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Town holds hearings on proposed community additions

By Leah Schmalz

The town of Mint Hill held public hearings last Thursday on zoning requests filed by Mecklenburg County and Carillon Assisted Living to construct new facilities in the area.

Chris Matthews presented on the proposed nature center and education building at Steven’s Creek Nature Preserve. The preserve plays a major role in protecting Stevens Creek and supporting endangered wildlife. “We want to make sure that people understand why we did it and why streams are important, and so really the theme of this property is going to be about water quality protection,” Matthews said.

He explained that most nature preserves in the county are open around 8 am until sundown. “Being a nature preserve, we really try hard to not have a lot of lights on at night,” Matthews said. “We’re not only concerned about our neighbors; we’re concerned about wildlife, too.” Matthews said noise should be just as minimal as light. There will also be a gate at the front entrance to deter visitors when the preserve is closed.

Residents from Maple Hollow Lane expressed concern about the planned pedestrian entrance within their neighborhood leading to more traffic and parked cars. Matthews said this hasn’t been the case with other preserves that include a similar pedestrian entrance. “Whatever the residents of Maple Hollow feel is going to be best for their community, we’ll make sure we honor that in the design of anything we do,” Matthews said. Residents should receive notification of upcoming meetings and workshops.  […]

By |September 18th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Breakiing News, Development, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History, Town Hall|1 Comment

MH joins local family in raising pediatric cancer awareness

By Leah Schmalz

Kevin and Emily Ratliff lost their daughter Claire to a rare form of childhood cancer when she was two and a half years old. Now they take steps to support other families facing similar circumstances, as well as raise awareness of the disease.

The town supported the Ratliff family’s efforts at the council meeting last Thursday by recognizing September as Pediatric Cancer Awareness
Month. Commissioner Tina Ross read a proclamation and presented it to the Ratliffs.

“I just want to personally thank you guys so much,” Kevin said. “I want to thank Tina personally as well. She is obviously someone who I admire greatly for her own tenacity against the disease.”

Pediatric cancer is the most deadly disease for children under the age of 14, causing more deaths than AIDS, asthma, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis and juvenile diabetes combined, according to the CDC.  […]

News Notes

Charlotte Rose Society Rose Show

Charlotte Rose Society will hold its annual Rose Show October 3, at Porter Ridge Middle School, 2827 Ridge Road. Indian Trail.  It will be open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, contact Jim Redington at 717-262-8737 or email

Golf Tournament

Matthews Help Center will hold its 5th Annual Golf Tournament September 22 at Raintree Country Club. Lunch and registration is at 11 am, shot gun start is at 1 pm. Players $125, foursome $500. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Call 704-841-2200 or email for more information. The mission of Matthews HELP Center is to help our neighbors and those in surrounding communities survive financial crisis by providing short-term assistance. […]

Mint Hill Chamber hosts third annual golf classic

By Leah Schmalz

Registration is still open for the Chamber of Commerce’s third annual golf classic. The event takes place at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation on September 10. Novant Health is the presenting sponsor.

Funds raised by the event benefit the Chamber’s programs and community outreach efforts. Among these events are the veteran’s breakfast, biannual shred events, the senior citizens’ Christmas party and the college scholarship program.

Businesses, organizations and individuals have the opportunity to participate in the tournament as golfers or select a sponsorship package. The cost for individual players is $100. This includes the green and cart fee, one mulligan each nine holes, lunch, snacks, beverages, a special tee gift, eligibility for two Dixon golf challenges, one qualifying putt for the putting contest, a hole-in-one contest entry and a mulligan prize ticket entry.

Additional entries to the mulligan prize are $1 each. Additional qualifying putts are $5 each.  […]

By |September 3rd, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Government, History, Town Hall|0 Comments