Richard Newton edges out Brenda McRae

Election Day 2013 has come and gone and the results indicate that Mint Hill town leadership will remain largely unchanged. Mayor Ted Biggers, who ran unopposed, as well as incumbents Lloyd Austin, Mickey Ellington and Tina Ross pulled in a majority of the votes. Brenda McRae is the only incumbent not returning to her position on the Town Council. She was edged out by 244 votes in favor of Richard “Fig” Newton.

According to official election records, there are 16,555 registered voters in Mint Hill, but only about 2,200 actually came out to vote on November 5.

Commissioner elect Newton will be sworn in on December 12 during the regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners meeting at Mint Hill Town Hall.

Richard Newton

Richard Newton

Newton, who is a 20 year resident of Mint Hill, is grateful for the opportunity to serve.

“Thank you Mint Hill residents,” says Newton, “I appreciate your confi- dence and look forward to serving you.”

Mint Hill continues to grow as the four exits on I-485 become settled with new business and resi dential areas. Managing growth while maintaining the small town atmosphere is what residents have declared emphatically is non-negotiable. This issue will continue to be on the forefront of the board’s priorities.

“We want to make sure we continue to grow,” says Commissioner Lloyd Austin, “and to keep our budget in good shape.”

The next meeting of the Board of Commissioners will be held tonight, Thursday, No- vember 14, at 7 pm at Mint Hill Town Hall.

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December coffee with a cop at Bojangles’

The Mint Hill Police Department and community members will come together December 3, 2013 in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend.
The event begins at 8 am at the Mint Hill Bojangles’ located at 9075 Lawyers Road.
Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Mint Hill’s neighborhoods.
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The US Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and the community one cup of coffee at a time.
For more information, call Chief Ledford at 704- 545-1085.

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Senator Tarte address Mint Hill Chamber

By Michele Dotson    dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Senator Jeff Tarte fields questions after his lunch-time presentation at the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce meeting. Tarte spoke for about 20 minutes and spent time afterwards talking with visitors and answering questions.

Senator Jeff Tarte fields questions after his lunch-time presentation at the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce meeting. Tarte spoke for about 20 minutes and spent time afterwards talking with visitors and answering questions.

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

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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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