Starting a new chapter

By Kara Lopp

The following announcement is bittersweet: I’m leaving Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly.

After our Aug. 2 issue hits the stands and your driveway I’ll be stepping down as editor.

But I won’t be going far.

I’ve joined the Matthews-based company JAJ Nonprofit Resource whose mission is a perfect match with my other passion: helping nonprofits! While my colleagues help these agencies with bookkeeping, administrative work and grant writing, I’ll be tackling communications, marketing and fundraising.

I want to thank you, our readers, for the privilege of serving you.

Over the past five years you’ve allowed me to inform and entertain you through the written word. We’ve shared in your joys and your sorrows. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed our conversations – both in person and through countless Letters to the Editor.

It was through this job that I truly was able to nurture my love for our nonprofit community. Thank you.

I’ll stick around, on a part-time basis, until a new editor is hired and trained by yours truly. Among all the job requirements there’s one that stands above the rest: the new editor must love the Matthews-Mint Hill community as much as I do.

For more information about my new venture, visit

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  1. You did a great job as Editor. We are all proud of you. Good luck with the next challenge. I know you’ll do a great job there also.

  2. This news just ruins my night! Kara is so good at what she does and the paper has been an asset to the community under her leadership.

    The great news is that she will be using her talents to benefit the non profit world.

    Thank you for all you have done for Matthews/Mint Hill Kara.

    Blessings on your new position.

  3. Kara, the story I remember you most for was back in 2010 when you wrote about Bill Williams,a WWII Marine Corp Raider that lives in a local retirement community now. That story about him and his platoon giving aid to a wounded Pilipino girl that had been purposefully placed on the side of a road as bait to draw Japanese sniper fire changed my perspective on our WWII service men. Sgt Williams was subsequently dispatched to “take care of business” and he found that sniper. You honored him that day with your story. Thank you for your compassionate contribution to our local heroes. You are good writer….and I will miss your name at the top of columns in the MMHW. Ty Cain

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