have registered and registration continues on line and on site race day.

Mint Hill Police Department sponsors this annual event.

Organizer Sgt. Michael Gainey says the fundraiser is all about awareness.

“To me the fundraiser is awareness of National Police Week, and to show honor to the officers that have died in the line of duty.”

Gainey says funds go to support the memorial fund for police. Continue reading

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New home building increasing steadily in Mint Hill

By Michele Dotson
Cheval will develop the defunct wine community that was to have a Tuscan-designed homes and its own vineyard.

Cheval will develop the defunct wine community that was to have a Tuscan-designed homes and its own vineyard.

New home building has really been on an upswing in Mint Hill this year, with price points set for a moderate budget.

In April 2012, only 62 new home permits were issued in all of Mecklenburg County.

April 2014 shows a very different picture with 229 housing permits issued throughout the month.

So far this year, 837 permits have been issued for new homes.

While some of these new Mint Hill neighborhoods were taken over from previous builders who lost their property to foreclosure during the economic downturn, there are new properties being developed all over the area. Continue reading

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