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Rocky River Ravens on track for title run

By Andrew Stark

Rocky River has had an up-and-coming track and field program since the school opened in 2010, but the Ravens have not yet reached their pinnacle as they have never had a state champion. That might change on Feb. 14, as senior sprinter Kaylan Love-Soles and freshman high jumper Kenya Livingston look to make school history by taking gold at the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s indoor track and field championships at Winston-Salem’s JDL FastTrack.

“They can both do it,” Ravens coach Antoine Sidberry said. “Kenya has come out as a freshman and is (No. 2) in the state, and Kaylan is back from last year and has single-handedly changed the boys program.”

Love-Soles got his start as a freshman running on a 4×400 relay team that advanced to the state meet in 2012. That team featured Raven track and field all-timers Johnny Nunn, Quin Burkhalter and Tom Mathis, all upperclassmen who pushed their wide-eyed freshman into a leadership role. […]

By |February 9th, 2015|Around Town|0 Comments

Mint Hill commissioners retreat to shape town’s future, explore recent growth

By Andrew Stark

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners will hold its annual retreat on March 6-8 at The Hut in Pineville, giving commissioners and the board a chance to casually discuss new issues and get caught up on where the town stands on several key recent developments

“Mainly this gives the commissioners a chance to bring up in a more relaxed environment any of their concerns or anything they want to discuss about the town, the town issues, policies, procedures or anything else they want to talk about,” Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers said.

“The commissioners have been given an opportunity to pre-submit their subjects to the staff, and the staff is compiling the subjects. The board will prioritize the subjects and we will get to as many of them as we can.” […]

By |February 6th, 2015|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

World Traveler Glad to Call Mint Hill Home

By Charles Kelleher Harris

One could easily call Phil Angelo a globe trotter.

“I’ve been on 75 cruises, to 42 different countries and 146 resorts,” Angelo says.

This kind of experience is important in Angelo’s line of work. The Mint Hill resident is the owner and operator of Leisure Travel Exports. Angelo and his wife Barbara operate this traveling consulting business out of their home.

Angelo is always happy to return to Mint Hill where he has lived for almost 35 years.

“I enjoy the people,” says Angelo, “Talking to people. I wake up every morning and think about who moved into Mint Hill yesterday and what they think about it.”  […]

By |February 6th, 2015|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Mint Hill Family Escapes Overnight Blaze

A Mint Hill family of five and the family cat escaped an overnight fire at their home on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 28.

The fire, which burned the roof off the family’s home at 7302 Forrest Rader Drive in the St. Ives neighborhood off Truelight Church Road, left two burnt cars in the garage, another burnt SUV in the driveway and mass destruction on the property.

“Property-wise it looks like a total loss,” said Mint Hill Fire Chief David Laeth. “There were five family members, and everyone is OK, but there is a lot of property loss.”

Laeth described the scene as he and firefighters first responded to the call around 3:30 on Wednesday morning.

“The whole roofline was on fire when we arrived,” Laeth said. “We had flames coming through the roof at that time, and we had partial collapse on one end of it when we got there to start to put out the fire. […]

By |January 30th, 2015|Around Town, Breakiing News, Featured Posts|0 Comments