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.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 16:43

Flipping for ocular melanoma support

(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).

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 17:02

Soup’s on!

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.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 17:07

Hats off for the new rec center

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.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:49

Study Hall

Members of Lake Norman Charter’s Knightmare student section get in some last-minute reading — of the Citizen — prior to Friday night’s Big South Conference championship basketball game.