Tuesday, 19 January 2016 17:34

Covekeepers hear from two speakers

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- Two guest speakers will be featured at the next meeting of the Lake Norman Covekeepers on Thursday, Jan. 28. Andy Kane, lake stewardship associate with the Catawba Lands Conservancy, and Susanne Sellers, a board member of the Carolina Thread Trail and co-chairperson of Wandering Around Lincoln County, will discuss the importance of land conservation efforts in sustaining the quantity and quality of the region’s water supply and provide an update on the role of the Thread Trail in the land conservation process.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. at the East Lincoln Fire Department, 406 South Pilot Knob Road in Stanley. For more information the Covekeepers and the January meeting, contact Ben Benoit, 704-489-6249.

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The Davidson College Campus Police Department has joined a small number of North Carolina law enforcement agencies to have 100 percent of its full-time officers complete the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training, an innovative program designed for first responders. Only 15 percent of law enforcement jurisdictions nationwide have adopted the program.

“College communities are often a reflection of society in general,” says Davidson College Police Chief Todd Sigler. “It is important for our officers to understand how to assist anyone suffering from a mental illness so that we verbally de-escalate situations in an attempt to prevent persons from causing harm to themselves, or others, and assist with directing these individuals to services better equipped to help them.”

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- A singing group still touring from South Carolina to Salisbury, with more than six decades of performances at North Carolina venues from the mountains to the Outer Banks, is continuing a gospel music tradition with plenty of help from Huntersville area residents.

The St. James Male Chorus, established at and named for St. James United Methodist Church in Charlotte, has begun its 61st year of sharing the gospel through song, with almost one-third of the two dozen regular members based in north Mecklenburg.

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The North Carolina Department of Transportation will analyze traffic at three intersections along Main Street in Davidson over the next three months.

Doug Wright, the town’s public works director, has little doubt what NCDOT will find.

“It’s pretty easy to get an F here,” Wright told town board members at their Jan. 12 meeting.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 05:55

North Meck gets more toll lane access to exits

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- Last Friday, within a few hours of Judge Osmond Smith III’s ruling in favor of the managed lanes project contract, I-77 Mobility Partners released a new map that highlights additional ingress and egress points in northern Mecklenburg. Entrance and exit points will be added at Exit 23 and Exit 25 in Huntersville and Exit 28 in Cornelius.

“As we visited with residents and business owners from Lake Norman to Charlotte, we listened to what was important to people traveling the corridor in both directions,” said Javier Tamargo, CEO of I-77 Mobility Partners, in the release. “The proposed new access points reflect the feedback we heard from users of I-77.”

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The plan to widen Interstate 77 with managed lanes from downtown Charlotte to Mooresville secured two significant victories in four days as opposition to the $647 million, 26-mile public/private partnership project approaches the end of its options to kill it.

Last Friday, North Carolina Superior Court Judge Osmond Smith III declared the court had “no purview” to overturn a legislative matter that he ruled was constitutional. The anti-toll group had challenged the constitutionality of the 50-year contract between the North Carolina Department of Transportation and its development partner in the project, I-77 Mobility Partners, on a number of fronts.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 05:44

Darby’s big break

8-year-old actress earns biggest role, as Reese Witherspoon’s daughter.

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- It’s a few days after Christmas, and 8-year-old Darby Camp sits with her family and some friends in a packed Starbucks at Birkdale Village.

Above the din of voices, scooting chairs and leftover Christmas music, Lacy Camp barely hears her daughter when she asks to use her mom’s phone.

“Sure, sweetheart, go ahead,” Lacy says.

On this day, in this place, with these people, as Darby thumbs through her mom’s phone while adults discuss grown-up stuff, Darby is just another bored kid passing the time with her parents. Little do the caffeine-charged customers around her know, as they discuss their haul of Christmas gifts and upcoming New Year’s plans, that this quiet little girl with the wavy brown hair will spend the next five months living what would be a grande-sized dream for many adults.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Following months of legal filings and denial of a last-minute request by the group to stay a decision in its effort to secure a permanent injunction against a project to widen I-77 with managed lanes, a North Carolina Superior Court judge Friday ruled the court has “no purview” over the legislative processes that led to the approval of the contract that was several years in the making.

In doing so, Judge Osmond Smith III of Superior Court District 26 ruled invalid the argument by and its attorney, Matt Arnold, that the contract between the North Carolina Department of Transportation and I-77 Mobility Partners — the private company engaged to finance, design, build, operate and maintain the expansion of 26 miles of I-77 between downtown Charlotte and Mooresville — was unconstitutional.

Friday, 08 January 2016 12:05

NCDOT announces accelerated road projects

Following is a statement received today from the N.C. Department of Transportation regarding the acceleration of certain transportation projects:

Board of Transportation Approves Accelerated Schedules for Charlotte-Area Projects
Construction of Weddington Road interchange with I-485 expedited by three years

CHARLOTTE – At its meeting today in Raleigh, the N.C. Board of Transportation approved new transportation projects, as well as accelerated schedules for already-planned projects, as part of the 2016-2025 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which is the N.C. Department of Transportation’s 10-year construction plan. These changes, called amendments, were made possible thanks to Governor Pat McCrory’s 2015 budget.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- A combination of fate and faith planted Sarah McAulay’s family roots in Huntersville generations ago, but it’s a personal commitment of time, talent and tenacity to municipal government service across five decades — at times derailed and often accompanied by the slings and arrows of dissent associated with controversial decisions — that has made her a household name and familiar figure throughout the Lake Norman region and beyond.

A Huntersville native in her mid 70s, McAulay occupied a front-row seat, for many years holding the gavel, as Huntersville and the surrounding community encountered a seismic explosion in population and dealt with the multi-dimensional logistical and financial obligations such growth demands.