Look for our full coverage of the Mint Hill election in next Thursdays paper.
By Michele Dotson email@example.com
Senator Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg) addressed the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday, October 24 at Pine Lake Country Club. Tarte spent about 20 minutes touching on a variety of topics, including the 2011 Reevaluation Bill, North Carolina’s ability to attract new businesses, term limits, and the airport authority.
Tarte, who was given the highest rating for a freshman senator by The North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation, found his way into public office at the urging of his grandfather who told him to go out and do something about the things he didn’t like.
“My grandfather said not to complain if I wasn’t willing to be part of the solution,” says Tarte.
The 2011 Reevaluation Bill is an example of one of the things Tarte says he’s proud to have had a hand in.
“I’m most proud about how we passed it,” says Tarte. “We must be concerned about the process and how we involve the public.”
The lack of public input and transparency regarding the airport authority issue is case in point. Continue reading
By Michele Dotson firstname.lastname@example.org
Eleven students from Kingsley College in Redditch, Worcestershire, England got a Big-I welcome on Thursday, October 24 for their first day of a two week school exchange.
Students spent their first day getting acquainted with their peer guides, enjoying breakfast provided by Chick-fil-A, and Krispy Kreme, and meeting their hostess, Ms. Katie Willett, as well as school principal, Amy Dellinger.
Willett, a US History and seminar teacher in Independence High School’s Academy of International Studies (AIS) program, has been leading the exchange for the past four years.
“The Kingsley students are here for two weeks, and we will go over there for two weeks in the spring,” says Willett.
Mark Atherton of Kingsley College has also been a part of the program for several years.
“This is my seventh time visiting Independence,” says Atherton, “but the fourth time we’ve had the exchange.” Continue reading
By Michele Dotson : Staff Writer- email@example.com
Plans for this year’s Mint Hill Madness are well underway and the four-man Board of Directors is looking for ways to make it bigger and better than ever. Board members Dalton Taylor, Tony Long, Julian Venable, and Scott Harris have been working quietly behind the scenes for the past few months.
“Right now we’re putting finishing touches on several key components for planning,” says Dalton Taylor. “Our 501 (c)(3) status is very, very close to being finalized, our website is being built, and applications are being updated.”
Dalton says once these pieces are done and in place, they can line up vendors, entertainment, and solicit volunteer organizations for assistance.
“We want to run this so that the volunteer organizations that help can generate money for their non-profit,” says Taylor.
Board member Julian Venable says the Board is committed to the project and knows Mint Hill residents are supportive. Continue reading
By Michele Dotson: Staff Writer- firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday, October 19, Military Family Lifestyle Charitable Foundation (MFLCF) held its 4th Annual Honor the Warriors Bike Ride at the newly renamed Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park on Hwy. 218. The organization works specifically with the family members of killed in action paratroopers or Special Forces.
MFLCF is in partnership with Hearts & Hammers, Purple Heart Homes, Charlotte Bridge Homes, The Patriot Charities, local businesses and hundreds of volunteers to build five homes in five years for Service Disabled Veterans who are moving to the Charlotte area.
According to Cantwell, it is estimated that over 7,000 veterans will be moving to the Charlotte area in the next couple of years.
“We just finished building the first house,” says Richard D. Cantwell, Chairman of MFLCF and former Commander for a 625-man combat engineer battalion in South Korea.
“We have four home sites in one location, and the fifth lot was a bit small for a house, so Lowe’s has donated a playground,” he says. “The last house will be built near the others in the Denver, NC area.”
Despite the rain, turnout was great and other organizations were visible and supportive.
Former Charlotte resident Joseph Henao, who is now a military science instructor at the Citadel, participated with The Warrior Ride, a non-profit organization founded in Oak Island, North Carolina who uses cycling as a rehabilitative and morale building activity for wounded soldiers.
Three separate rides left the park on staggered times. Continue reading
Students at Independence High School participated in homecoming week from October 14-18. Festivities wrapped up at school on Friday afternoon with an indoor parade and cheering for a Friday night victory against Garinger.
The band marched through the halls led by the varsity cheerleaders on Friday afternoon before school let out.
Games and activities such as Corn Hole began at 5:30 pm inside the stadium and a DJ entertained until the start of the game.
At half time the homecoming court was presented at mid-field and senior Sidney Quach was name the 2013 Homecoming Queen.
Independence beat Garinger 69-0.