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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|0 Comments

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

Graduate from Bain School reflects on school days

By Leah Schmalz

As the Bain School reunion this weekend approaches, Jim Black, a 95-year-old lifelong resident of Mint Hill and Bain graduate, remembers a particularly notable class reunion held decades ago. The school had managed to secure Clyde Hoey, the governor of North Carolina, as the guest speaker. “I don’t know how they swung that deal,” said Black. “I don’t remember a word he said.” Black does remember how worried his father was about introducing the governor. “He pulled through it okay,” he said.

Black said the reunion also involved small games like horseshoes and marbles. “I think marbles have gone out of style,” he said.

The popularity of marbles isn’t the only thing that has changed since Black attended school at Bain. Students had to play basketball on a dirt court outside before a gymnasium was built for indoor games. Classes were much smaller, with just 16 students in Black’s graduating class. Families in the community made a living growing cotton, so school was cancelled during harvest time to allow the children to help pick the crop. “It’s a terrible job, picking cotton,” said Black, who harvested his fair share.  […]

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

Mint Hill Deputy Clerk to Retire after 30 Years

By Charles Kelleher Harris

Doris Miller is has mixed feelings.

“There have been many things I’ve liked about my work,” said Miller.  “Meeting and greeting the citizens of Mint Hill is at the top of the list.  I’ve made many friends and kept in touch with others just by being the first person they see coming into the Town Hall.”

But despite this joy, Miller had decided to retire this month after 30 years with the town and she is looking forward to it.

“My plans for retirement are to spend more time with my children and grandchildren, travel and devote more time volunteering in my church and community,” she said.

Miller, a native of Marion, NC, attended Kings College and shortly thereafter married Mint Hill resident the late James L. Miller.

Miller’s first job with the town was as Assistant Town Clerk and Tax Collector.  […]

By |November 6th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|3 Comments

Mint Hill Historical Society hosts events about wartime in America

By Leah Schmalz

On Saturday, November 8, children and adults alike can gain a deeper understanding of the history of the country and the state. The historical society is hosting a “Stars and Stripes” event at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village at 7601 Matthews Mint Hill Road. The event examines how periods of war shaped the United States. Running from 1 to 5 pm, it engages all senses with the sounds of enemy aircraft and the smell of gunpowder. Learn answers to questions like, “Why does the American flag have 15 stars?” and “Who are the gold and blue star mothers?” Five-dollar admission includes a souvenir dog tag on a beaded necklace.

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By |November 4th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, History|0 Comments