Mint Hill considers regional consortium

“CONNECT Our Future: Vibrant Communities—Robust Region” is a process that seeks to create a regional growth framework for development among communities across a 14-county wide area in North and South Carolina.

The three-year process utilizes input from counties, communities, non-profit organizations, businesses, educators, and other organizations to form the plan and is funded by a $4.9 million federal grant and $3 million in local matching funds.

Jim Prosser, executive director at Centralina Council of Governments, gave a presentation of the program at the October 25 meeting of the Mint Hill town commission.

“The basic purpose of this effort is to establish a regional framework for how all the cities and the counties are going to grow for the next 30 to 50 years,” Prosser said.

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New Clear Creek principal named

The Charlotte-Meck- lenburg Board of Education appointed Deborah McSwain Heath principal at Clear Creek Elementary. Heath is currently an assistant principal of instruction at Independence High School.

Deborah McSwain Heath

She began her career with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as a language arts teacher at Carmel Middle School in 1987. She has also taught language arts and social studies at Druid Hills Elementary, Albemarle Road Elementary, Northeast Middle, and Mint Hill Middle schools. Heath became a principal intern at Independence in 2006 and an assistant principal in 2007.

Heath has a master’s in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary and middle grades education.

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Rocky River ends season with playoff loss

The Rocky Ravens lost 40-14 to the Greensboro Page Pirates last Friday night in the first round of the North Carolina State 4AA football playoffs.

“I’m so proud of this team and especially the seniors,” Head Coach Jason Fowler said. “These seniors all came from other schools, not by their choice, and helped start this team and this program. They’ve been through a lot, andlesserkids would’ve quit, but they stuck it out, and I’m proud of them.”

Rocky River came into the game as the twelfth seed in the 16-team playoff format, while Page was the fifth seed.

As the lower seed, Page was the host team. The winner of this game would go on to play the winner of the E. Forsythe/Providence game in the second round.

The game was played on even terms early on. The teams traded punts in the first quarter. Rocky River attempted some long passes, but they were unsuccessful. The teams were able to move the ball between the 30 yard lines, but the defenses would stiffen and force the punt teams onto the field. Page forced the first turnover of the game just before the end of the first quarter.

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Vandals cause nearly $12K in damage at Pine Lake

Mint Hill Police responded to Pine Lake Country Club on a call of breaking and entering and damage to property the morning of November 6.

Approximately 20 golf carts had been removed from the barn where they are stored and damaged. Apparently, the suspects removed each golf cart, taking them onto the golf course, driving them recklessly, and returning the significantly damaged golf carts back to the barn.

Approximately $10,000 of damage was done to the 20 golf carts, $1,000 of damage to the landscaping of the golf course, and $800 to the cart storage barn. All golf carts are accounted for.

Anyone with information should contact the Mint Hill Police Department at 704-545-1085, and ask to speak with Detective Lezette.

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Rocky River falls flat in loss to Myers Park on senior night

The Rocky River Ravens lost 36-13 to the Myers Park Mustangs last Friday night in the final regular season game for both. The game was important for both teams. Myers Park needed a win to qualify for the playoffs, while a win for Rocky River could help improve their playoff seeding. Unfortunately for the Ravens, this was not their night. Continue reading

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It’s Your Business: Candice Wood Photography

Fulfilling a lifelong dream of owning a photography studio, recent college graduate Candice Wood, a native of Mint Hill, has opened her own studio located in the Mint Hill Village.

Wood recently graduated with two degrees from Randolph Community College in Portrait Studio Management and Bio-communications Photography. She has completed four internships, each lasting eight weeks, with Amelia and Dan Photography in Charleston, S.C., and then Crystal Lee Photography, Erin Dietrich Photography, and Gene Ho Photography all located in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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