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Free tax service in full swing, appointments available

Thanks to generous community supporters, volunteers with the local nonprofit Common Heart have been able to file taxes for 86 residents just one month into its free income tax service.

Volunteer Site Coordinator Susan Ochs, of Marvin, said the 10 volunteer tax preparers and four volunteers who serve as greeters and appointment schedulers have been busy.   […]

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Mint Hill artist celebrates 21 years drawing Dennis

By Leah Schmalz

Dennis the Menace, created by the late Hank Ketcham, is published in 1,000 papers across 48 countries in 19 languages. Yet all of the weekday panels come from one source: Marcus Hamilton’s studio in Mint Hill. Since his first panel was published on January 15 in 1994, Hamilton has been producing five panels each week for the past 21 years.

“The honor of getting to work on probably one of the most popular comics, characters, features that was ever established was just awesome and I still am in awe that it ever happened, because if I stopped and thought about how many people are looking at the drawings I do it’d probably scare me to death and I wouldn’t be able to draw,” Hamilton said. […]

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The Gift of Life

By Andrew Stark

In late 2013, Tom Ottman sat down to write one the most personal and heartfelt letters he’d penned in his 63 years of life.
The recipient was a stranger and the subject matter was someone whom he’d never met and with whom he would likely never cross paths with again. But as Ottman sat trying to put into words the love, appreciation and admiration he had for this man he’d never meet and a family he would likely never know, he carefully combed over every word  to make sure they were  just right.
“I gave it a lot of thought,” Ottman said. “I acknowledged the fact there is no adequate way to thoroughly or properly thank someone for their generosity in the worst moment in their life, and to stop and think about someone else at that time in their life.”
Ottman, who is now 65, had received a kidney transplant from a 40-year-old man who lived in or around the Charlotte area—the identities and details of deceased donors are kept private for obvious reasons—and had passed away from a stroke. […]

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MARA dominates discussion at Feb. 23 Matthews BOC Meeting

The Matthews Athletic and Recreation Association was the topic of the evening at the Matthews Board of Commissioners meeting, which was held Monday, February 23.
The board heard from four speakers, a pair of concerned citizens and three MARA coaches regarding two separate issues – a rezoning from a rural zone (RU) to a conditional R/I zoning distinction, and a separate cellphone tower extension which would raise an existing but non-working cell phone tower from 80 to 120 feet.
Matthews Senior Planner Jay Camp began the discussion of the rezoning for the 14-ballfield complex, outlining how a switch from RU to R/I zoning would benefit the athletic complex located on 1200 S. Trade St. […]

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