DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Pubic radio station WDAV 89.9 is back to full transmission power, recently returning to its primary tower after nearly a year following a lightning strike in August 2012. The resulting damaged forced the station to transmit from a backup tower, resulting in a degradation or complete loss of signal for many in its listening area.
Electronics Research Inc. has designed a new antenna, which tower crews began installing on WDAV's main broadcast tower in mid-May. Affected areas such as Winston-Salem and Lancaster, S.C., will hear a sharp improvement in their reception when WDAV begins broadcasting from the newly installed antenna.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- In collaboration with Special Olympics Lake Norman, the Lake Norman Yacht Club will host a sailing regatta Friday-Sunday, June 21-23, at its facility on Lake Norman at 297 Yacht Road in Mooresville. Opening ceremonies will be Friday at 7 p.m., and the first horn to start the day's races is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.
Athletes from North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama will participate in the inaugural event, which features several races occurring over the weekend.
The Huntersville Fire Department's fire-fighting fleet got a big boost on Friday with the much-anticipated delivery of a spanking new, built-to-order ladder truck. The truck, sporting the department's new signature black-on-red color scheme and featuring a multi-purpose ladder that can extend to 105 feet, is now based at Station 1 downtown and is being equipped in-house with an assortment of service equipment and accessories. While the $750,000 fire truck enhances the department's capabilities in multiple emergency response scenarios, the ladder — which can be extended vertically or horizontally — is the most significant. At Station 1, the new vehicle will take the place of a 15-year-old 75-foot ladder truck, which will be reassigned to one of the department's other stations.
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The Jump Rope for Heart Event has been popular at Long Creek Elementary School in Huntersville for many years. For seven of the last 10 years, school administrators, teachers and students have embraced involvement in the program that promotes health awareness and encourages young people to be active while raising money to help others.
But for the past three years, one student's participation in the exercise-based benefit has set a new standard. From the numbers, it's easy to see that Robert Jacob Montgomery has taken the program, well, to heart. And, sadly, it's also easy to understand why.
DAVIDSON, N.C. -- In her five years on the Davidson Town Board, Laurie Venzon has assumed the role of budget stickler.
Not budget hawk, mind you, although she's typically been among the most fiscally conservative of commissioners. Where Venzon, a longtime veteran of the banking industry, challenged town staff and her colleagues was on the impact tomorrow of budget decisions made today.
DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Davidson College Presbyterian Church's summer series highlighting "biographies of faith" will begin Sunday, June 16. This program features a brief study of well-known and not-so-well-known people in history whose Christian faith impacted the world.
The program will be held in Jetton Hall in the church's main building on Main Street in Davidson. Activities will begin at 9:45 a.m.
DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The Davidson Fire Department has a new fire chief, but he isn't new to the department. Darin McIntosh, a lifelong resident of Davidson who joined the DFD as a volunteer in 1996, has been named to head the department.
"I have an overwhelming sense of commitment to this community," says McIntosh. "My family has deep roots in Davidson and I'm proud to help take care of folks in the community. I was made to be a firefighter."
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- As Hinds' Feet Farm efforts to serve persons with brain injuries expand, this summer's Davey Allison Memorial Golf Classic in Huntersville takes on even added significance.
The 21st annual benefit, with events hosted by Hinds' Feet Farm and NorthStone Country Club, will be held Aug. 11-12. The tournament, co-sponsored by Tuscarora Yarns and Wells Fargo, pays tribute to military personnel who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, places an emphasis on the importance of treatment and care for individuals coping with brain injuries and serves as a primary fundraiser to support the wide range of services provided by Hinds' Feet Farm.
Cornelius commissioners take a crash course in how to put a bond referendum on the ballot, considering $20.4 million package.
CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Should Cornelius commissioners decide to place a bond referendum on the ballot in November, they recognize they will have to do a thorough job of educating the voters regarding why they believe Cornelians should approve bonds for a laundry list of capital expenditures.
But first, commissioners are receiving an education themselves.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Boaters now have the opportunity to access weekend worship services without missing their morning cruise on Lake Norman.
Starting Saturday, June 22, West United Methodist Church will offer "West on the Water" services at 10:45 a.m. near the lake's main channel Marker 8 just south of the Hager's Creek Access Area in Mooresville.