AFMAC honors ex-POWs with movie

The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas (AFMAC) will present a documentary honoring ex-prisoners of war at three venues. On Saturday, May 26, at the Mint Hill Historical Society’s Ashcraft Schoolhouse, 7601 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, showings are at 9:30 am and 10:30 am (space is limited). Other showings are Saturday, May 26, at 3 pm at the Morrison Regional Library and Wednesday, May  30, at 7 pm at the South Charlotte Banquet Center, 9009 Bryant Farms Road. All showings are free and open to the public.
The video, entitled Honoring Our World War II Heroes—The American POW Experience, is a 30-minute broadcast-quality documentary about the POW experience and is dedicated to honoring, preserving, and sharing the courage and sacrifices of our local WWII heroes, many of whom live in our community.
AFMAC, a museum scheduled to break ground in Mint Hill 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. Details and donation information can be seen at VisitAFMAC.org.

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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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Mint Hill ranks in top 15 percent of most livable places in the south

Mint Hill TimesIt may not seem like much, being ranked 166 of all southern cities, towns and villages in quality of life. But when you factor in that Mint Hill was in the top 15 percent out of 1,146 places, it doesn’t look so bad.
The Business Journal used a variety of factors to determine the quality of life including economy, housing and education. Huntersville, Cornelius and Matthews all ranked in the top 10 in North Carolina, while Chapel Hill was No. 13,  just one spot ahead of Mint Hill.

Mint Hill ranked higher than Raleigh and Charlotte on the list.

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Bright Blessings will be featured on NBC’s Today Show Wednesday

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TODAY Show reporter, Sara Haines, interviews co-founder and volunteer executive director, Amy Cervantes, as young volunteers prepare supplies for a Bright Blessings celebration

A producer with NBC’s TODAY Show has confirmed that a special segment about local nonprofit, Bright Blessings, is scheduled to air next Wednesday, July 13, during the 10 am hour of the TODAY Show.

This past February, a TODAY team was in Charlotte to interview and film for the feature segment about Matthews-based Bright Blessings, a volunteer-led nonprofit serving homeless children and families across the greater Charlotte region.

Amy and John Cervantes, founders of Bright Blessings, are Mint Hill residents. Continue reading

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