HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- A new neighborhood in Huntersville, made possible through a partnership between the town and the region’s Our Towns Habitat for Humanity organization, was one of five projects from throughout the state to earn Housing North Carolina awards during the recent North Carolina Affordable Housing Conference in Raleigh.

Huntersville and Our Towns Habitat for Humanity representatives attended the conference, a gathering of more than 1,000 housing industry professionals sponsored by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, and accepted honors for the overall success of the Norman Park development.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 16:27

‘... a change at Town Hall’

New Huntersville board set to take control.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- On the first Monday in December, four of the seven people in charge of governing Huntersville will be new to the job, but mayor-elect John Aneralla isn’t expecting any transition problems or adjustment delays.

“We’re getting ready now, we’re not waiting for December,” says Aneralla, who soundly defeated four-term incumbent Jill Swain by almost 1,000 votes in the highlighted race in a municipal election that also resulted in two newcomers, and one former commissioner, winning town board seats. “We’re finalizing our to-do list now and plan to make it clear from the start that there is a change at Town Hall.”

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 16:25

Cornelius raising funds for 9/11 memorial

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- By Sept. 11, 2016, the Town of Cornelius plans to unveil a 9/11 memorial on the front lawn of Cornelius-Lemley Fire and Rescue Station No. 1, using a piece of a steel column from the World Trade Center towers secured from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey earlier this year.

“So we’re having to move somewhat fast,” Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis told a assembly of media members, public safety workers and citizens during a fund-raising kickoff event last Wednesday. The town’s goal is raise $100,000 to fund the project, which will be the result of a national design competition that is already under way.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 16:23

Jeter plans to hold I-77 managed lanes summit

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- North Carolina Rep. Charles Jeter (District 92) of Huntersville is calling for a CRTPO/Municipal summit to be held in north Mecklenburg within the next 10 business days to discuss the controversial I-77 toll road issue. In consultation with Gov. Pat McCrory, the meeting would include current Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) members, area state legislators, mayors and recently elected commissioners, and officials from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C -- On the last Saturday in September, more than 500 people gathered for the first Lookin’ For A Cure 5K in Huntersville — designed to raise awareness about ocular melanoma (OM) and the alarming number of local OM cases — raising more than $50,000 to support OM research.

Participants helping intensify the spotlight on the event, in addition to local patients and families and friends directly impacted by OM, included concerned local residents as well as Dr. Randall Williams, the deputy secretary for health services from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and several nationally acclaimed eye cancer specialists and researchers.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 16:18

‘Every day is Veterans Day’

Tillis parlays would-be military career into prime Senate veterans’ committees.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- If it wasn’t for an auto accident in 1978, it’s possible U.S. Senator Thom Tillis of Huntersville could have been another face in the crowd at Richard’s Coffee Shop in Mooresville Monday morning, rather than the man in the middle of the crowd holding the microphone.

Tillis was in town earlier this week at the coffee shop known for its almost purely veteran clientele as well as its Welcome Home Veterans Living Military Museum, for an intimate gathering and question-and-answer session for those he views as some of his most important constituents.

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- From top to bottom, Tuesday’s election brought the most sweeping changes to the Huntersville Town Board in recent memory. Not since west side residents occupied 100 percent of the dais shortly after the town’s expansion across I-77 in he late 1980s and early 1990s has there been such a turnover on the board as four new faces will be sworn into office in December.

Long-time Commissioner Ron Julian didn’t run and even longer-term Commissioner and former mayor Sarah McAulay finished seventh in the 13-candidate race for six board seats. First-term Commissioner Jeff Neely finished ninth.

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 17:38

Walk a dog to help fight K-9 cancers

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Local dog lovers in partnership with the PuppyUp Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that funds comparative oncology research benefiting both pets and people, will hold the third annual PuppyUp Lake Norman Two-Mile Walk Saturday, Nov. 7, at Jetton Park in Cornelius.

Through PuppyUp walks and other educational campaigns, the Foundation is building one of the largest pet and people cancer communities in the world. Like people, companion animals develop cancer. Brain, breast, bone and lung cancer; lymphoma and melanoma are all common in pets, which are exposed to the same environmental factors as humans. Veterinary oncologists believe there are between 4 million and 8 million new cases of cancer in companion animals every year.

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 17:36

Davidson students plan Habitat events

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Students at Davidson College are relying on two community fall traditions — Wildcat basketball and yards full of leaves — to help their efforts to support a campus Habitat for Humanity campaign.

Through a partnership with the Davidson College Center for Civic Engagement, the college’s Habitat for Humanity chapter has organized two November fundraising projects to help it secure funds for a Habitat home in Davidson.

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 17:36

HPD holds financial crimes workshop

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The Huntersville Police Department will host a financial crimes workshop Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Huntersville Police Department, at 9630 Julian Clark Avenue inside The Park-Huntersville. The workshop is open to the public.

The workshop will be led by Det. Rick Rojas and Det. John Randazzo and topics will include identity theft, Internet crimes and methods to prevent becoming a victim. For more information, call Randazzo or Rojas at 704-464-5400.