It takes me to a different place

By Charles Kelleher Harris

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 7.30.05 PMGlenwood 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.  Continue reading

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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

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Chamber holds ‘Celebrate Civic’ luncheon

By Leah Schmalz

Nate Huggins of Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care said the organization aims to provide seniors with a place during the day where they can socialize and receive any necessary medical care.

Nate Huggins of Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care said the organization aims to provide seniors with a place during the day where they can socialize and receive any necessary medical care.

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce held its monthly luncheon last Thursday with a “Celebrate Civic” theme. Guest speakers from several local non-profit organizations provided brief summaries of their contributions to the community and how to get involved as a volunteer. Habitat for Humanity, the Lions Club, Kiwanis, Mint Hill Arts and Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care were present at the event. Nate Huggins of Blessed Assurance explained the organization’s purpose as a location for seniors who don’t want to enter a nursing home. With a hair salon, computers, meals, and medical care, the center allows adults to remain independent while still receiving care and connecting with others. Continue reading

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Art Crawl in the Hall partners local artists, businesses

By Leah Schmalz

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, Mint Hill Arts and the town of Mint Hill have teamed up to present the Art Crawl in the Hall this Saturday at 5:30 in the town hall. The event weaves together local artists, business owners and government officials for a night of casual networking, refreshments and art appreciation. The first June Tunes event follows at 7:30 with a performance by Lindsay Nicole and Hwy. 74.

The art crawl showcases the quarterly art exhibit on display on the first and second floors of the town hall building. Work from local artists ranges from photography to watercolor to mixed media. “It’s not a huge show but it’s a quality show,” said Michael Hutchinson of Mint Hill Arts. “It features amateurs from all over the area, just like our organization is made up of all kinds of people, all walks of life.”  Continue reading

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Discover Mint Hill set for May 3

By Michele Dotson

discovery mint hill signDiscover Mint Hill is an annual event that brings citizens together with civic, cultural and historical groups. The event helps people learn about Mint Hill’s history, and how to get involved.

The event will take place at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village.

Organizers invite participants to stroll through the village and see what civic groups are doing to sup-port adults and children in need, how the cultural groups teach and develop talents, and how history is being preserved in Mint Hill. Continue reading

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Canine Officer Robert Owens and the newest member

Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 8.41.15 PMCanine Officer Robert Owens and the newest member of the Mint Hill Police Department, Blitz, assisted with traffic control at last Saturday’s shred event sponsored by the Police Department and the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce. Owens and Blitz have just completed their first two weeks of active duty. Officer Owens picked up Blitz in March and the two attended an intensive five-week training course.

“We’ve been out and around Mint Hill,” says Officer Owens. “I like to keep Blitz out as much as possible. It helps to keep him social.”

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