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Town holds hearings on proposed community additions

By Leah Schmalz

The town of Mint Hill held public hearings last Thursday on zoning requests filed by Mecklenburg County and Carillon Assisted Living to construct new facilities in the area.

Chris Matthews presented on the proposed nature center and education building at Steven’s Creek Nature Preserve. The preserve plays a major role in protecting Stevens Creek and supporting endangered wildlife. “We want to make sure that people understand why we did it and why streams are important, and so really the theme of this property is going to be about water quality protection,” Matthews said.

He explained that most nature preserves in the county are open around 8 am until sundown. “Being a nature preserve, we really try hard to not have a lot of lights on at night,” Matthews said. “We’re not only concerned about our neighbors; we’re concerned about wildlife, too.” Matthews said noise should be just as minimal as light. There will also be a gate at the front entrance to deter visitors when the preserve is closed.

Residents from Maple Hollow Lane expressed concern about the planned pedestrian entrance within their neighborhood leading to more traffic and parked cars. Matthews said this hasn’t been the case with other preserves that include a similar pedestrian entrance. “Whatever the residents of Maple Hollow feel is going to be best for their community, we’ll make sure we honor that in the design of anything we do,” Matthews said. Residents should receive notification of upcoming meetings and workshops.  […]

By |September 18th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Breakiing News, Development, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History, Town Hall|1 Comment

MH joins local family in raising pediatric cancer awareness

By Leah Schmalz

Kevin and Emily Ratliff lost their daughter Claire to a rare form of childhood cancer when she was two and a half years old. Now they take steps to support other families facing similar circumstances, as well as raise awareness of the disease.

The town supported the Ratliff family’s efforts at the council meeting last Thursday by recognizing September as Pediatric Cancer Awareness
Month. Commissioner Tina Ross read a proclamation and presented it to the Ratliffs.

“I just want to personally thank you guys so much,” Kevin said. “I want to thank Tina personally as well. She is obviously someone who I admire greatly for her own tenacity against the disease.”

Pediatric cancer is the most deadly disease for children under the age of 14, causing more deaths than AIDS, asthma, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis and juvenile diabetes combined, according to the CDC.  […]

Meet Joy Greear, Mint Hill Chamber’s new director

By Leah Schmalz

Joy Greear was recently appointed director of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, and she’s already had a chance to get her feet wet.

“We had our third annual golf tournament [Thursday] and so I got to really hit the ground running with that,” she said. “We had a fabulous event, really great turnout [and] raised a lot of money for the chamber. That money then goes back into a lot of events that the chamber has in the community.”

Greear replaces former director Mike Riley, who was promoted to a new position in Huntersville. She currently serves as Vice President of Professional and Support Services for Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center until construction of Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center is complete. At that point she will assume the role of President at the new facility.   […]

By |September 18th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Breakiing News, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Government, History|0 Comments

Independence: Game Week 3

By Andrew Stark

Who: Independence (0-2) at Olympic (0-1)

When: 7 p.m.

Last Meeting: Independence won, 35-0, on Nov. 14, 2014

Key Players: Independence: quarterback Christian McPhail, running back Quantavious McGill, cornerback/receivers Elijah Small and Cedric Stone, linebackers Tylon Clawson, Jerome Cochran and Rob Casanova, defensive ends Christian Colon and Kima Bell; Olympic: quarterback Dylan Earney, running backs Rikki Manning, Jr. and Marquis Robinson, Jr., receiver Isaiah Boswell, defensive backs Martin Delgado, Jordan Daniles and Dushawn Hemphill, linebacker Jaz Young, lineman Joshua Allen.

The Keys: The Patriots have won each of the past seven meeting between the two teams and badly need a win to get the season rolling. They may be going to the right place to do just that as the Trojans didn’t show much pop in Week 1. However, Olympic has had a week to think about their lackluster performance and prepare for the Patriots after taking an early-season bye last week.

Independence:  It’s hard to imagine the Patriots have scored just 19 points and surrendered 100 in their first two games, but that’s the reality in 2015.  […]