Matthews is top 10 suburb to sell a home

According to Forbes.com, Matthews is a top 10 suburb in the U.S. to sell a home. The online version of financial magazine cited these numbers:

Median home price: $320,990; Median days on market: 127; Current inventory: 745; Year-over-year price change: 6 percent; Percent of sellers decreasing prices: 39 percent

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In this week’s Mint Hill Times…

It’s the middle of October, and the temperature is still 84 degrees. What’s up with that?

[singlepic=230,220,140,,right]This week in The Mint Hill Times:

  • Tim Long reports Town Manager Brian Welch asked town staff to cut unnecessary spending to help deal with the economic situation.
  • Adam Houston reports the Board of Commissioners approved a permit for construction of a three-story office building behind Wendy’s at Mint Hill Pavilion.
  • Leslie Southerland talks about her friend spotting tennis star Andy Roddick and girlfriend Brooklyn Decker at Target in Matthews.
  • Adam Houston reports former Butler football star Kenneth Moore signed with the Carolina Panthers.
  • Garden columnist Joyce Lavene encouraged everyone to plant a tree to save heating and cooling costs.
  • Tim Long and Adam Houston reported on last Friday’s football action and previewed this week’s games. Butler faces East Meck at 7 pm Friday at Butler, and Independence travels to Providence at 7 pm Friday.
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HAWK meeting tonight

[singlepic=195,220,140,,right]The local Habitat and Wildlife Keepers chapter has a meeting at 7 pm tonight at the Matthews Community Center. Dr. David Grant will speak tonight about the interesting behaviors of spiders and how they hunt their prey. Grant is a biology professor emeritus at Davidson College, and he taught from 1968 to 2004.

HAWK’s next meeting is at 7 pm November 4. Attendees will learn how to make compost. People interested must preregister for the class. E-mail HAWKNCEF@gmail.com to register.

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Woman wins $10,000 at MH Food Lion

NC Lottery

Or was it a Matthews Food Lion? None the less, it was the store at Hood’s Crossroads where Matthews resident Regina Shook got her ticket for the August 6 NC lottery Powerball drawing. Congrats, Regina!

Lest you need to be reminded, the N.C. Education Lottery is a farce. According to its Web site, “100 percent of the net proceeds of the North Carolina Education Lottery go to education programs.”

Wrong. It’s all in the terminology. Gov. Mike Easley thinks it’s OK to supplant the funds in the education budget that should have gone for augmenting education. How? They put the lottery money into the school budget, then take other money out for the general fund. So in reality it’s not a educational lottery after all, and nowhere near 100 percent of the money goes directly to education.

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Meck mayors support bond

WFAE reports Mint Hill, Matthews, and Pineville mayors are urging support for the November bond. Green space is the issue, according to Matthews mayor Lee Myers. The money from the bond will help towns preserve land for parks, ball fields and natural areas.

Mint Hill has mucho green space, but keeping it is another story. Mecklenburg County has two pieces of land for planned parks in or close to Mint Hill. One is the Ezell Farm property located at the corner of Matthews-Mint Hill Road and Mintwood Drive. The other is a planned natural area near I-485.

To the left, Mecklenburg County’s Greenway Master Plan. Above, a close up of how this plan will affect Mint Hill.

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