Libertarian gov. candidate back in debate

First he was invited, then he was uninvited, and now he’s been invited again. Mike Munger, Libertarian candidate for governor of NC and chair of the political science department at Duke University, will spar with Democratic candidate Bev Perdue and Republican Pat McCrory at Queen’s University October 15 from 7-8 pm. Perdue and McCrory are seasoned political vets, but with Munger in the debate, things will hopefully be a lot more interesting.

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Hernandez charity softball tournament

A charity softball tournament at Frank Liske Park in Concord starts August 4 to raise money for Greg Hernandez’s family. He was killed April 11. The event features a silent auction and raffle, and the proceeds will be donated to the Hernandez’s wife Marla and her four children.

Teams should register by August 1 to enter the 10-day tournament. The entry fee is $200. For more information, call Mark Tracy at 704-743-5187 or click here.

Read more in Thursday’s Mint Hill Times.

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TV’s Extreme Makeover near MH today

Speaking of demolishing existing structures to build something new and improved (see town hall post) Ty and company from Extreme Makeover are going to demolish a house on Sudbury Road (near Eastland Mall) today and rebuild it in seven days. Meanwhile, the King family, owners of the house, will vacation in Puerto Rico for the week.

Rib Hillis interviews one of the kids for the program.

Extreme's Rib Hillis interviews one of the kids.

Seven days? Wow. Stay tuned for pics…

Extreme Makeover Press release:

Today, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” traveled to Charlotte to announce to the King Family that their home infected with a hazardous mold that’s threatening their community as well as their children’s health will be demolished and rebuilt in only seven days.
A single mother at age 15, Alisha King understands the importance of having a support system of family and friends during parenthood. She received help while raising Justin and was able to work several part time jobs and attend college. Her dream has always been to give single parents a safe, nurturing, and affordable daycare that provides clothing, food, overnight care, mentoring, and constant education to the children. Her marriage to co-worker Curtis King in 1997 led to the birth of Kirkland and a new residence in Charlotte, North Carolina; where she finally opened “Step By Step Home Daycare.” Though Alisha and Curtis went through many financial hardships, they always managed to selflessly give back to their community and maintain their daycare. Today they have 11 children in their daycare system on the clock and many in their home after hours, free of charge. However, the condition of their home is putting their daycare and daughter Laila’s health in jeopardy. The mold has sent her to the hospital several times with asthma attacks, and it does not pose a healthy environment for the rest of the children when combined with the cramped quarters, and lack of heat, air conditioning, and gas. It is up to Ty and his designers to step in to save their home and daycare center that continuously helps the community.
While Ty and the designers, local builder American Heartland Homebuilder and developer JED Development, and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the King family will go on vacation to Puerto Rico.
This is the second time American Heartland Homebuilder has been asked by the show to build a home for a family in need. The builder also contributed in 2006 for a family in Detroit.
The design team for this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will feature team leader Ty Pennington and designers Michael Moloney, Ed Sanders, Rib Hillis and Didiayer Snyder.
The location address is: The King Family, 4214 Sudbury Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28205.

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What will Mint Hill’s new town hall look like?

A design for Mint Hill’s new town hall could be approved by the Board of Commissioners tonight. The new town hall is a two-story structure made of brick—something more traditional than the current structure—but there are no specific design details yet.

The board discusses the project at 6:30 pm in town hall with architect David Creech and his team. The public can attend, but it cannot comment during the meeting.

Find out how the project progresses July 31 in The Mint Hill Times.

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CMS story on Mint Hill’s Tiffany Hacker

Mint Hill native Tiffany Hacker, who the Mint Hill Times featured three weeks ago, got a nice little story on the CMS web site Friday. Hacker won the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship and is using it to study murals in Southeast Asia. She currently attends the National University of Singapore where she is working on a second master’s degree.

In last week’s Mint Hill Times, Hacker wrote a guest column on why it is good for college students to study in Asia.

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