Commissioners say no to 7-Eleven

By Michele Dotson

Screen Shot 2014-04-03 at 9.08.39 PMOn Thursday, March 27, at their regularly scheduled meeting, Mint Hill commissioners rejected the plan presented by BWN Investments, LLC to build a new 7-Eleven convenience store at the corner of Hwy 51 and Idlewild Road.

Residents of Mint Lake Village came out in Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 2.53.20 PMlarge numbers, sporting matching I Love Mint Hill tee shirts, to weigh in once more on the decision to allow the construction of the 24-hour establishment, citing concerns over potential decrease in property values, increased traffic with the “chaotic” roundabout, and crime.  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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Mint Hill businesses asked to help prepare next generation of workforce to compete globally

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com
 
Bill Anderson, Executive Director of MeckEd, addresses the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, hoping to garner support for workforce development at Independence High School.

Bill Anderson, Executive Director of MeckEd, addresses the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, hoping to garner support for workforce development at Independence High School.

Dr. Bill Anderson, Executive Director of MeckEd, made an impassioned plea to the members of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, January 24 at its monthly luncheon meeting at Pine Lake Country Club.

Anderson, a former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teacher, principal and central office administrator, feels high schools across the country are failing to provide options for high school students.

“60 percent of high school graduates go on to four-year college,” says Anderson. “Only 59 percent of those students actually have a degree by the time they’re 27.” Continue reading

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HomeArama Draws Large Crowds – Showcases Mint Hill’s Cheval neighborhood

By Michele Dotson   dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Screen Shot 2013-11-21 at 10.52.54 AMThe Home Builders Association of Charlotte has selected Mint Hill’s Cheval as the site for this year’s HomeArama event, currently in its 25th year. The show opened November 9 and will continue through the 24. Ticket holders enjoy a self-paced tour of six luxury homes which are open and superbly adorned with the latest innovations in home design and décor. Anthony and Tina McNeill from Charlotte spent time at Cheval doing some shopping and idea gathering. “We are in the market, but we’re looking for decorating ideas, too,” says Tina. “We’re doing a little of both.” Barbara Fox and Fay Tran from Huntersville were looking for ideas for their homes, but also wanted a chance to see what Mint Hill had to offer. “I love HomeArama,” says Huntersville resident Barbara Fox. “We have the best time and get to see a new area and get lots of ideas.” Sunday totals were a bit lower than expected because of the rain, but official totals for November 18 were at 907. According to Yvonne Case, accounting manager for the Homebuilders Association, the crowds have been very encouraging and they are very pleased with what they’re seeing. “So far we’ve had a total of 4,581 people come through,” says Case. “That’s really great.” HomeArama continues through November 24, but is closed on Monday. Advance Tickets are $12 each. Children 12 years and under are free. To purchase advanced tickets, go to http://charlottehomearama.com/homearama-tickets/ Tickets may be purchased at the gate for $15.

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Student raises awareness, money with T-shirts

By Michele Dotson: Staff Writer -dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Andrew Terry is a student at Queen’s Grant High School.

Andrew Terry is a student at Queen’s Grant High School.

Last year, Queens Grant student Andrew Terry wore pink socks and wrist bands during his cross-country meets to raise awareness and show his support for cancer research.

This year, Terry got the idea to take his initiative a step further, so he de- signed a tee shirt and has been selling them at school since the first school days in August.

So far, he’s profited $780 towards his goal of raising $1000 which will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

“This year I just wanted to do something bigger,” says Terry. “We also have a raffle going on and so far we’ve raised $160.”

Tee shirts are $20 and will be on sale through October.

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Bain dedicates building with ribbon-cutting

By Leah Schmalz
bain 1 bain 2 bain 3The history of Bain Elementary School is extensive, dating back 124 years. Last Thursday the school added another chapter to that rich story with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly constructed school building.
Principal John LeGrand reflected further on this history, emphasizing that the vision of John Bain in the 1800s, which led to the school’s establishment, is still being upheld today. “This new building does not mean that we’re starting over,” he said. “This new building simply means that we’re continuing that tradition of excellence that was created by the people that stood before us.”
The event was held in the gymnasium and featured student involvement and leadership. Fifth grade students kicked off the ceremony by leading the pledge of allegiance and introducing the principal. Mr. Clenney’s third grade class also performed a song composed by music teacher Noreen Hofmann, complete with clapping, hand motions, and creative lyrics. “The sky’s the limit when you act Bain proud,” rapped one of the students.
CMS Board of Education District 6 member Amelia Stinson-Wesley touched on the legacy of the school, noting that commissioner Mickey Ellington’s family has attended the school for five generations. “I’m really excited about having this new incarnation of Bain here,” she said. “With the technology in this building, with the talent and the passion of all of our teachers, with the drive and dedication of each of you that are students here, it will all guide us to the next generation of Bain Bobcats.”
Dr. Heath Morrison, the superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, spoke about the future of the students, using the analogy of a basketball game. “Here at Bain you have all of the things that you need to make sure that you’re going to be in position the rest of your life to take that winning shot,” he said. He also thanked the principals, teachers, support staff, community members, and parents for their efforts in support of the new building and the school as a whole. Continue reading
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