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Mint Hill Deputy Clerk to Retire after 30 Years

By Charles Kelleher Harris

Doris Miller is has mixed feelings.

“There have been many things I’ve liked about my work,” said Miller.  “Meeting and greeting the citizens of Mint Hill is at the top of the list.  I’ve made many friends and kept in touch with others just by being the first person they see coming into the Town Hall.”

But despite this joy, Miller had decided to retire this month after 30 years with the town and she is looking forward to it.

“My plans for retirement are to spend more time with my children and grandchildren, travel and devote more time volunteering in my church and community,” she said.

Miller, a native of Marion, NC, attended Kings College and shortly thereafter married Mint Hill resident the late James L. Miller.

Miller’s first job with the town was as Assistant Town Clerk and Tax Collector.  […]

By |November 6th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|3 Comments

Three Artists-three views at Mint Hill Town Hall

The new Mint Hill Town Hall Exhibit, titled “Three Artists-Three Views,” runs through December. It features the work of Luis Ardila, John Barja, and Sharon Furner – all members of Mint Hill Arts. The artists will be honored at a public reception on Sunday, Nov. 2, 3-6 pm, at the rear of the hall.

“Each artist has a distinctive vision and style,” notes Judy Mizell, a well-known local artist, teacher, and MHA member. “Taken together, their art is a feast for the eyes, as well as the intellect.”

Columbia-born Luis German Ardila, whose preferred medium is oil, has exhibited his award-winning art throughout Europe and the Americas and has enjoyed an extensive career as an art teacher,. A recurring theme in his art is symbolism, which he believes is the key to enlightenment.   He has been influenced by 20th century Expressionism, as well as illuminators and sculptors of the Middle Ages.

John Barja, Sr., a Mint Hill businessman for over 30 years, began painting in high school and continued his study of art in college. He is known for his whimsical, often humorous pieces.  Barja is displaying for the first time ever his collection of paintings that commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I.  They are based on the poetry of Wilfred Owen, a renowned British poet who lost his life just days before the end of “The Great War.”  His moving portrayals of the horrors of war demonstrate the powerful message art can convey.  He hopes his works will provide inspiration to those interested in the arts […]

By |October 30th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|4 Comments

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

June Tunes July 3

The Queen City Brass Band will perform as a part of the June Tunes series Thursday, July3 at 7:30pm.This is a free patriotic concert held on the front lawn of the Town Hall. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the music.

By |July 2nd, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|5 Comments

Dog silhouettes deter geese at town hall

By Michele Dotson
First came the new Mint Hill Town Hall.

Then came the geese.

Drawn to the open space and newly planted grass, they came in numbers. First flocking to the grassy area, they soon began to wander the sidewalks and walk boldly up to the front doors.

Visitors soon had to dodge goose droppings, which are not only unsightly, but they can also be a health hazard.

To combat the problem humanely, the town purchased two dog silhouettes, which measure 24 inches high and 34 inches from tail to nose.

The dogs are made out of weather resistant plastic and are guaranteed to last three to four years. […]

By |April 25th, 2014|Around Town, Good deeds|30 Comments

Mint Hill Town Hall snow covered

Send us your snow pictures to news@minthilltimes.com and we will post them on our Facebook page and website!

Photos by: Michael Habenicht, CEO, Kaleidoscopic, Inc.

 

By |February 13th, 2014|Around Town, Featured Posts|0 Comments