Two Patriot wrestlers are champions at county tourney

By Frank Smithwick

Sports Writer
frank@minthilltimes.com

Eighteen schools participated in the two-day Al Kessie Mecklenburg County Wrestling Tournament held at Olympic High School this past weekend. 
The tournament is named after a former coach and athletic director in CMS who started the tournament many years ago. 
From Mint Hill, Independence, Rocky River, and first time participant Queens Grant wrestled. 
Queens Grant came away with one place winner, Connor Day, who took fourth place at 145 lbs. Rocky River had one place winner as well, Seth Johnson, who came in fourth place in the 195 lbs. weight class.
The Independence wrestling team came in third in team points without a full lineup.
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UPDATED: Mint Hill teen’s body found

The body of missing Mint Hill teen Kayla Campbell was recovered from a pond near Mint Hill approximately 12:15 am Thursday.

The pond, on Sable-Cap Road, is where her bicycle, helmet, and cell phone were found earlier. Investigator’s accepted a local contractor’s offer to drain the pond, installing four pumps on Wednesday, December 12.

The cause of death is still being determined and investigators are still working to find out what happened.

Ten extra counselors were on hand at Independence High School, where Kayla was a student, to help students grieve.

Anyone with information about Campbell, or who could have seen her Sunday, is asked to call the Mint Hill Police Department at 704-545-1085.

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Hospital tells chamber timeline on track for 2014

Roland Bibeau, president of Presbyterian Hospital Matthews speaks to members of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce at the monthly members luncheon. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce was updated on the status of Presbyterian Hospital Mint Hill at its monthly member luncheon Thursday, November 15 at Pine Lake Country Club.

Roland Bibeau, president of Presbyterian Hospital Matthews spoke during the luncheon, telling the chamber the timeline is still on track to begin construction in 2014, and complete the hospital in 2016.

Bibeau spoke to the chamber in August of 2011, and at that time, the hospital was taking a second look at the plans, given the economic and political environment surrounding the healthcare industry.

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Hospital tells chamber timeline on track for 2014

Carol Timblin and Larry Ferguson, outside the general store at the Mint Hill Historical Society’s Carl J. McEwen Historic Village. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

“Step Into History, The Carl J. McEwen Historic Village,” a 12-minute video produced by the Mint Hill Historical Society, earned statewide recognition last month, winning a Paul Green Multimedia Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians.

It started with a need to take something to schools and other organizations, to show them what the Historical Society and the Historic Village had to offer.

With a matching grant of $2,500 from the Arts and Science Council, work was underway, with Historical Society co-founder Carol Timblin writing and producing, and member Larry Ferguson serving as director and videographer.

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Mint Hill resident sending Christmas spirit to Jersey Shore

Renee Ribera moved to Mint Hill from Fords, New Jersey 20 years ago but as the largest Atlantic hurricane on record made landfall on the shore of her home state on October 29, it definitely struck home.

“It breaks my heart that the shore won’t be the same,” Ribera said. “It will never be the same again.”

Toy donations can be made November 25 and December 2, from 3-5 pm at Olde Sycamore at the corner of Fairview Road and Olde Sycamore Drive. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Hurricane Sandy caused at least $20 billion in damage and caused power outages from Maine to Manhattan to North Carolina.

After the hurricane, Ribera began to figure out a way to help.

“It got me immediately thinking, what can we do, we’re here, everybody’s fine, we have power, we have resources,” Ribera said.

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Town clerk Beth Hamrick retiring after 32 years

Beth Hamrick readies her office for her retirement, organizing information for Michelle Farrar to take over her position as Mint Hill’s town clerk. PHOTO BY AMANDA WATERS

November 30 will mark the end of Beth Hamrick’s 32-year career with the Town of Mint Hill. Hired in 1980 as a receptionist, Hamrick’s role has changed over the years. She has served as the secretary to the town administrator, the Planning Board coordinator, secretary to the Board of Adjustment, and the deputy clerk. In 1985 she became the town clerk, the position from which she is retiring.

Throughout the years, Hamrick has seen Mint Hill grow, tripling in population. She has served with numerous commissioners and four mayors. She has served in the town’s last three town hall locations: the McEwen Shopping Center, the building on Matthews-Mint Hill Road, and the newest building on Mint Hill Village Lane. Hamrick took classes for various certifications, including the certificate of municipal clerk and master municipal clerk.

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