Matthews arson under investigation
The Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal’s office and Matthews Police are investigating a Sunday, Nov. 25 fire intentionally set behind the shuttered medical waste incinerator in Matthews. It was one of two fire Matthews firefighters battled during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Firefighters were called to MNC Holdings, 3250 Campus Ridge Road, at about 5 p.m. for a large brush fire. Firefighters were forced to cut a chain link fence at the property entrance to gain access to the fire.
A witness told police he saw two males, one about 15 years old wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt, run from the area and drop a beer can. The men used a ladder to gain access to the wooded area, according to a Matthews fire report.
Earlier that day firefighters were called to 2715 Phillips Woods for a two-story house fire. Flames were shooting out of the roof when firefighters arrived and the house is a total loss, Fire & EMS Chief Dennis Green said. The homeowner left at about 10:30 a.m. for an out-of-town trip and the fire call came in just after 11 a.m., he said.
A malfunctioning air-conditioning/heating unit in the attic is the suspected cause of the blaze, Green said.
Anyone with information about the arson should call the Fire Marshal’s office at 704-336-2154. Information can be given anonymously.
Tour Mint Hill’s new town hall
Area residents are invited to tour the new Mint Hill Town Hall during an open house Sunday, Dec. 2 from 3 to 5:45 p.m.
The new 20,000-square-foot building, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, opened to the public this fall. Light refreshments will be served during the free event and guests are invited to stay for the annual tree lighting outside the building at 5:45 p.m.
Say goodbye to Jill Pleimann
The Town of Matthews will host a reception Saturday, Dec. 1 in honor of Matthews Town Clerk Jill Pleimann, who will retire at the end of December.
The free event will run from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Matthews Town Hall, 232 Matthews Station St.
Pleimann has worked for Matthews since 1991, assuming the role of clerk in 1993.
Toyota gives van to Blessed Assurance
Area residents are invited to attend the Tuesday, Dec. 11, presentation of a $61,000 handicap-accessible van to the Mint Hill
nonprofit Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care.
Scott Clark Toyota, 13000 E. Independence Blvd., will present the van during a 7 p.m. reception catered by Texas Roadhouse. The Mint Hill nonprofit garnered enough online votes in July to win the van during Toyota’s 2012 100 Cars for Good contest. Each year, Toyota chooses 100 nonprofits nationwide to receive a free vehicle that suits the organization’s needs. Blessed Assurance went head-to-head with four other worthy contestants: Westside Family Healthcare of Wilmington, Del.; Brevard Achievement Center of Rockledge, Fla.; Mission Road Developmental Center of San Antonio, Texas; and Yuut-Elitnaurviat-The People’s Learning Center of Bethel, Ark.
While Toyota won’t say how many votes the nonprofit received, Blessed Assurance secured at least 33 percent of the vote. Their closest competitor had 25 percent of the vote.
The Girl Scouts need your help!
The Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council, which serves Mecklenburg County, is looking for adult volunteers to help form new troops in the Matthews-Mint Hill area.
Volunteers are needed for one day events, eight-week or four-month leadership development program, to lead a school-year-long troop and more. Volunteers should be dedicated to helping all girls become strong, confident, capable young women.
For more information on volunteer opportunities in Mecklenburg County, call Jacqueline Flowers at 704-731-6558 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.