Novant meets with Mint Hill residents about planned hospital at I-485 and Albemarle Road

By Leah Schmalz

Novant say it is still on track to open a hospital at the intersection of I-485 and Albemarle Road, but the plans have been downsized. Novant submitted plans in 2008 for a hospital with 100 beds and 140,000 square feet of medical office space. Now the healthcare organization has submitted a new zoning application to include 50 beds and 80,000 square feet for medical offices.

The hospital would still contain 16 emergency bays, as well as space for rehabilitation, maternity services, and cardiovascular services. It woulda also have a laboratory and pharmacy. The zoning request includes 25,000 square feet for retail and restaurant space.  Continue reading

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Four candidates vie for two spots on sheriff ticket

By Leah Schmalz

With Chipp Bailey stepping down as Mecklenburg County sheriff, four contenders have registered to take his place. Irwin Carmichael and Antoine M. Ensley seek a spot on the Democratic ticket, while Chris Hailey and Louis Rango Jr. are up against each other for the Republican spot.

Irwin Carmichael has worked as a reserve captain with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office for 28 years. “I just want to see the stability of the office to continue,” he said. Carmichael’s two main points of focus are inmates and youthful offenders. Carmichael said the daily count of inmates just dropped below 1,800, down from nearly 3,000 several years ago. “We have been able to cut the population down because of the programs we have inside our facilities,” he said. “We are going to turn 95% back out into community. We want to return them as productive members.” He said the office has training programs in place in areas such as culinary, carpentry, and horticulture so that released inmates have employment and are less likely to reoffend.  Continue reading

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Parish Mission

St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 8451 Idlewild Road, will conduct a parish mission, Filling the World with the Gospel of Christ, from April 5-9. The host wiil be Father John Anglin, OFM, who has been with the Ministry of the Word since 1987 and has conducted more than 400 parish missions and served various ministries including high school teaching, parish ministry, and marriage encounter. He also was a missionary in Bolivia for two years.

Fr John will preach at 9 am Mass April 7-9, as well as in the eve- nings at 6:30. He will speak at all weekend Masses on April 5 and 6. Immediately following the 12:30 pm Spanish Mass on Sunday, he will preach in Spanish on the topic: Un Dios de amor que nunca se censa de perdonarnos.

All are welcome to attend the mission. Light refreshments and fellowship in the Parish Hall will take place at the conclusion of the mission on Wednesday night.

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NC Public Charter Schools Association to host two informational charter school fairs for parents

Fairs will be held in conjunction with fourth annual National School Choice Week

North Carolina parents interested in more information about high performing public charter schools in the Tar Heel state can attend informational charter fairs in Greensboro and Charlotte, organizers announced today.

The fairs will cater specifically to parents looking for a high-performing public charter school for their child, or to educators looking for what a public charter school might be able to offer them. These fairs are being hosted in as part of National School Choice Week 2014, the largest-ever celebration of school choice in American history. Continue reading

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Senator Tarte address Mint Hill Chamber

By Michele Dotson    dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Senator Jeff Tarte fields questions after his lunch-time presentation at the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce meeting. Tarte spoke for about 20 minutes and spent time afterwards talking with visitors and answering questions.

Senator Jeff Tarte fields questions after his lunch-time presentation at the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce meeting. Tarte spoke for about 20 minutes and spent time afterwards talking with visitors and answering questions.

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

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Shands School raises funds for needed supplies

Shands School, a non-profit organization, serves students ages 8-13 with learning differences. Director Liz Morris, who is a trained vision therapist, says the school utilizes as part of its instruction, targeted movements that activated different parts of the brain.
“We use Brain Gym because we felt we needed to do in the classroom what we do in therapy,” she says.
The school operates on a one-room school house concept, where they take students where they are to where they need to go by catering to their individual needs and building a team family.
“We do thematic teaching here,” says language arts teacher Karen Johnson. “This year we will start with the theme of ‘force in motion’ which is more of a science theme, but all other subjects will connect around that theme.”
Right now the school is at capacity with 5 students from the Mathews and Mint Hill areas. At present, the school has several needs, such as improving their science labs by purchasing science equipment. The school is also need an awning outside of the front door.
“Every time it rains, water comes in through the mail slot,” says Morris. “And when the sun beats down on the front door all day, the handle is so hot you can’t even touch it.”
The school is currently looking to expand and is looking for a bigger, more suitable space.
“We do a lot of hands-on learning,” says Morris. “We focus on nutrition and we even grow our own food.”
Recently, the raised beds the school uses to grown their own food had to be moved because of a new tenant moving in across their parking lot.
Shands School is in need of several items for this school year to expand their science labs. Microscopes, magnifying glasses, and test tubes just to name a few. They could also use some additional art supplies and proceeds from the fund raiser will help greatly.
If you’d like to help, or know of a possible location for the expansion of the school in either the Mint Hill or Matthews area, call Liz Morris at 704-321-5705. Shands School is currently located at 130 West Matthews Street, Matthews, NC.

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