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Army’s season falls on hard times

It turns out the third time was not the charm for the Mint Hill Army Juniors American Legion baseball team.

The team used a mid-season push to reel off 11 consecutive wins, turning an unassuming 5-5 beginning into a 16-5 record that had them poised to make a deep run in the legion playoffs.

With its momentum and late-season surge, the Army won the regional championship and was in high spirits as the team headed to Granite Falls to take on Davidson County.

But it didn’t go as planned.

“We had a real good practice three days before we left,” said coach Dan Kerr, who is Queen’s Grant’s athletics director, head baseball coach and guided the 2013 Army to the state title. “We were playing really well, everyone was really high on our chances, we were working as a team and then I’m not sure what happened other than saying we lost those games we didn’t get beat. That’s basically what it boiled down to.” […]

Fire department evolves to match growing community

By Leah Schmalz

Decades ago, firefighters were primarily volunteers responsible for responding to fires and putting them out if they could. Now there is a much greater chance of seeing a fire truck at a motor vehicle accident or EMS call.

Mint Hill’s Fire Department has had to change in other significant ways as well. The station used to be fully staffed by volunteers, but now there are 30 paid employees to cover a steady influx of calls and support the 60 to 65 volunteers that comprise the department.

“As the town grows, we’ll grow with it,” said Deputy Chief and Training Officer John Phillips.

Phillips joined as a junior firefighter in 1974 at the age of 16. On July 7, he celebrated 41 years with the department. Just a few days prior, he began his new position as Deputy Chief. With over four decades at the station, Phillips has seen the department evolve drastically. “We’re really not the sleepy little bedroom town that we were in the 60s and 70s,” he said.  […]

Early Voting in Mint Hill ends November 1

NOTE: Early voting is taking place until November 1 at the Mint Hill branch library, 6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

By Leah Schmalz

The Mint Hill Times

Those looking to vote early can stop at Matthews Library at 230 Matthews Station Street from 10 am to 7 pm on October 30 and 31 and 10 am to 1 pm on November 1. For voting on November 4, the polling location for precinct 220 is the main room of the Mint Hill Masonic Lodge #742 at 10223 Lawyers Road. Voters can cast ballots on election day from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm.

In the race for U.S. Senate, the three candidates are Republican Thom Tillis, Democrat Kay Hagan and Libetarian Sean Haugh.

Republican Robert Pittenger is running unopposed for District 9 for U.S. House of Representatives.

For State Senate in District 41, Democrat Latrice McRae is facing Republican Jeff Tarte. K […]

By |October 30th, 2014|Around Town, Breakiing News, Government, Mecklenburg County, Politics|2 Comments

Senator Tarte address Mint Hill Chamber

By Michele Dotson    dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Senator Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg) addressed the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday, October 24 at Pine Lake Country Club. Tarte spent about 20 minutes touching on a variety of topics, including the 2011 Reevaluation Bill, North Carolina’s ability to attract new businesses, term limits, and the airport authority.

Tarte, who was given the highest rating for a freshman senator by The North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation, found his way into public office at the urging of his grandfather who told him to go out and do something about the things he didn’t like.

“My grandfather said not to complain if I wasn’t willing to be part of the solution,” says Tarte.

The 2011 Reevaluation Bill is an example of one of the things Tarte says he’s proud to have had a hand in.

“I’m most proud about how we passed it,” says Tarte. “We must be concerned about the process and how we involve the public.”

The lack of public input and transparency regarding the airport authority issue is case in point. […]

By |October 31st, 2013|Around Town, Featured Posts, Mecklenburg County|10 Comments