CORNELIUS, N.C. -- This past April, the Cornelius Town Board of Commissioners officially sent a message to the North Carolina Department of Transportation about the continually deteriorating conditions of Jetton Road. Fix it to our specifications, commissioners unanimously agreed in a resolution during their April 21 meeting, and afterward we’ll take the road off your hands.

Last week, Cornelius Town Manager Anthony Roberts was notified by NCDOT that it would begin rebuilding approximately 1.9 miles of Jetton Road between West Catawba Avenue and John Connor Road on or about Oct. 1. That’s the good news. The bad news is it will be yet another traffic-disrupting project in a town already fatigued by orange barrel syndrome.

Tuesday, 09 September 2014 20:07

The American Dream, barricaded


Exit 28 project may cost ‘Joe’ Jaouny his business.

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Muawia Jaouny’s face contorts in frustration.

Actually, the man his customers know simply as “Joe” is doubly frustrated because it’s not just his situation that perturbs him. It’s also the fact that he can’t find the adequate English words to describe the depth of his discontent.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way, after all. Not when the native of Kuwait moved to the U.S. after stops in Jordan and Jerusalem. Not when he became the epitome of the American dream when he began running a small business in 2010, then bought the business outright two years later.


HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- As a result of the investigation completed by the Huntersville Police Department Traffic Safety Section and consultation with the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office, Evan Matthew Purtill (white male, 22), has been arrested and charged with felony death by vehicle.

Purtill was the driver of a vehicle involved in a one-vehicle crash in the 10400 block of McCoy Road Saturday, Aug. 30, at 2:02 a.m. Pronounced dead at the scene was William Caleb Reid, 20. Alcohol was believed to be have been a contributing factor in the crash.


Tuesday, 02 September 2014 21:45

Huntersville gymnast earns national team spot

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Senior International Elite Gymnast Ashton Locklear, who trains at Everest Gymnastics in Huntersville, represented the United States National Team in the 2014 Senior Pan American Championships in Toronto, Canada, this past weekend.

There, she helped lead the U.S. team to the championship, earning her team’s highest score on the uneven bars at 15.0.

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 21:18

Hopewell grad now a seaman

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Navy Seaman Jack Lloyd, son of Philip and Betsy Lloyd of Huntersville, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Lloyd completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 21:18

Davidson alum chef prepares public dinner

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Davidson College invites the public to a Vail Commons Dining Hall meal by alumnus Randall Mardus (Class of 1999), the first guest chef of the school year, on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Mardus will prepare Italian dishes from his time spent cooking for New York City chef Michael White, one of the most decorated Italian chefs in the country.

 Mardus will be speaking with diners during service hours of 5 to 7:45 p.m. The cost of the meal will be $13.26 per person at the door.

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 21:17

New historical group to hold first meeting

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The public is invited to the first meeting of the newly formed North Branch of the Mecklenburg Historical Association (MHA), which will be held Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion Ave., in Cornelius. The meeting will be held in Room 209.

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 21:16

Public library expands hours

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- Following several years of reduced hours of service because of funding difficulties, all branches of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library, including the North County Regional in Huntersville, Cornelius Branch and Davidson Branch, will be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning this week. In addition, the North County Regional Library, as with other regional libraries in the system, will be open Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 21:15

Wellness Challenge finale held Sunday

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The fourth and final event in the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Wellness Challenge, in conjunction with Cool Breeze Cyclery, will be held Sunday, Sept. 7, as the Lake Davidson Spring Triathlon begins at 8 a.m. at the Ingersoll-Rand Corporate Campus.

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 21:14

Davidson seeks Burney Award nominees

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The Town of Davidson is now accepting nominations for the G. Jackson Burney Community Service Award. The award honors G. Jackson Burney and those who improve the Davidson community through unselfish service. The annual award is presented in late November or early December at a community event at Davidson Town Hall.