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Fair Havens Ministry aims to use old Bethel School as orphanage

By Leah Schmalz

A sign hangs on the front fence of the old Bethel School building on Highway 24-27, proclaiming it the future home of Fair Havens Orphanage. After sitting vacant for years, Mint Hill native Jessica Harris has plans to convert the five buildings and three ball fields into a place of hope for children throughout the area, with a proposed opening date of August 2017.

After praying and talking to others about her vision, Harris met with the current owners of the building in September to discuss her ideas for the property. Negotiations brought the property price down to $150,000, with just $50,000 of that required to close on the sale.  […]

By |February 19th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

Mint Hill commissioners retreat to shape town’s future, explore recent growth

By Andrew Stark

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners will hold its annual retreat on March 6-8 at The Hut in Pineville, giving commissioners and the board a chance to casually discuss new issues and get caught up on where the town stands on several key recent developments

“Mainly this gives the commissioners a chance to bring up in a more relaxed environment any of their concerns or anything they want to discuss about the town, the town issues, policies, procedures or anything else they want to talk about,” Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers said.

“The commissioners have been given an opportunity to pre-submit their subjects to the staff, and the staff is compiling the subjects. The board will prioritize the subjects and we will get to as many of them as we can.” […]

By |February 6th, 2015|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|1 Comment

Morning Star Labyrinth honors memory, offers peace

By Leah Schmalz

In the back of the cemetery behind the historic Morning Star Lutheran Chapel, located at 12900 Idlewild Road, rests a legacy labyrinth to honor Shannon Christine Kennedy, who lost her life in 2011 at age 36 due to illness. Composed of over 9,000 pavers, the intricate design weaves circles around the Morning Star […]

By |January 25th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

Mint Hill Rocky River Ravens on the Rise

By Andrew Stark

For four consecutive seasons the Rocky River girls basketball team has been ascending, but even to some of the team’s veterans something about this year feels a little different.

The change starts at the top, with first-year coach Epiphany Woodson taking the reigns of a program that won a school-record 19 games a season ago, up from 11 the previous season and 10 in 2010-11 after going winless in 2009-10.

Woodson, a former standout at Providence Day who later played at the University of Miami and for the Charlotte 49ers before a brief pro career overseas, was an assistant on last year’s state champion Myers Park team under Barbara Nelson, a Charlotte coaching legend who won seven state titles at Providence Day, including three with Woodson as her point guard.

But Woodson said she wasn’t thinking of coaching, and especially not in high school, last year. She had just come back from overseas and was settling into a corporate job when Nelson called and asked if she’d help out when she had time.

“Without that experience last year, this would be a lot tougher,” said Woodson, who has guided the Ravens to a 15-2 start to open the season. “Last year did prepare me for this, although I didn’t know it was coming.

“I knew (the Ravens) were talented and I knew that along with Butler they were the up-and-coming teams in the area, but I didn’t pay them that much attention last year except when they played Myers Park. When I started thinking about coaching, this is the job that I really wanted because I knew it was a great school with great facilities and I knew there was talent here. It’s been a blessing for me.”

And Woodson is right, there is no shortage of talent on Rocky River’s roster.

Sophomore guard Ariana Nance leads the team with 15.6 points per game, but six Ravens average 7.4 or more points and eight players average at least 2.2 rebounds per game, providing a depth most teams aren’t afforded on the high school level.

“Everyone is stepping up in different ways to do whatever they can to help our team win,” Woodson said. “They are stepping up their practice habits, their confidence is going up because they see how well they can play when they play together. They’ve played as a team during this stretch, and while we’ve had different individuals step up at different times and moments this year which makes us that much tougher.”

The stretch Woodson is referring to is an eight-game win streak entering their Jan. 20 matchup with Porter Ridge. […]

By |January 25th, 2015|Around Town, History, Rocky River High School, Sports|0 Comments