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Mint Hill volunteers give back to seniors at annual holiday party

By Leah Schmalz

Residents decked out in red, green and white gathered at the long banquet tables filling the cafeteria of Independence High School for the annual senior citizen holiday party last Saturday. Sponsored by the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce and Carolinas Healthcare System, the event featured a warm meal, gift bags for everyone in […]

By |December 10th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Mint Hill Chamber and Cheval Homes hold Ladies Business Lunch

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce and Cheval Homes held a Ladies Business Luncheon at one of their model homes. Guests were treated to lunch and a tour of model homes in the area. (Left to Right) Lesley Lynch and Babs Prust, both with Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Jennifer Joles with Paris Projects, Diane Austin builder […]

By |October 27th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts|1 Comment

It takes me to a different place

By Charles Kelleher Harris

Glenwood Barnes loves working with his hands. For the last 12 years he has worked creating beautiful custom made cabinetry.  But his craftsmanship with woodworking is only the beginning of Barnes creativity.  “When I was a kid I didn’t do to good in school,” Barnes said, “But I was creative.”  Barnes was born in Lancaster, South Carolina but raised primarily in Philadelphia. Barnes was one of 13 children.  In his late teens Barnes began taking art classes at a Philadelphia night school. It was there that his true talent blossomed.  Recognizing his skill, Barnes tried, unsuccessfully to garner attention for his work. Frustrated, Barnes put his brushes away for a very long time.  “I stopped,” Barnes recalled, “I lost interest.”  Meanwhile, Barnes and his wife of 25 years, Vernere, raised theirñ three children.  During the lull in his painting, Barnes began practicing Tai Chi and focused on woodworking.  After returning to Charlotte in the 1990s, his interest in painting was sparked anew.  While continuing to work in cabinetry with Metro Woodcrafter Inc, Barnes studied at Mint Hill Arts under Carlos Cotera.  […]

By |August 6th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|19 Comments

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.” […]

By |July 11th, 2014|Around Town, Good deeds|4 Comments