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Four candidates vie for two spots on sheriff ticket

By Leah Schmalz

With Chipp Bailey stepping down as Mecklenburg County sheriff, four contenders have registered to take his place. Irwin Carmichael and Antoine M. Ensley seek a spot on the Democratic ticket, while Chris Hailey and Louis Rango Jr. are up against each other for the Republican spot.

Irwin Carmichael has worked as a reserve captain with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office for 28 years. “I just want to see the stability of the office to continue,” he said. Carmichael’s two main points of focus are inmates and youthful offenders. Carmichael said the daily count of inmates just dropped below 1,800, down from nearly 3,000 several years ago. “We have been able to cut the population down because of the programs we have inside our facilities,” he said. “We are going to turn 95% back out into community. We want to return them as productive members.” He said the office has training programs in place in areas such as culinary, carpentry, and horticulture so that released inmates have employment and are less likely to reoffend.  […]

NC Public Charter Schools Association to host two informational charter school fairs for parents

Fairs will be held in conjunction with fourth annual National School Choice Week

North Carolina parents interested in more information about high performing public charter schools in the Tar Heel state can attend informational charter fairs in Greensboro and Charlotte, organizers announced today.

The fairs will cater specifically to parents looking for a high-performing public charter school for their child, or to educators looking for what a public charter school might be able to offer them. These fairs are being hosted in as part of National School Choice Week 2014, the largest-ever celebration of school choice in American history. […]

By |January 27th, 2014|Schools|1 Comment

It’s Your Business: Nova’s Bakery

Nova’s Bakery, based in Charlotte, recently purchased the Dilworth Coffee House location at the Hoods Crossroads Shopping Center in Mint Hill.

Bringing their specialty breads, pastries and other baked goods to Mint Hill, this move marks only the most recent expansion for Nova’s, who opened a new location in Charlotte’s South End neighborhood last August.

Sladjana and Vlado Novakovic started Nova’s Bakery on South Boulevard in Charlotte in 1996, and after needing a larger production facility, moved to Central Avenue a few years later, where their headquarters are located today.

Just a few weeks ago, Nova’s purchased the location at Hoods Crossroads, after realizing that much of their weekend patronage consisted of customers commuting 20 to 30 minutes from the Matthews/ Mint Hill area, to get bread and other baked goods from Nova’s.

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By |July 3rd, 2013|Around Town|2 Comments

Chamber hears important message at June luncheon

By Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce welcomed new members and heard a touching message at their June member luncheon.

New members Southern Charm Cleaning and Family-First Chiropractic joined the ranks at the chamber in June.

Southern Charm Cleaning is a commercial and residential cleaning service that uses a five-step cleaning process that includes on-site visits, personalized checklists and regular follow-ups.

Family-First Chiropractic has served Mint Hill for 16 years, and Doctors Doug and Vicki Jordan specialize in chiropractic care, acupuncture, nutrition, massage therapy and weight loss.

The featured guest at the meeting was the Mental Health Association, who spoke to the chamber about the importance of mental health, and the organization’s new campaign to fight the stigma associated with mental disorders.

The Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas “has been the voice of hope for persons affected by mental illness” since its founding in 1933.

MHA serves all of Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties, providing resources, advocacy and education about mental health.

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By |July 3rd, 2013|Around Town|5 Comments