Parish Mission

St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 8451 Idlewild Road, will conduct a parish mission, Filling the World with the Gospel of Christ, from April 5-9. The host wiil be Father John Anglin, OFM, who has been with the Ministry of the Word since 1987 and has conducted more than 400 parish missions and served various ministries including high school teaching, parish ministry, and marriage encounter. He also was a missionary in Bolivia for two years.

Fr John will preach at 9 am Mass April 7-9, as well as in the eve- nings at 6:30. He will speak at all weekend Masses on April 5 and 6. Immediately following the 12:30 pm Spanish Mass on Sunday, he will preach in Spanish on the topic: Un Dios de amor que nunca se censa de perdonarnos.

All are welcome to attend the mission. Light refreshments and fellowship in the Parish Hall will take place at the conclusion of the mission on Wednesday night.

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Shands School raises funds for needed supplies

Shands School, a non-profit organization, serves students ages 8-13 with learning differences. Director Liz Morris, who is a trained vision therapist, says the school utilizes as part of its instruction, targeted movements that activated different parts of the brain.
“We use Brain Gym because we felt we needed to do in the classroom what we do in therapy,” she says.
The school operates on a one-room school house concept, where they take students where they are to where they need to go by catering to their individual needs and building a team family.
“We do thematic teaching here,” says language arts teacher Karen Johnson. “This year we will start with the theme of ‘force in motion’ which is more of a science theme, but all other subjects will connect around that theme.”
Right now the school is at capacity with 5 students from the Mathews and Mint Hill areas. At present, the school has several needs, such as improving their science labs by purchasing science equipment. The school is also need an awning outside of the front door.
“Every time it rains, water comes in through the mail slot,” says Morris. “And when the sun beats down on the front door all day, the handle is so hot you can’t even touch it.”
The school is currently looking to expand and is looking for a bigger, more suitable space.
“We do a lot of hands-on learning,” says Morris. “We focus on nutrition and we even grow our own food.”
Recently, the raised beds the school uses to grown their own food had to be moved because of a new tenant moving in across their parking lot.
Shands School is in need of several items for this school year to expand their science labs. Microscopes, magnifying glasses, and test tubes just to name a few. They could also use some additional art supplies and proceeds from the fund raiser will help greatly.
If you’d like to help, or know of a possible location for the expansion of the school in either the Mint Hill or Matthews area, call Liz Morris at 704-321-5705. Shands School is currently located at 130 West Matthews Street, Matthews, NC.

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Local graduates stand out

Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Makaylah Heyward, Rocky River High School

Makaylah Heyward is the definition of a standout student, involved in plenty of extracurriculars, a leader among her peers, and driven.

She transferred from Harding University High School to Rocky River to start her junior year, and had already been the captain of the volleyball team, a member of JROTC, and a volunteer at a local rehabilitation center, where she was introduced to physical therapy, which she intends to study in college.

At Rocky River, she serves as Battalion Commander and Lieutenant Colonel with the JROTC, which started at Rocky River the same year she did.

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Mint Hill Police to move dispatch service to Pineville

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Mint Hill Police Department, beginning July 1, 2013, MHPD will contract with Pineville Police Department for dispatch services. The service will include any calls for police from the the general public, residential and business. All 911 calls will be answered by Pineville Police Department, and 911 calls for Fire and/or Medic will be forwarded to […]

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Mint Hill News of Note: May 30

 

June Tunes

This June, the Town of Mint Hill is once again hosting June Tunes, a concert series featuring live performances from different bands each Friday evening, at 7:30, at the Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane. The concerts are free to attend and good for all members of the family. Concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

June 1—Lindsay Nicole

Lindsay Nicole is a singer/songwriter from Mint Hill, who began playing guitar at age 12. Lindsay has been a part of several nationally-released albums and advocates an anti-bullying message with her music. “I’m very determined to make a difference and help

teenagers and young adults discover themselves and understand that they are accountable for their actions and that they can make a difference” says Lindsay on her website. Her debut country album “Down Pour” is available on iTunes and Amazon.

Blood Drive

Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care is hosting a blood drive June 30, from 10 am to 4 pm, at Blessed Assurance, 13001 Idlewild Road, Matthews. For more information, contact Blessed Assurance, 704-845- 1359.

SMILE Mint Hill

Manning Family Dentistry will hold a one-year celebration of their Smiling Faces program with food, games, and fun for the family, Saturday, June 8, from 11 am to 2 pm, at Manning Family Dentistry, 7322 Matthews Mint Hill Road. For more information, contact 704-545-3243.

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BOC hears presentations on roundabout, fire tax

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners and Mint Hill residents were updated on two important town issues at the meeting last Thursday, May 9.

Scott Cole, Division Traffic Engineer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation gave a presentation about roundabouts, and specifically the proposed roundabout to be built at the intersection of N.C. Hwy. 51 and Idlewild Road in Mint Hill.

Cole cited the main concerns for the construction of the roundabout, the same as the main concerns for any roundabout, are traffic efficiency and safety.

According to Cole, roundabouts are the safest intersection, can provide for high capacity and low delay, is good for all modes of transportation, including pedestrians, motorcycles, bicycles, cars, and large trucks, has a geometric flexibility to fit in any location, and the aesthetic appeal.

For safety, Cole said that a regular intersection has 32 conflict points, or places where a collision is likely to occur, and that a roundabout has only 8, and provides for slower speeds and better angles.

Cole said that typical crash reductions following installation of roundabouts in rural areas of the United States could be as high as 74 percent.

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