Brits get a taste of Indy life

By Michele Dotson    dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Independence welcome 11 British students to the Big-I

Independence welcome 11 British students to the Big-I

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

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Fall fest fun for the community at Independence High School

The Leo Club is ready for their first customer for their game called "Where's Leo?"

The Leo Club is ready for their first customer for their game called “Where’s Leo?”

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

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Armed Forces Museum documentary wins award

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.

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Mint Hill Madness set for Memorial Day Weekend

By Michele Dotson : Staff Writer- dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

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.Screen Shot 2013-10-27 at 4.21.20 PM

“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

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Fundraiser provides support for military families

By Michele Dotson:  Staff Writer- dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

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Former Charlotte native Joseph Henao prepares for a 33 mile bike ride to benefit US soldiers and their families. Henao currently teaches military science at the Citadel.

On Saturday, October 19, Military Family Lifestyle Charitable Foundation (MFLCF) held its 4th Annual Honor the Warriors Bike Ride at the newly renamed Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park on Hwy. 218. The organization works specifically with the family members of killed in action paratroopers or Special Forces.

MFLCF is in partnership with Hearts & Hammers, Purple Heart Homes, Charlotte Bridge Homes, The Patriot Charities, local businesses and hundreds of volunteers to build five homes in five years for Service Disabled Veterans who are moving to the Charlotte area.

According to Cantwell, it is estimated that over 7,000 veterans will be moving to the Charlotte area in the next couple of years.

“We just finished building the first house,” says Richard D. Cantwell, Chairman of MFLCF and former Commander for a 625-man combat engineer battalion in South Korea.

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Riders of all ability levels prepare at the starting line on October 19 for the 4th Annual Honor the Warrior Ride. These riders prepare for a 33 mile ride.

“We have four home sites in one location, and the fifth lot was a bit small for a house, so Lowe’s has donated a playground,” he says. “The last house will be built near the others in the Denver, NC area.”

Despite the rain, turnout was great and other organizations were visible and supportive.

Former Charlotte resident Joseph Henao, who is now a military science instructor at the Citadel, participated with The Warrior Ride, a non-profit organization founded in Oak Island, North Carolina who uses cycling as a rehabilitative and morale building activity for wounded soldiers.

Three separate rides left the park on staggered times. Continue reading

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Student raises awareness, money with T-shirts

By Michele Dotson: Staff Writer -dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Andrew Terry is a student at Queen’s Grant High School.

Andrew Terry is a student at Queen’s Grant High School.

Last year, Queens Grant student Andrew Terry wore pink socks and wrist bands during his cross-country meets to raise awareness and show his support for cancer research.

This year, Terry got the idea to take his initiative a step further, so he de- signed a tee shirt and has been selling them at school since the first school days in August.

So far, he’s profited $780 towards his goal of raising $1000 which will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

“This year I just wanted to do something bigger,” says Terry. “We also have a raffle going on and so far we’ve raised $160.”

Tee shirts are $20 and will be on sale through October.

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