MH Madness mud sets town back $3,000

[singlepic=232,220,140,,left]A rainy weekend at Mint Hill Madness cost the town $3,000 more than normal according to Town Manager Brian Welch. Last year, the town spent $16,000 on labor, equipment and materials, among other things. This year, they spent $19,000. [singlepic=233,170,90,,right]More money was needed to fix ruts and bare spots, and to lay down straw. The cost could have potentially been more if Friday’s Madness was not canceled.

Want to see what it was like at this year’s Mint Hill Madness?

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In this week’s Mint Hill Times…

It’s the middle of October, and the temperature is still 84 degrees. What’s up with that?

[singlepic=230,220,140,,right]This week in The Mint Hill Times:

  • Tim Long reports Town Manager Brian Welch asked town staff to cut unnecessary spending to help deal with the economic situation.
  • Adam Houston reports the Board of Commissioners approved a permit for construction of a three-story office building behind Wendy’s at Mint Hill Pavilion.
  • Leslie Southerland talks about her friend spotting tennis star Andy Roddick and girlfriend Brooklyn Decker at Target in Matthews.
  • Adam Houston reports former Butler football star Kenneth Moore signed with the Carolina Panthers.
  • Garden columnist Joyce Lavene encouraged everyone to plant a tree to save heating and cooling costs.
  • Tim Long and Adam Houston reported on last Friday’s football action and previewed this week’s games. Butler faces East Meck at 7 pm Friday at Butler, and Independence travels to Providence at 7 pm Friday.
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Chamber music comes to Mint Hill

Tickets are still available for the chamber music concert 4-6 pm Sunday at the home of Susan Griffith in Mint Hill. The concert is sponsored by Chamber Music at St. Peter’s. From the Web site:

These intimate private home concerts honor the origins of chamber music. Set in the private homes of generous individuals throughout Charlotte and the surrounding region, these concerts are the perfect opportunity to see every movement of the musicians as they play their instruments. After the performance, meet other classic music enthusiasts, while enjoying hors d’oeurves.

Not sure what chamber music sounds like? Here’s a trio doing Rachmaninov piano trio Elégiaque No.1 in g minor. The trio Sunday will perform Rachmaninov Elégiaque No. 2 in D minor.

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Mint Hill readying for fall

carolina-leaves.jpgIt’s leaf blowing and raking season in North Carolina! What to do with the leaves? I spoke with town hall today and they said to remember that all leaves you want picked up must be in bags. No more than 10 bags of leaves or any other yard debris will be picked up per week per household.

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Madness 2008 photo contest winners

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of this year’s Madness photo contest. They are: Best Madness: Neecie Herndon; Second best: Michael Cox; Honorable mention: Neecie Herndon. Best parade: Michael Cox; Second best: Michael Cox; Honorable mention: Scott Lang. Best Beauty Pageant: Jacob Michael. Best Kids only: Jacob Michael; Second best: Natalie Barnett.

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