McCready caps off affordable healthcare tour
MINT HILL – Dan McCready recently concluded his eight-county affordable healthcare tour with a fish fry in Wadesboro.
Other stops included speaking with voters about lowering healthcare costs at Monroe’s Mt. Calvary AME Church and Mint Hill Roasting Company.
“This week, we visited all eight counties to hear directly from voters about the issues most on their mind, specifically healthcare. No matter where I am in the district, affordable healthcare is the top issue,” said McCready. “Our campaign is working hard to talk to as many voters as possible in every county in this district about our plans to lower healthcare costs, strengthen public schools and cut taxes for the middle class.”
Courtroom artist to talk about sketching, career
MINT HILL – Charlotte courtroom sketch artist Jerry McJunkins will share stories about his craft and career at the next Mint Hill Arts demonstration.
McJunkins has been a professional courtroom sketch artist for almost 30 years. He has worked as a contracted and freelance artist for ABC, CNN, NBC and other news outlets.
McJunkins grew up near Third Ward in sight of the courthouse. After earning a degree in illustration at Central Piedmont Community College in 1968, he’d sell quick sketches of visitors at Carowinds and at shopping malls for $5.
Since getting discovered by a WCCB-TV producer, he’s done more than 1,500 courtroom sketches, including Michael Jordan, Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff and Barney the dinosaur.
The free presentation starts at 7 p.m. July 23 at the Mint Hill Arts Gallery, 11205 Lawyers Road.
Mint Hill Arts showcases young photographers
MINT HILL – Mint Hill Arts is showcasing the work of three photographers who won awards at the recent Romie and Judy Mizell Photography Show at its Mint Hill Town Hall Gallery.
Samuel Doejaaren, a rising senior at Piedmont High School, has been working with drones from an early age.
Brent Joyner, a recent UNC Charlotte graduate, says his artwork was inspired by his mother, a professional photographer.
Natalie Schopen, a recent UNC Charlotte graduate, won first place at the photography show.
View the exhibit 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through mid-October at town hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane.
Lambert qualifies for golf tournament
NEWTON – Layne Lambert, of Matthews, hit one-under par to finish fifth in the Carolinas Junior Boys’ qualifier on July 15 at Catawba Country Club.
Lambert, whose final score was 71, was among 23 golfers to advance to the 70th Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship on July 23 to 25 at River Landing Country Club in Wallace.
The Carolinas Golf Association hosts the tournament.
Water boss earns promotion
CHARLOTTE – Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones has promoted Angela Lee to assistant city manager.
She has served as director of Charlotte Water since December 2017, where she was responsible for city and countywide water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment and collection, and utilities planning and management activities.
Lee managed a staff of more than 950 with an operating budget of nearly $450 million, and a five-year Community Investment Program budget of $1.6 billion.
Lee has more than 31 years of experience with the City of Charlotte.
Police warn of rabies
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department advised anyone who came into contact with a gray cat about six months old from July 1 to 5 near the Novant Health Matthews Medical Center to contact the county health department.
Officers responded to the hospital at 3:24 a.m. July 5 regarding a report that two people had been bitten by an aggressive cat that tested positive for rabies.
Animal Care & Control offers a free monthly clinic for county residents to have their pets inoculated against rabies. The clinic takes place 8 to 11 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month at the animal shelter, 8315 Byrum Drive, Charlotte.
Butler grad LeMay receives CUSA praise
MATTHEWS – Former standout Butler High running back Benny LeMay is racking up pre-season hype within the Conference USA and beyond.
LeMay, who will be a senior for the Charlotte 49ers this season, was just named to the pre-season all-Conference USA team, which is selected by league coaches.
The former Butler star was already recognized as one of the nation’s 25 best running backs by The Sporting News and by 247Sports.com.
LeMay was also a second-team all-CUSA selection last season after he ran for 1,243 yards and averaged 103.6 yards per game. Those totals were second in CUSA and 20th in the FBS last season. Last season, he scored 11 rushing touchdowns and added over 300 receiving yards for the 49ers.
At Butler, LeMay was a three-star recruit and a four-year letter-winner. He was a freshman backup on the Bulldogs’ 2012 state championship team. For his career, LeMay ran for 4,059 yards, added 896 receiving yards and scored 74 touchdowns.