New home building increasing steadily in Mint Hill

By Michele Dotson
Cheval will develop the defunct wine community that was to have a Tuscan-designed homes and its own vineyard.

Cheval will develop the defunct wine community that was to have a Tuscan-designed homes and its own vineyard.

New home building has really been on an upswing in Mint Hill this year, with price points set for a moderate budget.

In April 2012, only 62 new home permits were issued in all of Mecklenburg County.

April 2014 shows a very different picture with 229 housing permits issued throughout the month.

So far this year, 837 permits have been issued for new homes.

While some of these new Mint Hill neighborhoods were taken over from previous builders who lost their property to foreclosure during the economic downturn, there are new properties being developed all over the area. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Madness makes wish come true for this year’s grand marshal

By Michele Dotson

This year’s grand marshal is six and a half years old.

He wants, above all things, to be a fireman.

And he wants to meet a princess.

The Town of Mint Hill and The Make A Wish Foundation have found a way to make that happen.

Tim Brakman has his own fireman’s uniform. He dreams of being a fireman, and, in fact, “loves and has the utmost respect for anyone in uniform, “says Tim’s mother Cindy Brakman.

Tim Brakman has his own fireman’s uniform. He dreams of being a fireman, and, in fact, “loves and has the utmost respect for anyone in uniform, “says Tim’s mother Cindy Brakman.

On Saturday, May 24, Tim Brakman (who answers equally to Timmy) will ride on a fire truck, dressed in his fireman’s uniform, accompanied by his three year old sister, Kate, who, in honor of the occasion, has been named Miss Mint Hill Madness.

Before the parade, Tim will attend a reception in his honor at the Mint Hill Fire Department where he’ll meet the Mint Hill Beauty Queens and Ms. Mecklenburg, and tour the fire station.

Sister Kate will be decked out in her princess finery, which she has already taken quite a shine to.

“We got Kate’s dress the other day, and I wanted her to try it on,” says Brakman. “She wore it all afternoon and thought it was the best thing.”

Both Tim and Kate are excited by this new adventure. Continue reading

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Discover Mint Hilll

The woodwright shop was open for demonstrations.

The woodwright shop was open for demonstrations.

Discover Mint Hill, the annual showcase of the town’s civic, artistic and historical groups, was held Saturday, May 3.

The Lions Club was present selling brooms.

The Kiwanis had a prize wheel and participants of all ages spun for their chance to win a prize.

The blacksmith shop and the wheelwright shop were operational for demonstrations.

The date also marked the official start of the Mint Hill Farmer’s Market season which will be open weekends through fall.Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 5.15.56 PM

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Mint Hill outdoor entertainment return in May

By Michele Dotson

During May and June Movies on the Lawn and June Tunes returns again this season at Mint Hill Town Hall.

The series of entertainment throughout May and June is sponsored in part by a Town Program Grant in cooperation with the Arts and Science Council. The outdoor movies begin at dusk each week. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

The lineup for this spring is as follows: May 2-Frozen, Rated PG; May 9-Planes, Rated PG; May 16-Earth from Disney Nature, Raged G; May 30-Despicable Me 2-Rated PG.

June Tunes will host a series of musical acts for Friday evening relaxing on the lawn. June Tunes runs June 7-July 3. June 7- Lindsay Nicole and Hwy. 74; June 14-Carolina Music Machine; June 21-Tsunami Wave Riders; June 28-Jim- my and Darlene Harrison; July 3-Queen City Brass Band.

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Four candidates vie for two spots on sheriff ticket

By Leah Schmalz

With Chipp Bailey stepping down as Mecklenburg County sheriff, four contenders have registered to take his place. Irwin Carmichael and Antoine M. Ensley seek a spot on the Democratic ticket, while Chris Hailey and Louis Rango Jr. are up against each other for the Republican spot.

Irwin Carmichael has worked as a reserve captain with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office for 28 years. “I just want to see the stability of the office to continue,” he said. Carmichael’s two main points of focus are inmates and youthful offenders. Carmichael said the daily count of inmates just dropped below 1,800, down from nearly 3,000 several years ago. “We have been able to cut the population down because of the programs we have inside our facilities,” he said. “We are going to turn 95% back out into community. We want to return them as productive members.” He said the office has training programs in place in areas such as culinary, carpentry, and horticulture so that released inmates have employment and are less likely to reoffend.  Continue reading

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Town of Mint Hill to donate car to Fire Department

By Michele Dotson

Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 2.53.20 PMMint Hill Board of Commissioners met Thursday, April 24 at 7 pm to move forward with some general business items, including a resolution to donate a 2005 Ford Crown Vic to the Mint Hill Fire Department. The car had previously been used by the Town.

North Carolina General Stature 160A-280 allows any item the governing board deems to be surplus, obsolete or unused to be donated to another governmental unit.

The resolution was adopted by Mayor Biggers. Continue reading

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