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Butler High senior stays connected to heritage

By Leah Schmalz

Conor Quinlivan, a senior at Butler High School, is a successful Irish dancer and novice hockey player. While the two activities may seem quite different, they’re both reflections of his family and heritage.

Quinlivan began learning Irish dance at the age of four. His mother, who was born in Ireland, got him involved. Throughout […]

By |June 18th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|1 Comment

IHS valedictorian recognizes responsibility of adulthood

By Leah Schmalz

Even though Hannah Williams is 17, she demonstrates a maturity and understanding many would consider ahead of her years. As valedictorian of Independence High School, her speech at last Saturday’s graduation ceremony focused on the balance of freedom and responsibility that comes with leaving high school.

“Our graduation is marking…entering a more adult side of the world,” she said. “It’s the beginning of our freedom as people and the beginning of our responsibility as human beings to do something with our lives.”  […]

By |June 18th, 2014|Around Town, Good deeds|0 Comments

BOB award winner to teach at Mint Hill Arts summer camp

By Leah Schmalz
When owners of Blue Moon Puppets Pamela Shook and Stephen Clifford received a call from Charlotte Magazine a few months ago, they had no idea it would lead to a Best of the Best (BOB) award. “The photographer came out and took some photos,” said Shook. “When I asked him…he said it was just for an article about family entertainers.”

Not long after, Shook and Clifford received an email saying they had won an editor’s choice BOB for birthday entertainment. All BOB awards were announced in the May issue of Charlotte Magazine.  […]

By |June 10th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Dr. Steve Bain connects with lineage during Mint Hill visit

By Leah Schmalz

When Dr. Steve Bain, a professor at Texas A&M, began researching his family lineage, he never imagined it would take him to Mint Hill. The link extends back to Bain’s great-great-great grandfather, who was John Bain’s uncle.

Bain received a gracious welcome last Thursday at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, where some of his ancestors are buried. Mayor Ted Biggers presented him with several mementos from the town, including several pins and an ornament of the town hall. “We were quite excited when we heard we had a namesake from the Bain family coming,” said Biggers. ““This is about…meeting the community and connecting so when people come here they don’t have to have the last name Bain to feel welcome.”  […]

Mint Hill Legion Baseball summer season gets underway

By Leah Schmalz

The summer season has started up for the Mint Hill Legion Baseball teams. The season will continue through the month of June with playoffs beginning on July 1. This year Mint Hill will host the Junior Legion Area 4 semi-finals on July 5, 6 and 7 and the finals on July 11, 12, and 13 at Independence High School.

“Like I told them today, ‘Right now we’re the ingredients and we’ve got to blend you into a team,’” said Coach Kelly Moore. He said the team this year is comprised of younger players than last year’s team, which had 11 members go on to play college baseball. “That just makes our jobs as coaches more fun,” he said. “We’ve got big shoes to fill from last year.”  […]

By |June 6th, 2014|American Legion baseball, Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

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.”  […]

By |June 6th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments