Technology takes toll on mind, body

Charlotte-Mecklenburg students must complete a graduation project where the student investigates a topic and presents their findings and a project to a panel. Independence High School senior and Mint Hill resident Erin Evans researched the negative effects of technology. Her report is below and has been edited for brevity. The full version is on our website www.minthilltimes.com.

Erin is the daughter of Evan and Whitney Evans of Mint Hill. 

by Erin Evans

(edited for brevity)

A child sits quietly, hardly blinking, occasionally jerking, constantly staring, oblivious to his surroundings. Some might wonder if he is schizophrenic, autistic, or suffering from another mental illness.

This child is simply addicted to the technology that holds his undivided attention and isolates him from the real world.

Technology, which has so greatly impacted life today in positive ways, has now begun to raise concerns about its negative influences, especially upon the young.  Continue reading

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Independence renovations nearing completion

 

Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 6.46.10 PM The new gymnasium being constructed at Independence High School from 2007 bond money is nearing completion. The renovations to the original gym are also nearing completion. Even with the recent bout of bad weather, the projected date of completion is sometime in April.

Independence High School will have a new façade when the construction is completed.Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 6.46.03 PM The area shown here will be the new front entrance to the school. Originally the area between the main building and the gym was a covered walk way. The building has been enclosed and connected to the gym. The new building will contain the front office as well as some administrative offices.

 

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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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