HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- It is a commonly held belief that it takes a village at times to raise a child challenged by poverty, neglect or an unstable and sometimes volatile home life. It is also a commonly held belief that in a region as affluent as the Lake Norman area, such challenges for children must be quite rare.

While the former perception does hold true, the latter is indeed an unfortunate reality for a pocket of children and their families in Huntersville’s Huntington Green neighborhood — an ethnically diverse community beset by chronic unemployment, drug use, poverty, hunger, educational challenges and a lack of health care options.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:57

OMB announces Cornelius plans

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Officials with Lake Norman Economic Development say Charlotte’s Olde Mecklenburg Brewery will expand its reach into the Lake Norman market, thanks to the purchase of the former MacLean Curtis building in Cornelius. It will be a natural fit for the brewery’s growth plans, as the region has become a hot spot for several craft breweries calling Cornelius and its neighboring towns home.

The brewery’s founder, John Marrino, says he plans to keep the existing 51,000-square-foot building near the Antiquity community. The site was put up for sale following the relocation of MacLean Curtis to a business park in Mooresville.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:55

Downey exhibit opens in med center lobby

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- An art exhibit by Huntersville resident and internationally recognized artist Donna Downey was unveiled earlier this week at Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center on Gilead Road. The facility has long been a supporter of local art and has a specially designated community art wall in its lobby. The first community artist exhibit was by local cross-stitch artist Sid Abramsky, who has since donated several pieces of art for display in the first floor hall leading toward the medical office building.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:53

Neurosurgery practice expands to Mooresville

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates has increased its Lake Norman presence with the opening of a new location in Mooresville at 206 Joe Knox Ave., within the offices of Carolina Vein Associates. This expansion follows the previous additions of three fellowship-trained neurosurgeons to the practice’s Huntersville office.

John Lesher, MD, will see patients at the new Mooresville location for appointments related to back and neck pain, offering a conservative, non-surgical approach to assessing and treating spine and musculoskeletal injuries. He is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine and holds certifications in sports medicine, electrodiagnostic medicine and musculoskeletal sonography.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:52

LNRMC nurse wins highest award

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville has named Yang Hancock, a registered nurse in the critical care unit, as its 2016 Employee of the Year. Hancock was chosen from among 544 hospital employees for the honor.

“Health care requires a special blend of great people skills, tireless energy and the ability to work well under pressure,” says LNRMC CEO Stephen Midkiff. “People who work in health care share the common desire to help others and make a difference in people’s lives. It’s a pleasure to recognize our employees for their dedication to our patients and to providing outstanding care.”

Employees are nominated for the award by their hospital peers based on their commitment to patient care, their professionalism and their contributions on the job.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:50

Staffing company wins national honors

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Huntersville-based Verigent LLC, a leading employment agency in the telecom and information technology industries, has received Inavero’s “Best of Staffing” client and talent awards for providing superior service to its clients and job seekers.

The awards were presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, recognizing industry leaders in service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients and the permanent and temporary employees they helped place in jobs. Verigent received satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 76.5 percent of its clients and 63.5 percent of its talent — significantly higher than the industry average.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:49

IHS employees have that giving spirit

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Iredell Health System has been awarded the “Spirit of North Carolina” award by the United Way of Iredell County. The award recognizes businesses and other organizations that are leading their communities in embracing a united spirit of giving and volunteering that extends beyond the traditional United Way campaign season.

Winners were determined by a panel of 18 judges from United Way organizations across the state and selected based on seven “standards of excellence.” Winners also received high marks for overall organizational volunteer culture, the benefit their employees receive from involvement in the community and the role their leadership plays in promoting a culture of philanthropy and community support.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:47

A reason to smile for local veterans

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Reimels Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Huntersville will hold its “Helping Veterans Smile” event on Friday, May 12, by offering free services to veterans, their spouses and immediate dependents younger than 18. A similar event held in September 2016 offered care for 70 patients, providing more than $50,000 in free services through treatments that included cleanings, fillings and extractions.

Appointments are required to be seen for this event, and recipients of the free services do not need to be current patients of the practice. Call 704-948-1111 to schedule an appointment. Reimels Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is at 13605 Reese Blvd., Huntersville. Learn more about the practice at Reimels Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:42

Faces & Places for Feb. 22, 2017

GCG Wealth Management has partnered with Danny Dahl Financial Services, based in Wilmington, to further enhance its business, financial and estate planning services. The company also announced the addition of Jim Ball as its chief compliance officer and chief operations officer. Ball has more than 15 years of financial industry experience, and was previously the president and chief compliance officer with Capital Guardian. GCG Wealth Management has seven offices in the Carolinas and Louisiana, and is headquartered just south of Huntersville on Harris Corners Parkway.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 17:28

Upward trends continue in real estate market

The Charlotte Regional Realtor Association has released January home sales reports in the Charlotte region that show a continued momentum in rising sales activity and price on Carolina Multiple Listing Services (CarolinaMLS) data.

CarolinaMLS home sales in January continued December’s trend and rose 14.8 percent over January 2016 sales with 2,491 properties sold compared to 2,170 properties sold in January 2016. Sales, however, were down 28.5 percent compared to December 2016. The average sales price of $258,819 increased 12.5 percent compared to the average sales price in January 2016 of $230,026. The median sales price of $205,000 increased 14.5 percent compared to the median sales price of $179,000 in January 2016.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 17:27

New boat, charity for LN Charters

Lake Norman Charters plans to launch a brand new yacht in mid-April 2017. Currently under construction at Trifecta Yachts in Monticello, Ky., the yacht will be transported to McCreary Creek Landing in Mooresville, where it will be assembled and launched.

The yacht will be used to serve charities and non-profit organizations in the Charlotte and surrounding areas, as well as private uses such as weddings, rehearsal dinners, private parties and corporate events with 10 percent of the proceeds of all rentals for private events going to Charters for Charity, Lake Norman Charters’ newly established 501(c)(3) to help raise money for other non-profit organizations.