National Night Out crime and drug prevention event August 5

Tuesday, August 5, neighborhoods throughout Mint Hill are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 31st Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Mint Hill Police Department, will involve over 14,625 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals l*etting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Continue reading


Chamber members meet for Summer in the Park


Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 7.05.13 PMLooming thunderclouds did nothing to prevent a lively crowd at the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce first annual Summer in the Park cook-out held at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Saturday.
“We typically have a luncheon every month but we decided with summer we’d try something different,” said Chamber President Boyd Davis, adding, “It’s an opportunity for members and their families to have some fun, good food and to network.”


Mint Hill Magic compete at USSSA World Series

By Leah Schmalz

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 10.29.27 PMMint Hill Magic Fast- pitch, a local softball league, attended the USSSA ESPN Road to Orlando World Series in Florida last week. The team of 10 players emerged from the tour- nament with five wins and two losses. They tied with several teams for 13th, but their ranking placed them 10th overall out of roughly 30 teams.

This is the first time the team has attended this particular tournament. With teams from across the country in attendance, the tournament provided the girls an opportunity to enhance their skills. “It was a good experience alone regardless of wins and losses,” said Coach Julius Grant. “You don’t

know what you’re facing until you throw out that first pitch.”

ESPN even provided live webcasts of the games so people who couldn’t at- tend were still able to tune in. “It was amazing how many people were watching via the live feed,” said Grant.



Aktion members display talents at Friday show

By Leah Schmalz

Join Aktion Club members this Friday evening at as they display talents for singing, dancing, musical instruments and much more as part of the fourth annual Aktion Club talent show. The event will be in the Kerr Recreation Center at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church. A dinner of hamburgers, baked beans, potato salad and chips begins at 5:30 pm, with the talent show beginning at 7 pm. The night also features a silent auction and raffle.

Aktion Club is designed to serve adults with disabilities throughout the community. The organization focuses on encouraging community involve- ment, supporting character develop- ment and fostering leadership skills. Participants in the talent show come from five Aktion Clubs in Mecklenburg, Union and Cabarrus counties.

Any funds raised go towards scholar-Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 10.43.44 PM
ships for the Aktion Club Convention
in September in Denton, North Caro-
lina. The event began as a fundraiser
for the convention, but also serves an-
other purpose. “It is a way for the Ak-
tion Club participants to show off what
they can do and not have to compete with anybody else, but just enjoy themselves,” said Becky Oke, event coordinator. The event is sponsored by six local Kiwanis clubs and the Arc of Mecklenburg, Union and Cabarrus counties.


Mint Hill tables vote on four town alliance

By Charles Kelleher Harris 

Four local Boy Scouts sat in for the July 17 meeting as part of their communications project. From left: John McGarty and David McGarty with Troop 94, and Gregory Reeder and Austin Reeder with Troop 198. PHOTO BY BY CHARLES KELLEHER HARRIS

Four local Boy Scouts sat in for the July 17 meeting as part of their communications project. From left: John McGarty and David McGarty with Troop 94, and Gregory Reeder and Austin Reeder with Troop 198. PHOTO BY BY CHARLES KELLEHER HARRIS

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners voted to pass on adopting bylaws, articles of incorporation and selecting town members for a Four-Town Economic Development Alliance.

“I have concerns over some of these bylaws,” said Mayor Ted H. Biggers, “I recommend we send these back with our recommendations.”

Almost two year ago, the town of Mint Hill met with town officials in Matthews, Indian Trail and Stallings to discuss the advantages of forming a joint economic development initiative.

For the next year a representative from each town and each town manager met to explore the benefits and potential disadvantages of a partnership.

Two key issues were identified; regionalized marketing and branding and the development of a joint business park or buildings.

In December of 2013 a draft plan was created. That plan was presented to the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners earlier this month and was met with mixed feelings.

Biggers said that he had particular concerns about the voting process and said that clarification was necessary. Town Commissioner Tina Ross also had areas of concern.

“I’m confused about the difference between membership and the board of directors,” Ross said. Ross then made a motion to withhold an approval vote which passed unanimously.

In other matters

• Heidi Pruess was present to highlight progress of the Mecklenburg County Livable Communities Plan initiative. Pruess invited the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners to become involved and insert “their voice” into the plan. The Livable Communities Plan involves investigating and implementing programs to help with quality of life, green spaces and managing growing communities

Several local Boy Scouts were on hand to record the meeting as part of their communication requirements. Mayor Bigger brought the boys forward and each introduced themselves.

• Commissioners heard a report on the recent Mint Hill Madness event. The event which raises money was attended by thousands this year and the three day festivities flowed smoothly thanks to local fire and police involvement.

• Commissioner Ross reported that she had recently attended the volunteer fire department dinner and offered praise for all members.

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Mint Hill Chamber expands benefits with NC Chamber membership

By Leah Schmalz

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce has joined the North Carolina Chamber Federation, an organization with 35,000 members that advocates on behalf of businesses at the state legislature. According to Mint Hill Chamber President Boyd Davis, joining the organization provides another benefit to chamber members. “The Chamber is always looking for opportunities to help businesses,” said Boyd. “It does not cost chamber members additional money as far as membership, but it adds an additional benefit to joining the Mint Hill Chamber.” Continue reading