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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Large crowd comes to hear candidates

Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 9.41.47 AMMint Hill Town Hall was packed on Monday, October 14 and visitors overflowed into the lobby where more chairs were set up so everyone could hear and see the candidates run- ning for local office.

The meeting, sponsored by the Mint Hill Women’s Club, gave the public a close and personal look at the candidates for Mint Hill town commissioner as well as District 6 school board.

Each candidate was given two minutes to introduce him or herself, and then the moderator, Bettie Ann Haynes from the Charlotte Mecklenburg League of Women Voters, asked questions from the audience. Continue reading

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Park renamed, Mint Hill named Purple Heart City

Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 9.41.17 AMThe Mint Hill Town Commissioners voted unanimously at its October 17 meeting to rename the Mint Hill Park on Fairview to Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park. The new name will be dedicated at the Korean War Memorial unveiling on November 9.

Several members of the Order of the Purple Heart were present for a proclamation naming Mint Hill as a Purple Heart City.

Mayor Biggers said, “Now, therefore, I, Ted H. Biggers, Jr., Mayor of the Town of Mint Hill, North Carolina, on behalf of the Board of Commissioners, do hereby bestow honorScreen Shot 2013-10-03 at 2.53.20 PM and gratitude upon the Military Order of the Purple Heart and proudly supports the recognition of the Town of Mint Hill as a “Purple Heart City in the State of North Carolina.”

Commander Mike Stubbs introduced accepted the proclamation and introduced the members of Wounded Warriors Chapter 634 that were present. Members represented military service from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

“These veterans are the reason we can live the way we live in the United States,” says Stubbs.

The Board of Commissioners came down to the floor to shake hands and congratulate the veterans at the conclusion of the presentation. Continue reading

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Science Rocks! Independence students teach Bain science class about rocks

By Leah Schmalz

What are rocks? Fourth grade students at Bain Elementary learned the answer to that question last Thursday morning, thanks to a group of students from Independence High School. They spent an hour at the elementary school giving science presentations on rocks.

Bain Elementary fourth grader Jake Glanzer checks out his pet rock, provided by ninth graders from Independence High School as part of a science presentation on rocks.

Bain Elementary fourth grader Jake Glanzer checks out his pet rock, provided by ninth graders from Independence High School as part of a science presentation on rocks.

The IHS students split up into small groups. Each group gave a presentation in a different fourth grade class. They passed out guided notes and presented a slideshow that covered how rocks are weathered, the three types of rocks and how they are formed, and the uses of rocks in everyday life.

In Pam Spilde’s class, IHS freshman Josh Blue passed around samples of coal, gneiss, and mica. He explained that if the stu- dents were able to press the coal hard enough between their hands, they could turn it into a diamond. “Don’t try it, though,” he said.

“What are some of the uses of rocks?” asked fresh- man Ashley Gildersleeve. The students quickly rattled off gravel roads, arrowheads, countertops, and houses. One student jokingly added “throwing” to the list. Continue reading

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