Relay for Life hits the ground running

Relay for Life of Matthews-Mint Hill is off to a running start in their 2013 fundraising season.

Scheduled this year for May 17 at the Park on Fairview, Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, an overnight event where teams share in constantly walking laps to symbolize the nonstop fight against cancer.
Local groups and businesses organize teams and raise funds to support ACS, selling products and walking laps throughout the event. 
The relay starts with a Survivor Lap, to honor cancer survivors, and a Luminaria Ceremony is held at dark to honor those that have fought cancer.
Last year’s event saw nearly 300 people from the community come out to support the efforts of the teams and volunteers, and this year, more are expected.
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Relay for Life hits the ground running

Relay for Life of Matthews-Mint Hill is off to a running start in their 2013 fundraising season.
Scheduled this year for May 17 at the Park on Fairview, Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, an overnight event where teams share in constantly walking laps to symbolize the nonstop fight against cancer.
Local groups and businesses organize teams and raise funds to support ACS, selling products and walking laps throughout the event. 
The relay starts with a Survivor Lap, to honor cancer survivors, and a Luminaria Ceremony is held at dark to honor those that have fought cancer.
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10K signatures and counting for change

Ten thousand signatures and the Davenport family is one step closer to gaining closure for the tragic ordeal young Kilah Davenport suffered last year at the hands of her stepfather. Kilah’s doctors told her family she would not live after the May 16, 2012 beating, and later the doctor’s said she would be in a vegetative state for the rest of her life. In the months since, Kilah has grown stronger each day and is slowly learning to eat, walk, and talk again.

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Mint Hill Board of Commissioners hears plans on development

Before the normal Mint Hill Board of commissioners meeting last Thursday, January 10, the town held their quarterly developer’s workshop, hearing presentations from several area land developers.

The board heard from Jerry Helms regarding Blair Road Development, Chris Isaacs regarding Mint Hill Commons development, and Brian Jackson regarding modifications to the Summerwood Community’s architecture requirements. 

Helms presented preliminary plans for an area of land owned by a number of residents, and potential uses for the land include a retirement community and a retail shopping space.
“I’m afraid if we develop Lawyer’s Road, we develop 218, we develop Blair Road, it’s going to turn Mint Hill and the outer belt into a nightmare,” said Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers, speaking of the potential development for a retail shopping complex along 485 in Mint Hill. “So at this point, I’m not encouraging this project. I think there are components of it that may be viable down the road, but this project is one big project that  I’m just not encouraged by.”
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Rise in flu cases leads to new visitation policy at CHS facilities

Carolinas Healthcare System has restricted its visitation policy in all its in-patient care facilities in the greater Charlotte area in response to heightened risk of influenza. 

Visitations by children younger than 12 years of age is restricted entry to all in-patient hospitals, while previously the restriction had only applied to neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. 
“We had been monitoring the flu situation for a while,” said Kevin McCarthy, communications staff member with Carolina HealthCare System. “And because it had started so quickly and we were starting to see so many cases a lot earlier than we usually do, we felt it was an appropriate step to take.”
In order to hinder the spread of flu further, CHS is also requesting that anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms not to visit anyone in the hospital. 
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Mint Hill design firm wins global competition

Kaleidoscopic Incorporated is a 3-person design firm in Mint Hill that develops websites, graphic design, illustrations, content management, writing, and email marketing. 
A monthly digital newsletter they produce, Chartwells Magazine, is a chronicle of the food industry giant Chartwells Higher Education Dining Service, who supplies food and hospitality services to schools and universities around the country. 
Chartwells Magazine recently won a number of awards from the League of American Communication Professionals (LACP), as part of their 2012 Magellan award series.
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