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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

Mint Hill Arts’ Volunteer of the Month

Pat Elliott Named Mint Hill Arts’ Volunteer of the Month for March Pat Elliott has been named Volunteer of the Month for March. She was honored at the opening reception for the Cardinal Camera Photography Show that was held in March at the gallery. Mint Hill Arts offers the community two opportunities each month for artists to draw and paint from life: Life Drawing and Portrait Drawing. These sessions, which are free and open to the public, are an important part of the mission of Mint Hill Arts to serve the local arts community. […]

By |April 4th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History, Library|0 Comments

Mint Hill library manager is happy to help

By Charles Kelleher Harris

According to a recent Mint Hill Library newsletter, it was some 62 years ago that Mint Hill’s only means of free reading was by means of a book mobile that came to town every Friday for one hour. A decade later the library occupied a small store front near downtown Mint Hill. Finally in May of 1999 the library opened its doors at its current location.
Almost 16 years later the 12,000-square-foot building is home to some 17,500 items. And there is more to come.
Since 2010 Mark Engelbrecht has served as the Mint Hill Library Branch Manager.
“I came to the Mint Hill Branch Library as the interim manager during a budget crisis,” explained Engelbrecht. “The position was formalized in the fall of 2010 and I was given the title of Location Manager.”  […]

By |February 25th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Library|0 Comments