Mint Hill Women’s Club stays busy supporting community
MINT HILL – The Mint Hill Women’s Club held its 2019-20 elections on May 13, appointing Marilyn Fargo and Andree West as co-presidents, Cheryl Reid as treasurer and Sandy Dimeo as secretary.
The group promotes fellowship within Mint Hill and the surrounding area, donating more than $115,000 to the community and fostering civic involvement.
The group recently distributed $7,500 to the following groups: CPCC Foundation, Community Culinary School of Charlotte, Honor the Warriors, Idlewild Volunteer Fire Department, Mint Hill Arts Council, Mint Hill Library, National Child Safety Council/Mint Hill Police and Pottery 51.
They raised the money through their annual card/game party fundraiser. Most of the proceeds were given to three Mint Hill residents attending Central Piedmont Community College. .
The club also donated hundreds of hours over the past year in support of Bright Blessings, The Alexander Youth Network, Honor the Warriors Rally Dinner, Urban Ministries (Room at the Inn) and nursing homes.
The club will celebrate its 45th anniversary this coming spring with a tea for members and guests.
Email Andree West at MHWClub@gmail.com to learn more about the group.
Matthews house designated as historic landmark
MATTHEWS — There is a new historic landmark in town.
The Matthews Board of Commissioners unanimously voted May 28 to name the B.A. Sustare House a historic landmark. The house is located at 110 W. Matthews St., and the Craftsman-style home was built in 1919 by Barnum Sustare and his wife, Sarah Amanda Ferguson Sustare.
In 1922, the couple built the largest swimming pool in Mecklenburg County at the time on land they owned behind the house. Barnum Sustare was initially a cotton farmer, and after moving to Matthews in 1915, he later a became town commissioner, a member of the board of directors of the Bank of Matthews and the operator of a recreational park, which included the swimming pool.
With the new designation, the town has special regulatory powers over changes to the property or its demolition.
Dan Morrill, of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, told the board before the vote that the property warrants a historic landmark designation. When the house was built, the town had around 300 residents.
“It is an artifact in the development of Matthews,” Morrill said. “This is one of the finest examples of a Craftsman-style house in all of Mecklenburg County.”
Police: Pair tried to flee store with stolen clothes
MATTHEWS – Officers arrested a Charlotte man and woman running out of a Kohl’s store June 3 with 59 items totaling $1,400, according to the Matthews Police Department.
They responded to the store, located at 9617 E. Independence Blvd., at 4:18 p.m. June 3, after receiving a call about a larceny in progress. Officers were meeting with the loss prevention officer, when they noticed a man running out of the store pushing a shopping cart of clothing alongside a woman running with several items of clothing in her arms, police said.
Bryant Deangelo Dixon, 33, and Jaiveonna Kierra Phifer, 24, were arrested on felony larceny charges.
Police find store merchandise in man’s pants
MATTHEWS – Officers with the Matthews Police Department responded to a larceny in progress at 7:19 p.m. June 1 at the Best Buy at Matthews Township Parkway.
They made contact with the suspect, who was found to have placed $150 worth of merchandise in his pants after removing the anti-theft device from it. Police arrested Jerry Lynn Beeler Jr., 46, of Charlotte, on charges of removal of security device.
Drain cleaning requires ramp closures at I-485 interchanges
CHARLOTTE – N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews are cleaning storm drains at interchanges as part of the I-485 Express Lanes project.
The $346 million project, which will add an Express Lane in each direction between I-77 and U.S. 74, was awarded to Blythe Construction in October 2018. The project will include the following improvements:
• Adding one general-purpose lane in each direction of I-485 between Rea and Providence roads.
• Widening the bridge carrying Ballantyne Commons Parkway over I-485 in Charlotte.
• Improving the interchange at John Street in Matthews.
• Building an interchange at Weddington Road in Matthews.
Ramp closures began June 4. Crews will start work at midnight, progressing through the night, wrapping up the closures by 5 a.m. the next day.
Construction is anticipated to start this summer. The project is expected to open in late 2022.
Yes I Can offers father/kid basketball challenge
CHARLOTTE – Yes I Can Basketball is hosting a basketball shooting contest June 15 to recognize Charlotte’s best basketball shooting duos composed of dads and their sons or daughters.
Dads can team up with their sons or daughters to form a family team to compete against other teams.
Two divisions are offered: dads and sons and dads and daughters. Each division will have two age groups for the youth: ages 10-12 and 13-15.
Trophies will be awarded to each winner of the four brackets, but the purpose of the event is to allow dads to build memories with their children. Each age group will be in the gym for no more than an hour.
The event will be held at the new gym at Leaf Spring Academy, 3420 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews.
Enrollment costs $10. Proceeds support the Yes I Can PLAY Foundation, a Charlotte-based nonprofit that helps families unable to afford the expenses with participating in youth sports.
Visit www.yesicanbasketball.com or call 704-442-1238 for enrollment details.