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Jennie Martin Tomlin Named Mint Hill Arts Volunteer of the Month for October

Mint Hill Arts has named Jennie Martin Tomlin Volunteer of the Month for October.  She was recognized at the recent Opening Reception for the “People’s Choice Award Show” at the Gallery, located at 11205 Lawyers Rd, Mint Hill.

The honoree, a long-time member of Mint Hill Arts, is an accomplished and noted artist, whose work is often exhibited at shows.  Last year she took First Place in MHA’s watercolor show for her “Roses, Always Roses.” She also won Best of Show for her watercolor “Blue on Blue” at the Falling Rivers Art Gallery in Albemarle.  As a dedicated member of the intake committee for several years, she has given many hours of service in this capacity. […]

By |October 15th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Small tax hike could improve schools

By Charles Kelleher Harris

The Board of Commissioners heard a presentation on behalf of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools seeking approval and support for a tax increase that would potentially impact schools across the county.

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners voted to propose a quarter-cent (1/4 of a penny) sales tax increase on the November 4 ballot.

According to Marinn Bengel of Together4Meck, who made the presentation, this small increase would potentially provide an additional $35 million per year to the revenue for Mecklenburg County.

“County commissioners will direct 80 percent of the revenue generated by the increase to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools,” Bengel explained, “7.5 percent will go to Central Piedmont Community College. Another 7.5 percent to the Arts and Science Council and 5 percent to the counties public libraries.”  […]

By |October 15th, 2014|Around Town, Breakiing News, Development, Featured Posts, Town Hall|0 Comments

King Tiger Tae Kwon Do holds fall festival

By Leah Schmalz

King Tiger Tae Kwon Do provided a variety of pumpkin-related activities at their fall festival on Saturday. Held in the studio’s parking lot and adjacent field, the event featured “Pumpkin Chunkin,” where participants used a trebuchet to launch pumpkins into a giant metal bucket. Guests could also shoot paintballs at pumpkins using slingshots […]

By |October 15th, 2014|Around Town, Good deeds|0 Comments

Local youth joins efforts to save Bain School

At the September 11 Board of Commissioners meeting, Connor Fohr was presented with a certificate of recognition from Commissioner Tina Ross.

“I want to recognize Connor for his efforts in saving the Bain School,” said Ross.

Connor’s mother said that nostalgia contributed to Connor’s decision to help the Bain Restoration Committee

“He was one of the last classes […]

By |September 25th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts|0 Comments

Showmars employee reaches 20-year milestone

Customers dining in or stopping to pick up food from Showmars in Mint Hill have probably noticed a giant banner hanging near the registers, thanking Lanny Barr for 20 years of reliable service. Not only is Barr celebrating two decades of employment with the business, he’s also hitting that impressive landmark at the age of 38.

“We’re […]

By |September 12th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

Butler HS opens Academy of Health SciencesB

By Leah Schmalz

Last Thursday, during freshman orientation, Butler High School held an open house for the inaugural year of its Academy of Health Science.

“We are one of two Health Science Academies through National Academic Foundation

in the state of North Carolina so we’re really excited,” said Ann Marie Ferguson, Assistant Principal of Instruction and the administrator of the academy.

At the open house, students had the opportunity to experience some of the experiments and activities that will

be part of their regular academy classes. During the school year, students will follow a curriculum that prepares them for paid internships in health sciences by junior year.

“Right now about 50 percent of kids that have signed up for courses in the academy are looking into veterinary medicine,” said Ferguson. “We’re hoping to get some internships with vets in the area.”

The students also will take college level courses for credit by junior year. Each Monday students will hear from guest speakers or take field trips.

This year there were no restrictions in place to sign up for the academy. In following years, there will be a 100-student cap on the program. Ferguson said the school will see how the first year goes before determining how to set the cap or if there is a need for more teachers.

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By |August 20th, 2014|Around Town, Butler High School|0 Comments