Meet Sen. Jeff Tarte
North Carolina Sen. Jeff Tarte will host a town hall meeting in Mint Hill Saturday, April 13.
The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. at the Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane. Tarte, a Republican, will discuss issues facing North Carolina and answer questions from residents.
Tarte represents District 41, a new district which covers north Mecklenburg, then runs down the eastern edge of the county to include the Matthews and Mint Hill area and several south Charlotte neighborhoods.
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Community church moving to Matthews
Walking By Faith Community Church is ready to move to Matthews.
For eight years the about 80-member congregation has met at Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church. But with the purchase of 5.5 acres at the corner of Rice and Sam Newell roads, the church will soon begin holding services inside Crownpoint Elementary School to get closer to their permanent location, Larry Miller, a deacon with the church, said. The land should be paid off by the end of the year and construction is expected to start in about a year, he said. The church has hired Monroe’s MCT General Contractors for the project.
Sunday services at Crownpoint will start May 5 with Sunday school at 10 a.m. and a service at 11:15 a.m. The church’s pastor is Alvin Denson, who also serves as a JROTC instructor at Mallard Creek High School. An open house to unveil the church to the community is in the works.
“We wanted to get closer to the community that we would be in,” Miller said, adding he has been a member at Walking By Faith for four years. “It’s my home church because the atmosphere is calm, it’s relaxing, there’s no pressure. It’s just very easy going and the minister himself is very humble and understanding and that’s hard to find in this day and time.”
For more information, visit www.walkingbyfaithchurch.org.
Community gives $8K in honor of fallen firefighter
The Matthews Fire & EMS Department has received $8,815 in donations in memory of fallen firefighter/EMT Derek Layman.
The 35-year-old Stallings resident was a volunteer with the department, and died in February from cancer.
Matthews commissioners approved a budget amendment Monday, April 8 to recognize the donations. The amount includes a $5,000 donation from one individual who also gave another $5,000 to be used for future volunteer appreciation awards over a five-year period at $1,000 each year, Chief Dennis Green said.
Layman volunteered in Matthews for 12 years and was recently awarded the 2012 Firefighter/EMT Award and the L.H. Yandle Award. He also was the first person in department history to earn Honorary Lifetime Membership with the department. Layman served in several leadership positions with the department, including lieutenant, captain and assistant chief of EMS before the fire and EMS departments merged.
After the merger, Layman learned how to drive and operate all of the mechanics on the fire truck in order to better serve the department. He also developed a reporting system for the department and was the go-to person for anything related to technology, according to a news release.
The donations made in his honor will be used to buy training materials and supplies Layman would have wanted to see used at the department, Green said. Those purchases will include an airway manikin so volunteers and staff can practice patient intubations. The
department also plans to buy a bell engraved with Layman’s name for the agency’s honor guard to use during funerals and special ceremonies, Green
Matthews nets state awards
The Town of Matthews was among 17 North Carolina governments to earn recognition recently in the fifth annual North Carolina City & County Communicators’ Excellence in Communications Awards.
The Town of Matthews Communications Director Annette Privette Keller received awards in these categories:
• First place in the category of Branding for the town’s Wayfinding Program.
• Second place in the category of Printed Publications for the Parks & Recreation Facilities Brochure.
Judges for the awards were government communication professionals from Missouri, Florida, Texas, Colorado and Tennessee. Each judge had previously won first or second-place in the national Savvy Awards, presented annually by the City-County Communications and Marketing Association.
For more information, visit www.nc3c.com.
Win a Kindle Fire in CATS contest
Through April 30, area residents can win one of three Kindle Fires for playing the Charlotte Area Transit System’s online Trivia Challenge.
Here’s how to play:
• Visit www.CATSTriviaChallenge.com
• Like the CATS Facebook page
• Answer 7 out of 10 questions correctly to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win.
Answers for all the trivia questions are available on the system’s website, www.ridetransit.org.
Habitat Matthews starts 100th house
Area residents are invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for the 100th home built by Habitat for Humanity of Matthews.
Nonprofit staff and volunteers will gather at the construction site, 105 George Clay Lane, at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 13.
For more information or to volunteer to help build the house, call 704-847-4266.