Tuesday, 09 June 2015 16:02

Red Cross needs summer donations

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The American Red Cross is reminding donors that it remains in need of blood during the summer months. Summer is a difficult time to collect enough blood to meet patient needs, as the Red Cross reports that nearly 90 percent of donors surveyed this past spring said they planned to take a vacation this summer, potentially making them less available to give.

In addition, many schools that host blood drives are out of session during the summer. But the need for blood donations remains constant. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Donors of all blood types — especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative — are needed.

Tuesday, 09 June 2015 16:01

Huntersville hears Bryton zoning request

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Last week’s Huntersville Town Board of Commissioners meeting included two public hearings related to the first residential projects in the 450-acre mixed-used Bryton development along N.C. 115 on the southern edge of town.

Representatives of LStar Management LLC are requesting modifications to the town’s zoning ordinance in preparation for construction of a residential complex east of N.C. 115 and north of Hambright Road in Bryton.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- From juggling to world-record paddle balling, Steve Langley has long been known to attempt, and accomplish, the seemingly impossible. On Thursday, June 11 at 1 p.m., Langley will attempt to break the Guinness world record for “The Longest Hanging Chain Of Soap Bubbles” outside Discovery Place KIDS in Huntersville. The longest chain on record in the Guinness Book of World Records is 30 bubbles.

Tuesday, 09 June 2015 15:36

The loop finally closes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- What began in the late 1970s as lines on a map laid out on the floor of what is now the Hal Marshall Center in downtown Charlotte was finally finished last Friday with the snip of a ribbon as the last leg of I-485 opened between I-77 in north Charlotte and I-85 near the Mecklenburg/Cabarrus line.

Although widening work on the southern leg will continue well into the future, Friday’s opening marked the final link of the oblong freeway loop around Charlotte, in some places brushing up against the county line. For residents of the Lake Norman area, the completion provides options for access to I-85, the Concord Mills area and even, if so desired, south Charlotte.

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- Starting Monday, 110 high school girls from throughout the region will embark on a week-long exploration of educational, physical and intellectual challenges designed to enhance leadership and organizational skills and encourage higher expectations for academic, career and personal success.

The 2015 Young Elites Leadership Summit, headquartered at Davidson Day School, will be held June 15-19 and will feature a steady stream of sessions stocked with problem-solving opportunities, fitness testing adventures and inspirational presentations.

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 16:46

Ribbon to fall at Roosevelt Park

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Roosevelt Park in Davidson Monday, June 8, at 9 a.m. to celebrate the completion of the boardwalk along Griffith Street. Mayor John Woods will comment from the east end of the boardwalk.

"Connectivity is very important to the Town of Davidson," says Woods. "We appreciate the financial support of the Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation and the citizens of Davidson on this project."

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 16:44

Davidson seeks public art input

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The Town of Davidson's Public Art Commission is holding a master planning process to guide the future of the public art program in town. Citizens are encouraged to complete a short online survey (, the results of which will influence the master plan recommendations.

The survey seeks input on preferred types of public art and where in Davidson it should be placed. Categories of public art include functional street art (benches and bike racks), fine art (sculptures, murals, etc.), park amenities and veterans memorials. Potential public art locations include greenways, downtown, neighborhoods, parks and other infrastructure.

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 16:43

FBC-H to install first female pastor

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The First Baptist Church of Huntersville will install the Rev. Stacy Nowell as its 19th senior pastor on Sunday, June 7. Nowell is the first female elected to the role of senior pastor in the church's 115-year history.

In a candidate brochure created by the Pastor Search Team and distributed to the congregation prior to her call, the search team wrote: "When it became apparent God might be leading us to a woman ... we realized the decision would surprise some. It surprised us. But, we knew if God led us to a woman, we had to be obedient and follow His direction."

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 16:42

Susan Tillis leads shower for troops

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Susan Tillis, wife of U.S. Senator Thom Tillis of Huntersville, and North Mecklenburg Republican Women will host a Baby Bundle Shower Thursday, June 18, at Cornelius Town Hall (21445 W. Catawba Ave.), from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The Baby Bundle program delivers essential care items for newborns to new mothers who are active duty soldiers at Fort Bragg (E-4 and below), as well as to spouses of an active duty soldier (E-4 and below). The Armed Services YMCA at Fort Bragg has volunteers who hand-deliver bundles 365 days a year to approximately 2,000 families.

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 16:40

DPD urges crackdown on solicitation

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The Davidson Police Department reports an increase in door-to-door solicitation in town. The town ordinance prohibits door-to-door retail sales in Davidson. Police advise residents if a salesperson knocks on their door to advise him or her of the prohibition and to call 911 with a description and direction of travel.