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Fire department evolves to match growing community

By Leah Schmalz

Decades ago, firefighters were primarily volunteers responsible for responding to fires and putting them out if they could. Now there is a much greater chance of seeing a fire truck at a motor vehicle accident or EMS call.

Mint Hill’s Fire Department has had to change in other significant ways as well. The station used to be fully staffed by volunteers, but now there are 30 paid employees to cover a steady influx of calls and support the 60 to 65 volunteers that comprise the department.

“As the town grows, we’ll grow with it,” said Deputy Chief and Training Officer John Phillips.

Phillips joined as a junior firefighter in 1974 at the age of 16. On July 7, he celebrated 41 years with the department. Just a few days prior, he began his new position as Deputy Chief. With over four decades at the station, Phillips has seen the department evolve drastically. “We’re really not the sleepy little bedroom town that we were in the 60s and 70s,” he said.  […]

Mint Hill’s Soccer Team United wins state games

The MHAA Soccer Team United won the North Carolina Powerade State Games last summer in Mooresville. That win made the team eligible to play in the State Games of America this summer in Lincoln, Nebraska. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for these 15 young men coached by Dino Silva. The boys on this […]

By |July 17th, 2015|Around Town, Good deeds, History, MHAA, Sports|0 Comments

Mint Hill Army back in spotlight

By Andrew Stark
Another year, another trip to the American Legion state championship for the Mint Hill Army Juniors, a team which is making the championship run an annual event.
The Army will take the field on July 17 against Davidson County in their third consecutive state finals. They won the title in 2013, returned last year where they went 1-2 and finished runners-up and are back again as one of the favorites to win it all.
But this season didn’t necessarily start out with championship expectations. […]

By |July 16th, 2015|Around Town|0 Comments

On July 9 at approximately 4:07  Mint Hill Police were dispatched to an alarm call at the Boost Mobile located at 4709 Margaret Wallace Road.  The first officer arrived on scene and discovered that a vehicle had been intentionally driven through the front of the business in order to gain entry.  Officers entered the business and conducted a search for any occupants.  The search revealed no one was inside the building.  Officers searched the vehicle and discovered the ignition column had been damaged, indicating the vehicle was possibly stolen.  The registered owner’s listed address was in Charlotte.  It was later confirmed that the vehicle had been stolen.  CMPD Crime Scene arrived on scene and assisted with processing the crime scene. […]

By |July 10th, 2015|Around Town, Breakiing News, Featured Posts, History|0 Comments