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Family fun around town

Thursday, February 14 Valentine’s Day Family Story Time will be held at 11:15 a.m. at the Mint Hill Library. Saturday, February 16 In honor of Black History Month,...

Here’s why you don’t want your child using e-cigarettes

1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students currently use e-cigarettes By Kristen Barnhardt As e-cigarette use among teens hits epidemic proportions,...

Make a List

Social media, especially Facebook can be taxing on our mental health. One way to reduce that is by using the lists feature. Both Facebook and Twitter...

Mint Hill Police Department receives recognition award

A first year recognition award was presented to Chief Tim W. Ledford of the Mint Hill Police Department. The award was presented by Dale...

Local High School Basketball Roundup

Independence Patriots fall to Bulldogs at home 54-52.  The Patriots lost a tough basketball game on their home court on Tuesday night.  They defeated...

Can You Use Your 401K for a Down Payment on a Home Without Getting...

It's not uncommon for homebuyers to tap into their 401K or other savings when coming up with a down payment. Buying a house is...

Why is it so easy to give love but so hard to accept it

My wife was scheduled for surgery.  I dropped her off at the hospital entrance and parked the car.  I was alone. One of my joys...

Clear Cut Direction helps teen and tween girls to reach their potential

“Clear Cut Direction: Helping you grow.”  This is the name and mission of Mint Hill Mom Lea Oglesby’s teen and tween life coaching business. Oglesby’s...

Queen’s Grant Latin students eat like Romans

At the beginning of February, Queen’s Grant Latin teacher Ben Henkel undertook an unexpected lesson with his Latin students: they made fresh pasta together. If...

State Shows Government Can Shrink

RALEIGH — I am a fiscal conservative. I consider it to be a high priority for policymakers to reduce the size of government. A...

6 Tips from Doctors for a Healthier Heart

(StatePoint) February is American Heart Month, and an excellent reminder that there are many easy steps you can take to improve your heart health. Unfortunately,...

Tips for Parents of First Time Drivers

Today’s teenagers live in a new and fascinating world. Never before have people been so connected, never before have kids had as many opportunities...

Matthews American Legion Post 235 Hosts Spaghetti Dinner

Matthews American Legion Post 235 hosted their first Spaghetti Dinner recently at the Masonic Lodge located in downtown Matthews.  The Post membership of veterans...

Wayback Burgers open in Mint Hill

On Friday, February 1, Wayback Burgers officially opened its doors to Mint Hill! The “fast casual” burger joint located in the new strip mall between...

This Week’s Outstanding Athletes

Independence Patriots  Basketball:  Anthony Allen - The junior guard was very consistent this week.  He scored 11 points against Butler, then turned around on Friday night...

This Week’s Outstanding Athletes

Independence Patriots  Basketball:  Andra McKee - The senior guard had an outstanding game against Porter Ridge scoring 23 points, grabbing 5 rebounds, with 4 assists and...

Rocky River JROTC holds special presentation ceremony at the Rock

The Rocky River JROTC held a special presentation award ceremony on Wednesday January 30th on the school's campus facility.  This was a special presentation...

Mint Hill Arts Eleventh Annual Student Art Show

Mint Hill Arts is pleased to announce its Eleventh Annual Student Art Show to be held March 1 – 28, 2019.  The show is...

Valentine’s Day STEM fun

As a homeschooling mom, I love hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) projects. The kids have fun and don’t even realize that they’re...

4 sites for avoiding fake news on cars

Advertising is possibly the number one way we learn about new vehicles. After all, every dealer seems to advertise about the latest models in...

Patriots sweep games at Porter Ridge

The Independence Patriots basketball teams went on the road Friday to complete the conference series with the Porter Ridge Pirates.  The Patriots won all...

2018-19 Local High School Basketball Round-up

In the local area we cover three primary basketball programs.  The regular season is rapidly coming to an end in the middle of February. ...

SAT/ACT Advice for Parents

If you have a college bound student, understanding standardized tests can better equip you to navigate through the high stakes game of college admissions....

Mint Hill Historical Society Holds Annual Meeting

The Mint Hill Historical Society recently held their Annual Meeting on January 29th in the Community Room of Novant Health Mint Hill Hospital, located...

Patriots ground the Eagles

The Independence Patriots junior and varsity basketball teams traveled to East Mecklenburg High School Tuesday night for conference games against the Eagles.  The junior...

He Asked Part 2

Certainly very high in today’s trends is the International Destination Wedding. If you would ever listen to one piece of advice from an old...

Family fun around town

Thursday, February 7 Mint Hill Library children’s activities for today are as follows: Family Story Time will be held at 11:15 a.m. Story Garden: Homeschool edition will...

What are the Potential Pitfalls of Short Sales and Foreclosures

Short sales and foreclosures can be very tempting for buyers looking to score a great deal on a house. However, they can also come...

A courtside sentinel: Doctor helps keep the Charlotte Hornets strong

'I like to know that my guys are healthy and doing great’ By Cliff Mehrtens At a recent Thursday night game, Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist leaped,...

Columns Can Change Political Views

RALEIGH — I have written a syndicated column on politics and public policy for North Carolina newspapers since 1986. Have I influenced how readers...