A bagpipe band in Mint Hill

The Mint Hill Highlanders, a bagpipe band formed by [singlepic=42,160,80,,right] Dr. Ed Steel and the Mint Hill Scottish Society, will perform in the Mint Hill Madness parade. This 13-member pipe band will also represent the Scottish society during the annual Mint Hill Highland Games. Read more about The Mint Hill Highlanders Thursday in The Mint Hill Times.

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Minter speaks to MHAA football

Mike Minter spoke to the Mint Hill Athletic Association football teams last night after scrimmages at the sports complex on Brief Road. More than 180 kids, parents and coaches listened as Minter talked about keys to success in football and life. For photos of Minter and the Mint Hill Panther scrimmages, check out Thursday’s Mint Hill Times.

Video by Tim Long, The Mint Hill Times

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Patriots collect more than $1,000 for patriots

[singlepic=39,200,120,,right]Independence football players collected $1,349 to donate to the United Services Organization. The players were at seven businesses in and around Mint Hill. The players also collected disposable cameras, magazines and phone cards. The items will be presented September 26 to the USO during halftime of the Independence vs. Myers Park football game. Independence team mom Teresa Oliver, one of the collection effort organizers, said Independence has contacted Myers Park about participating in the USO collection.

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Mike Minter tonight in Mint Hill

[singlepic=34,220,140,,left]One of the most beloved Carolina Panthers in history will be in Mint Hill tonight. Former defensive back Mike Minter will speak at the Mint Hill Athletic Association opening day at the sports complex on Brief Road. Minter will walk around and interact with teams at 7:30 pm during scrimmages, speak for 15 minutes at 7:45, then sign autographs. All sports will attend in addition to football.

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Meck unemployment rate up again

In June, the unemployment rate in Mecklenburg County was 6.1; in July it jumped to 6.7. That’s not a huge increase, but when you consider this is the highest rate for the county in at least 18 years, then there might be something to worry about.

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