Election time draws near

Election day will soon be here, and there a few things to remember before heading out to the polls on November 5.
First, the deadline to register to vote in North Carolina is 25 days before the day of the election, so be sure that you are registered by October 11 if you plan to vote on November 5.╩
Voter registration forms are located on line and at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections and should be received by the county board of elections office or postmarked by the deadline in order to be accepted as valid applications for the upcoming election.
Also, agency and DMV voter registration transactions that are completed by the deadline are accepted as valid for the upcoming election. Applicants will be notified by the county board of elections of their precinct and polling place assignments, or you can use the on line application to locate our polling place by searching your address. Continue reading
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Bain Daze first steps to saving historic school

Bain Daze

Ladies of all ages participated in the Victorian hat contest. Margaret Cochran, second from right, wore the winning hat, designed by Abbey Rose Floral Artistry, who was also a sponsor of the event.

The first ever Bain Daze was held at Mint Hill Park on Fairview on Saturday, September 21, and young and old came out to support fund raising efforts to save the historic school building from the wrecking ball.

The school, which dates to 1889 when it was known as Bain Academy, was the first graded school and college preparatory school in Mecklenburg County.

Around 1922 the school was turned over to Mecklenburg County and it was redesigned into a two-story brick structure with a belfry. For many years its graduates would meet at the school for reunions and gatherings.  Continue reading

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Cartoonist to appear at Bain Daze

Marcus Hamilton, a long-time Mint Hill resident and the cartoonist on the daily “Dennis the Menace” panel, will appear at the Bain Daze festival at the Mint Hill Park on Fairview this Saturday, September 21, between 10:30 am and 2 pm.
Visitors are encouraged to come by his tent around 11 am to see how he draws those lovable characters from the famous cartoon, developed by the late Hank Ketcham.╩ Hamilton will offer cardstock prints for $5 each and original posters for $25, with all proceeds going toward the Historic Bain Restoration. Continue reading
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Amendment will allow for background checks

An amendment to the Code of Ordinances relating to peddling was unanimously approved at the September 12 Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting, paving the way for a more streamlined process for requiring background checks for those seeking a license to sell products door-to-door or on the street.╩
“Right now, I can only request a background check on someone involved in an active criminal investigation, or someone applying for a position wi
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School Board District 6 candidate Paul Bailey addresses the Board and citizens at the September 12 Board of Commissioners meeting at the Mint Hill Town Hall.

thin the department,” said Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford.
The minor changes in the wording of the ordinance allows the department to comply with the State Bureau of Investigation’s (SBI) regulations on having a specific purpose for conducting a criminal background check.
Once the background check is complete, the applicant will receive an ID badge from the Mint Hill Police Department. This effort is intended to keep citizens safe while allowing individuals to conduct business in the town.
The background checks do not apply to solicitation for charitable, civic, religious, patriotic or governmental purposes by persons who serve without compensation or remuneration.
 
•Mayor Biggers introduced, and announced his support for Paul Bailey who is running for School Board-District 6. Mr. Bailey addressed the Board and the visitors to introduce himself and tell about his vision for CMS. “I am personally going to support the bond initiative,” says Bailey, “they are not asking for anything excessive.
Whatever they’re asking for is needed and we have not had a Bond referendum since 2007.”
• A Proclamation for Constitution Week was presented by Commissioner Tina Ross. “Whereas September 17, 2013 marks the 226th Anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention; and whereas it is fitting and proper to officially recognize this magnificent document, and the anniversary of its creation; and whereas it is fitting and proper to officially recognize the patriotic celebrations which will commemorate the occasion; and whereas, Public Law 915 guarantees the issuance of the proclamation each year by the president of the United States of America, designating September 17-23 as Constitution Week.╩ Now, therefore I, Ted H. Biggers, Jr., Mayor of the Town of Mint Hill, NC, on behalf of the board of Commissioners, do hereby proclaim that September 17-23 as Constitution Week in the Town of Mint Hill and ask our citizens to reaffirm the ideals the framers of the Constitution had in 1787.”
• Commissioner Lloyd Austin provided an update on the Coffee with a Cop event he attended on September 9, 2013, with several Mint Hill residents. Austin indicated citizens seem to appreciate the opportunity to spend time asking questions and getting to know the officers.
• Commissioner Tina Ross reminded the Board of the next Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department meeting scheduled for September 23 at 7:00 pm at the fire station on Fairview Road. She also reminded everyone of Bain Days scheduled for September 21 from 10 am to 7 pm at the Mint Hill Park on Fairview Road.
• Town Manager Brian Welch gave an update to the Board on the Korean War Memorial which is nearing completion. According to Welch, the granite work will require another day’s labor, and then clean-up can begin. Welch also indicated that the sidewalk plan is on schedule, with more sidewalks going in front of Hawthorne’s Pizza, as well as paving of Mint Hill Village Lane, including the round-about in front of the Mint Hill Town Hall.
• Beatification is underway on Lawyer’s Road near Bain School Road to prepare for Homearama.
• Commissioner Mickey Ellington attended the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce meeting and reminded everyone of the upcoming golf tournament fund raising event sponsored by the Chamber.
•Moving day for Mint Hill Police will be September 21, 2013, will business resuming in the new location on Monday, September 23. The project will be completed on time and on budget.
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Principal readies Bain for transition

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By Michele Dotson - Staff Writer

Finishing touches are being completed at the newly constructed Bain Elementary School in preparation for the start of school in August. The project, which cost more than $15 million and took about 18 months to complete was paid for with 2007 bond money.

The school was first slated only for upgrades, but approval for a new structure came once it was determined to be more cost effective to build from scratch.  Construction began in early spring of 2012. nths to complete was paid for with 2007 bond money.

Principal John LeGrand has spent the summer organizing the move from the adjacent building and readying the school for the return of teachers on August 19.

“I have been addressing our instructional focus, of course, but I’ve been surprised how I’ve been pulled into dealing with lots of logistics this summer.” Continue reading

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Remembering our environment: Earth Day 2013

This Monday, April 22 marks the 43rd annual Earth Day, a day of support for our natural surroundings.

It all started in 1970, when Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson witnessed the devastation of an oil spill in 1969 Santa Barbara, Calif. He coordinated the effort with other politicians, the press and schools, and by April 22, 20 million Americans rallied coast to coast for the sake of the environment.

This event led to the modern American environmental political agenda, spurring the foundation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Since, the movement has gone global, and Earth Day itself is largely credited with birthing the modern environmental movement worldwide.

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