Independence renovations nearing completion

 

Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 6.46.10 PM The new gymnasium being constructed at Independence High School from 2007 bond money is nearing completion. The renovations to the original gym are also nearing completion. Even with the recent bout of bad weather, the projected date of completion is sometime in April.

Independence High School will have a new façade when the construction is completed.Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 6.46.03 PM The area shown here will be the new front entrance to the school. Originally the area between the main building and the gym was a covered walk way. The building has been enclosed and connected to the gym. The new building will contain the front office as well as some administrative offices.

 

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Wilson Grove Baptist Church welcomes new pastor

By Michele Dotson  dotson@cm.k12.nc.us

Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 6.46.17 PMSome churches must endure a long search and trial period in order to find just the right pastor to lead the way. Thankfully, Wilson Grove Baptist Church is not one of them.

In January, Pastor Rob Mariucci took the helm at the long-established church in Mint Hill. For Mariucci, the move into the position was quick.

“I was member of the church,” says Mariucci. “I had been invited to lead the contemporary services we started in August, and when the pastor said he was being called to another church, I filled in during the search.” Continue reading

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Husband and wife dental team to offer free cleanings for kids

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com
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At last year’s Give Kids a Smile event, Forrest and Forrest served 50 children who did not have dental insurance or Medicaid. The Forrests help make children comfortable, provide cleaning and fluoride treatments and educate them on maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

On February 28, the husband and wife dentist team at Forrest and Forrest Cosmetic and Family Dentistry are offering free dental cleanings for children who don’t have dental insurance and are not on Medicaid.

The Forrests look forward to the annual event, called Give Kids a Smile.

“We are constantly looking for ways to give back to our community in Matthews, Mint Hill, Stallings and Indian Trail,” says Dr. Stacy Oller Forrest.  “We are thrilled to give back in a small way to the community.” Continue reading

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Snow Days: Feeling like a kid again

Tabitha and Josiah Enoch of Indian Trail

Tabitha and Josiah Enoch of Indian Trail

By Michele Dotson

In Mint Hill, snowflakes the size of quarters fell from gray skies. I donned my ski bibs, winter boots, turtle neck, sweatshirt, hat and gloves and trekked outside with my 14 year old daughter to do some sledding in the driveway.

We made snow angels. We laughed and got pink cheeks and stayed outside for four and a half hours.
Then we had hot chocolate with huge marshmallows and watched Pride and Prejudice, snuggled together under a soft blanket. Continue reading

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MHMS boy’s basketball nearly sweeps season

By Leah Schmalz

With a 10-1 record and only one game left in the season, any sports team could get too psyched out to do well. That doesn’t seem to be an issue for the Mint Hill Middle School boy’s basketball team. As the wins keep stacking up, their focus doesn’t waver.

“You’ve got to go 1-0 every day,” said Coach Erik Dove. Up until Monday’s game against Piedmont, the team had done just that. Despite the loss, they put up stiff competition that only gave way in the last play of the game for a final score of 50-48.    For player DJ Little, the team’s impressive season wasn’t a surprise. “That’s always my expectation,” he said. To stay focused, player DJ Little takes some shots before the game and listens to music. Team member Justice Wallace ˆmaintains his focus by viewing each game as a fresh slate. Continue reading

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Local students study global issues – Raise money for school in South Sudan

By Michele Dotson   dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 8.12.40 AMStudents from both Independence and Rocky River High Schools have designed t-shirts with global messages aimed at making a difference in the world.

The Any1Can Project is an arts-based global service learning initiative that allows students to learn about seven complex global issues and create an original work of art on a white t-shirt.

The winning t-shirt designs in each of the seven categories will be mass produced to sell in retail establishments across Charlotte. Continue reading

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