• Baker swimming her Olympic dream

    Baker swimming her Olympic dream

    HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Kathleen Baker has a recurring thought when she wakes up these days. “I get to go to the Olympics and train for the Olympics right now,” she says. “I think that’s a pretty cool thing to get to tell yourself every day.” Sure is, especially when you’re 19. Read More
  • Soup kitchen needs bagged lunch help

    Soup kitchen needs bagged lunch help

    HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Recently completing the fifth week of its summer bagged lunch program, Angels & Sparrows Soup Kitchen in Huntersville is in need of food donations and volunteer help to carry the effort through until the next school year begins. So far, the soup kitchen’s volunteers have packed and delivered Read More
  • Davidson Catalyst Project options morph into heavy civic use

    Davidson Catalyst Project options morph into heavy civic use

    Davidson board split on plan to explore designs, financing on redevelopment of key downtown site. DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The Davidson Town Board take a small step forward with its nearly two-year-old Catalyst Project discussion, the future development of town-owned property surrounding Town Hall. But the 3-2 vote at the town board’s Read More
  • ‘Barnstock’ music festival returns for eighth year

    ‘Barnstock’ music festival returns for eighth year

    HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- A mid-summer north Mecklenburg ritual filled with music, fellowship and a charitable spirit returns to its roots this weekend. The eighth annual Barnstock music festival, a seven-hour show featuring eclectic music presented by dozens of performers on multiple stages, kicks off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, Read More
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Sports
Friday, 22 July 2016 14:59

Denny, Johnson cap careers together

BROWNS SUMMIT — So close.

For a moment, it appeared Hough High soccer stars Ashley Johnson and Alex Denny were going to cap their careers with one final goal together, this one as members of the West team in the N.C. Coaches Association’s annual East-West All-Star Game.

Friday, 22 July 2016 14:39

McCurry stepped up in the back

BROWNS SUMMIT — Gaining prestige as a defender in soccer can be difficult in comparison to forwards and midfielders who score most of the goals and receive most of the attention.

But Hough High graduate Cade McCurry made a name for himself in the back.

Feature Columns

  • Horse's Mouth for July 20, 2016
    “I think it’s a really good time to be talking about this. Based on what we heard tonight on the CTP, this is the beginning of a real long-range plan we’re going to be at for many years. We’re going to need help — professional help — and this is…
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Final Thoughts

  • Dystopia and fear come in many colors
    Maybe this is the new norm and I have to accept it. Silly me for thinking I was going to inherit a nation that was supposedly “indivisible,” as I robotically recited in the Pledge of Allegiance in grade school. Maybe I should accustom myself to forever being profiled as my…
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  • Talk of the Towns for July 20, 2016
    Speillng conuts During the week-in, week-out wave of multi-faceted production tasks associated with producing each Citizen, the open-to-debate, in-house estimate of words produced on average by the ragtag and weary staff of Talkers is somewhere in the 14,000 to 20,000 range depending on the number of pages in a given…
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  • Where Is Luke? for July 20, 2016
    Where Is Luke? for July 20, 2016 This picture of Citizen mascot Luke was taken somewhere in the Lake Norman area. Do you know where? Let us know by noon on Tuesday by e-mailing the Citizen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be sure to include your name.
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Image of the week

  • A patriotic welcoming An ample showing of patriotism awaited the arrival of swimmers at the Rusty Rudder in Cornelius during the fourth annual Lake Norman Navy SEALs swim benefit. A group of U.S. Navy SEALs swam 13.6 miles from the Blue Parrot at N.C. 150 in Mooresville to the Rusty Rudder to raise…