Tuesday, 30 May 2017 17:35

Honoring the lost

A member of American Legion Post 86 in Cornelius stands watch over Memorial Day ceremonies Monday morning on the lawn behind Cornelius Town Hall.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 16:27

Hats off to the graduates!

Cannon School in Concord kicked off graduation season with its commencement ceremonies last week, concluding with the traditional toss of the tasseled mortar boards. In the coming weeks all area high schools will hold graduation ceremonies at various venues in Charlotte. For a schedule of commencement exercises, see Page 21.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 16:36

When life gives lemonade, make laptops

Three members of the Grand Oak Kind Kids Club use the school’s spirit rock to attract the attention of passersby in their effort to raise money for the Lake Norman area E2D program. This program helps place technology and Internet access, which is critical in the contemporary education environment, in the hands of families that cannot otherwise afford it. Pictured holding their “Lemonade for Laptops” signs are Charlotte Lane, Claire Dillon and Reese Lanier.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 06:07

Empty bowls help fill stomachs

Torrence Creek Elementary School recently held an “Empty Bowls” fund-raising event designed to teach students that art can have an impact in creating a better world.  Each student participated in some way to create a bowl that was auctioned at the event to benefit Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen’s summer bag lunch program. Above, Cindy Deutsch (left), summer bag lunch coordinator at Angels and Sparrows, receives a check in the amount of $1,691 from Torrence Creek art educator Natalie Friedl as they model two of the student-created bowls.

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 16:44

Beach Bash for Big Day

Ron Hitzel of Impact Auctions works the crowd for bids during the auction portion of the annual Beach Bash at Port City Club in Cornelius to benefit Big Day at the Lake 13, an annual event designed to raise awareness and money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte and to provide a fun day on Lake Norman or Mountain Island Lake for youngsters who would otherwise not have the opportunity. The event raised more than $10,000 toward this year’s Big Day at the Lake goal of $100,000.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 14:37

Which way is ...?

Coaches and umpires don’t always see eye-to-eye, but that wasn’t really the case here. Last Thursday’s Hopewell vs. Hough softball game, eventually a 5-4 Hopewell win, was delayed for 30 minutes after a lightning strike in the area. After a brief meeting between the coaches and umpires, Hough coach Allison Mashburn directs her players to the team bus beyond the first base line, while Hopewell players are directed to an exit along the third base line by the home plate umpire.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 16:44

Thanks for 45 years of service

Davidson Fire Chief Bo Fitzgerald (right), Mayor John Woods (left), and the Town Board honored fire fighter Wilson Sadler at the April 11 Davidson Town Board meeting. Sadler served with the Davidson Fire Department for 45 years, and the board adopted a retirement resolution officially thanking him for his service to the department and the town. During his tenure with the department Sadler served at nearly every rank, including fire chief from 1997-2002. “As the scope of fire service expanded ... and the number of volunteer fire fighters began to wane, Wilson carried the department on his shoulders,” Fitzgerald said.

In addition to his contributions Sadler also served as lead contact for the North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade since its inception, and has contributed numerous hours to the Davidson Police Department’s Angel Tree program, benefitting children in need around the holidays.  In retirement, Sadler still holds a number of non-operational volunteer roles with the department.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 16:46

Just fiddling Celtic style

Among the main musical attractions at last weekend’s Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games at Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville was fiddler Mari Black, pictured performing with bassist Joe Magar of the Mari Black Trio Sunday afternoon.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 17:35

SPRING(FEST) has sprung

A large crowd turned out at Jetton Village for the shopping center’s first SPRINGFEST held this past Sunday on the lawn by the gazebo. Hosted by Harvey’s and Cornelius Draft House, the event featured live music from local bands, local and regional craft breweries, a wine tent, food on the square, tailgate games, kids’ activities and, as the photo indicates, plenty of picnicking. To view more photos of the event, visit

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 15:48

Honoring a local legend

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.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:12

Pasta and pigtails

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.