Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly News Briefs July 26

Weekly staffer wins bake-off award
Carolina Weekly Newspaper Group staff writer Ciera Choate received the Creative Concoction Award for her “Doggy Swimming Pool” cake in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control’s Celebrity Bake-off Saturday, July 20.
The event, held in south Charlotte, raised $3,700 for the shelter’s spay and neuter fund – enough to fund three Saturday clinics which will spay and neuter 186 animals and stop an estimated more than 1,000 offspring.
Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly Editor Kara Lopp also participated, entering Chocolate Bliss cookies, which drew $30 at auction.
Jeff and Janet Gangoung, owners of Great Harvest, started Animal Kneads Day in efforts to raise funds for the spay and neuter fund hoping to lower the euthanasia rates in shelters throughout the community.  The annual event will be held Aug. 18, a Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Shops at Piper Glen, 6420 Rea Road, in Charlotte.
Mint Hill OKs roundabout
Mint Hill commissioners approved an interlocal agreement Thursday, July 18, with Matthews and the North Carolina Department of Transportation to build a roundabout at the Idlewild Road/N.C. 51 intersection.
Matthews will receive a similar document to review. Their next meeting is Monday, July 29.
According to the agreement, both towns will pay $162,500 toward the estimated $1.6-million project, with about $1.3 million stemming primarily from federal funding. The state agency will manage the project at no cost to the towns but the towns will pay 30 percent of any sidewalks built with the project, according to the agreement.
Two lanes – a left turn/thru lane and a right turn/thru lane – will feed into the roundabout from both the northbound and southbound sides of N.C. 51, according to draft plans. Both sides of Idlewild Road would have a single left turn/thru lane and a right turn-only lane feeding into the roundabout.
Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2014, and the intersection will likely be closed to all traffic for six to eight weeks.

Mint Hill reappoints committee members
Three members of Mint Hill’s volunteer Park and Recreation Committee were reappointed to serve another two-year term.
Mint Hill commissioners voted Thursday, July 18 to reappoint Ray Thompson, Brad Simmons and Bryan Burns.
To volunteer for a Mint Hill board of committee, visit and click “town government,” then “boards and committees.”

‘Senior strikers’ set bowling record
Residents of Matthews’ Plantation Estates recently raised $417 for the NeuroScience Foundation, an Atlanta-based organization funding neurological research, during  National Senior Wii Bowling Day.
More than 1,000 seniors in about 70 communities nationwide participated in the event, sponsored by the National Senior League. At Plantation Estates, 17 “senior strikers’” joined in the fun and bowled to set a world record for the most seniors bowling in one day. Plantation Estates residents scored 113 strikes during the event.
For more information about the NeuroScience Foundation, visit

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