This week in Mint Hill history

In 1973, a re-zoning proposal that would have required new homes in some parts of town to be built on one acre lots was voted down by the Mint Hill Town Board. There was concern that this proposal would keep middle class citizens from buying these properties and that it would stunt future growth.

In 1987, a list of groups, families, and individuals who had donated to the VFW memorial was printed in the local newspaper. This memorial had been dedicated in November.

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This week in Mint Hill History

A meeting to discuss possible routes for the future I-485 was recently held at Northeast Junior High.  It attracted people from Mint Hill, Matthews, and Southeast Charlotte.  Two comments that were heard at the meeting were:

“This route goes right through downtown Mint Hill.”

and

“That’s not county land, it’s mine, and they’ll get it over my dead body.”

Gambles store had an advertisement that included the following: Mom and Pop country ham for $1.49 per lb.; 10 lbs of ground beef – $.79 per lb.;  3 lbs of sweet potatoes – $1.00. With certain purchases, you get extra “Quality Stamps.”

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This week in history

  • In 1986, a one-mile jogging trail at Mint Hill Municipal Park off Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road was opened. Officials will be monitoring its use to see how much this trail was really wanted.
  • In 1983, the first new Mint Hill municipal building held its first town meeting. John McEwen gave the invocation.
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Witch sparkles up town hall

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Mrs. Sparkles, who works at the front desk of Mint Hill town hall, got into the spirit of Halloween by donning a witches costume today. Town Manager Brian Welch wore a mullet wig (not sure what the official costume was) and Michelle Farrar dressed up as a UNC fan–now that’s scary!

(Mrs. Sparkles real name is Doris Miller)

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Name of beauty contestant revealed!

[singlepic=276,270,190,,right]We’ve had several phone calls today alerting us to who was in this photo. It was taken by photographer Richard Holtzclaw of Mint Hill. Merle Austin Haney told us it was Ann Ross Maxwell and the picture was taken as Ross was being crowned Carrousel Queen in 1948. Haney said she went to school with Ross’s sister Sue at Bain Elementary and noted that all 24 of the Ross children were good looking. Jeanette Driggers also called us and said she tried to reach Ann Ross Maxwell to get her the photo from Mr. Holzclaw. The Ross’s grew up on land next to Bain Elementary School, where Hal Ross, Ann’s brother, still lives.

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Meck. County capital improvement projects now online

Want to know about capital improvement plans in Mecklenburg? The County finallypicture-3.png combined the information into an easy to use Web site. One project is the Ezelle Park in Mint Hill. County officials met Monday with town officials to discuss moving forward with the project. Mayor Ted Biggers said even if the $250 million parks and rec bond is voted down November 4, the county and Mint Hill want to have a plan in place for the park so when funds do come available, they will be ready to build.

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