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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 15:49

Horse's Mouth for March 29, 2017

“Most fun I’ve had watching a game, for sure.”

— Cole Maye on watching his brother, Luke, make the game-winning shot against Kentucky to put the University of North Carolina Tar Heels in the Final Four while in his dorm room at the University of Florida. Cole is a freshman relief pitcher for the Gators baseball team.

“There are times I think it looks pretty good and other times I’m like, ‘what’s he doing?’”

— Cole Maye on his brother’s new bearded look.

“It’s hard to cheer for that team, that school. If it had been any other player ... but since it’s Luke, my old teammate, I had nothing but joy.”

— Tucker Thompson, Luke Maye’s Hough High School teammate who plays for North Carolina State University.

“It was a great feeling. I thank my teammates so much and my coach for putting me in that situation. I’m just very blessed to have this opportunity.”

— Luke Maye to the media following the win over Kentucky. He scored 17 points in 20 minutes for a new career-high for the second straight game on his way to NCAA Regional MVP honors.

“He’s got a big role with our team, and I think it’ll just get bigger and bigger over his career.”

— Tar Heels’ coach Roy Williams on Maye and his future.

“Last year it was like the world was coming to an end because Jackie was leaving.”

— Cornelius Town Commissioner Dave Gilroy during last month’s budget and planning retreat, voicing his displeasure over last year’s one-cent property tax increase and overall personnel costs. Long-time Finance Director Jackie Huffman had announced her move to Huntersville just prior to the retreat, in part because of a higher salary.

“Why so grumpy, Dave?”

— Cornelius Town Commissioner Jim Duke to Gilroy on the second morning session of last month’s retreat as the board discussed the “80-20” report given by Town Manager Anthony Roberts, which highlights the town’s 80 percent in fixed costs and 20 percent discretionary expenses.

“I apologize for my grumpiness, but it’s my grumpiest morning of the year. When they break out the 80/20, it’s my grumpiest morning of the year.”

— Gilroy shortly before the retreat was adjourned.

“We’re getting professionals and paying them part-time wages.”

— Huntersville Fire Chief Jim Dotoli, citing the high caliber of the part-time fire staff the department uses as a reason for his request for a 50-cent per hour pay raise.

“Someone has to have one, and he’s mine.”

— Dotoli, citing recently retired Huntersville Chief Larry Irvin as his mentor.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:07

Horse's Mouth for March 22, 2017

“Even without the project, NCDOT can and will eventually remove left turns if they consistently see backups on I-77.”

— Cornelius Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant on a compromise being worked out between the town and the North Carolina Department of Transportation on improvements around the intersection of West Catawba Avenue and Torrence Chapel Road/Liverpool Parkway.

“I leave with regret, but it is essential for health reasons I have to be with my family in England, and I look forward to fond memories of friends such as the present commissioners. … I bid you a fond farewell and thank you for all you have meant to me.”

— Long-time Cornelius resident and England native Alwyn Smith, a regular speaker at Cornelius Town Board meetings and volunteer on various town committees.

“Sometimes you just have to look at the experts and say ‘you don’t know what you’re talking about.’”

— Huntersville Commissioner Rob Kidwell summarizing some of his thoughts about the long-term plans for N.C. 73 improvements.

“I don’t see anybody from Huntersville who’s not already here.”

— Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla, addressing an overflow crowd and jokingly explaining his reasons for opening Monday’s Town Board meeting a few minutes early.

“Splitting the baby.”

— Huntersville Commissioner Melinda Bales’ description of her last-minute compromise for solving a rezoning versus road plan controversy by suggesting the town buy the property and hold it until the state finalizes road plans.

“The purpose of zoning is to consider the needs of the whole community. This is right smack in the middle of something the community needs.”

— Huntersville resident John Ryan citing the value of zoning guidelines and long-term planning for the greater good during comments opposing the rezoning of property where a re-aligned N.C. 73 could be located.

“Some of the stuff we have going on is amazing.”

— Cornelius Town Manager Anthony Roberts at this month’s town planning and zoning retreat on the plethora of commercial projects being planned, proposed and constructed in the town.

“Things are popping. Things are moving.”

— Cornelius Town Planner Wayne Herron on the town’s commercial development.

“He had a great legacy there. … It was great while it lasted, and he enjoyed it, and he’ll always have those memories. It’s fine. He’s always going to coach. We’ll do this until we’re old. We love just coaching and being around kids and helping kids out. It’s nice to be able to come home and do this.”

— Former Davidson Day and current University of West Virginia quarterback Will Grier on his father, Chad’s, football coaching legacy at Davidson Day.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 16:40

Horse's Mouth for March 15, 2017

“I was 50 years old when I started serving as a commissioner, and I just turned 58. It’s been eight years I’ve been coming to the budget retreats, and it’s been a real pleasure.”

— Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis, making his opening remarks to the Cornelius Town Board of Commissioners at the town’s budget and planning retreat in Winston-Salem last week.

“The last time we were here we made a bold decision to increase our tax rate.”

— Travis, reminding commissioners of the budget focus from last year’s retreat prior to listing a number of accomplishments of the town in the prior year.

“We must move down the path of a new bond.”

— Cornelius Town Manager Anthony Roberts to commissioners during a discussion of the town’s longer range capital improvement program.

“Tax rates you can drop very fast, but it takes a long time to raise them politically. We have needs that exceed that $20 million.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Jim Duke on the possible effect of reducing property tax rates following the 2019 revaluation, which is expected to show an increase in overall property values by as much as 20 percent.

“It is difficult to describe. Some days it is overwhelming to think about the reasons this came about, and other days it is humbling to realize how far it has come.”

— Cami Meador, a member of the Angels of ’97 board of directors who was 14 when her older sister, Mandi, an original “Angel,” died in a car crash.

“When this started, I think it was a type of emotional escape, a way to feel like you could control some aspect of your life, a way to do something. But now, as a mother myself with a better perspective on what my mother and other families endured, understanding the way everyone somehow came together to create something so positive, it’s amazing.”

— Meador.

“In the absence of target chemicals, a soil testing work plan cannot be prepared and no soil sampling or other media testing is advised based on currently available information.”

— A report to the Town of Huntersville by consultant Hart-Hickman on the relative value of environmental testing in the area around Hopewell High School in the search for a cause of an ocular melanoma cluster.

“I was 100 percent in favor of digging dirt and testing the air and water, but we don’t know what to look for. The genetic testing could provide a better starting point, a way to see what the 10, or 12, or more people have in common.”

— Kenny Colbert, father of Kenan Colbert Koll, a Hopewell High School graduate who died of ocular melanoma complications in 2014 at age 28.

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 16:56

Horse's Mouth for March 8, 2017

“At the end of the day, it didn’t matter if they fired me and hired Joe Gibbs. We didn’t have enough kids. It was nothing more than that.”

— Former Davidson Day football coach Chad Grier, explaining why he resigned from his position after this past football season.

“It’s definitely different going from the red to the blue. But my wife says I look better in blue.”

— Grier on the school colors of his new team at Oceanside Collegiate Academy near Charleston, S.C.

“Our puff newspapers are very much in support of the system.”

— Regular Cornelius Town Board public speaker Ralph Geddings, turning to the assembled media of two while addressing the commissioners about the lack of Democrat representation at the dais and the notion from a meeting two weeks ago that municipal elections were non-partisan.

“I’m not going to say anything because I’m going to cry.”

— Former Cornelius Police Department Cpl. Lee Cook after he was honored by the Cornelius Town Board Monday night upon his early retirement because of medical complications.

“I knew him when he was two feet tall and he was into a lot of meanness back then, and I was concerned he would grow up like his daddy.”

— Cornelius Police Chief Bence Hoyle, honoring Cpl. Derek Queen and his late K9 partner Dag as Officer of the Year for 2016 at Monday night’s Cornelius Town Board meeting. Hoyle is a long-time friend of the Queen family and his comment was very much tongue-in-cheek.

“You can judge the quality of the handler by the quality of the dog. The dogs are good, you can only make them worse.”

— Hoyle on Queen’s ability to handle K9 partners.

“It’s going in the right direction, and we should definitely pay off the debt. And if Davidson doesn’t want to (pay off the loan) we should pay off theirs and let them pay us 5.9 percent.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy on the quality of the town’s investment in the three-town-owned Commerce Station industrial park in Huntersville, a proposal to pay off the Cornelius’ outstanding balance of $284,000 on a loan at 5.9 percent and his willingness to compel Davidson to do the same.

“I love music that makes people allergic to the seat of their chair.”

— Fiddler Mari Black, one of the featured performers at the upcoming Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games.

“There’s just something special about the people here, the relationships you make. ... The fans, they’re so personal with you, they get to know you, they care about you. And what was so special is when I came (on the official visit), the whole team was hanging out. It wasn’t fake, it was friendship.

— Davidson junior Peyton Aldridge, who will lead his team into this week’s A-10 Tournament, on the Davidson experience.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 17:04

Horse's Mouth for March 1, 2017

“Twenty years from now, we won’t remember the scores of games, but we won’t forget how we sacrificed for each other and how we played with heart.”

— Lake Norman Charter senior basketball player Grayson Hickert, after his final game in the state playoffs last week.

“We’re not average, I expect my people to do more than other folks.”

— Huntersville Police Chief Cleveland Spruill on his department’s lower-than-average ratio of 1.62 sworn officers per 1,000 residents, and the reason he expects to ask for three to four new positions during this year’s budget cycle, but not the more than 20 to meet the average of 1.9 officers per 1,000.

“This will take a lot of discussion. This is years out. I may not be here. You may not be here, in terms of sitting at the dais.”

— Cornelius Town Manager Anthony Roberts while leading a discussion about a potential future bond referendum for capital spending.

“You see this ugly number at the bottom? That’s a high number.”

— Roberts, summarizing a list of capital projects on the Cornelius wish list, which totals more than $100 million.

“They are working to define the scope of potential work, and we are planning to take a look at their preliminary outline to see what the best next step will be.”

— Huntersville Interim Town Manager Gerry Vincent on an anticipated report from environmental consulting firm Hart-Hickman on the recommended next steps in researching a possible cause for an ocular melanoma cluster in Huntersville.

“We completely understand it’s the town board’s job to make sure the grant money is used in the most efficient and productive manner. And we’re ready to help in any way we can.”

— Dr. Michael Brennan, who is heading a research team of eye specialists in searching for a cause of the Huntersville Ocular Melanoma cases.

“It wasn’t like we didn’t plan for it. We knew who the best player on the court was.”

— Charlotte basketball coach Mark Price after Davidson*s Jack Gibbs scored 41 points on his 49ers in a Wildcats* victory last season. Gibbs, a three-time team captain, played his last home game in a Davidson uniform Tuesday night.

“He just has that motor. Every time he’s on the floor, every time he has an opportunity to impact the game, he does it. So it’s fun to watch.”

— Former Davidson Wildcat great Stephen Curry, commenting on Gibbs during a radio broadcast.

“He’s established a precedent for point guards in our program by how he has achieved from a standpoint of production (with) points, rebounds, assists. I think he’s been given an opportunity here at Davidson, and he’s seized that opportunity.”

— Davidson College basketball coach Bob McKillop on Gibbs* collegiate career.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:47

Horse's Mouth for February 22, 2017

“There is a real need for the caregivers. Some of them don’t have a computer and are trying to find work. Some of them don’t have the appropriate clothes or the self-confidence, and it is our goal that we can provide them with a laptop and a couple of outfits to get them off to work.”

— Susan Tillis, founder and chairperson of the new Susan M. Tillis Foundation, on the organization’s effort to help put spouses of wounded warriors in the workforce.

“I know in my 20s, I would have never expected that I would need to be responsible for bathing and feeding my husband. And for a lot of these wives, they expected their husbands to be the primary bread winner and maybe retire with a military pension, and now they are faced not only with being caregivers but also entering the workforce.”

— Sarah Verardo, member of the Susan M. Tillis Foundation Board of Directors and wife of one of the most severely wounded surviving veterans of military action in Afghanistan.

“I can’t say enough about both of them. We have spent time with President Trump and President Bush and a lot of senators, and nobody has taken our stories and turned them into action the way both of them have.”

— Verardo, on U.S Senator Thom and Susan Tillis’ dedication to the issues faced by military families.

“If you are having problems at your homes, I need to know about it. Mr. Gilroy never hesitates.”

— Mark McDowell, Cornelius’ representative to the MI-Connection Board of Directors, discussing technical difficulties the company had in January and the input about it he received from Commissioner Dave Gilroy.

“Eighteen-point-two seconds. I timed it.”

— Cornelius Police Chief Bence Hoyle on how much longer it takes for drivers to traverse the area of the recently reduced speed limit on Jetton Road without exceeding the limit.

“You end up with kind of a friends and family electorate.”

— Gilroy describing the typically low voter turnout with municipal elections held on odd, rather than even, years when state and local elections are held. Commissioners were discussing a resolution opposed to House Bill 64, which would mandate all municipal elections be held the same years as statewide and national elections. (See story at lakenormancitizen.com)

“The overriding objective here has got to be participation, and I find it disturbing that so very few of our citizens participate in who decides who is sitting up here.”

— Gilroy.

“I don’t know that I like getting lost in the fray in the state and national political discussions that are going on. Our current arrangement allows us to chose. Anytime you can avoid a state mandate I think you should and this is an opportunity to do that.”

— Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis on his support for the resolution opposed to House Bill 64.

“I think if you put them with partisan elections, the town elections become partisan too.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Jim Duke, speaking in opposition to the resolution.

“The last thing we need to do is write a resolution at the dais. We’ve done it before and it doesn’t work out well and it gets ugly.”

— Duke, just before fellow commissioners commenced to rewriting portions of the resolution opposing HB64.

“In my honest opinion, I have not a clue.”

— Bill Coxe, Huntersville’s transportation planner, explaining that without knowing what other projects will be submitted from other towns, it’s difficult to know how Huntersville’s request for road improvement funds from the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization will fare.

“A project of this magnitude, anytime you can get someone else to pay for half of it, it’s worth pursuing.”

— Coxe, emphasizing the value of seeking CRTPO help in financing a $6.5 million project to widen sections of western Gilead Road.

“I wish I had two days a week to train my dog just to find my keys.”

— Commissioner Rob Kidwell referencing the required training regimen for dogs in the Huntersville Police Department’s K-9 Unit.

“It’s a clear indication that there is a very special connection, a brotherhood. A torch has been passed from one class to another class to another class, and the fire of our code of honor — trust, commitment and care — continues to burn brightly.”

— Davidson College Basketball Coach Bob McKillop on the bond between former player Andrew Lovedale and junior forward Nathan Igwe, who are both from Nigeria and are partners in mission trips to their native country.

“I don’t know how I got it or even if I deserve it, but I just embrace it.”

— Davidson College basketball player Nathan Ekwu who was nicknamed ‘Igwe’ by children at a Nigerian basketball camp, which means “king” in the Ibo tribe.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 12:10

Horse's Mouth for February 15, 2016

“You’ll notice parks and rec has done a great job of spending money.”

— Cornelius Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant to town commissioners about the progress that department has made in investing its share of 2013 voter-approved bonds on capital projects.

“These little extensions are very modest. We’re hopeful that every little improvement on the east side will create more options … to take some of the load off Catawba. Here you have two very modest projects that cost more than 10 percent of our annual budget and are three or four years in the planning.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy on the cost and time investments required for transportation infrastructure projects large and small.

“I think this is a move in the wrong direction. … It has been my experience that when you give people the opportunity to do just the minimum, that is what they will do: just the minimum.”

— Huntersville Commissioner Rob Kidwell explaining and emphasizing his reasons for opposing an amendment to town rules that would create significantly smaller lot size and setback standards in areas zoned Transitional Residential District.

“Those towns to the north, the ones that don’t have these rules, these minimums, they are also the ones complaining about traffic in Huntersville when they are driving through to get to and from their homes.”

— \Kidwell, in response to Planning Director Jack Simoneau*s statement that Davidson and Cornelius don*t have lot-size minimums in some parts of their towns.

“The TIA process is esoteric, hard to understand ... changes will allow for more traffic in intersections without requiring improvements.”

— Huntersville Planning Board Chairman Hal Bankirer recommending that the Huntersville Town Board take a closer look at Traffic Impact Analysis guidelines before approving changes.

“We’ve spent more than $200,000 so far.”

— Mecklenburg County Historic Landmarks Commission Director Dan Morrill about efforts so far to stabilize the historic Torrence-Lytle School in Huntersville, which is closer to being purchased and used as a private school.

“It would be nice to have it bolster the community. Hopefully, the purchase and the projects will be completed.”

— Historic Landmarks Commission attorney Sandy Carnegie of the McIntosh Law Firm in Davidson, on how he views the preservation of Torrence-Lytle School and the adjacent Waymer Center gymnasium as assets for the entire community.

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 17:50

Horse's Mouth for February 8, 2017

“We’ve got an anchor tenant with representatives who want to meet with town officials as soon as possible, and I’ve been in negotiations with a veteran apartment builder.”

— Huntersville developer Nate Bowman, referencing a grocery store chain that has not yet been identified but may be ready to officially come forward sometime this month for the Anchor Mill project.

“We’re working with various other partners to make this happen. When we’re ready to go, we want this to really pop.”

— Bowman on Anchor Mill development prospects.

“Here we go!”

— Cornelius Commissioner Jim Duke after Mayor Chuck Travis suggested extending a 35 miles per hour speed limit on Jetton Road beyond the entrance to Jetton Park in order to provide a longer transition area to slow down.

“It’s not ‘here we go.’ I really don’t want pedestrians being hit on a road we’re responsible for.”

— Travis in response to Duke.

“Has anybody ever been hit there? No. So let’s not keep adding distance.”

— Duke, lamenting talk of extending a reduced speed limit on Jetton Road beyond his motion of slowing traffic from 45 to 35 miles per hour between West Catawba Avenue and Charles Towne Lane.

“My big concern is that it’s still 45 at that crosswalk to Jetton Park because (pedestrians) are crossing four lanes of traffic at 45 miles per hour on foot. That would make me lean toward wishing the whole thing was 35. The best thing to do would be keep it consistent whichever direction you go with the speed limit.”

— Cornelius Police Chief Bence Hoyle, urging town commissioners to set a consistent speed limit on all of Jetton Road. He got his way with a unanimous vote to set the speed limit at 35.

“Coming in and building those relationships is the most important thing, to get guys to know how to be successful on the football field and off it.”

— New North Meck High School football coach Eric Morman, who was introduced Tuesday.\

“Eric is an absolutely fabulous football coach. Not only is he knowledgable about the game, but he is probably one of the best young coaches I’ve ever had around young men. He’s one that will run a disciplined program, but kids will enjoy playing for.”

— A.L. Brown coach Mike Newsome, who employed Morman as an assistant for three seasons.\

“It’s just a good crop of kids. And they’re able to overcome bad coaching.”

— Hough High School swim coach Tim Queen in a self-deprecating moment while looking back over his seven years as the perennial state title-contending Huskies’ only swim coach.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:01

Horse's Mouth for February 1, 2017

“There will be pain.”

— Huntersville transportation planner Bill Coxe, preparing commissioners for the fallout, not just the financial burden, of multiple road improvement plans that will impact property owners throughout the town.

“Did I mention there will be pain?”

— Coxe, as he highlighted parts of a project that could involve purchase and demolition of existing houses.

“I think Bill may have said this, but there will be some pain.”

— Max Buchanan, Huntersville’s engineer and public works director, as he detailed some of the right-of-way and property acquisitions necessary for proposed road extensions and improvements.

“It’s good to have an AAA bond rating. It means we can issue debt at a lower rate, and that’s important, because I think we’re going to need new funding sources.”

— Huntersville Finance Director Jackie Huffman referencing the town’s current financial status and providing a prelude to the long list of pending projects other department heads were planning to outline for town commissioners.

“That, to me, would require a two- or three-hour discussion over a real breakfast.”

— Commissioner Charles Guignard saying the idea of altering the town’s fund balance policy would require more time, and something other than the pastries provided at last Thursday morning’s town board planning retreat session.

“It has been said in many recent weeks that this is in contrast to achieving small-town character and I think the opposite is actually true. By mapping out where we intend for conservation and development to occur in the rural area, we’re setting standards in a clear and predictable manner.”

— Town of Davidson Rural Area Plan Project Manager Trey Akers to critics and town commissioners regarding complaints about the proposed Rural Area Plan.

“We did the entire Rural Area Plan for $63,000.”

— Davidson Commissioner Rodney Graham, citing that cost compared to a proposed $93,000 for the public input process as part of a $306,500 expenditure for Phase 1 work to design plans to expand Davidson Town Hall and the Police Department headquarters.

“These days, so many people are caught up in scoring. He’s not like that.”

— North Meck High basketball coach Duane Lewis on star junior point guard Vaud Worthy.

“Dynasty will go as far as Dynasty wants to go.”

— North Meck High girls basketball coach Jennifer Baker on senior guard Dynasty Heyward, a four-year star who is averaging more than 20 points per game.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 17:29

Horse's Mouth for January 25, 2017

“That was a baptism by fire. But this time I’m fully aware of all the duties involved and what to expect, so it should be a little easier.”
— Huntersville Interim Town Manager Gerry Vincent on his first experience in that role 20 years ago, just months after starting as an assistant town manager in Emporia, Va. He has been Huntersville’s assistant town
manager for 10 years.

“That is utterly ridiculous data! It cannot be true. It totally defies common sense. ... The only thing you’ve changed is you are doing a roundabout at the post office. It cannot be true!”
— Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy to Jason Gorrie of traffic consultant WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff after Gorrie stated the “preferred alternative” to address congestion at the “west bookend” intersection of West Catawba Avenue and Torrence Chapel Road/Liverpool Parkway would result in clearance times of less than four minutes in the year 2040.

“There is a lot of speculation that we just ditched every comment we got. That’s completely untrue. We looked at each of them to determine whether or not it would add value to the project within the (fiscal) constraints we were bound to by you, and ruled them out.”
— Gorrie, addressing many comments from the audience at last Tuesday’s Cornelius Town Board meeting when the recommendations for the west bookend were presented to commissioners.

“Five million dollars is not a lot of money. Beyond this is major infrastructure work you don’t have money for.”
— Gorrie, on what the budgeted $5 million to improve the west bookend will buy.

“We always look 20 years out because we don’t want to build today what will be obsolete next year. This was an opportunity to get ahead of the game. This was an opportunity to be proactive and address the problem before it gets to that point. The NCDOT has to protect the primary facility. (I-77) is not just main street Cornelius, it’s also the East Coast north-south corridor, and when it comes to favoring traffic, we are going to have to favor the traffic on the interstate and we are going to have to get that traffic off the interstate.”
— North Carolina Department of Transportation Division 10 Deputy Division Engineer Scott Cole on the priority when it comes to traffic improvements at and around Exit 28.

“We’re about to die.”
— Lake Norman Charter School swimmer Sydney Carte, recalling her first thoughts what practices will be like when she learned two-time Olympic swimmer Roy Burch was name the LNC swim team’s new head coach.

“That fall-off is ugly, and it’s unforgiving. You dedicate so much time to something, and then people forget it happened.”
— Burch on the abrupt transition from international swimming to normal daily life.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 17:23

Horse's Mouth for January 18, 2017

“We’re not here to encourage development, but people have the right to do — within the law — what they want to do with their land. Catering to developers is the last thing this town would do.”
— Davidson Mayor John Woods explaining to Davidson residents attending last week’s town board meeting that the Rural Area Plan doesn’t create development opportunities, but rather provides guidance in how it should be developed.

“We want to safeguard Davidson’s quality of life in the face of some development pressure. This adopted plan helps the town determine how to accommodate, direct and manage that growth according to Davidson’s principles.”
— Davidson Town Manager Jamie Justice to town residents at last week’s Town Board of Commissioners meeting during a discussion about the town’s Rural Area Plan.

“People really care about the town. They care about who we are and where we’re going, and that’s a good thing.”
— Woods on the outpouring of public sentiment on the subject of the Rural Area plan.

“This is really all about making Davidson a better place for pollinators.”
— Davidson resident and bee keeper Mike Goode on his efforts to have the town designated as a “Bee City USA.” There are seven such municipalities that carry that distinction in North Carolina.

“And this time, the meteorologists got it right.”
— Lake Norman Charter School Director of Community Relations Sara Lay on plans made by the school’s administration to implement its E-learning system last Tuesday, allowing students to take classes from home, teachers to teach remotely and allowing the school to not use a snow day.

“Students go from one class to signing in for the next one on their schedule, and the classes outside the basic subject areas, like art or physical education, still include assignments and activities that students must complete during the class period. It’s a carefully managed day without much down time.”
— Lay on how a busy E-learning day operates.

“It’s important for them to get back to some sense of normalcy. We want to provide a space where they can come and run, walk, roll, whatever they need.”
— Next Level Readiness owner Andre Gagne about his new venture, SPEAR, and his desire to dedicate a portion of the multi-faceted home and personal protection operation for recreational use by veterans.

“We had an incredibly challenging first two weeks of the (A-10) year, and the losses really took their toll on our guys, almost to the point where their spirit had been broken. You could see that in the locker room in the aftermath of the Fordham game, you could see it in practice the next day and the film session. And somehow they dug deep, and they found a way, prepared themselves and revived their spirit.”
— Davidson College basketball coach Bob McKillop following Saturday’s victory over VCU.