Photos by Ron Morris
By Michele Dotson firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg) addressed the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday, October 24 at Pine Lake Country Club. Tarte spent about 20 minutes touching on a variety of topics, including the 2011 Reevaluation Bill, North Carolina’s ability to attract new businesses, term limits, and the airport authority.
Tarte, who was given the highest rating for a freshman senator by The North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation, found his way into public office at the urging of his grandfather who told him to go out and do something about the things he didn’t like.
“My grandfather said not to complain if I wasn’t willing to be part of the solution,” says Tarte.
The 2011 Reevaluation Bill is an example of one of the things Tarte says he’s proud to have had a hand in.
“I’m most proud about how we passed it,” says Tarte. “We must be concerned about the process and how we involve the public.”
The lack of public input and transparency regarding the airport authority issue is case in point. Continue reading
By Michele Dotson email@example.com
Eleven students from Kingsley College in Redditch, Worcestershire, England got a Big-I welcome on Thursday, October 24 for their first day of a two week school exchange.
Students spent their first day getting acquainted with their peer guides, enjoying breakfast provided by Chick-fil-A, and Krispy Kreme, and meeting their hostess, Ms. Katie Willett, as well as school principal, Amy Dellinger.
Willett, a US History and seminar teacher in Independence High School’s Academy of International Studies (AIS) program, has been leading the exchange for the past four years.
“The Kingsley students are here for two weeks, and we will go over there for two weeks in the spring,” says Willett.
Mark Atherton of Kingsley College has also been a part of the program for several years.
“This is my seventh time visiting Independence,” says Atherton, “but the fourth time we’ve had the exchange.” Continue reading
The Independence High School Student Council, better known as STUCO, held its annual fall fest on Saturday, October 26 from 5:30-8:00 pm at the school.
Due to current construction, “Trunk or Treat” was held in the back parking lot and was sponsored this year by the math department.
Thriller dance lessons were available in the cafeteria for $1.
All kid games were in the mall area inside the school and were sponsored by student clubs and organizations.
The Leo Club, the student community service organization sponsored by the Mint Hill Lions, Created a game, “Where’s Leo?” A stuffed lion was hidden under one of several Halloween themed cups and then the cups were then shuffled. The object of the game was to identify which cup the lion was under. Continue reading
Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas Documentary Wins Award
Mint Hill, October 21, 2013 — The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas’ (AFMAC) documentary honoring ex-prisoners of war is the recipient of the Paul Green Multimedia award presented by The North Carolina Society of Historians.
The winning video, entitled Honoring Our Heroes -The American POW Experience. WWII 1939-1949, is a 30-minute broadcast-quality documentary about the POW experience and is dedicated to honoring, preserving, and sharing the courage and sacrifices of WWII heroes, many of whom live in our community.
At their annual awards banquet on October 19, NCSH president Elizabeth Sherrill presented AFMAC president Bill Dixon with the award. Accepting the award with Dixon were Roger Reimann from Zoma Communications and Lisa Jillani, AFMAC’s media director.
One judge said of the video, “After watching this video, one word comes to mind – Awesome! It was amazing and touched the heart. On a scale of 1-100, we rate this film a 200.”
The North Carolina Society of Historians was established in December 1941 for the purpose of collecting, preserving, and perpetuating North Carolina’s rich history and for recognizing those persons who fulfill the Society’s objectives.
The motto and vision of AFMAC, a 501(c)(3) entity, is to honor, preserve and celebrate freedom.
This world-class museum will be unique in that it will honor all five branches of the United States military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. When completed, visitors will experience an educational showcase of 250 years of military history combined with the home front support and sacrifices that have made our nation great.
Details and donation information can be seen at VisitAFMAC.org.
Videos may be purchased for $25, which includes postage and shipping.
By Michele Dotson : Staff Writer- firstname.lastname@example.org
Plans for this year’s Mint Hill Madness are well underway and the four-man Board of Directors is looking for ways to make it bigger and better than ever. Board members Dalton Taylor, Tony Long, Julian Venable, and Scott Harris have been working quietly behind the scenes for the past few months.
“Right now we’re putting finishing touches on several key components for planning,” says Dalton Taylor. “Our 501 (c)(3) status is very, very close to being finalized, our website is being built, and applications are being updated.”
Dalton says once these pieces are done and in place, they can line up vendors, entertainment, and solicit volunteer organizations for assistance.
“We want to run this so that the volunteer organizations that help can generate money for their non-profit,” says Taylor.
Board member Julian Venable says the Board is committed to the project and knows Mint Hill residents are supportive. Continue reading