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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 07:29

A moment to reflect

Cadets with the Hough High School Army JROTC unit bow their heads during the Town of Cornelius’ Veterans Day program invocation. A large crowd gathered in the Saturday morning chill to honor the scores of local residents who have served their country and those who are still on the watch. It was one of four local celebrations, as Davidson, Huntersville and Mooresville also held a variety of ceremonies, celebrations and parades to honor their veterans.

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 04:57

Row, row, row your team ...

Community School of Davidson lineman Jeffrey Smith takes his turn “rowing” with the coveted rivalry paddle the Spartans secured with Friday’s 40-14 win over Pine Lake Prep. Pine Lake had held the paddle for the past year, after a 42-0 win last fall. The series is now tied 3-3.

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 07:27

Toll lanes open ... kinda

While I-77 Mobility Partners crews complete resurfacing work on stretches of Interstate 77 general purpose lanes in the the Lake Norman region, motorists are using portions of new lanes — destined to be part of the I-77 Express Lanes project — to bypass construction. The traffic shift, between Exits 23 and 25 in Huntersville, was implemented two weeks ago and will remain in place until improvements to the targeted section of general purpose lanes are finished later this month. During the general purpose lane maintenance, traffic — like this southbound stream of cars near the Stumptown Road overpass — will use the interior lanes of I-77 that will become the tolled, managed lanes when the Express Lanes project is completed.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 07:35

Heart warming

Carolina Ballonfest, attended by about 20,000 fans, was held last weekend in Statesville and organizers gave the Citizen a bird’s-eye view from the basket of the Zaxby’s balloon -- you can see the video on our Facebook page. This heart-shaped balloon is called Te Amo, Spanish for “I love you.” It was one of 55 balloons on display during the Saturday night balloon glow. Vendors on site included Huntersville woodworker Bob Weir, who brought his hand-carved Lake Norman renditions. Portions of the proceeds from the event benefit local charities.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 08:16

Light it up

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Sergeant J.J. Sarver holds a reflective band that the Cornelius Police Department will be handing out to runners and bikers who are not clearly visible in darkness. They also have bike lights to distribute, thanks to NCDOT. Officers will seek out people who are not clearly visible to stop them, but not to punish them. Sarver calls it an educational opportunity and hopes it will decrease traffic accidents related to cyclists and pedestrians. Anyone who wants a band can visit the Cornelius Police Department while supplies last. They fit children, too.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 08:55

A gourd-geous seasonal display

A parade of painted pumpkins, assorted sizes and colors of gourds and a colorful collection of just about every member of the cucurbitaceae (hey, this is Davidson, you have to learn something) family are now available at the Davidson United Methodist Church’s Great Pumpkin Patch at the church’s Molly McKay House on Main Street. Items are available for purchase daily at the seasonal collection of everything required for a festive fall display. Hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m, and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 07:54

Battle of the brotherhoods

A member of the Cornelius-Lemley Fire & Rescue softball team takes a solid cut at the ball during last weekend’s “Guns & Hoses” charity softball game at Bailey Road Park against the Cornelius Police Department. Proceeds raised from T-shirt and raffle ticket sales, as well as purchases made at the D9 Brewing Company and A Worthy Dog concessions, will be donated to the TopDeck Foundation, a public charity that supports the mission and needs of the Cornelius Police Department. The firefighters walked away with bragging rights this year.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:06

Chamber turns 30

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce is celebrating three decades in action, encouraging business growth in the communities of Huntersville, Davidson and Cornelius. The Chamber has approximately 1,000 members in its 30th year and is ever expanding. There was a celebration on Sept. 21 at Aquesta Bank in Huntersville to mark the occasion attended by local business owners and Chamber officials. Above, John Cherry, founder of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, blows out the candles on the birthday cake.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 07:36

Big boost for Young Elites organization

The local Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, held Saturday at Blythe Landing, not only provided a sizable contribution for the community’s Young Elites (YE) organization, but also featured a visit from a Charlotte Hornets big man. Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky (do we really need to tell you which one he is?) was a special guest at the all-day tournament, organized by Lineberger Orthodontics with proceeds going to support YE’s programs for high school girls. More than 60 teams, including 12 from out of state, participated, assisted by more than 80 volunteers consisting of YE members, parents and Lineberger representatives. Joining Kaminsky for a photo during a break in the on-court action are, front from left, YE ambassadors Carolina Spurrier and Megan Woody; back row from left, Niya Johnson, YE program director; Jennifer Shiley, YE founder; Megan Lineberger, Lineberger Orthodontics co-owner; Matt Lineberger, Lineberger Orthodontics co-owner; Landon Eckles, Owner of Clean Juice; and Astrid Jimenez, Lineberger’s philanthropy & events coordinator.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 06:56

A rose by any other name ...

... is still a rose, even if it’s frozen. Discovery Place KIDS brought liquid nitrogen to the first Arts & Science Council Culture Feast held in the Lake Norman area, Friday Sept. 8. Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis was handed a rose dipped in liquid nitrogen and frozen. The event also featured the Davidson Community Players, the Charlotte Folk Society, a piano performance and dancing from other organizations. The sold-out event was well-received, featuring a meal from Family Catering Services and drinks from Triple C Brewing Company and Shelton Vineyards. The feast is meant to bring exposure to the rich art, science and cultural options people have in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.

Thursday, 07 September 2017 13:11

A sign of the times

Demolition has begun on the Bayshore Plaza shopping center on Gilead Road in Huntersville, in advance of the redevelopment of the site which will include a grocery store. This project will also involve connectivity related to the U.S. 21 and Gilead Road improvements.