• Cultivating collegiate cuisine

    Davidson College takes ‘farm to fork’ to a whole new level. DAVIDSON, N.C. -- On a recent early morning, with lingering clouds providing temporary relief from the summer sun, Theresa Allen steadily worked her way down a 150-foot-long row of basil plants in a field just off Grey Road in Davidson, Read More
  • Hope on the water

    Former Navy SEALs swim to fight veteran suicide. LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- Five former Navy SEALs and 30 community members jumped into Lake Norman last Friday on a mission. When they were done, they had raised more than $115,000 for a national program aimed at preventing suicide among veterans. The former Read More
  • Carillon set to open second Lake Norman community

    HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Tucked behind the Huntersville post office is a parcel of land buzzing with construction activity, where Raleigh-based Carillon Assisted Living is working on the final touches to its newest property. Carillon Assisted Living of Huntersville and its accompanying Alzheimer’s care facility The Garden Place at Carillon are scheduled Read More
  • Cornelius police investigate vandalism of monument

    CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Cornelius police are continuing the investigation into vandalism that defaced a 105-year-old statue in Cornelius. Monday morning, officers noticed words and symbols painted on the Confederate soldier monument that stands near the road along the front portion of the Mt. Zion Methodist Church campus on Zion Avenue just Read More
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Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:29

Patton just loves to carry the ball

Regardless of sport, Corey Patton has shown a rugged determination when the ball is in his hands, and he’s not an easy tackle, either.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:22

Vacation victories are the sweetest

Even when I get away from work for a bit, log off Twitter and put down my phone full of coach contacts, sports and competition tend to follow. It just happens.

Such was the case during a Parker family mountain vacation last week, when moments of sheer pride were tempered only by the soreness of foosball elbow (related: I’m also getting old) and the occasional 3-year-old mood swing.

Feature Columns

  • Horse's Mouth for July 29, 2015
    “I had been through a divorce, attempted suicide, shunned everything. I was so far down the rabbit hole, I didn’t even know I was there.”— Retired Navy rescue swimmer Kevin Trainor, describing his state of mind when he accompanied other veterans on a chase boat during last year’s annual SEAL…

Final Thoughts

  • Good/bad news of summer doldrums
    Love it or hate it, the 24-hour news cycle is certainly here to stay. We’re all somehow hooked, and for those of us in the news business, it’s a special kind of affliction. Not only by nature are we avid consumers of it, we’re also responsible for cranking it out.…
  • Talk of the Towns for July 29, 2015
    No answers Some Talkers have a nasty news habit, with either a TV or radio nearby constantly piping the headlines of the day into their overactive imaginations. Not good, especially when it involves children and accidents. Last weekend, two youngsters, one from the Gastonia area and one from York County,…
  • Where Is This? for July 29, 2015
    Where Is This? for July 29, 2015 This photo was taken somewhere in the Lake Norman area. Do you know where? Let us know 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.

Image of the week

  • New roof, new life for town’s old jail Work began this week on the installation of a new roof at the historic jail in downtown Huntersville. Funded with $12,000 in town appropriations — and a $6,000 pledge from an anonymous donor — crews selected by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) are in the process of repairing beams…