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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Mint Hill Middle/Queen’s Grant locked down for gun scare

This morning, Mint Hill Middle School and Queen’s Grant community school were briefly placed on lockdown, after Mint Hill Police received a call saying there was a man with a gun near the area.

No suspect was found, and Mint Hill Police urge that the lockdown was only a precautionary measure, and that students at either school were never in danger.

A press release by Mint Hill Police reads:

“at approximately 1016hrs, Mint Hill Police were advised that a passing motorist observed a “tan” skin male, slender build, approximately 5’6 to 5’8 was walking along Idlewild Road near Kale Lane. The complainant advised that the male was walking in the direction of Mint Hill Middle School near the wood line. The complainant advised the male was carrying a red backpack and a long gun (shotgun). He was approximately 1/4 to 1/2 mile from the school in a heavily wooded area.”

Officers from Mint Hill Police Department, Matthews Police Department, and CMS Law Enforcement circulated the area for around 90 minutes, with help from a CMPD Air Unit.
No subject was ever found, and officers cleared the area.

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Search underway for missing girl

Kiley Hegger, a 13-year-old South Charlotte girl, has been missing for more than two days and a search is underway.
The family suspects that Kiley snuck out her bedroom window in only her pajamas, to meet a person the family does not know after communicating with said person on Facebook.
Kiley Hegger is a white female, with blue eyes and red hair, 5’0″, and 100 pounds. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call (704) 336-8970.

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A special birthday request

 

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Abigael Aycock is 8 years old. Her birthday was February 9. There was a party with friends, family, games, and fun, but one thing was missing: presents.

Abby didn’t want any presents for her birthday–not for herself anyway. She wanted anyone who was going to buy her presents to buy a pair of shoes, to be donated to those in need.

“We have massive birthdays, and I always try to something really cool and memorable for their birthdays,” said Elizabeth Aycock, Abby’s mother.

The idea came last August, from a commercial about a girl in Texas, who gathered 300 pairs of shoes for charity, and Abby told her mother that she wanted a big birthday party with lots of friends, and for presents: shoes.

Abby’s reasoning behind the charity is straightforward and plain, “It’s nice,” she said. “And I’d be growing closer to God.”

Thirty-one pairs of shoes were gathered at the party and then donated to A Child’s Place, which will give them to homeless children in Mecklenburg County.

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