Tuesday, 27 June 2017 16:00

Big Day gets grant for BBBS Charlotte

CORNELIUS, N.C. — As preparations for this summer’s Big Day at the Lake 13 continue, the planners of the annual event in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Greater Charlotte received a welcome grant courtesy of a local legislator.

Last Friday, N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte (Dist. 41) presented the charity organization’s CEO Donna Dunlap and Cornelius resident and Big Day at the Lake founder Dave Yochum with a hefty $200,000 donation proclamation, courtesy of Tarte’s access to discretionary funds in the state budget.


HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Information gathering, counseling and lab work involved in the multi-pronged medical field search for clues concerning the statistically high occurrence rate of ocular melanoma (OM) in the Huntersville area are continuing, and now a separate scientific report stemming from months of on-site measurements and calculations has identified another possible path for further investigation.

Current research

Next month, at the Huntersville Town Board’s July 17 meeting, Dr. Michael Brennan plans to deliver a thorough update on the progress of the geospatial analysis, genetic counseling and blood test phases of the town-authorized, grant-funded medical research he and a steadily expanding national network of cancer and eye care specialists identified as the most efficient and potentially enlightening first layer of local OM exploration. Brennan’s report to town commissioners will also include the fact that the local research pool now includes 19 patients, representing more than a 50 percent increase in the number of cases since the Huntersville Task Force’s research began in April.

Three weeks after an interior fire caused significant damage at the Target retail store in the Northcross Shopping Center off N.C. 73 in Huntersville, ceremonies highlighted by contributions from Target to local service agencies were held last week to celebrate the store’s re-opening. At the event, held Wednesday, June 14, Store Team Leader Danielle Pavone presented individual $2,500 Target contributions to the Huntersville Fire Department, represented by HFD Chief Jim Dotoli (left), and the Second Harvest Food Bank, represented by Food Sourcing Manager David Brown. The donations were promoted as Target’s way of saying “thank you” to the community for ongoing support during the clean-up and restoration work since the May 22 fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and Target, which officially re-opened for customers on June 11, is proceeding with interior renovations that should be completed by the end of August.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 16:30

HFFA hosts USA diving competition

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Divers from all along the East Coast will convene in Huntersville next week to participate in the USA Zone A Diving Championships at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics Center.

More than 300 competitors have registered to take part in the annual diving event, one of six regional competitions held across the country with qualifiers advancing to participate in the AT&T National Diving Championships. Competition will begin Tuesday, June 27, and continue daily through Sunday, July 2, at the HFFA pool on Verhoeff Drive.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 16:28

North Meck Rescue shuts down June 30

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — The days are winding down for an emergency response operation that has served the north Mecklenburg area for more than half of a century.

At midnight on June 30, the North Mecklenburg Volunteer Rescue Squad will close its doors after 58 years of providing rescue and emergency medical services to the citizens of Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius and the surrounding areas. The closure is the result of the Town of Huntersville reallocating funds to fold emergency response duties into the Huntersville Fire Department’s umbrella of services.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — A long-running effort to address a lingering “eyesore” in the middle of a stretch of historic buildings along Huntersville’s Main Street fueled Monday’s decision by town commissioners to approve the application of a “Band-Aid” to address the problem.

At the urging of Planning Director Jack Simoneau, the Huntersville Town Board voted unanimously — with Commissioner Charles Guignard recused from the issue because he owns adjacent property — to authorize efforts to board up windows and secure the premises of a vacant, two-story building at 110 S. Main St.

CORNELIUS, N.C. — Willow Pond, the body of water not the Cornelius neighborhood, used to be, well, a pond. Today, it’s more of a silt-filled, alligator weed-infested impediment of the McDowell Creek Watershed stream that ultimately feeds into Mountain Island Lake.

The significance of the water quality is a primary reason the Town of Cornelius is seeking grant funding that would be applied toward a multi-pronged project to address Willow Pond, repair excessive erosion damage to McDowell Creek and add about a mile of greenway to the town’s growing network.

DAVIDSON, N.C. — Rain didn’t stop plans for a “march for ethics” last Tuesday in Davidson, and as the Davidson Town Board meeting began, chants of “Save the woods, Mayor Woods” and “A park is not a parking lot” provided a sound track.

A crowd of dozens gathered on the front steps of Town Hall — just outside the board room — after marching for more than an hour in pouring rain.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 17:02

Kids invited for Custard with a Cop

DAVIDSON, N.C. — The Davidson Police Department invites families with elementary school-age children to “Custard with a Cop” Saturday, June 17 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Whit’s Frozen Custard, at 428 S. Main St., in Davidson. Children will be able to engage with police officers while enjoying vanilla or chocolate frozen custard.

Officers will discuss personal safety matters such as how to handle strangers and crossing the street safely. Also on display will be a police cruiser and the Davidson Fire Department will display a fire truck. For more information, call the Davidson Police Department at 704-892-5131.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 17:02

OHHS to hear from local historian

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. —The Olde Huntersville Historic Society will host a presentation at Holly Bend Plantation, 3701 Neck Road, on Saturday, June 22 at 2 p.m. The organization’s resident historian and collector, Kris Manley, will present an historical  account with artifacts related to the Davidson family, who built the home between 1795 and 1800.

After the presentation, CAPS President and Founder Tina McSwain will speak on paranormal experiences associated with the home and property. The public is invited.