Kelly Lewis named athletic director of the year

By Michele Dotson

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Independence High School Athletic Director Kelly Lewis was named Athletic Director of the Year for North Carolina at the NCADA spring conference in Asheville on March 23.

Kelly Lewis was named Athletic Director of the Year by the North Carolina Athletic Director Association (NCADA) at the 2014 spring conference in Asheville, NC on March 23.

Lewis, who has been athletic director (AD) at Independence for 10 years, was honored at the spring conference at the Grove Park Inn.

The North Carolina Athletic Directors Association was formed in 1970 by the late Bob Jamieson of Greensboro, and others, with the hopes of providing athletic directors a forum for sharing their common concerns and problems while growing professionally.

Independence High School principal Amy Dellinger says Lewis has many responsibilities, and he is a true professional. Continue reading

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MINT HILL POLICE DEPARTMENT to host Coffee with a Cop on April 1

Program offers opportunity to meet local officers, discuss community issues
 On April 1, 2014, officers from MINT HILL POLICE DEPARTMENT and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.
All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 8:00 am on April 1, 2014 at Jimmie’s Restaurant, 7024 Brighton Park Drive, Mint Hill, NC. Please contact Chief Tim W. Ledford with questions: 704-545-1085. Continue reading
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Commissioners review building materials ordinance at called meeting

By Michele Dotson

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners held a public meeting on March 19 to discuss options to the ordinances governing the use of building materials for single family dwellings.

“I’m concerned about the mixture of homes,” says Mayor Ted Biggers. “We want to make sure that we’re creating an ordinance that will have the same quality, and provide builders with some flexibility to make the houses more attractive.”

The board discussed three separate options for the ordinance. Continue reading

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Rocky River apparel development students win top honors at fashion event

By Michele Dotson

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 8.26.04 PMOn February 22nd and March 1st, Rocky River High School’s Honors Apparel Development II Class won first and second place with a $600.00 prize for the best use of recyclable materials at The Recycle the Runway Event held at the Southern Spring Home and Garden Show in the Park Expo and Conference Center.

Seventeen students from the class designed and created the four winning garments.  The winners were chosen based on entries that incorporated the largest amount of recyclable materials.

Charlotte Solid Waste Services, Waste Reduction in Mecklenburg County, and MGR Youth Empowerment sponsored this event.   Continue reading

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Northeast Middle School honored at theater festival

By Michele Dotson

Northeast Middle School’s Theatre Department, under the direction of Mr. Brian Seagroves, brought home honors from the 2014 North Carolina Theater Conference (NCTC) Middle School Play Festival, held at Kings Mountain High School on March 15. Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 8.38.26 PM

The group presented The Arkansaw Bear at the festival and was presented with the following awards; Excellence in Choreography, and Excellence in Student Design and Production – Scenic Design/Scene Painting.

Each spring, the North Carolina Theatre Conference presents the Middle School Play Festival at two regional sites across the state.

In 2014, more than 300 students from 13 schools participated in the statewide event, presenting 15 plays.  Continue reading

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Second annual 5K to benefit National law enforcement officers’ memorial fund

By Michele Dotson

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 8.26.16 PMThe second annual 5K run called Soles 2 Remember, will take place on Saturday, May 17 at 8 am beginning at Pine Lake Country Club.

Proceeds will benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Fund

“The goal last year was $3,000,” says Sgt. Michael Gainey from the Mint Hill Police Department. “But we raised $8,000.”

Gainey feels the support was overwhelming because of the nature of the project. Continue reading

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