Pop Warner football program stresses development, safety

By Leah Schmalz

With growing concern over concussions among sports players, it only makes sense that parents exercise a degree of caution when considering which sport their children will play. To address these concerns, Mint Hill Athletic Association offers Pop Warner football, a program that stresses safety above winning.

A national program, Pop Warner is tuned into ways to prevent concussions among young players. “The statistic [from the program] that I think is surprising to people as far as concussions is it’s safer than soccer up until the age of 15,” said Dennis DiCarlo, commissioner for the Mint Hill Pop Warner football program. “They keep the ages and weights really confined.”  Continue reading

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Mint Hill Lions Club holds annual 5K, proceeds aid humanitarian projects

By Michele Dotson
Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 3.42.48 PMThe annual Mint Hill Lions Club 5K was held Saturday before the start of the Mint Hill Madness parade.
Long associated with Mint Hill Madness, the competitive run returned this year on a new schedule to coincide with the festival which had traditionally been held in the fall.
More than 250 runners participated. 
Mike Mitchell of Mint Hill placed first overall in the men’s division with a time of 16:31.
Jessica Alley from New Castle came in first overall in the women’s division with a time of 18:51.
Community support was visible with many area residents, teachers, local students, and public servants participating. Continue reading
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Cindy Corwin wins Teacher Assistant of the Year

 

Cindy Corwin of J.H. Gunn El- ementary won Teacher Assis- tant of the Year for 2013-2014.

Cindy Corwin of J.H. Gunn El- ementary won Teacher Assis- tant of the Year for 2013-2014.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools named its 2013-2014 Teacher Assistant of the Year at a ceremony held at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology on May 22. Cindy Corwin of J.H. Gunn Elementary won Teacher Assistant of the Year.

Corwin has worked at J.H. Gunn as a teacher assistant for 10 years. She teaches reading and math to kindergarten, first-, third- and fifth-grade students. This year, all of her students achieved at or above grade level in their literacy assessments. Prior to serving at J.H. Gunn, Corwin taught pre-school at Wilson Grove Baptist Church for more than a decade. In 2012, she was named the CMS Teacher Assistant of the Year. The Charlotte native said Gunn is dear to her heart because all three of her children received their elementary education there.
Principal Monique Davis said, “Corwin cares about treating her students as individuals and takes pride in educating them. She’s like a mother eagle that looks forward to the day our eagles soar from the nest.”
CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison presented Corwin with a certificate and a basket of prizes.
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Clear Creek Elementary holds ‘Rock the Test’ pep rally

By Leah Schmalz

The Mint Hill Times

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 3.11.48 PM“I believe that we’ll make 5’s!” was the cheer echoing through the gymnasium at Clear Creek Elementary School last Wednesday afternoon. The school held a pep rally for third, fourth and fifth graders in anticipation of End of Grade testing.  
“You say to yourself, ‘What is Miss Heath thinking letting us come in here and scream like maniacs two days before end of grade tests?’” said Principal Debbie Heath. “I was thinking you need a break. Today what we are doing is celebrating the fact that you are going to blow the lid off the EOGs.” 
After breaking through a “Rock the Test,” banner, Heath and the teachers performed a dance they had learned just for the students, who responded with cheers and applause.  Continue reading
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Civil War replica flag to be featured in Mint Hill Madness parade

By Leah Schmalz

The 13th NC Company B will carry a replica of the second national flag of the 13th NC, captured in the Battle of the Wilderness during the Civil War.  Photo courtesy of the 13th NC Company B

The 13th NC Company B will carry a replica of the second national flag of the 13th NC, captured in the Battle of the Wilderness during the Civil War.
Photo courtesy of the 13th NC Company B

 

Those attending the Mint Hill Madness parade at 10 am Saturday will glimpse a piece of history. The 13th NC Company B, a Civil War reenactment group, will carry a replica of the first flag captured by General Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War.

The second national flag of the 13th NC was captured in the Battle of the Wilderness at Spotsylvania in 1864. The color bearer, Grief Mason, was killed for refusing to give up the flag. The Union Sergeant was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for its capture. The original flag is currently on display at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh as part of its Civil War anniversary exhibit.

The replica, handmade by Ben Tart of Garner and hand painted by TJ Miller of Fuquay-Varina, was carried in the 150th anniversary of the battle. 18 members of the 13th NC took part in the reenactment on May 3.

“The reason we did that was to honor Grief Mason, a North Carolinian who fought for his country, his home and his family, and paid the full measure,” said Geary Shafer, Unit Commander. “When you joined the army in 1860 in North Carolina, you didn’t swear allegiance to the confederacy or to Jefferson Davis. You swore allegiance to North Carolina.”

Shafer said the group has roughly 20 active members, and he hopes they will all take part in the parade. “We’re honored to be a part of it,” said Shafer.

 

 

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