Mint Hill Arts presents ‘Different Strokes’ at town hall
MINT HILL – Mint Hill Arts has opened a new exhibit that showcases two artists with strikingly different approaches to their work at the Mint Hill Town Hall gallery.
“Different Strokes” features the work of Rebecca McDuffie and Susie Conrad.
McDuffie began her art career in various mediums but has been working in watercolor since 2006. She has studied with nationally recognized watercolor artists, including Joe Miller, Ted Nuttall, Don Andrews and Iain Stewart. She paints a variety of subjects such as cityscapes and portraits. Figurative subjects are her favorite because they tell a story.
Although most of Conrad’s focus has been on realism and portraiture, her work in recent years has gravitated toward abstract techniques. This new style results in a spontaneous outcome that mimics organic shapes and movement found in nature.
Town hall operates from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane.
Driver in fatal hit and run faces murder charges
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department has obtained warrants against the driver involved in a fatal hit and run that occurred Oct. 14.
Sawan Alshabani, 54, of Charlotte, will be charged with the following: one count of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
Investigators believe Alshabani intentionally struck Vira Nahorna, 79, of Charlotte, at 10:11 a.m. Oct. 14 in the Aldi parking lot on West John Street. Alshabani allegedly attempted to strike four other people prior to leaving the scene, officials said.
Nahorna was transported to an area hospital where she later died of her injuries.
Alshabani made contact with the Matthews Police Department one hour after the incident. She has been held under medical evaluation since Oct. 14, officials said Oct. 18. She will be transported to the county jail upon her release.
Police said there was no known connection between Alshabani and the victims.
No other injuries were reported.
Matthews expands ban on coal tar sealants
MATTHEWS – Matthews commissioners recently voted to expand the townwide ban on coal tar sealants, which are primarily used by commercial contractors and distributors.
Commissioners voted February 2018 to implement a ban on the use of coal tar sealants in Matthews. They’ve since expanded the ordinance to ban any sealants containing Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons at or above 0.1%.
Those in violation of the ordinance, which goes into effect in January 2020, could be fined up to $5,000 a day.
Coal tar sealant is a shiny black product applied to asphalt surfaces to protect the pavement. A more environmentally friendly alternative to coal-tar-based sealants is asphalt-based sealants, according to the town.
Novant is Corporate Champion for Women & Children
WINSTON-SALEM – Novant Health has been named one of the three Corporate Champions for Women & Children by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of North Carolina.
Organizations are selected for their support and assistance to women and children across the state.
“At Novant Health, we understand the unique needs of women,” said Pat Campbell, vice president of the Women’s & Children’s Institute for Novant Health. “With services spanning pediatrics, teen girls, maternity care and senior women, our health specialists use their expertise to provide focused care, helping women live longer, healthier lives at each and every stage of their life.”