Tuesday, 24 May 2016 17:18

No ... um ... kidding

Pictures paint a thousand words, but in this case two prominent ones often associated with political proceedings, as North Carolina Sen. Jeff Tarte, a former mayor of Cornelius, holds a sign he won in a raffle at Sunday evening’s farm-to-table community dinner to benefit the Cornelius 9/11 Memorial. With Tarte, but not touching the sign, are Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis (right) and (from left) Cornelius-Lemley Fire And Rescue Chief Neil Smith and Cornelius Police Chief Bence Hoyle. See more photos from the event in Normanopolis.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 06:18

Pine Lake class is ‘Kristina Strong’

Fellow students of Kristina Dontino’s Pine Lake Prep fourth grade class, who recently won the school’s “Penny Wars,” pose at the school’s spirit rock painted in her honor with Kristina occupying the place of honor. The rock was painted in honor of Kristina, who recently completed her final chemotherapy two years after being diagnosed with leukemia. Kristina is the daughter of Robert and Jennifer Dontino of Huntersville. In addition to earning the honor of painting the spirit rock, the class also won a trip to Olive Garden restaurant.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 05:27

They’re all about that bait

Caleb Higdon (left), with the assistance of classmate Griffin Barth, recently hauled in this 40-pound catfish from the dock at Peninsula Yacht Club remarkably using a fly rod. Unable to haul it ashore because of its weight, the Community School of Davidson students had to jump into the water.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 18:13

LNC visits D.C.

The fifth grade class at Lake Norman charter School recently toured the nation’s capitol, and among the stops was a visit with the U.S. Senator from the school’s home town of Huntersville, Thom Tillis. Above, the students listen to a talk delivered by Tillis on the steps of the Capitol Building.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 16:52

An eye on Washington

Last week, eye care professionals from North Carolina visited members of the state’s Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., and one of the prioritized topics in each session was the statistically high occurrence rate of ocular melanoma in the Huntersville area. The visits included a session with Sen. Thom Tillis (center) of Huntersville. Doctors participating in the session include (front, from left) Susan Burden and Deborah Hudak; and (from left) Ali Torab Parhiz, Cameron Stone, Donald Budenz, Jennifer Williamson, Divakar Gupta, Robert Wiggins and W. Alan Skipper. During this visit, Dr. Michael Brennan and Dr. Odette Houghton, two of the growing number of eye experts directly involved in efforts to learn more about the local OM cases, had a private session about the OM issue with Tillis staff member Katy Talento.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 17:20

His ship finally came in

This musician at the cruise ship pier on Tortola British Virgin Islands takes a break from entertaining tourists to catch up on the latest events regarding developer Nate Bowman’s most recent bid for the Anchor Mill parcel in Huntersville. Everyone on the island has been on pins and needles about it for about 18 years. Word around Tortola is that they can’t wait to see what the ground-breaking shovels will look like in another 18 years.

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 17:16

First-graders forever

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.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 18:00

Summer of sun and sand awaits

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.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 18:05

Cornelius police officers honored

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.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 08:35

Image of the Week for March 16, 2016

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.

Tuesday, 08 March 2016 16:10

A green ribbon day

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