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Four challengers for incumbent commissioners in Mint Hill

By Leah Schmalz

All four of Mint Hill’s commissioners are up for reelection, and four incumbents have registered to challenge them. The Times contacted each candidate and asked one question: Why do you want to serve as a commissioner? Below are their responses.


“It’s the first step toward ruling the world.”­—Harry Marsh

“I would like to serve because I desire to preserve Mint Hill as a great place to raise a family. I will work to provide clean, safe and reliable water and sewer service for all residents. I want to help manage the inevitable growth and traffic. I will be a voice for all regardless of party affiliation. I would like to see a place to have cultural events, Bain School or a similar place. I really would appreciate your vote.”—Alan McKenzie […]

Speakers share experiences in Cuba at Hot Meals

By Leah Schmalz

Gary and Debbie Wilfong spoke about their travels to Cuba at the Hot Meals lunch recently at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church.

Gary previously worked as a pilot in the Air Force and for US Airways. Now that he is retired, he has taken several mission trips to Cuba with Benton’s Cross Roads Baptist Church in Monroe, most recently on August 15. Debbie has accompanied him on some of the trips.

“Cuba is becoming more and more accessible,” Gary said. The group has been helping construct an assisted living facility. “When we come back, it’s like a reverse mission trip. We’re the ones who are changed.” […]

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Times will miss Joyce Lavene

It is with great sadness we report the passing of our former Mint Hill Times reporter and friend Joyce Lavene. Joyce reported for our sister paper, The Weekly Post and The Mint Hill Times tirelessly. She attended up to six different town meetings a month for us and reported on them all. She not only covered the news, but wrote features, columns and took photographs. She won several North Carolina Press Association Awards while reporting for us.
Joyce was the employee a business owner feels like they struck gold with finding. Joyce was loyal, intelligent, funny, and talented.
Joyce loved writing. Before she came to write for the paper, she and her husband of 44 years, Jim, were already the authors of more than 30 published mystery novels. Now that number has grown to more than 60.

MHPD honors officers, citizen for life-saving efforts

By Leah Schmalz

The Mint Hill Times

Police Chief Tim Ledford recognized several officers and one citizen with awards for life-saving efforts at the town council meeting last Thursday. Ledford said the awards are for those that have “gone above and beyond the call of duty.”

Citizen Erik Bailey received a certification of accommodation. Bailey began chest compressions on a victim before police arrived to help. Corporal Michael Maness was also given an award for helping the victim upon his arrival.

Sergeant Billy Gilman and Officer Jacob Smith received awards for their efforts to extract an individual from a burning build. “It’s likely that the individual would have incurred further injuries or died without action,” Ledford said.  […]