“Well Seen and Captured” opens at MHA

Visitors packed in Mint Hill Arts’ gallery last Friday night, February 8, to see more than 140 photographs for the opening reception of MHA’s annual photography-only show, “Well Seen and Captured.”

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The walls in MHA’s gallery were lined from ceiling to floor with original photographs on a wide range of topics, including architecture, abstracts, portraits, and landscapes.

The show was sponsored by Biggs Camera and Fast Frame of Matthews, who donated the prizes. First, second, and third place prizes were $100, $75, and $50 gift certificates to Biggs Camera, and all four honorable mentions received $25 gift certificates to Fast Frames.

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Library’s Strategic Plan discussed at community forum

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Citizens and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library officials met at the Mint Hill branch library for a community forum Thursday, February 7, to discuss the future of the library.

The meeting was the last in a series of community forums at various library branches, all with the same goal of gathering community input on the library’s three-year strategic plan.

Topics discussed ranged from uses of meeting rooms, available materials, and operating hours, among many other topics.

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Women’s Club hosts noted author, attorney at monthly meeting

The Mint Hill Women’s Club will hold their regular monthly meeting February 11 at 7pm at the Mint Hill Town Hall.

The meeting will feature Josephine Hicks, a local, award-winning author and attorney, presenting “What to do or say when we don’t know what to do or say.”

Hicks won a Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2011, a competition which included more than 4,800 books.

We all feel helpless when someone we know or love is diagnosed with a serious illness or is in a debilitating accident. Josephine will offer practical tips – things that are easy to do and are enormously helpful. She will present them with honesty and humor, as she does in her book: “If There’s Anything I Can Do – What You Can Do When Serious Illness Strikes.” Each chapter focuses on a topic such as communication, phone calls, food, visits, flowers, what to say or not to say, and other issues that face patients, caregivers, and their friends.”

A copy of Hicks’ book, which costs $14.95, will be raffled. The book is available from Park Road Books, and can be purchased at www.anythingicandobook.com and amazon.com.

Hicks will sign books at the meeting, and offer them for sale as well.

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Chamber brings business expo to Mint Hill

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

The expo is free to attend, and is scheduled for March 14, 4-8 pm at Blair Road United Methodist Church Family Life Center. 
The event is focused on the same three areas that the Chamber itself is focusing on, network, expand, and generate, ideas expressed in the logo, created by Sandy Barnett. 
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.
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Mint Hill weighs future of Madness at January meeting

Mint Hill Madness, the yearly festival that has been presented by the Chamber of Commerce for the last three decades, took center stage at last Thursday’s Board of Commissioners’ meeting. 
The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce is relinquishing their management of the event turning that responsibility over to a nonprofit organization that will be created solely to manage Mint Hill Madness.
Nancy Bradley and Marty Cocking of RelyLocal,  presented the board with information and plans for the future of the festival, citing the mission of the new Madness, “to bring back vitality to Mint Hill Madness by repurposing the festival to support local 501(c)3 charitable organizations to foster community and help rebuild economic growth in Mint Hill.”
The proposition is to create a board of directors that will manage the nonprofit, Mint Hill Madness, which will make all executive decisions regarding the festival. 
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Mint Hill fire still under investigation

A fire that occurred last night in the 10000 block of Little Creek Road is still under investigation by authorities.

The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and was called in by the neighbors. Assistant Chief Moore, of Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department, said the damage to the home was minimal, and estimated the cost of damage at less than $15,000.

The cause of the fire, which started underneath the house, is still unknown.

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