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Four challengers for incumbent commissioners in Mint Hill

By Leah Schmalz

All four of Mint Hill’s commissioners are up for reelection, and four incumbents have registered to challenge them. The Times contacted each candidate and asked one question: Why do you want to serve as a commissioner? Below are their responses.


“It’s the first step toward ruling the world.”­—Harry Marsh

“I would like to serve because I desire to preserve Mint Hill as a great place to raise a family. I will work to provide clean, safe and reliable water and sewer service for all residents. I want to help manage the inevitable growth and traffic. I will be a voice for all regardless of party affiliation. I would like to see a place to have cultural events, Bain School or a similar place. I really would appreciate your vote.”—Alan McKenzie […]

MH joins local family in raising pediatric cancer awareness

By Leah Schmalz

Kevin and Emily Ratliff lost their daughter Claire to a rare form of childhood cancer when she was two and a half years old. Now they take steps to support other families facing similar circumstances, as well as raise awareness of the disease.

The town supported the Ratliff family’s efforts at the council meeting last Thursday by recognizing September as Pediatric Cancer Awareness
Month. Commissioner Tina Ross read a proclamation and presented it to the Ratliffs.

“I just want to personally thank you guys so much,” Kevin said. “I want to thank Tina personally as well. She is obviously someone who I admire greatly for her own tenacity against the disease.”

Pediatric cancer is the most deadly disease for children under the age of 14, causing more deaths than AIDS, asthma, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis and juvenile diabetes combined, according to the CDC.  […]

Young artist premieres work at Sunday Afternoon in the Park in Mint Hill

By Leah Schmalz

A wide range of talented artists set up tents at the 11th annual Sunday Afternoon in the Park. For Eli Cervantes, the event was his first art show.

The 10-year-old boy works with colorful pieces of glass to create mosaics. Some of the designs are abstract; others form objects like fish or crosses.

“I like […]

Mint Hill Commissioners consider town noise ordinance revisions

By Leah Schmalz

Police Chief Tim Ledford presented a revised noise ordinance at the town council meeting last Thursday. The ordinance mirrors the one used by the town of Matthews. It would set the residential decibel limit for amplified sound in the evening to 55 decibels as measured at the property line. For commercial properties the level would be 60 dB.

“What we looked at is a quantitative number that we could use for the maximum level,” Ledford said. The staff tested these noise levels at residential and commercial properties. “You’re protecting the integrity of your next door neighbor but the person creating the sound can certainly have the volume where any person could reasonably enjoy it,” he said.  […]

By |June 18th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Breakiing News, Development, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|1 Comment