Wilson Grove Baptist Church welcomes new pastor

By Michele Dotson  dotson@cm.k12.nc.us

Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 6.46.17 PMSome churches must endure a long search and trial period in order to find just the right pastor to lead the way. Thankfully, Wilson Grove Baptist Church is not one of them.

In January, Pastor Rob Mariucci took the helm at the long-established church in Mint Hill. For Mariucci, the move into the position was quick.

“I was member of the church,” says Mariucci. “I had been invited to lead the contemporary services we started in August, and when the pastor said he was being called to another church, I filled in during the search.” Continue reading

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Husband and wife dental team to offer free cleanings for kids

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com
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At last year’s Give Kids a Smile event, Forrest and Forrest served 50 children who did not have dental insurance or Medicaid. The Forrests help make children comfortable, provide cleaning and fluoride treatments and educate them on maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

On February 28, the husband and wife dentist team at Forrest and Forrest Cosmetic and Family Dentistry are offering free dental cleanings for children who don’t have dental insurance and are not on Medicaid.

The Forrests look forward to the annual event, called Give Kids a Smile.

“We are constantly looking for ways to give back to our community in Matthews, Mint Hill, Stallings and Indian Trail,” says Dr. Stacy Oller Forrest.  “We are thrilled to give back in a small way to the community.” Continue reading

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Snow Days: Feeling like a kid again

Tabitha and Josiah Enoch of Indian Trail

Tabitha and Josiah Enoch of Indian Trail

By Michele Dotson

In Mint Hill, snowflakes the size of quarters fell from gray skies. I donned my ski bibs, winter boots, turtle neck, sweatshirt, hat and gloves and trekked outside with my 14 year old daughter to do some sledding in the driveway.

We made snow angels. We laughed and got pink cheeks and stayed outside for four and a half hours.
Then we had hot chocolate with huge marshmallows and watched Pride and Prejudice, snuggled together under a soft blanket. Continue reading

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Mail Delivery in Some Areas Suspended Due to Weather

Mail Delivery in Some Areas Suspended Due to Weather
CHARLOTTE, NC —As today’s weather event continues to create challenging travel conditions throughout the area, the United States Postal Service has announced it is suspending mail delivery to the following ZIP Code areas: 280, 281, 282.
Additionally, all retail services in the 280, 281 and 282 area will end at 1pm today.
Regular mail delivery is expected to resume as soon as conditions and carrier access allows. When it does, customers are reminded that mounds of snow and patches of ice in front of mailboxes create havoc for carriers trying to safely deliver the mail. Residents maintaining a clear path to the mailbox — including steps, porches, walkways and street approach — will help postal carriers maintain consistent delivery service. Customers receiving curbside delivery should also ensure clear access to their mailboxes for letter carriers who deliver from the street.
Postal employees make every reasonable effort to deliver mail in many difficult weather conditions. However, delivery service may be delayed or curtailed whenever streets or walkways present hazardous conditions for letter carriers or when snow is plowed against mailboxes. The U. S. Postal Service curtails delivery only after careful consideration, and only as a last resort. If mail is curtailed, delivery is attempted the next delivery day.
All customers are reminded that Monday, Feb. 17, is President’s Day and there will be no regular mail delivery or retail services that day.
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MHMS boy’s basketball nearly sweeps season

By Leah Schmalz

With a 10-1 record and only one game left in the season, any sports team could get too psyched out to do well. That doesn’t seem to be an issue for the Mint Hill Middle School boy’s basketball team. As the wins keep stacking up, their focus doesn’t waver.

“You’ve got to go 1-0 every day,” said Coach Erik Dove. Up until Monday’s game against Piedmont, the team had done just that. Despite the loss, they put up stiff competition that only gave way in the last play of the game for a final score of 50-48.    For player DJ Little, the team’s impressive season wasn’t a surprise. “That’s always my expectation,” he said. To stay focused, player DJ Little takes some shots before the game and listens to music. Team member Justice Wallace ˆmaintains his focus by viewing each game as a fresh slate. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Madness seeks sponsors, vendors, volunteers

By Michele Dotson

Mint Hill Madness logo 2014This year’s Mint Hill Madness will be the first for Mint Hill Events, Inc., the newly formed non-profit 501(c)(3) that has taken over planning the annual event which will run Friday, May 23 from 4-10 pm, Saturday, May 24 from 10 am-10 pm, and Sunday, May 25 Noon-6 pm at Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park. Continue reading

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