Eight members of the Huntersville Elementary School first grade class of 1972-73 gathered at the school this past Saturday in a reunion effort that began with a Facebook posting of the original class photo. The former classmates and their teacher, Rita Youngblood, met for lunch at Killington’s restaurant then went to the school for a tour led by Principal Jeffrey Ruppenthal. The class picture above was taken in the library where the original photo had been taken. Pictured are (front row, from left) Tina Hunt, Cheryl Lee, Janet Wilborn Pierson and Ramona Burris; and (back row) teacher Rita Youngblood, Amy Houston Smith, Kari Lynn Everidge Benge, Jack McGee and Teddy Jones.
An aerial view of the new swim beach at Ramsey Creek Park provides a unique perspective of the facility due to open Memorial Day weekend. Formerly an area of rocky shoreline, the new sandy beach will provide the only public swimming access on Lake Norman other than Lake Norman State Park in Troutman. The opening of the beach is pending completion of intersection impovements and a new traffic signal at Nantz Road and West Catawba Avenue, which county officials report is on schedule.
Four Cornelius Police Department officers were honored by Police Chief Bence Hoyle and the Cornelius Town Board of Commissioners Monday night for their actions during a shooting incident on May 2, 2015. Above right, Officer Jon Rhinehardt (left) and Christine O’Neil received Meritorious Conduct awards, O’Neill for providing immediate medical aid to Officer James Quattlebaum (right), who was shot while investigating a call for service, and Rhinehardt for running into the residence in response to the shooting. Above left, Officer Jeffrey Heinz, pictured with Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis, received the Medal of Valor as well as Officer of the Year honors. Heinz was with Quattlebaum when he was shot, subsequently returning fire and subduing the suspect.
Luck o’ the swag bag
It was a full house last weekend at the Galway Hooker’s annual block party, when every year the Irish pub in Huntersville helps get the Lake Norman area in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day. Thousands of revelers enjoyed a day of Irish dancing, bagpipers, food trucks, raffles, games and vendors, and, like these kids — sporting some tastfully fashionable but VERY green bags — live music.
Davidson Green School recently snipped the ribbon to commemorate the opening of its new Geodesic Greenhouse, where the school plans to grow organic catfish and produce to donate to the Ada Jenkins Center and Loaves and Fish food pantry. Handling the official giant scissors ceremony with the help of some friends were Jennifer Jakubecy and Kathleen McIntyre. For more information about Davidson Green School, visit DavidsonGreenSchool.org.
Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Dylan White of Mooresville gauges boiler water temperature before taking a sample in the forward main machinery room aboard amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and is slated to participate in amphibious integration training (AIT) and a certification exercise (CERTEX) with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in the Pacific Ocean.
Members of the Davidson College Wildcats basketball team huddle around Coach Bob McKillop during a timeout in Saturday’s game against Saint Joseph’s. Davidson, in its second Atlantic 10 season, scored an upset victory over the Hawks as the regular season winds down to its final few games. See more in Sports.
Members of the North Mecklenburg Rescue Squad provided a little aerial entertainment last week for anyone walking past the parking deck behind Huntersville Town Center. They would have seen squad volunteers rappelling from the structure’s top deck as they conducted training on fixed rope systems — a part of technical rescue, which is a certification required of all members of the rescue squad. Starting down the wall is Assistant Chief Mike Tessari, with volunteer and Huntersville resident Savannah Darby observing.
United States Senator Thom Tillis (left) of Huntersville recently presented Chris Ashworth with an authentic flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol. The flag was awarded in honor of Ashworth’s father, the late Vernie Ashworth, who passed away in November. Vernie Ashworth served in the U.S. military in both World War II and the Korean conflict. Chris Ashworth is the husband of Visit Lake Norman Executive Director Sally Ashworth.
Alex Young, son of Ronnie and Cathy Jo Young of Huntersville, shows his brother, Connor, around the cockpit of an F-15 fighter jet. Young recently graduated from flight training school at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro and is now an F-15 Strike Eagle pilot. 1st Lt. Young, the 2008 valedictorian of Hopewell High School and a Boy Scouts Troop 19 Eagle Scout, will be stationed for three years at Royal Air Force Base Lakenheath in England along with his wife, Adrienne. They leave for their new assignment in mid-February.
Olaf the snowman from the animated movie Frozen appears to celebrate his favorite kind of weather on the balcony of this Lake Norman condominium. Snow and ice stick to the palm trees surrounding the pool deck and cover the shore of Lake Norman providing for a unique vista for a day or two before the thaw began.