Carolinas HealthCare System brings jobs, emergency services to Mint Hill

By Michele Dotson

Keynote speaker Bill Leonard, president of Carolinas Medical Center-University

Keynote speaker Bill Leonard, president of Carolinas Medical Center-University

Keynote speaker Bill Leonard, president of Carolinas Medical Center-University, spoke on the state of healthcare reform and the impact Carolinas HealthCare System has on the Mint Hill area.

The April 24 Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce meeting was held at Pine Lake Country Club.

Leonard described how the unintended consequences of the 2,000-plus page healthcare reform bill have proved challenging, not only to consumers, but also to healthcare providers.

“For the first time ever, Carolinas Healthcare projected a loss based on cuts in government reimbursement for Medicare and Medicaid,” says Leonard.  Continue reading

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Dog silhouettes deter geese at town hall

By Michele Dotson

First came the new Mint Hill Town Hall.

Then came the geese.

 Dog decoys were recently purchased by the Town of Mint Hill to deter geese from making their home in the open are in front of the building. The silhouettes move constantly in the breeze and have proven effective at keeping the geese, and their messy droppings, at bay.

Dog decoys were recently purchased by the Town of Mint Hill to deter geese from making their home in the open are in front of the building. The silhouettes move constantly in the breeze and have proven effective at keeping the geese, and their messy droppings, at bay.

Drawn to the open space and newly planted grass, they came in numbers. First flocking to the grassy area, they soon began to wander the sidewalks and walk boldly up to the front doors.

Visitors soon had to dodge goose droppings, which are not only unsightly, but they can also be a health hazard.

To combat the problem humanely, the town purchased two dog silhouettes, which measure 24 inches high and 34 inches from tail to nose.

The dogs are made out of weather resistant plastic and are guaranteed to last three to four years. Continue reading

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Meeting sets stage for next year’s budget

A budget workshop was held at Mint Hill Town hall Wednesday, April 16. The purpose of the meeting was for departments within the town to review their operating budgets and discuss future needs.

“There’s not a whole lot of change in the way of expenses for next year,” says Town Manager Brian Welch. “Mostly we’re just maintaining what we’ve got.”

The police department is planning to purchase two new police cars to replace older cars that have high mileage. There is also discussion about adding an additional police position. Continue reading

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Canine Officer Robert Owens and the newest member

Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 8.41.15 PMCanine Officer Robert Owens and the newest member of the Mint Hill Police Department, Blitz, assisted with traffic control at last Saturday’s shred event sponsored by the Police Department and the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce. Owens and Blitz have just completed their first two weeks of active duty. Officer Owens picked up Blitz in March and the two attended an intensive five-week training course.

“We’ve been out and around Mint Hill,” says Officer Owens. “I like to keep Blitz out as much as possible. It helps to keep him social.”

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Bain celebrates outstanding students

By Michele Dotson
Staff Writer
dotson.michele@minthilltimes.

bain bobcat awardsThe third quarter Bain Bobcat students were celebrated at an awards ceremony on Thursday, April 10. Students are selected for this award because they display exemplary qualities both inside and outside of the classroom.com

“The Bain Bobcat award is reserved for students who not only have excellent grades, but also possess leadership qualities, give their personal best at all times, and are model citizens in the classroom and throughout our school,” says Robin Lysles-Khan, Bain Elementary School Dean of Students.

The students selected for third quarter are Carolyn Caulder, Hudson Snider, Jackson Clark, Troy Bunch, Ryan Turner, and Jamie Lynn Chowning.

 

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Independence students celebrate global youth service day

Continue projects to serve the children of South Sudan

By Michele Dotson

After hearing about the global issues impacting South Sudan and other countries around the world, students designed their own t-shirts addressing issues of education, hunger, poverty, protecting renewable resources, and especially, peace.

After hearing about the global issues impacting South Sudan and other countries around the world, students designed their own t-shirts addressing issues of education, hunger, poverty, protecting renewable resources, and especially, peace.

April 11 was Global Youth Service Day, and students in the Academy of International Studies (AIS) at Independence High School celebrated their successes in helping to provide a school and clean drinking water for the children of South Sudan.

For the past three years AIS students have been working to raise awareness and funds for children living in substandard conditions in a tiny country in northeastern Africa.

“In 2011, we held a spaghetti dinner and raised $1,500 for the school in South Sudan,” says senior Rachel Casale, who is president of the Interact Club. “In 2012, we sponsored the Carry the Jerry 5K to help fund clean water at the school, and we raised $2,000.”

Casale explained to the attentive crowd that in 2013, AIS students participated in the Any1Can Project where over 2,000 area students designed t-shirts raising awareness about a variety of global issues such as peace, education, water conservation, tolerance, hunger, and poverty. Continue reading

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