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Young artist premieres work at Sunday Afternoon in the Park in Mint Hill

By Leah Schmalz

A wide range of talented artists set up tents at the 11th annual Sunday Afternoon in the Park. For Eli Cervantes, the event was his first art show.

The 10-year-old boy works with colorful pieces of glass to create mosaics. Some of the designs are abstract; others form objects like fish or crosses.

“I like […]

Local author fulfills lifelong aspiration

By Leah Schmalz

Edward Johnson has always dreamed of becoming an author.

Since he was young, he’s savored the act of writing, composing short stories and poems when he can.

“It was something I dreamed about ever since I was high school,” he said. “I was an avid reader and read anything, including the ingredients on the cereal box. If you gave me a choice between an essay exam and a standard fill-in-the-blanks exam, I’d choose the essay exam in a heartbeat.”

Now that he’s retired, Johnson has set his sights back on his lifelong dream and finished his first book, “Bermuda- Pathway to Terror.” Published in April by WestBow Press, a Christian self-publishing division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan, the book already has four stars and six reviews on Amazon.  […]

By |August 21st, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History, Library|0 Comments

Mint Hill Board holds meeting to discuss 2015-16 budget

By Leah Schmalz

Last Tuesday the Board of Commissioners met for a special called meeting to discuss the budget for fiscal year 2015-2016. Town Administrator Brian Welch reviewed the proposed budget, which totals $12,951,436. Last year the budget totaled $12,578,878.

The manager recommendation for the general fund decreased from $11,639,898 last year to $11,235,238. The decrease is […]

Unleash your creativity with Mint Hill Arts

By Leah Schmalz

Looking to get a little creative this summer? Mint Hill Arts can help with weeklong classes offered from the end of June through the beginning of August, covering unique topics like comic art and mixed media.

Whether it’s working with puppets, learning to draw comic book characters or constructing a mobile, each class is sure to engage, educate and excite. Ages 6-10 attend in the morning, while afternoon classes are geared toward ages 11 and up.

Marta Brown, education director, feels the small class size and competitive pricing set the program apart from other choices. Capping the classes at a maximum of 10 students allows the instructors to work one-on-one with each child. “Kids are going to come in there who are at all different levels,” Brown said. “It’s not fair to have a standard thing you throw out [where] everyone paints the same flower at the same time and everybody has to wait until they’re ready to move onto the stem from the petal.” […]

By |May 15th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Library|0 Comments