Tucker: ‘We have the resources to become energy independent’

Tommy Tucker (R-35), who represents the Mint Hill area in the North Carolina Senate, released this video about an energy bill he is co-sponsoring with Bob Rucho and Harry Brown.

The bill, predictably called the Energy Jobs Act, will make off shore drilling for natural gas possible in the state, as well as other energy exploration.



Matthews will host workshop on caring for trees

The town of Matthews will host a two-part workshop called, “A Homeowner’s Guide to Successful Tree Care” at 7 pm on March 29 and 10 am on April 2.
The workshop is sponsored by the Town of Matthews Appearance and Tree Advisory Committee. The classes will be held at the Matthews Community

The Mint Hill Times

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Center with the second class moving to Four Mile Greenway.
David Grant, an Urban Forester with Union County, will teach the class. David is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of Clemson University. He is a
certified arborist and a registered forester. He has an extensive background in professional tree care and urban forestry. He is chair of the N.C. Urban
Forest Council Executive Committee. He is a recipient of the N.C. Urban Forest Council’s Young Professional Award.
He will discuss the common mistakes and problems that may harm your tree as well as tree care, maintenance and what trees will work in your lawn.
Both classes will be held rain or shine and are free to the public. Dress comfortably and for outside weather.

Did the Gulf oil disaster hurt local BP stations?

That’s the question posed by the Mecklenburg Times. According to Chad Earp, owner of three Earp’s BP stations, his stores in Mint Hill haven’t seen that much of a decrease in sales.

“Our loyal customers know that we weren’t the cause of this spill and they understand these individually owned and operated store owners take the front of the criticism,” said Earp, a third-generation gas station owner who took after his father and grandfather. “We are just as upset about the spill as the motoring public is. I hope things are looking up for BP. They have a good name and reputation, and we do our best to try to maintain it for them.”


A majority of North Carolina still supports offshore drilling

From the Civitas Institute:

A majority of North Carolina voters continue to support drilling for oil off the coast of North Carolina according to a new National Research Inc. poll released today by the Civitas Institute.

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According to the poll of 600 likely voters, 56 percent indicated their support for drilling off the state’s coast for oil and natural gas. Thirty-seven percent said they were opposed, and 7 percent said they didn’t know or had no opinion.

“North Carolina voters consistently support drilling for oil and natural gas off the coast,” said Civitas Institute Executive Director Francis De Luca. “They understand how it affects not only national security, but would be a tremendous economic benefit to the North Carolina economy.”

Additionally, despite the recent oil spill in the Gulf, there has been little change in support for offshore drilling. Only 12 percent of voters said they supported offshore drilling before the oil spill but now oppose it. Fifty-seven percent said the event has not affected their support while 24 percent said they were always opposed to drilling. Continue reading


Bain Elementary to participate in recycle program

Bain Elementary School will participate in a program aimed at reducing waste. The school, along with several other area schools, will partner with the company TerraCycle. Students will send back wrappers such as drink pouches and receive two cents for every wrapper returned. More than 50,000 schools and organizations are participating in the program and TerraCycle expects to give away as much as $1 million. Continue reading