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Hugo the Hornet visits Mint Hill Bain to promote reading

By Leah Schmalz

Hugo the Hornet, the mascot for Charlotte’s newly rebranded NBA team, made a visit to Bain Elementary last Friday to invite students to join his Reading Revolution Team. Show emcee Tom Hill, who goes by stage name Justin Case, said a revolution is, “a major change in the way you think and ‘bee-have.’”

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By |November 20th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Graduate from Bain School reflects on school days

By Leah Schmalz

As the Bain School reunion this weekend approaches, Jim Black, a 95-year-old lifelong resident of Mint Hill and Bain graduate, remembers a particularly notable class reunion held decades ago. The school had managed to secure Clyde Hoey, the governor of North Carolina, as the guest speaker. “I don’t know how they swung that deal,” said Black. “I don’t remember a word he said.” Black does remember how worried his father was about introducing the governor. “He pulled through it okay,” he said.

Black said the reunion also involved small games like horseshoes and marbles. “I think marbles have gone out of style,” he said.

The popularity of marbles isn’t the only thing that has changed since Black attended school at Bain. Students had to play basketball on a dirt court outside before a gymnasium was built for indoor games. Classes were much smaller, with just 16 students in Black’s graduating class. Families in the community made a living growing cotton, so school was cancelled during harvest time to allow the children to help pick the crop. “It’s a terrible job, picking cotton,” said Black, who harvested his fair share.  […]

By |November 14th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments

Local youth joins efforts to save Bain School

At the September 11 Board of Commissioners meeting, Connor Fohr was presented with a certificate of recognition from Commissioner Tina Ross.

“I want to recognize Connor for his efforts in saving the Bain School,” said Ross.

Connor’s mother said that nostalgia contributed to Connor’s decision to help the Bain Restoration Committee

“He was one of the last classes […]

By |September 25th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts|2 Comments

Terrific Kids

By |June 10th, 2014|Around Town, Bain Elementary School, Schools|25 Comments

Dr. Steve Bain connects with lineage during Mint Hill visit

By Leah Schmalz

When Dr. Steve Bain, a professor at Texas A&M, began researching his family lineage, he never imagined it would take him to Mint Hill. The link extends back to Bain’s great-great-great grandfather, who was John Bain’s uncle.

Bain received a gracious welcome last Thursday at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, where some of his ancestors are buried. Mayor Ted Biggers presented him with several mementos from the town, including several pins and an ornament of the town hall. “We were quite excited when we heard we had a namesake from the Bain family coming,” said Biggers. ““This is about…meeting the community and connecting so when people come here they don’t have to have the last name Bain to feel welcome.”  […]

Principal John LeGrand transitions from Bain to Butler

By Leah Schmalz

John LeGrand is in a unique position as he makes the transition from principal of Bain Elementary to principal of Butler High School. Some of the students who attended Bain Elementary during his first year in 2008 are now freshmen and sophomores at Butler. “Each class going forward for the next several years will have the kids that I worked with here at Bain also. There’s a familiarity factor there that’s going to make this transition much easier for me,” he said.

 

LeGrand has served as principal of Bain Elementary for six years. This year he was named Principal of the Year in the East Learning Community, a zone that includes schools like Independence, Butler and Bain.  […]

By |June 6th, 2014|Around Town, Breakiing News, Butler High School, Schools|4 Comments