Carmel Christian holds commencement on May 24
CHARLOTTE – Carmel Christian School Class of 2019 will graduate at 7 p.m. May 24 in the Carmel Baptist Church Worship Center.
Alex Kennedy, senior pastor at Carmel Baptist Church since 2012, will serve as guest speaker at commencement.
The Class of 2019 consists of 69 graduates. Everyone in the class has been accepted to the colleges and universities of their choice. Graduates were offered a total of $4.1 million in scholarships as of May 13.
Graduates have been accepted into the likes of Clemson University, Duke University, N.C. State University, Pennsylvania State University, The Ohio State University, The University of Alabama, University of Arizona, University of California- Irvine, University of Glasgow, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, University of Virginia and Wake Forest University.
Dalton: Chick-fil-A squawking is premature
MINT HILL – Is Chick-fil-A going to open a location in downtown Mint Hill?
Maybe, maybe not.
Earlier this year it was reported that preliminary plans for the popular restaurant had been presented to the town. But since then, there has been no movement.
“There are a lot of rumors going about the Chick-fil-A,” said Commissioner Dale Dalton May 9 at the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting. “I want to make it public. Chick-fil-A has not made a request to the town. We have not approved it. We have not disapproved it. They haven’t even filed the paperwork. I would like to put that to rest for a little while.’’
Police make arrests in fraud case from Circle K
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department arrested two people suspected of making fraudulent purchases with a stolen credit card thanks to tips from citizens.
The crime occurred May 9 at the Circle K located at 100 E. John St.
Detectives arrested Michlein Andrew Bullock, 28, and Jessica Monteen Vestal, 27, for outstanding warrants on May 16, after locating them in the 800 block of East Charles Street.
Home dedicated in memory of late Habitat employee
MATTHEWS – Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity will dedicate its third home built in memory of Sandy Marano.
Marano served as the nonprofit’s family services coordinator. She lost her battle with breast cancer in October 2016.
The dedication starts at 10 a.m. June 1 at 3519 Dion Drive. It will include a ceremony to thank community partners and volunteers who helped build the home as well as new homeowners Gabriel and Pauline.
Homeowners pay back a no-interest, affordable mortgage and volunteer over 400 hours of “sweat equity,” half of which must be on the construction of their home.
This will be the 108th home built by the Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity.
Visit www.greatermatthewshabitat.org for details.
Providence High School wins Blumey Award
CHARLOTTE – Providence High earned recognition during the Blumenthal Performing Arts High School Musical Theater Awards on May 19 at Belk Theater.
The school’s production of “Newsies” won the Blumey Award for best set construction.
Butler, Carmel Christian, Covenant Day and Independence were among schools in Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly’s coverage area participating in the Blumey Awards.
Danielle Vanasse, of Independence High, won a $2,500 scholarship. Danielle will attend UNC Greensboro in the fall.
Shred event helps soldiers
MATTHEWS – Shred 360 will hold a free shred day of sensitive and personal information at Ridge Church to benefit American Fallen Soldiers Project in honor of Military Appreciation Month.
Monetary donations will be accepted for the American Fallen Soldiers Project. The group memorializes American military service members who made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation and comforts their mourning families.
The event takes place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 31 at Ridge Church, 1031 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Limit five boxes or bags of paper per vehicle. Call 704-248-7581 or visit www.shred360.com for details.
CPCC gives out educational advancement award
CHARLOTTE – Central Piedmont Community College has recognized Adam Brooks, senior manager of learning and development for Charter Communications, with the 2019 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award.
Brooks graduated from Central Piedmont in 2004 with an associate degree in business administration. He has worked in various fields, including instructional technologies, training management, new media communications and marketing.
He volunteers in numerous boards for nonprofits and economic development teams, including the Matthews Economic Development Advisory Committee, The Red Brick Partnership, and The Armed Forces Museum and Archives of the Carolinas.
Suspect left store with $250 in stolen stuff
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department is looking for the identity of a man suspected of walking out of a Lowe’s Home Improvement store with $250 worth of stolen merchandise.
The incident occurred at 1:12 p.m. May 10 at the store at 2115 Matthews Township Pkwy.
Police describe the suspect as a black male standing 6 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds with a medium build. He may have left in a white or silver 2015 Chevy Malibu with a N.C. registration plate number of FES-2018.
Contact Officer Nick Helms at email@example.com or 704-841-6764 if you know the suspect’s identity or have any information about the case.
Novant’s hospital-associated infection rates go down
WINSTON-SALEM – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit that evaluates the safety, quality and patient experience provided by hospitals, released its spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grades on May 15.
Novant Health showed improvement in its safety and quality scores.
The Leapfrog Group assigned its acute care facilities nine A’s and three B’s to Novant Health hospitals, including an A at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center.
“We have reduced our hospital-associated infection rates to historic lows and remain vigilant to providing safe, quality care to our patients,” said Dr. Eric Eskioglu, executive vice president and chief medical officer, Novant Health. “Patient safety and quality is our top priority, and we continue to pivot toward new strategies and technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to improve quality and safety.”
Teen served warrants related to stolen vehicle
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department responded at 12:21 p.m. April 25 to the Matthews Barber Shop II, located at 1600 Matthews Mint-Hill Road, regarding a stolen vehicle.
The victim told officers she had parked her car in the parking lot earlier and it was gone when she returned. Officers identified the suspect from video surveillance as James Lowory Yarboro, 16, of Matthews.
Arrest warrants were issued for Yarboro for breaking and/or entering a vehicle and larceny of a vehicle. The warrants were served on Yarboro on May 6 at the Mecklenburg County Jail, where he was held on other charges.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers found the stolen vehicle April 27 in the 7400 block of Fowler Springs Lane.