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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. […]

By |January 27th, 2014|Schools|0 Comments

Mint Hill Chiropractor joins patriotic cause

By Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

An area chiropractor has been giving away free treatments. It’s not a gimmick, a promotion, or an accident, it’s the Patriot Project.

Dr. Mark Pustaver, of Pustaver Chiropractic in Matthews, has signed joined the Patriot Project, an initiative among chiropractors to give free treatment to veterans and active service personell free of charge, and to advocate for more access to and coverage of chiropractic care for military personnel.

Pustaver is currently the only North Carolina chiropractor involved in the project, which was started by Dr. Tim Novelli, a chiropractor in North Canton, Ohio.

The first goal of the project is to get chiropractic care covered by Tricare, the Department of Defense’s health care program, as well as to provide that care, get chiropractors at Forward Operating Bases overseas, and advocate for the acceptance of chiropractic care as necessary to veterans and active duty men and women.

The project began in early 2012, when a patient of Novelli’s called and told him of an “American hero” that needed his help. The hero was Staff Sergeant Dana Bowman, a U.S. Army Golden Knight, who came to Canton to visit family and friends, and had never had chiropractic care before visiting Novelli during that trip.

“To make a long story short, he had great results,” Novelli said.

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By |July 3rd, 2013|Around Town|1 Comment

Chamber hears important message at June luncheon

By Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce welcomed new members and heard a touching message at their June member luncheon.

New members Southern Charm Cleaning and Family-First Chiropractic joined the ranks at the chamber in June.

Southern Charm Cleaning is a commercial and residential cleaning service that uses a five-step cleaning process that includes on-site visits, personalized checklists and regular follow-ups.

Family-First Chiropractic has served Mint Hill for 16 years, and Doctors Doug and Vicki Jordan specialize in chiropractic care, acupuncture, nutrition, massage therapy and weight loss.

The featured guest at the meeting was the Mental Health Association, who spoke to the chamber about the importance of mental health, and the organization’s new campaign to fight the stigma associated with mental disorders.

The Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas “has been the voice of hope for persons affected by mental illness” since its founding in 1933.

MHA serves all of Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties, providing resources, advocacy and education about mental health.

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By |July 3rd, 2013|Around Town|3 Comments

Camp SOAR hits new heights in thirteenth year

By Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Bob Bowler has been a volunteer with Special Olympics for 29 years. In that time, he noticed that everything shut down in the summer, and saw the need for a camp for Special Olympics athletes. Camp SOAR was born.

Camp SOAR, or Special Olympics Athlete Retreat, began in 2000, with no small effort from Bowler, who after seeing the need, started to look around for locations. He decided to try for the Levine Jewish Community Center in Charlotte and called Barry Schumer, the assistant executive director of the center, to make a lunch meeting and discuss his plans.

“They show up, we shake hands, and they said ‘What do you want to talk about?’,” said Bowler. “I said, ‘Well, I don’t have any money, but I’ve got a lot of visions, dreams, and hopes that you can help me. I want to start a day camp for the special needs community.”

Bowler’s timing was impeccable, since the JCC was then trying to do more community outreach, and the rest is history.

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By |June 13th, 2013|Around Town|1 Comment

Walking by Faith Church purchases land for new church

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Walking by Faith Ministry Church has purchased property for a new church, and work is beginning to build a church of their own.

The congregation presently meets for Sunday services in the chapel of Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church, but at the end of April, will move to Crown Point Elementary School in Matthews, holding their first service there on May 5. The move is an effort to be closer to the community they serve, and the community where their new church building will be.

Church members will be canvassing the neighborhood and sending out postcards prior to that first Sunday service at Crown Point.

The church was established in 2004, and today consists of around 80 members, led by Pastor Alvin Denson, retired Army and director of ROTC at Mallard Creek.

The 5.5-acre lot purchased by the church is at the corner of Sam Newell and Rice roads in Mint Hill, and was bought at foreclosure for $42,000, while market price estimates closer to $300,000, according to Larry Miller, vice president and business manager, as well as deacon for the church.

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By |April 11th, 2013|Around Town|0 Comments

Spring (gardening) is in the air

It’s official. As of Wednesday, March 20, spring has arrived. That means enjoying the warm weather by getting outside and starting a new garden or changing up the landscape around the house.

And if you’re a beginner, a veteran, or just trying to supplement your grocery bill by growing your tomatoes and squash in your backyard, here are some tips and ideas to keep in mind when shrugging off that winter dreariness.

Bob Prophit, general manager at King’s Greenhouse in Stallings, offers up his expertise for people wanting to get growing this spring.

Getting a garden going has no shortage of benefits, and these days people get started for a number of reasons.

Sustainability, fresh produce, and stress release are all on that list, and even general health is a consideration.

“Gardening is good for you,” said Prophit. “Just in general, especially if you work in an office all the time. I mean, that’s a release, you get to go out and work. It’s healthy, you’re not sitting around, most gardeners are just happy; they’re doing something.”

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By |March 20th, 2013|Around Town|0 Comments