Independence student’s story is letter perfect

Independence Principal Mark Bosco with Billy Earl Smith. Photo by Cody Beyer.

Eds. note: Cody Beyer was curious. The Editor-In-Chief of the Independence High School student newspaper wondered where the letters for the “Independence” sign above the clock in the school come from. After some investigative work, he discovered they came from another “Independence” building, this one in downtown Charlotte that was about to be demolished. Here’s the story:

In the 1980s many things about daily life were much different from they are today such as, the school was the biggest school in the state of North Carolina. What wasn’t different about Independence High School is the black letters that proudly spell INDEPENDENCE that hang above the back stairway in the mall area. Mr. Billy Earl Smith donated these letters to the school in 1981. They were purchased from the Independence Building that stood on the Northwest corner of Trade and Tryon streets, when it was taken off the list of historical buildings here in Charlotte. The listing had expired at midnight and five minutes after, the letters were taken down by Mr.Smith. Continue reading

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Lots of events this weekend at the Mint Hill Historical Society

The Mint Hill Times

The Chilean Mill was brought to the historical society from a location on Blair Road.

The Mint Hill Historical Society will be busy this weekend. Several events that were rescheduled from Discover Mint Hill a few weeks ago, plus events that were already scheduled, will take place this Saturday.
Discover Mint Hill was canceled several weeks ago because of rain. However, The Mint Hill Historical Society decided to reschedule the double-decker bus tour for this weekend. The popular tour showcases historical points of interest around the town and costs $3.
Historical society administrator, Sue McDonald, said even residents who have lived in the area for many years will be surprised by some of the points of interest on the bus tour.
The tours will take place as the historical society hosts its farmers market grand opening for the summer. Continue reading

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Historical Society purchases land for future growth

The Mint Hill Times

Mint Hill Historical Society leaders Judy McWhirter, Becky Griffin, Stan Davis and Bob Rowland commemorate the purchase of new land for the society.

If you recall over the summer the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners approved a unique deal that allowed Evans Construction a Special Use Permit for minor changes to its development behind Mint Hill Village in exchange for two plots of land that the Mint Hill Historical Society could obtain for its facilities on Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
It is now official, as the Historical Society announced yesterday that it is “the proud owner of an additional 3/4 of an acre of land.”
The historical society will make improvements to the already impressive Carl J. McEwen Historic Village.

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Flight of Honor postponed due to conflict with Liberal rally

The World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Flight of Honor for World War II Veterans scheduled for October 2 has been postponed to Tuesday, November 9. The postponement was due to the complications of a rally in Washington the same day. The rally, called “One Nation Working Together,” will feature the N.A.A.C.P., the A.F.L.-C.I.O., the National Council of La Raza and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Continue reading

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Explore the Mint Hill Farmer’s Market this weekend

There have been many great Farmer’s Markets which have popped up around the Charlotte region in recent years. But have you been to Mint Hill’s Farmer’s Market located at the Historical Society? August is a busy time at the Market–in addition to getting great deals on everything from fresh veggies and flowers, to eggs, to organic, locally raised beef, the Historical Society will have several programs in August. Check out the flier below for the schedule. Aside from all the great produce, you might also want to tour the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village where the MHHS has restored buildings such as a vintage doctor’s office, schoolhouse, a general store and more. It’s not a stretch to say there are few historical villages of its kind anywhere in North Carolina.

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NC Korean War Memorial update

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Don Putnam, one of the Korean War veterans spearheading the effort to build the NC Korean War Memorial in Mint Hill, said they raised more than $2,000 at last week’s fundraiser. This past weekend, they attended a service in Cherokee, NC to honor a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Charles George, who died in the Korean War. George, who was born in Cherokee, dove on a grenade during the war to save fellow comrades. It’s soldiers like George the Memorial will honor.

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