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Mint Hill artist celebrates 21 years drawing Dennis

By Leah Schmalz

Dennis the Menace, created by the late Hank Ketcham, is published in 1,000 papers across 48 countries in 19 languages. Yet all of the weekday panels come from one source: Marcus Hamilton’s studio in Mint Hill. Since his first panel was published on January 15 in 1994, Hamilton has been producing five panels each week for the past 21 years.

“The honor of getting to work on probably one of the most popular comics, characters, features that was ever established was just awesome and I still am in awe that it ever happened, because if I stopped and thought about how many people are looking at the drawings I do it’d probably scare me to death and I wouldn’t be able to draw,” Hamilton said. […]

By |March 9th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

The Gift of Life

By Andrew Stark

In late 2013, Tom Ottman sat down to write one the most personal and heartfelt letters he’d penned in his 63 years of life.
The recipient was a stranger and the subject matter was someone whom he’d never met and with whom he would likely never cross paths with again. But as Ottman sat trying to put into words the love, appreciation and admiration he had for this man he’d never meet and a family he would likely never know, he carefully combed over every word  to make sure they were  just right.
“I gave it a lot of thought,” Ottman said. “I acknowledged the fact there is no adequate way to thoroughly or properly thank someone for their generosity in the worst moment in their life, and to stop and think about someone else at that time in their life.”
Ottman, who is now 65, had received a kidney transplant from a 40-year-old man who lived in or around the Charlotte area—the identities and details of deceased donors are kept private for obvious reasons—and had passed away from a stroke. […]

By |March 9th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Savvy Solutions of Mint Hill offers real estate with a personal touch

By Leah Schmalz

When broker and realtor Kelli Enos decided to establish an office location for Savvy Solutions Real Estate, she wanted it to feel like a home. A fresh coat of paint, cozy waiting area, refinished floors and decorative accents transformed the space at 7708 Matthews-Mint Hill Road into a welcoming environment.

Enos doesn’t just want the building to feel different from a traditional office- she also wants the entire company to present a new approach to the industry. “We’re trying to be a different kind of real estate company,” said Enos. “I don’t think there are any clients I’ve had that I’m not still in touch with in some way. We strive to establish relationships with our clients.”  […]

By |February 25th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|1 Comment

Mint Hill library manager is happy to help

By Charles Kelleher Harris

According to a recent Mint Hill Library newsletter, it was some 62 years ago that Mint Hill’s only means of free reading was by means of a book mobile that came to town every Friday for one hour. A decade later the library occupied a small store front near downtown Mint Hill. Finally in May of 1999 the library opened its doors at its current location.
Almost 16 years later the 12,000-square-foot building is home to some 17,500 items. And there is more to come.
Since 2010 Mark Engelbrecht has served as the Mint Hill Library Branch Manager.
“I came to the Mint Hill Branch Library as the interim manager during a budget crisis,” explained Engelbrecht. “The position was formalized in the fall of 2010 and I was given the title of Location Manager.”  […]

By |February 25th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Library|0 Comments