Walking by Faith Church purchases land for new church

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Walking by Faith Ministry Church has purchased property for a new church, and work is beginning to build a church of their own.

The congregation presently meets for Sunday services in the chapel of Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church, but at the end of April, will move to Crown Point Elementary School in Matthews, holding their first service there on May 5. The move is an effort to be closer to the community they serve, and the community where their new church building will be.

Church members will be canvassing the neighborhood and sending out postcards prior to that first Sunday service at Crown Point.

The church was established in 2004, and today consists of around 80 members, led by Pastor Alvin Denson, retired Army and director of ROTC at Mallard Creek.

The 5.5-acre lot purchased by the church is at the corner of Sam Newell and Rice roads in Mint Hill, and was bought at foreclosure for $42,000, while market price estimates closer to $300,000, according to Larry Miller, vice president and business manager, as well as deacon for the church.

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Spring (gardening) is in the air

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It’s official. As of Wednesday, March 20, spring has arrived. That means enjoying the warm weather by getting outside and starting a new garden or changing up the landscape around the house.

And if you’re a beginner, a veteran, or just trying to supplement your grocery bill by growing your tomatoes and squash in your backyard, here are some tips and ideas to keep in mind when shrugging off that winter dreariness.

Bob Prophit, general manager at King’s Greenhouse in Stallings, offers up his expertise for people wanting to get growing this spring.

Getting a garden going has no shortage of benefits, and these days people get started for a number of reasons.

Sustainability, fresh produce, and stress release are all on that list, and even general health is a consideration.

“Gardening is good for you,” said Prophit. “Just in general, especially if you work in an office all the time. I mean, that’s a release, you get to go out and work. It’s healthy, you’re not sitting around, most gardeners are just happy; they’re doing something.”

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Farmer’s market takes fresh look at helping local farmers and missions

Founders Leconte Lee and Nick Knock sell produce at the first go-go fresco, a weekly “pop-up” farmer’s market, designed to benefit local farmers and nonprofit missions. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Founders Leconte Lee and Nick Knock sell produce at the first go-go fresco, a weekly “pop-up” farmer’s market, designed to benefit local farmers and nonprofit missions. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

A new, Mint Hill-based farmer’s market is bringing a fresh way to support local farmers and local nonprofits to the Charlotte area.

Founders Nick Knock and Leconte Lee combined their passions of health and public service to create go-go fresco, a new kind of farmer’s market.

Go-go fresco brings fresh produce from local farms like Barbee Farms and The Farm at Dover Vineyards to sell at different locations around Charlotte, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting local nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity and Charlotte Rescue Mission.

The idea came to Knock as he was riding his bike to the coffee shop one day, and from there it snowballed into a new take on both charity and produce.

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Board makes big Madness change official

Dalton Taylor updates the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners on the status of Mint Hill Madness. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Dalton Taylor updates the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners on the status of Mint Hill Madness. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

The future of Mint Hill Madness took center stage again at the Mint Hill Town Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday, March 14. It is official, there will be no Mint Hill Madness in 2013.

Dalton Taylor, a member of the organization formed to head Mint Hill Madness after the Chamber of Commerce gave up management of the annual festival, presented the latest updates on Madness, and asked the Board to approve a landmark date change.

The Board voted to approve the date change, from the regular date in September, to Memorial Day 2014.

Time was the driving factor to move Madness from September 2013 to May 26, 2014. The change in leadership took up critical money-raising and planning time, and to keep the September date, the town would have had to cover the cost itself.

“I realize this year, we are behind the power curve so to speak, in getting things done in a timely fashion to make the festival a success this fall. I wish it was different,” said Mayor Ted Biggers.

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First-ever Mint Hill Chamber Business Expo March 14

This Thursday, the first Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce Business Expo will bring together consumers and businesses in Mint Hill in one place.

Free to attend, the expo will be held from 4—8 pm at Blair Road United Methodist Church Family Life Center.

Businesses and consumers will have the chance to get acquainted with local business leaders, and learn what types of businesses operate within the Mint Hill community, especially businesses that the regular consumer may not encounter on a regular basis.

“There’s really two directions with this, it’s to generate opportunities for businesses to network with consumers within this area,” said Boyd Davis, with the Chamber of Commerce. “Also, it gives our businesses an opportunity to network with other businesses that they’re not familiar with.”

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Effort to save Bain Auditorium continues

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

The Bain auditorium is still slated for demolition, but Mint Hill residents are working to get it removed from the list.

A meeting was held February 19, which saw 70 to 80 people, and a bank account was set up for donations at American Community Bank.

The auditorium has been declared of historical significance, and very early estimates of the cost to refurbish the property are at around $1.5 million.

The Mint Hill Historical Society has commissioned a committee to save Bain auditorium, led by town commissioner Tina Ross.

Ross has spoken to Guy Chamberlain, associate superintendent for auxiliary services at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, as well as the John LeGrande, principal at Bain Elementary, and says the results are positive.

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