Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly News Briefs July 5

More railroad closings in Matthews

Two CSX Railroad crossings in Matthews will be closed for maintenance at varying times this week.

The crossing at Crestdale Road and East Charles Street will be closed July 7 and re-open July 10, and the crossing at Ames Street near the West Charles Street intersection will be closed July 8 and re-open July 11, according to a news release.

The closings are part of a large repair project the railroad is conducting to replace aging railroad rails and tracks. The crossings in downtown Matthews and along Tank Town Road were closed last week for repairs.

It has been at least nine years since the railroad has done this extensive repair work on crossings in Matthews.

Mint Hill welcomes new firefighter

The newest firefighter at the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department comes from a family of public servants – but they all wear police blue.
Jeffery “Bo” Isenhour, 29, is the first firefighter/paramedic in his family. His parents and brother serve as police officers in Gaston County, and his wife, Shana, is a homicide detective with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Isenhour said he never wanted to follow in his parents’ footsteps, but chose the fire service as a way to help his community. He was hired by the Town of Mint Hill last month.

“Firefighters, we’re problem solvers,” he said. “I like to say we get called for the stuff the police can’t do.”

A Dallas, N.C. native, Isenhour started his firefighting training at age 16 at the Dallas Volunteer Fire Department where he still works part-time. He also serves as a volunteer with the Agriculture Center Fire Department in Gaston County. He comes to Mint Hill after about eight years working as a paramedic with MEDIC, the county’s EMS program.

He’s a graduate of North Gaston High School and has an associate’s degree in fire safety from Gaston College. Isenhour is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in fire safety from the University of North Carolina at

He and Shana have two children, Hannah, 9, and Ian, 3, with a baby girl due in August.

Camp SOAR names award winner

A volunteer with the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department has been named the 2013 recipient of the second annual Victoria A. Bowler Award from Charlotte’s Camp SOAR, or Special Olympics Athletic Retreat.

Andy Tinson has served as a volunteer with the camp for 10 years, most recently coordinating medical coverage during the four-day event. Tinson is a member of MEDIC, Mecklenburg County’s EMS program, and recently completed a 17-month paramedic program conducted by the Center for Prehospital Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center and Central Piedmont Community College, according to a news release.

A 2007 graduate of Charlotte Catholic High School, Tinson also assists as an athletic trainer at Charlotte Catholic and Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School.

Matthews Night at the Charlotte Knights

All Matthews residents and members of the Matthews Chamber of Commerce are invited to enjoy at night out at the Charlotte Knights baseball stadium Thursday, July 18.

The Matthews Night event, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m., includes a pre-game tailgate party and $3 off regular ticket prices. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

To buy tickets, call 704-357-8071 ext. 2144.

To register for the tailgate party, email

Matthews woman nets nonprofit award

The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation recently named Jennifer Schulz, of Matthews, as winner of the inaugural Energy Award.

The award is designed to recognize an individual who embodies the spirit of the UMDF and its mission, according to a news release. Mitochondrial disease results from the failure of the mitochondria, located in the cells of the body. Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90 percent of the energy needed to sustain life and support growth. When mitochondria fail, less energy is produced, causing cell injury or cell death. On a larger scale, organ systems begin to fail, according to a news release.

Schulz became a local advocate for mitochondrial disease awareness and action after her son, Finn, was diagnosed with a mitochondrial disease, pyruvate dehydrogenase complex deficiency, in 2009. She has planned patient and family meetings, and works to raise money and spread knowledge, and was instrumental in bringing both Grand Rounds and a regional symposium to Charlotte, according to the release. For three years, Schulz served as co-chair for the Energy for Life Walk in Charlotte, organizing logistical needs, such as registration, merchandise, route management and even ice delivery. Despite surgery shortly before the 2012 EFL Walk, her great spirit was not diminished, as she managed the entire event while still in a cast, according to the release. Thanks to her efforts, the Charlotte Energy for Life Walk has grown to be the largest in the nation.

For more information about mitochondrial disease, visit

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