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Dogs Days of Summer aims to serve community, benefit shelters

By Leah Schmalz

Treat your dog to a day out and support local shelters at the Dogs Days of Summer event on July 19.

The event, hosted by Barks, Bones & Biscuits, runs from 12:30 am to 4:30 pm in the parking lot at 11300 Lawyers Road.

The proceeds benefit the Fabulous McGrady and Friends Foundation, which supports shelters throughout North and South Carolina.

“They sponsor neuter and spay clinics,” said Barks, Bones & Biscuits owner Robyn Kline. “They collect lightly used things that people might want to get rid of, like leashes, collars, blankets, beds and toys. We’re going through them because they can help more than just one shelter.”

Barks, Bones & Biscuits also held a dog food drive in the weeks leading up to the event. “The dog food drive is to benefit local shelters,” said Kline. Food can be donated during the event or dropped off at the store, which is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm.  […]

By |July 17th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|7 Comments

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