Civil War replica flag to be featured in Mint Hill Madness parade

By Leah Schmalz

The 13th NC Company B will carry a replica of the second national flag of the 13th NC, captured in the Battle of the Wilderness during the Civil War.  Photo courtesy of the 13th NC Company B

The 13th NC Company B will carry a replica of the second national flag of the 13th NC, captured in the Battle of the Wilderness during the Civil War.
Photo courtesy of the 13th NC Company B

 

Those attending the Mint Hill Madness parade at 10 am Saturday will glimpse a piece of history. The 13th NC Company B, a Civil War reenactment group, will carry a replica of the first flag captured by General Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War.

The second national flag of the 13th NC was captured in the Battle of the Wilderness at Spotsylvania in 1864. The color bearer, Grief Mason, was killed for refusing to give up the flag. The Union Sergeant was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for its capture. The original flag is currently on display at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh as part of its Civil War anniversary exhibit.

The replica, handmade by Ben Tart of Garner and hand painted by TJ Miller of Fuquay-Varina, was carried in the 150th anniversary of the battle. 18 members of the 13th NC took part in the reenactment on May 3.

“The reason we did that was to honor Grief Mason, a North Carolinian who fought for his country, his home and his family, and paid the full measure,” said Geary Shafer, Unit Commander. “When you joined the army in 1860 in North Carolina, you didn’t swear allegiance to the confederacy or to Jefferson Davis. You swore allegiance to North Carolina.”

Shafer said the group has roughly 20 active members, and he hopes they will all take part in the parade. “We’re honored to be a part of it,” said Shafer.

 

 

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Soles 2 Remember celebrates 98 runners

By Michele Dotson

The Soles 2 Remember 5K kicks off Saturday, May 17 at Pine Lake Country Club. To date, 98 runners have registered and registration continues on line and on site race day.

Mint Hill Police Department sponsors this annual event.

Organizer Sgt. Michael Gainey says the fundraiser is all about awareness.

“To me the fundraiser is awareness of National Police Week, and to show honor to the officers that have died in the line of duty.”

Gainey says funds go to support the memorial fund for police. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Madness makes wish come true for this year’s grand marshal

By Michele Dotson

This year’s grand marshal is six and a half years old.

He wants, above all things, to be a fireman.

And he wants to meet a princess.

The Town of Mint Hill and The Make A Wish Foundation have found a way to make that happen.

Tim Brakman has his own fireman’s uniform. He dreams of being a fireman, and, in fact, “loves and has the utmost respect for anyone in uniform, “says Tim’s mother Cindy Brakman.

Tim Brakman has his own fireman’s uniform. He dreams of being a fireman, and, in fact, “loves and has the utmost respect for anyone in uniform, “says Tim’s mother Cindy Brakman.

On Saturday, May 24, Tim Brakman (who answers equally to Timmy) will ride on a fire truck, dressed in his fireman’s uniform, accompanied by his three year old sister, Kate, who, in honor of the occasion, has been named Miss Mint Hill Madness.

Before the parade, Tim will attend a reception in his honor at the Mint Hill Fire Department where he’ll meet the Mint Hill Beauty Queens and Ms. Mecklenburg, and tour the fire station.

Sister Kate will be decked out in her princess finery, which she has already taken quite a shine to.

“We got Kate’s dress the other day, and I wanted her to try it on,” says Brakman. “She wore it all afternoon and thought it was the best thing.”

Both Tim and Kate are excited by this new adventure. Continue reading

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Four candidates vie for two spots on sheriff ticket

By Leah Schmalz

With Chipp Bailey stepping down as Mecklenburg County sheriff, four contenders have registered to take his place. Irwin Carmichael and Antoine M. Ensley seek a spot on the Democratic ticket, while Chris Hailey and Louis Rango Jr. are up against each other for the Republican spot.

Irwin Carmichael has worked as a reserve captain with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office for 28 years. “I just want to see the stability of the office to continue,” he said. Carmichael’s two main points of focus are inmates and youthful offenders. Carmichael said the daily count of inmates just dropped below 1,800, down from nearly 3,000 several years ago. “We have been able to cut the population down because of the programs we have inside our facilities,” he said. “We are going to turn 95% back out into community. We want to return them as productive members.” He said the office has training programs in place in areas such as culinary, carpentry, and horticulture so that released inmates have employment and are less likely to reoffend.  Continue reading

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Town of Mint Hill to donate car to Fire Department

By Michele Dotson

Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 2.53.20 PMMint Hill Board of Commissioners met Thursday, April 24 at 7 pm to move forward with some general business items, including a resolution to donate a 2005 Ford Crown Vic to the Mint Hill Fire Department. The car had previously been used by the Town.

North Carolina General Stature 160A-280 allows any item the governing board deems to be surplus, obsolete or unused to be donated to another governmental unit.

The resolution was adopted by Mayor Biggers. Continue reading

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