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As Bain fundraiser approaches, former teacher recalls school’s performances

As The Black and White Theatre Company prepares for three performances of the musical “Christmas Presence, A Holiday Alone Together” this weekend to benefit the Bain restoration project, Frances Leete recalls operettas she staged during her 27 years as a teacher at the original school.

With a background in music, Leete established a chorus group at […]

By |December 10th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, History|0 Comments

Mint Hill Commissioner Austin Regrets and Refutes Claims from Police Report

By Charles Kelleher Harris

By now most of Mint Hill has heard about the November 1 incident where police officers were dispatched to the home of Commissioner Lloyd D. Austin in response to a noise complaint. However few have heard Austin’s side of the story.

Last Thursday after a Board of Commissioners closed session, Austin made a public apology for the events specified in the police report.

According to the report Officer Jacob T. Smith was dispatched to Austin’s home at 10306 Edward’s Place, after the department received a noise complaint.

When Smith arrived at Austin’s home, just after midnight there was a party going on and Smith heard music from behind the house that was “extremely loud.”

“We were having a celebration of life and a Halloween party combined,” Austin stated in an interview last Friday. Austin explained that he had recently had a scan done that revealed he was still cancer free after a battle with the disease five years ago.  […]

By |November 20th, 2014|Around Town, Breakiing News, Featured Posts, Government, History|3 Comments

Mint Hill Board of Commissioners hold closed Session, Open Apology

By Charles Kelleher Harris

As soon as Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting was called to order, a motion was made for the board to go into close session in order to discuss “personnel” issues.

After about 45 minutes in a conference room outside the meeting room, the board returned.

Mayor Ted Biggers called the meeting back into open session and then immediately stated that Commissioner Lloyd Austin had a comment to make.

“Most of you know I’ve been in the news recently,” Austin said holding back tears. “I’d like to apologize to the police department. I’m very sorry that they had to come out that time of night.”

Austin is referencing a November 1 incident in which Mint Hill police were dispatched to his home at 10306 Edward’s Place for a noise complaint.  […]

By |November 20th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Government, History|1 Comment

Independence High Steals the Show at Drama Competition

By Charles Kelleher Harris

Members of the Independence Drama Department won first place at a recent regional competition. The students will now be attending a statewide competition later this year.

“I am so very proud of these students and how much our theatre program has grown in the three short years that I have been at Independence,” said drama teacher Paula Baldwin. “We have tripled the number of students enrolled and have added a second theatre teacher, Rick Dills, to teach all of the technical aspects of production.”

Baldwin reported that some 300 Independence students are currently enrolled in her drama classes.

For the competition however, auditions were held and only a handful of students were selected.

After school rehearsals were held for almost two months prior to the competition which was held at Imaginon on November 1.

A total of 16 schools participated in the region including Northwest School of Arts.

Throughout the year, Baldwin said there will be other performances held for students, parents and the public at Independence High. […]

By |November 14th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments