Chamber holds ‘Celebrate Civic’ luncheon

By Leah Schmalz

Nate Huggins of Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care said the organization aims to provide seniors with a place during the day where they can socialize and receive any necessary medical care.

Nate Huggins of Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care said the organization aims to provide seniors with a place during the day where they can socialize and receive any necessary medical care.

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce held its monthly luncheon last Thursday with a “Celebrate Civic” theme. Guest speakers from several local non-profit organizations provided brief summaries of their contributions to the community and how to get involved as a volunteer. Habitat for Humanity, the Lions Club, Kiwanis, Mint Hill Arts and Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care were present at the event. Nate Huggins of Blessed Assurance explained the organization’s purpose as a location for seniors who don’t want to enter a nursing home. With a hair salon, computers, meals, and medical care, the center allows adults to remain independent while still receiving care and connecting with others. Continue reading

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Four candidates vie for two spots on sheriff ticket

By Leah Schmalz

With Chipp Bailey stepping down as Mecklenburg County sheriff, four contenders have registered to take his place. Irwin Carmichael and Antoine M. Ensley seek a spot on the Democratic ticket, while Chris Hailey and Louis Rango Jr. are up against each other for the Republican spot.

Irwin Carmichael has worked as a reserve captain with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office for 28 years. “I just want to see the stability of the office to continue,” he said. Carmichael’s two main points of focus are inmates and youthful offenders. Carmichael said the daily count of inmates just dropped below 1,800, down from nearly 3,000 several years ago. “We have been able to cut the population down because of the programs we have inside our facilities,” he said. “We are going to turn 95% back out into community. We want to return them as productive members.” He said the office has training programs in place in areas such as culinary, carpentry, and horticulture so that released inmates have employment and are less likely to reoffend.  Continue reading

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New board sworn in at December Mint Hill commissioners meeting

Mayoral appointments made; Mayor Pro Tempore selected

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 7.57.29 PMThe December 12 meeting of the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners was the first for newly elected member Richard Newton. Newton, along with fellow Board members Lloyd Austin, Mickey Ellington, and Mayor Ted Biggers were sworn in just after the Municipal election results for Mint Hill were accepted.

Commissioner Tina Ross, who was reelected along with Austin and Ellington, is undergoing treatments for cancer and is expected to be sworn in at the next meeting.

“I ask that you keep Commissioner Ross in your prayers,” says Mayor Biggers. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family and we look forward to seeing her at our next meeting.”

Outgoing commissioner Brenda McRae was praised for her years of service and dedication to the town. Continue reading

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Richard Newton edges out Brenda McRae

Election Day 2013 has come and gone and the results indicate that Mint Hill town leadership will remain largely unchanged. Mayor Ted Biggers, who ran unopposed, as well as incumbents Lloyd Austin, Mickey Ellington and Tina Ross pulled in a majority of the votes. Brenda McRae is the only incumbent not returning to her position on the Town Council. She was edged out by 244 votes in favor of Richard “Fig” Newton.

According to official election records, there are 16,555 registered voters in Mint Hill, but only about 2,200 actually came out to vote on November 5.

Commissioner elect Newton will be sworn in on December 12 during the regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners meeting at Mint Hill Town Hall.

Richard Newton

Richard Newton

Newton, who is a 20 year resident of Mint Hill, is grateful for the opportunity to serve.

“Thank you Mint Hill residents,” says Newton, “I appreciate your confi- dence and look forward to serving you.”

Mint Hill continues to grow as the four exits on I-485 become settled with new business and resi dential areas. Managing growth while maintaining the small town atmosphere is what residents have declared emphatically is non-negotiable. This issue will continue to be on the forefront of the board’s priorities.

“We want to make sure we continue to grow,” says Commissioner Lloyd Austin, “and to keep our budget in good shape.”

The next meeting of the Board of Commissioners will be held tonight, Thursday, No- vember 14, at 7 pm at Mint Hill Town Hall.

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Election decides commissioners, school board

By Michele Dotson    dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 2.09.32 PMAll eligible citizens should exercise their right to vote. Make your vote count by casting your ballot for Mint Hill Commissioner (you will get to vote for four), mayor (Mayor Biggers is running unopposed), and one school board member.

In an effort to bring the past few months’ worth of campaigning into focus before heading to the polls on November 5, here is a brief review of the candidates.

Mayor Ted Biggers is running unopposed. He was first elected mayor on 1999 and has overseen the transformation of Mint Hill’s steady and constant growth, fought for one high school for Mint Hill students, led the formation of the Mint Hill Police department and was instrumental in bringing in a town manager. Continue reading

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