Bi-Lo car show raises $1,300

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The Bi-Lo car show last Saturday was a success, raising 1,300 dollars for the Lions Club.  Vendors donated prizes like grills, coolers, and a tent, which were auctioned off.  The car show was broken up into classes.  Roger Kerns came in first place in the hot rod class with a 1947 Plymouth Club Coupe; Tim Tollo came in second with a 1953 Chevrolet pick-up.  Gene Veese came in first place in the classic class with a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad; Paul Cochrane came in second with a 1968 Chevrolet pick-up.  Ron Stokes won first place in the antique class with a 1936 Buick Special Coupe; Mike Cescon won second with a 1935 Ford Deluxe Tudor Sedan.  Richard Garland won first place in the muscle class with a 1967 Dodge R/T Convertible; Phillip Winston won second with a 1970 Chevrolet Corvette.  C.W. Adcock won first place in the motorcycle class with a 2003 Suzuki motorcycle.  Roger Kerns also won Best of Show.  Mayor Ted Biggers, Chief of Police Tim Ledford, and Action Auto’s Ken Kuehl were the show’s judges.

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Adoption in the Carolinas

Adoption in the Carolinas is being made easier with the help of Gift of Adoption, a national non-profit organization headquartered in Chicago and dedicated to providing financial assistance for domestic and international adoptions.

Charlotte is the new headquarters for Gift of Adoption’s seventh regional chapter.  The new chapter will serve North and South Carolina.  Its opening celebration was May 10 at the Myers Park Country Club.  Charlotte residents and Carolinas chapter board members Jason Cipriani, Muhsin Muhammad II, and Eric Welch joined board president Greg Ewald at the celebration.  The group shared its mission statement and the expected impact it will have on the Carolinas.

The event was also a fundraiser, generating nearly 40,000 dollars for adoption grants.  This single fundraising event can assist up to 10 children.

Over the past ten years, Gift of Adoption has awarded over 150,000 dollars in grants to families adopting nearly 50 children in the Carolinas, and over 2.8 million dollars in grants to connect more than 950 children with new families.

Gift of Adoption was founded in 1996 and has chapters in Florida, Illinois Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, and Wisconsin.  It awards grants of up to 7,500 dollars to provide families with financial support, regardless of race, religion, age, or marital status.

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Mint Hill Planning Board meets

The Planning Board met Monday at the Town Hall to approve the minutes of the March 22 meeting and to discuss and recommend the rezoning request filed by Sullivan, Burd and Roupas, LLC.  The dentists are asking to construct a new building at 6332 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
The first approval made by the Planning Board was to allow the front of the building to be on a private street.  The Monday meeting focused on sidewalks.
The site plan meets code requirements, but the town has asked Sullivan, Burd and Roupas to be flexible, shifting the sidewalk.  There was discussion on whether the sidewalk should be five or eight feet, but it was determined that five feet is adequate.
The closeness of the building to the road and to Queens Grant Charter School will add to the vision the town has for the downtown area.
The board carried the motion to send a favorable recommendation to the Board of Commissioners to work with the applicant.

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Reaching Uganda

Volunteering takes many forms. It has diverse motivations and creates different results.
In all respects volunteering makes a difference.
Mint Hill is a town of volunteers making good change in the world around them locally, nationally, and internationally, with individuals and on grand scales, inspired by humanity, loved ones, or their faith. Continue reading

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Local church gives away gas

New Beginnings Community Church gave away gas for 334 cars on Good Friday.  Cars lined up on Idlewild Road and Margaret Wallace Road for $15 in gas at the corner Sonoco.  In all, the church spent $5160 in gas.  It also gave away free water and popcorn.  Funding was provided by the church and its members.
The gas event’s brainchild, senior pastor Michael Henderson, was out of town, but his wife and church executive minister, Twanna Henderson, was present.  She is affectionately referred to as First Lady.

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Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas votes for new board members

The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas have a new set of board members. The group voted last month at its regular meeting at the Mint Hill Town Hall. The museum and archive will be constructed next to the North Carolina Korean War Veterans Memorial at the Park on Fairview.

The officers are William R. Dixon, President; Jeff Pitney, Vice President; Kathleen A. Wilsbach, Secretary; Ron Paschal, Treasurer; and Gary Aljets, Committee Coordinator. Two new members were also voted in: Andrew Hagopian and Ben Kubie.
About the group:
AFMAC is a a 501(c)(3) entity that will honor, preserve and celebrate freedom. This world-class museum, scheduled to break ground in 2014, will be unique in that it will honor all five branches of the United States military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. When completed, visitors will experience an educational showcase of 250 years of military history combined with the home front support and sacrifices that have made our nation great. Details and donation information can be seen at VisitAFMAC.org.
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