Amendment will allow for background checks

An amendment to the Code of Ordinances relating to peddling was unanimously approved at the September 12 Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting, paving the way for a more streamlined process for requiring background checks for those seeking a license to sell products door-to-door or on the street.╩
“Right now, I can only request a background check on someone involved in an active criminal investigation, or someone applying for a position wi
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School Board District 6 candidate Paul Bailey addresses the Board and citizens at the September 12 Board of Commissioners meeting at the Mint Hill Town Hall.

thin the department,” said Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford.
The minor changes in the wording of the ordinance allows the department to comply with the State Bureau of Investigation’s (SBI) regulations on having a specific purpose for conducting a criminal background check.
Once the background check is complete, the applicant will receive an ID badge from the Mint Hill Police Department. This effort is intended to keep citizens safe while allowing individuals to conduct business in the town.
The background checks do not apply to solicitation for charitable, civic, religious, patriotic or governmental purposes by persons who serve without compensation or remuneration.
 
•Mayor Biggers introduced, and announced his support for Paul Bailey who is running for School Board-District 6. Mr. Bailey addressed the Board and the visitors to introduce himself and tell about his vision for CMS. “I am personally going to support the bond initiative,” says Bailey, “they are not asking for anything excessive.
Whatever they’re asking for is needed and we have not had a Bond referendum since 2007.”
• A Proclamation for Constitution Week was presented by Commissioner Tina Ross. “Whereas September 17, 2013 marks the 226th Anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention; and whereas it is fitting and proper to officially recognize this magnificent document, and the anniversary of its creation; and whereas it is fitting and proper to officially recognize the patriotic celebrations which will commemorate the occasion; and whereas, Public Law 915 guarantees the issuance of the proclamation each year by the president of the United States of America, designating September 17-23 as Constitution Week.╩ Now, therefore I, Ted H. Biggers, Jr., Mayor of the Town of Mint Hill, NC, on behalf of the board of Commissioners, do hereby proclaim that September 17-23 as Constitution Week in the Town of Mint Hill and ask our citizens to reaffirm the ideals the framers of the Constitution had in 1787.”
• Commissioner Lloyd Austin provided an update on the Coffee with a Cop event he attended on September 9, 2013, with several Mint Hill residents. Austin indicated citizens seem to appreciate the opportunity to spend time asking questions and getting to know the officers.
• Commissioner Tina Ross reminded the Board of the next Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department meeting scheduled for September 23 at 7:00 pm at the fire station on Fairview Road. She also reminded everyone of Bain Days scheduled for September 21 from 10 am to 7 pm at the Mint Hill Park on Fairview Road.
• Town Manager Brian Welch gave an update to the Board on the Korean War Memorial which is nearing completion. According to Welch, the granite work will require another day’s labor, and then clean-up can begin. Welch also indicated that the sidewalk plan is on schedule, with more sidewalks going in front of Hawthorne’s Pizza, as well as paving of Mint Hill Village Lane, including the round-about in front of the Mint Hill Town Hall.
• Beatification is underway on Lawyer’s Road near Bain School Road to prepare for Homearama.
• Commissioner Mickey Ellington attended the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce meeting and reminded everyone of the upcoming golf tournament fund raising event sponsored by the Chamber.
•Moving day for Mint Hill Police will be September 21, 2013, will business resuming in the new location on Monday, September 23. The project will be completed on time and on budget.
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Independence not able to stop high-scoring Hawks

This past Thursday, it was the old guard versus the new guard. Independence has established itself as a perennial power and West Meck was hoping to show that last year’s playoff run was not a fluke. Both teams entered the game undefeated. The game did not disappoint the fans who came out to see two great teams play each other.West Meck was first to score just minutes into the game, taking a seven to zero lead. On the ensuing kick after the PAT, Independence answered right back when special teams stud Deion Washington ran back the kick 97 yards for a touchdown. The Patriots tried to go for the two point conversion but it was no good. West Meck seven, Indy six. During the next possession for the West Meck Hawks, star running back Shaun Wilson coughed the ball up and Independence’s Tim Marshall recovered the ball on the West Meck 46 yard line. Not too long after that, Patriot QB Kelvin Hopkins avoids a rush, heaves the ball 45 yards to Workpeh Kofa, who marches in for the score. The score at the end of the first quarter: Indy 13 West Meck 7.
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2013 Charlotte Homearama coming to Mint Hill

Landscaping on Lawyers Road near the Bain School Road intersection began in preparations for Charlotte Homearama 2013 which is coming to the Woodlands at Cheval. The show, featuring the upscale Mint Hill neighborhood, opens Saturday, November 9, 2013 and will feature five new homes priced from $600,000-$850,000.

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Event spotlights Mint Hill Arts and Pottery 51

The first gallery crawl of the season saw a steady flow of visitors to the Mint Hill Arts gallery as well as Pottery 51.

The Friday night event was held in conjunction with the opening of the “People’s Choice” show and the Mint Hill Arts Gallery was buzzing with visitors comparing notes and sharing opinions on pieces submitted by local residents. 

The winners of this show are selected by popular public vote. Categories include Best in Show, Most Beautiful, Funniest, Most Creative, and Best “Junk” Art, which will be awarded for the best use of recycled materials.
Judging continues throughout the month. Visit the gallery, located at 11205 Lawyers Road, Mint Hill, to view the pieces, then, cast your vote for your favorites by filling out the ballot and dropping it in the official ballot box.
David McGee was named Volunteer of the Month at the opening reception, and Ann Litaker from the Mint Hill Women’s Club presented a check for $250 to the Mint Hill Arts.
At Pottery 51, visitors had the opportunity to enjoy the newly completed covered patio. Potters had their pieces on display and for sale.
Visitors enjoyed tours of the studio, music, refreshments, and an opportunity to talk with the local potters.
Pottery 51 is located at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
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CMS bond requests funds for programs, schools in Mint Hill area

A portion of the $290 million Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools is requesting through a bond referendum will directly assist Mint Hill area schools.
If approved, approximately $39.02 million will be directed for a new K-8 Magnet school and updating Career and Technical Education programs.
$30.38 million would fund the construction of a new K-8 partial magnet school, expanding capacity for the Spanish language immersion magnet program in CMS. It would provide much-needed relief for Albemarle Road Elementary and middle schools and other nearby elementary schools while expanding capacity at Collinswood Language Academy.╩
K-8 schools can provide consistency and stability for students as they move from kindergarten to a new elementary school and then to a new middle school. This project provides a cost-effective solution to building separate elementary and middle schools. It costs about $48 million to build a new school.
$8.64 million would be used as the first part of a Career and Technical Education expansion. In Phase I, access to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs for students would be expanded by creating technical institutes at Garinger, North Mecklenburg, West Mecklenburg and Independence high schools. These institutes would provide the full slate of CTE course offerings, including automotive, carpentry, culinary, cosmetology and horticulture classes. Each school will leverage local businesses and industry to emphasize real-world, program-specific experiences for students.
For more information, or to see the progress of the 2007 Bonds, visit http://www.cms.k12.nc.us
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UNCC’s Austin Duke visits Alma Mater

Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 10.37.43 PMThe students and staff at Independence High School had a surprise on Friday, September 13 during the morning announcements. Former student and current UNCC football standout Austin Duke returned to the Big-I’s morning news broadcast to share some information about his post-secondary educational experiences as well as his role in UNCC’s inaugural football season.
“It’s a great time to be a Niner!” says Duke, who is studying business and marketing, and planning a career as a sports agent.
Duke appeared on the school’s morning news show to promote UNCC as a possibility for this year’s high school seniors. The university will have representatives on campus in the coming weeks and they are anxious to promote a different kind of campus than most students are familiar with. Continue reading
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