Dr. Steve Bain connects with lineage during Mint Hill visit

By Leah Schmalz

Steve Bain: Dr. Steve Bain stands next to a portrait of John Bain at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Steve Bain stands next to a portrait of John Bain at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church.

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.”  Continue reading

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Clear Creek Elementary holds ‘Rock the Test’ pep rally

By Leah Schmalz

The Mint Hill Times

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 3.11.48 PM“I believe that we’ll make 5’s!” was the cheer echoing through the gymnasium at Clear Creek Elementary School last Wednesday afternoon. The school held a pep rally for third, fourth and fifth graders in anticipation of End of Grade testing.  
“You say to yourself, ‘What is Miss Heath thinking letting us come in here and scream like maniacs two days before end of grade tests?’” said Principal Debbie Heath. “I was thinking you need a break. Today what we are doing is celebrating the fact that you are going to blow the lid off the EOGs.” 
After breaking through a “Rock the Test,” banner, Heath and the teachers performed a dance they had learned just for the students, who responded with cheers and applause.  Continue reading
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Civil War replica flag to be featured in Mint Hill Madness parade

By Leah Schmalz

The 13th NC Company B will carry a replica of the second national flag of the 13th NC, captured in the Battle of the Wilderness during the Civil War.  Photo courtesy of the 13th NC Company B

The 13th NC Company B will carry a replica of the second national flag of the 13th NC, captured in the Battle of the Wilderness during the Civil War.
Photo courtesy of the 13th NC Company B

 

Those attending the Mint Hill Madness parade at 10 am Saturday will glimpse a piece of history. The 13th NC Company B, a Civil War reenactment group, will carry a replica of the first flag captured by General Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War.

The second national flag of the 13th NC was captured in the Battle of the Wilderness at Spotsylvania in 1864. The color bearer, Grief Mason, was killed for refusing to give up the flag. The Union Sergeant was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for its capture. The original flag is currently on display at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh as part of its Civil War anniversary exhibit.

The replica, handmade by Ben Tart of Garner and hand painted by TJ Miller of Fuquay-Varina, was carried in the 150th anniversary of the battle. 18 members of the 13th NC took part in the reenactment on May 3.

“The reason we did that was to honor Grief Mason, a North Carolinian who fought for his country, his home and his family, and paid the full measure,” said Geary Shafer, Unit Commander. “When you joined the army in 1860 in North Carolina, you didn’t swear allegiance to the confederacy or to Jefferson Davis. You swore allegiance to North Carolina.”

Shafer said the group has roughly 20 active members, and he hopes they will all take part in the parade. “We’re honored to be a part of it,” said Shafer.

 

 

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Novant Health could open in Mint Hill by 2018

By Leah Schmalz

Novant Health hopes to open a hospital in Mint Hill by the beginning of 2018, a project that has been delayed since 2008. The company took a step forward in the process by filing a rezoning application at the end of April. This process could take six months, but if all continues as planned, they anticipate breaking ground at the end of 2015.

“We’re very excited about it. We really feel good that it’s the right thing to do for the community of Mint Hill and surrounding areas to have their hometown hospital,” said Roland Bibeau, president of Novant Health’s Matthews Medical Center. Continue reading

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Historic Bain School Dinner & Silent Auction at Pine Lake Promises Entertaining Evening

Can you imagine being the owner of an original barn painting by Mint Hill artist Larry Ferguson?   Or a drawing of Dennis the Menace by Marcus Hamilton?   Would you enjoy dining on Angus steaks from DD’s Farms in Mint Hill?  How about an exquisite floral arrangement by Abbey Rose Florist?  A two-night getaway in Historic Charleston?   A few gift certificates from local businesses?

If the answer is Yes, plan to attend the Historic Bain School Dinner & Silent Auction at Pine Lake Country Club in Mint Hill on Thursday, May 29.  Individual tickets are $50; table sponsorships. $500.  The ticket price includes food and beverage valued at $25, resulting in a tax-deductible gift of $25. Reservations are due May 25. Continue reading

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Holocaust survivor speaks to Mint Hill Middle School students

By Leah Schmalz
Irving Bienstock answered questions from Mint Hill Middle School students last Monday about his experience as a Jew in Germany during the Holocaust.

Irving Bienstock answered questions from Mint Hill Middle School students last Monday about his experience as a Jew in Germany during the Holocaust.

When Irving Bienstock saw the Nazi military starting fires in synagogues, smashing windows, and raiding the houses of Jews on the night that is now known as Kristallnacht, his hope of survival wavered. “At that moment I thought I was going to die,” he said, as he recounted his story to eighth grade students at Mint Hill Middle School last Monday.

Bienstock covered his experience in Germany during the beginning of Hitler’s rise to power, when Jews weren’t permitted to ride buses, visit parks, or continue to run their businesses. Most of his extended family was killed and his father was forced to flee. Finally the rest of the family was able to escape the country. His father eventually made it to the United States in 1939 and the rest of the family joined him the following year. Bienstock entered the military and returned to Europe five years later to fight in World War II.  Continue reading

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