This plaque at the new athletic fields complex behind Cornelius Elementary School was unveiled during last Saturday’s dedication of the reclaimed facility as James Hoyt Wilhelm Park. Wilhelm was a north Mecklenburg native who played high school baseball at Cornelius High School, where Cornelius Elementary School now stands, and played on the field where the new fields are located. Wilhelm enjoyed a long Major League Baseball pitching career thanks to the arm-saving knuckleball he perfected, and is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Charles Guignard, founder of the Angels of ’97 organization and chief cook of its 21st annual spaghetti dinner, takes a moment with some of the younger attendees of last Saturday’s event at North Mecklenburg High School. The organization was founded to honor the memory of five North Meck students who died before they could graduate with their Class of 1997. Through its various fund-raising efforts throughout the years Angels of ’97 has raised some $700,000 in scholarships for local students. See more photos on Page 7.
(From left) Scot Slusarick, Brenda Frazier, Josh Shope and Summer Heath work the kitchen during the Huntersville Lions Club’s Pancake Breakfast fundraiser last Saturday at Huntersville United Methodist Church. Proceeds will support patients and families in the Huntersville Ocular Melanoma (OM) Cancer Cluster group. Local OM patients, like 23-year-old Heath, require regular follow-up exams that are expensive and, in many cases, involve travel to meet with ophthalmology and oncology specialists familiar with the rare cancer. Heath is one of at least 12 individuals with residential or occupational ties to Huntersville diagnosed with OM in the last few years, a cancer that statistically impacts five to six people out of a million each year in the United States. (See story, Page 4).
Souper Bowl XIII brought out soup lovers of all ages for the annual tasting competition that supports the Davidson Housing Coalition’s HAMMERS program. John and Eleanor Young introduce 20-month-old Hattie Young to the wonders of soup. The event is held on the campus of Davidson College and this year featured soups from 10 Davidson-area restaurants and culinary purveyors.
Ceremonial hard hats rest atop equally ceremonial shovels in advance of last week’s groundbreaking for the long-awaited new Huntersville Recreation Center on Verhoeff Drive. Adjacent to Huntersville Athletic Park and CPCC’s Merancas Campus, and directly across Verhoeff from Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics Center, the facility has a 10-month construction schedule. When finished, the 23,577-square-foot, $7 million facility will feature indoor courts, meeting spaces and other amenities, and could open before the end of the year.
Cornelius students Robert and Kira Anderson became the first two youths to earn new bikes through the new Earn-A-Bike Program offered at the Neighborhood C.A.R.E. Center’s GearUp Bike Shop. Robert and Kira completed the necessary mechanical and community service hours to earn the bike of their choice. The GearUp Bike Shop is open to any students ages 10-17 who want to learn mechanical skills to earn a bike for themselves or a family member. The GearUp Bike Shop is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon. The Neighborhood C.A.R.E. Center is at 19711 Smith Circle. The C.A.R.E. center is a program of Grace Covenant Church. For more information, call 704-255-5500.
Customers at the Subway restaurant in Davidson found themselves face-to-face with a local celebrity when Davidson College basketball coach Bob McKillop worked behind the counter during the lunch rush last Wednesday as part of the national Coaches vs. Cancer fund-raising effort. McKillop certainly felt like more than the humble cheese man, his assignment for his shift, when one customer approached the counter, saw him and, unable to recall why she recognized him, declared, “You are ... somebody!”
The commercial aspects of the massive Bryton development at the southern edge of Huntersville are easy to see from N.C. 115, where Walmart is the major tenant and the two-story McDonald’s will soon be joined by Bojangles’ and a car wash, but the residential portion of the 450-acre mixed-use development, to the south of Commerce Station and its 430-foot Southwire extrusion tower landmark, is also taking shape. Apartments and duplexes — like these off Hambright Road — are rising in the interior of Bryton, where single-family home neighborhoods are also planned.
Fans from Community School of Davidson celebrate and carry senior point guard Alex McMahan following last Friday’s 72-70 double-overtime win over rival Pine Lake Prep. McMahan hit a game-winning runner with three seconds left to secure the home win and series sweep. Joey Knox led CSD with 20 points, while Pine Lake’s Alex Cluff scored 29.