2012: The Year in Review

JANUARY

 

Stinson-Wesley takes District 6 school board seat

 

At the beginning of 2012, Rev. Amelia Stinson-Wesley filled the District 6 seat left open by Tim Morgan. Stinson-Wesley was one of 12 candidates vying for the position, and was sworn in on January 10. She serves as director of World Connections for Women, a foundation she established in 1998.

 

New year, new laws

 

The beginning of 2012 saw changes to laws concerning everything from healthcare systems to gun laws. New laws provide incentives for physicians to organize Accountable Care organizations, North Carolina adopted standard deductions and personal exemptions, new energy conservation codes, new gun laws, and laws requiring employers to report new hires.

 

Independence senior wins writing prize

 

Erin Mullins, then a senior at Independence, won first prize in the eighteenth Martin Luther King Jr. Writing and Art Awards, part of a number of awards presented by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and the MLK Jr. Citywide Committee. The theme was “Defending the Dream,” and students competed first at the school level, then district level.

 

New CMS starting times

 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools estimated that they will save more than $600,000 for the 2012-2013 school year by changing their bell schedule, at 10 schools. The effort was to use a tiered method of scheduling, in order to offer the same transportation services, but with 15 fewer buses.

 

Mint Hill resident named recruiter of the year

 

Aviation Structural Mechanic First Class Robert Orzescu, who lives in Mint Hill, was named the Raleigh Navy ROTC Enlisted Recruiter of the Year. Orzescu became a recruiter in 2009, and since has won the NRD Raleigh NROTC Enlisted Recruiter of the Year two years in a row, and also claimed the 2011 Warrior Challenge Recruiter of the Year.

 

Judges rule on redistricting

 

A three-judge panel decided that the May 8, 2012 primary votes stood as scheduled, despite a lawsuit challenging new legislative and congressional voting districts. Challengers were hoping that primaries be moved to July 9, in order to further discuss the new districts, which support Republicans. The districts were upheld, and served through primaries and the general election.

 

FEBRUARY

 

Local author signs books

 

Mint Hill author Ed Galloway, writer of Incident in Mint Hill, sold and signed the book at The Hill Restaurant in Mint Hill, February 8. The audiobook, which Galloway produced himself, is a story about “a strange object that falls from the sky and causes an entire golfing community to go into a 24-hour blackout. No cable TV. No phone coverage. And all while being surrounded by military and government personnel,” said Galloway.

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Independence Students land summer internships

This year, 26 Independence High School students will get a head start in the working world. 
They have been chosen to participate in the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program, an initiative by the Charlotte mayor’s office to provide local high school students with job training and  a paid summer internship at a local business. The program involves more than 60 area businesses, including the Office of the Governor, Microsoft, Duke Energy, and Bank of America, and will also count toward class credit for Independence students.
Originally, about 60 students recieved the initial recommendation for the program, and about 50 were interested and able to participate, 30 turned in applications, and of those came the 26 that were accepted into the program.
To be selected for the program, students first had to be recommended by a member of the faculty and fill out an application form. After an initial interview, the students participated in a two-day training in employability skills, including how to be successful at a job and job searching skills.
From January to May, before starting the internship, students will schedule times to visit local businesses to see how area companies operate. Over the summer, interns will work approximately 20 hours per week over an eight week period. 
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Hospital tells chamber timeline on track for 2014

Roland Bibeau, president of Presbyterian Hospital Matthews speaks to members of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce at the monthly members luncheon. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce was updated on the status of Presbyterian Hospital Mint Hill at its monthly member luncheon Thursday, November 15 at Pine Lake Country Club.

Roland Bibeau, president of Presbyterian Hospital Matthews spoke during the luncheon, telling the chamber the timeline is still on track to begin construction in 2014, and complete the hospital in 2016.

Bibeau spoke to the chamber in August of 2011, and at that time, the hospital was taking a second look at the plans, given the economic and political environment surrounding the healthcare industry.

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Economic development center of discussion at commission meeting

Dale Stewart, of Aberdeen, Carolina and Western Railroad addresses the commission. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Two agenda items, focused on economic development in Mint Hill, took center stage at the town commission’s meeting November 15.

A public hearing was held on a petition filed by Albemarle Road Associates for a change of conditions. ARA filed the petition to create a list of by-right uses for industrial rail development for a 65-acre section of the Clear Creek Business Park.

“This is about industrial development from the standpoint of bringing jobs and tax base to the Mint Hill area,” said Dale Stewart, of Aberdeen, Carolina and Western Railroad.

The petition would be a step toward streamlining the process for new industry to come to the business park, separating an area for rail use only, and preparing that area for rail-based industries.

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Bakery opens new doors

PHOTO BY LINDY SELLERS

Daphne’s Simply Southern Bakery celebrated the opening of their new location with a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony last Thursday and Friday.

The new location, 7069 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, opened a little more than a month ago, and according to owner Daphne Mullis, business has been booming ever since.

Members of the Mint Hill Town Commission and chamber of commerce were in attendance for the ribbon cutting and grand opening, part of the large crowd that made its way to the bakery for the celebration.

On both days light refreshments and drinks were served, promotions and door prizes were available, and all the bakery’s confections were available for purchase.

Mullis said the two-day celebration was immensely successful and at the new location, traffic has more than doubled.

With more space for baking, for customers, and for parking, the new location has turned out to be a success.

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Purple Heart memorial coming to Park on Fairview

A Purple Heart memorial erected by Chapter 106 is nearly identical to the one planned for the Park at Fairview. PHOTO COURTESY OF RAYMOND HAIT

The Park on Fairview will soon be home to more than one military memorial.

Chapter 634 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart will be erecting a monument at the park dedicated to those who have been wounded in the service of our country.

Raymond Hait is the Senior Vice Commander of Chapter 634, and has played a large part in the effort to get the memorial put up at the park.

“We went through all the channels,” Hait said. “We talked to parks and recreation, then we went to the city council—we’ve been all the way through it.”

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