Mint Hill names appointments for regional group
Mint Hill commissioners voted Thursday, Oct. 25 to appoint Commissioner Lloyd Austin and Town Manager Brian Welch to a stakeholders group which will study creating a regional economic development plan.
Deputy Town Manager Lee Bailey will attend meetings as an alternate.
Officials from Mint Hill joined colleagues from Matthews, Stallings and Indian Trail last month at Central Piedmont Community College’s Levine Campus to discuss ways to work together to bring more businesses to the area.
Officials from the towns heard from Davidson officials who talked about how the creation of a joint Economic Development Committee in northern Mecklenburg led to a joint effort between Davidson, Huntersville and Cornelius in creating a business park, resulting in more businesses coming to their area.
As a result of the EDC’s findings the three northern towns all invested in the creation of the business park and see a return of their investment through the property taxes coming from the business park. If the business park is filled, about 400 jobs could be created, but as of now 242 jobs have come from its introduction into the community, officials said.
Shop for charity Nov. 3
HandPicked will host its first annual Charity Day Event Saturday, Nov. 3 to benefit A Child’s Place in Charlotte.
With the purchase of a $5 ticket, customers are invited to spend the morning “shopping for a cause” at HandPicked’s Charlotte stores. The stores are located at: 9844-A Rea Road in the Blakeney Greens Shopping Center; 8040 Providence Road in the Arboretum Shopping Center; and 1721 Kenilworth Avenue in Dilworth. Items in the stores will be discounted up to 50 percent from 7 to 10 a.m. All proceeds from the sales of these tickets go to the nonprofit A Child’s Place, which works to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education.
Charity Day is part of HandPicked’s “HeartPicked” program, established to increase public awareness and raise funds for local nonprofits that improves the lives of those in need, particularly women and children, according to a news release. HandPicked also has designed and created a bracelet that represents the mission of nonprofits, including A Child’s Place. For every A Child’s Place bracelet sold, a portion of the proceeds will go back to the organization to help homeless children.
“We hope that when people come into the store, we can tell them about A Child’s Place and what this organization does for homeless children in our community,” said Karen Hiter, marketing director for HandPicked. “We want to bring awareness and raise money for A Child’s Place. We really want to make a difference and think this is a wonderful way to do it.”
HandPicked, a jewelry and gifts company, has 15 stores throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky.
For more information about Charity Day, call Hiter at 803-252-212, ext. 24, or visit www.behandpicked.com.
Say goodbye to Beth Hamrick
Area residents are invited to attend a retirement reception for Mint Hill Town Clerk Beth Hamrick who will retire Nov. 30.
The reception will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the town hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane. Light refreshments will be served.
Hamrick has been a town employee for 32 years.
Interstate ramp closed
The exit ramp from Interstate 85 North to Interstate 485, Exit 48, will be closed for construction from 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, until 5 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, according to a news release from the N.C. Department of Transportation.
The department is working with contractor Lane Construction to set bridge girders for the future I-85/I-485 interchange. The existing junction will be converted to a “turbine” interchange, the first of its kind in North Carolina, according to the release. Motorists can continue north to Bruton Smith Boulevard, Exit 49, in Concord, and follow U.S. 29 South back to I-485.
This project is one of three concurrent jobs to complete the Charlotte Outer Loop. The interchange is scheduled to be completed in June 2014, according to the release.
Ticket sales begin for Matthews holiday events
Tickets for some of the most popular holiday events in Matthews go on sale Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Matthews Community Center, 100 E. McDowell St.
Among those events are:
• The Nutcracker—Presented by Matthews Ballet
Nov. 24 and 25; Dec. 1 and 2; Saturday performances are at 7 p.m.; Sunday performances are 2 p.m.
Matthews Community Center; $5 Adult; $3 Child (12 and younger).
• Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party
The tradition continues immediately following the 2 p.m. Nutcracker performances on Nov. 25 or Dec. 2.
Meet the cast and enjoy ice cream, candy and sweets. $5/person (all ages)
• Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 8 or Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.
Ages: 2 to 8 years old; $5 per person (including adults). Bring your camera and take your picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Come enjoy breakfast and make holiday crafts. Tickets are required and space is limited.