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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Carolinas HealthCare System brings jobs, emergency services to Mint Hill

By Michele Dotson

Keynote speaker Bill Leonard, president of Carolinas Medical Center-University

Keynote speaker Bill Leonard, president of Carolinas Medical Center-University

Keynote speaker Bill Leonard, president of Carolinas Medical Center-University, spoke on the state of healthcare reform and the impact Carolinas HealthCare System has on the Mint Hill area.

The April 24 Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce meeting was held at Pine Lake Country Club.

Leonard described how the unintended consequences of the 2,000-plus page healthcare reform bill have proved challenging, not only to consumers, but also to healthcare providers.

“For the first time ever, Carolinas Healthcare projected a loss based on cuts in government reimbursement for Medicare and Medicaid,” says Leonard.  Continue reading

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Discover Mint Hill set for May 3

By Michele Dotson

discovery mint hill signDiscover Mint Hill is an annual event that brings citizens together with civic, cultural and historical groups. The event helps people learn about Mint Hill’s history, and how to get involved.

The event will take place at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village.

Organizers invite participants to stroll through the village and see what civic groups are doing to sup-port adults and children in need, how the cultural groups teach and develop talents, and how history is being preserved in Mint Hill. Continue reading

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