Mint Hill resident receives promotion still finds time to clown around

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Brett Ford

Brett Ford

Long-time Mint Hill resident and 1988 Independence graduate Brett Ford is ringing in the New Year with a promotion at AT & T. This is Ford’s second promotion since joining the company in 2000.

“My first position for 10 years was a Service technician,” says Ford. “Then in 2010 I became a Facility Technician working on everything from the cut wire in your backyard, the jack in your bedroom that quit working, DSL, networking, high speed data lines and everything in between.”

Ford’s new position is a Specialist-Network Control in the AT&T Network Operations organization. He will oversee the circuits that handle the cellular traffic all across the country.

“It is a management position which came with a raise,” he says.

This is good timing for Ford, whose wife Madonna, a former surveyor, is beginning her student teaching in mathematics at Rocky River High School.  Additionally, Brett is finishing up a BA in Networking Administration. Continue reading

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New board sworn in at December Mint Hill commissioners meeting

Mayoral appointments made; Mayor Pro Tempore selected

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 7.57.29 PMThe December 12 meeting of the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners was the first for newly elected member Richard Newton. Newton, along with fellow Board members Lloyd Austin, Mickey Ellington, and Mayor Ted Biggers were sworn in just after the Municipal election results for Mint Hill were accepted.

Commissioner Tina Ross, who was reelected along with Austin and Ellington, is undergoing treatments for cancer and is expected to be sworn in at the next meeting.

“I ask that you keep Commissioner Ross in your prayers,” says Mayor Biggers. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family and we look forward to seeing her at our next meeting.”

Outgoing commissioner Brenda McRae was praised for her years of service and dedication to the town. Continue reading

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Bill and Ann Litaker art show winners announced

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Christopher Pariano’s painting, “Self-portrait with black hood,” won first place in the paint- ing category for acrylic/pastels/oil. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

Christopher Pariano’s painting, “Self-portrait with black hood,” won first place in the paint- ing category for acrylic/pastels/oil. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON

The winners for the Mint Hill Arts show were announced on Friday, December 13, at 8 pm. The gallery was filled to capacity for the opening of the annual Bill and Ann Litaker judged art show.

The entire show was judged by Eldred P. Hudson, Head of the Art Department at UNCC. Hudson spent over four hours at the gallery meticulously studying and documenting each piece. He then spent two days sifting through his notes before making his final recommendations. Hudson also prepared written comments on all winning pieces.

The show was open to a wide range of genre, including water media, photography, painting (oils, acrylics and pastels), three-dimensional multimedia including drawing, graphics, and alcohol inks.

Several honorable mentions were awarded in each category, as well as first, second and third place prizes. Continue reading

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Independence Patriots Varsity basketball

The Independence Patriots varsity basketball teams opened their Southwestern 4A conference play at home Friday night against the Eagles of East Meck.

Girls
East Meck          72
Independence  35
After a close first quarter, the visiting Lady Eagles pulled away and earned a 72-35 conference win.  Camile Martin led the Lady Patriots with 13 points while Jayla Horton paced the Lady Eagles and led all scores with 18 points.
Scoring:
East Meck       13  22  16  21  -   72
Independence   8   7   10  10  -  35
East Meck:  Jayla Horton 18,  Zhamya Wills 16,  Ciera Rucker 13,  LaBria King 10,  Miya Bull 6,  Taylor Hudson 5,  Shatoya Alexander 2,  Rachel Collins 2.
Independence:  Camile Martin 13,  Lydajah Mcleod 7,  Monique Dubose 6,  Krysta Peterson 6,  Laryn Sullivan 3.
Boys
East Meck          61
Independence  66
In the boys’ game The Independence Patriots held off a fourth quarter rally by the East Meck Eagles to pick up the 66-61 win in the conference opener for both teams.  East Meck entered the fourth quarter trailing by 12 points and out scored the Patriots 26-19.
Tryle Poindexter led the Eagles with 20 points. Independence got another big night from Deion Lane who led all scores with 28 points along with 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocked shots.  He hit 5 out of 6 from the floor, 4 three pointers and went 6 for 6 from the line.  Workpeh Kofa also had a big night with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocked shots and 6 deflections.
Scoring:
East Meck          12  13  10  26  -    61
Independence  18  14  15  19  -    66
East Meck:  Tryle Poindexter 20,  John Rankin 10,  Ray’Quelle Days 8,  Reggie Smith 7,  Desmond Covington 6,  Jaylen McManus 4,  Charles Patton 4,  Cameron Stradford 2.
Independence:  Deion Lane 28,  Junior Bowen 9,  Workpeh Kofa 9,  Tayon Gleaves 8,
Marcus Thomas 7,  Matthew Statile 3,  Kadeem Harry 2.
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Christmas comes to town hall

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 11.04.09 PMThe annual Mint Hill Town Hall Christmas tree lighting was held last Thursday. Following the official lighting of the tree, Town Hall was open to the public for cookies, music, drinks, and visits with Santa.

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Johnson honored for 10 years of service to chamber

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 11.04.17 PMThe Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce recently honored attorney, Tony C. Johnson for his 10 years of service to the board of di- rectors. Johnson, who has served as the organization’s secretary, will still offer his legal counsel to the 2014 board.
New officers and di- rectors elected for the Mint Hill Chamber will begin their term in Janu- ary. Boyd Davis of First Citizens Bank will serve as President; Mike Cochrane of Yadkin Bank as Vice President; John Hurst, Fi- nancial Advisor, will serve
as Treasurer; and Sue Wolf of Abbey Rose Floral Art- istry as Secretary.
The remainder of the 13-person board are as follows: Phil Angelo of Leisure Travel, Bonnie Broadwell of Novant Health, Barbara Costa of HB Cantrell & Co, Denise Hallett of Vulcan Materi- als Co, Nate Huggins of Blessed Assurance, Bob Lucas of Allstate Insur- ance, Tony Long of Mint Hill Tool Rental, Rodney Rothoff of Time Warner Cable Business Class & Colleen Rhyant of Caroli- nas Healthcare System.
The chamber invites all businesses in the Mint Hill area to join. Networking events are already planned for the new year. Visit the chamber website for details and information on mem- bership. www.minthillcha mberofcommerce.com

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