The harsh early summer conditions in the southern Piedmont don’t always stand in the way of life. This sunflower was spotted straining skyward among the rip-rap along Sherwood Drive in Huntersville by former town commissioner and man about town Charles Guignard. He alerted the Citizen staff and the photo promptly taken.
Steve Langley, Guinness World Record holder for paddleball, juggler extraordinaire and one half of the Flying Fettuccini Brothers, last week broke the Guiness World Record for a chain of bubbles at Discovery Place KIDS in downtown Huntersville. Langley successfully strung together 35 bubbles, five more than the previous mark but seven fewer than his goal of 42.
In a scene that will be repeated often over the next several days for graduating seniors at a number of local high schools, graduates from Cannon School celebrate the conclusion of thier high school careers by tossing their caps into the air.
This past Sunday there was a special dedication of a home at the 7200 block of Hambright Road in western Huntersville. It was the home of Betty Patterson, who lost her house at the same address to a fire in May 2012. Having lost her insurance, local churches and individuals rallied behind the Huntersville Fire Department's effort to raise the funds to build her a new home.
For some two-wheeled vehicles occupying the "bike parking" spaces at Mac's Speed Shop in Cornelius, a kickstand isn't required. The owner of this human-powered bike felt comfortable in laying it down Saturday as he or she went inside to imbibe in some beer or barbecue ... or both.
The Healing Dragons, a local dragon boat team of cancer survivors, took first place in the Cancer Survivors Division of the 10th annual Asian Festival and dragon boat races held this past Saturday at Ramsey Creek on Lake Norman. Fifty teams from along the East Coast competed in various divisions, from competitive club teams to corporate teams to high school and community teams.
A couple of pooches attempt to become better acquainted during last Saturday's Bark in the Park at Historic Rural Hill. Despite the light rain, man, woman and best friend turned out for a day of fun and canine frolic. See more photos on Page 32.
Huntersville residents Chris Joyce (left) and Viki Wilhelm Hager were strangers until last week, when Joyce and his wife, Barbara, reached out to Hager in a gesture of neighborly kindness. He gave Hager a baseball signed by her brother, Baseball National Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm (depicted as a young ball player in this statue at Huntersville Athletic Park). Read more about the story of their connection on Page 31.