Tuesday, 04 October 2016 16:47

A dog-day afternoon

The Town of Cornelius’ annual All-American Dog Show brought out 450 people with 125 dogs, nearly 80 of them participants, to Bailey Road Park last Saturday. Sponsored by the Cornelius PARC Department, it was the first All-American Dog Show since 2014 as last year’s event was cancelled because of rainy weather. Dogs competed in a number of categories while pet-oriented vendors displayed products and services.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 18:03

The look of survival

Breast cancer survivor Paulette Ferrara flashes a bright smile during last Saturday’s survivors’ party and Pink Edition photo shoot at Dutchman’s Casual Living at Jetton Village in Cornelius.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 17:16

Putting Fore Angels

Golfers filled the fairways of Birkdale Golf Club Monday at the annual Angels of ’97 “Puttin’ Fore a Purpose” golf tournament. The Angels of ’97 organization’s fund-raising event is a companion to its annual spaghetti dinner. Over the past two decades, Angels of ’97, founded in honor of five “angels” who died before they could graduate with the North Meck High Class of 1997, has raised more than $700,000 to fund scholarships for area public high school students. Above, golfers practice putting surrounded by signs reminding them of other “angels” who have taken their place among the honorees in the years since.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 18:22

Never Forget

Prior to the unveiling of the Never Forget 9/11 Monument in Cornelius Sunday morning, first responders from the area and many parts of the country were invited to surround the sculpture in honor of their service, including this “Fire Rider” from New York City. Fire Riders is a fraternity of retired firefighters. As required of all monuments that use a piece of the World Trade Center debris, the sculpture is oriented toward New York City, as highlighted by the red stripe in the concrete at the base. For more photos of the nearly three-hour ceremony, see Pages 12 and 13.

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 16:48

Helping hands

To do what they could to support a friend and stay distracted from their own sadness, Town of Huntersville employees and others turned out in shifts last Thursday to tackle an assortment of chores at the home of the Scott Treon family. Treon, a long-time member of the Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department staff, was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme cancer two years ago. Thursday’s spontaneous display of compassion came when word spread that Treon had entered the final stage of his battle against the brain cancer and been admitted to the Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville. These friends joined many others from the community at a candlelight vigil in Treon’s honor at the Hospice House Thursday night. Treon, a husband and father of three daughters, died Monday.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 17:05

One last big summer party

Entertainment for all ages greeted students outside the Historic Oak Street Mill in downtown Cornelius on Friday, Aug. 19, during the first “Jam the Hype” back-to-school party organized by Bella Love. Along with age-appropriate games and activities were food trucks, live music and socializing as students wound down the summer toward the first day of school.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 16:45

Making a big splash

Morgan and McKenzie Roebuck were among the first youngsters to have a soaking wet good time at the new splash pad in Smithville Park. The play area was donated by the Lake Norman Kiwanis Club, which pledged $150,000 toward construction, and opened Saturday, the same day that the Old Town Cornelius Jazz Festival was also held in Smithville Park. For more photos of both events, visit

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 05:44

A lotta late summer fun

The Lake Norman-based Lotta Foundation was a featured attraction at the annual Harvey’s Restaurant Block Party in Huntersville’s Vermilion neighborhood on Saturday. The foundation used the occasion to raise awareness of its efforts and the Aug. 20 conclusion of its annual coat drive. Pictured from left are Paul Bartolotta, Titus Bartolotta, co-founder of the Lotta Foundation, Nelson Bynum and Justin Werbiskis, owner of Pegram Insurance of Huntersville. For more photos of the block party, visit

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 05:36

A grand entrance

A medical evacuation helicopter comes in for a landing at NorthCross Shopping Center as part of last Tuesday evening’s National Night Out observance in Huntersville. In addition to a number of activities, residents had the opportunity to interact with public safety officials and view a variety of police, fire and medical vehicles.

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 16:40

Hot project

Despite the nearly 100-degree temperatures, summertime is still the best time for paving and patching streets, as a Town of Huntersville work crew proves while patching Main Street in downtown during the hottest time of the day.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 22:00

Out of the kitchen

The owners and employees of The Wiener Factory in old town Denver took the phrase “If it’s too hot, stay out of the kitchen” literally last week, shutting down operations as temperatures climbed to the mid- to upper-90s. Not only was the temperature too high to work inside, but probably for customers as well.