Wednesday, 26 July 2017 06:46

Kickball tourney for Smithville center

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- A grassroots group dedicated to supporting the rejuvenation of the Smithville community in Cornelius is hosting a kickball tournament this weekend to raise money to help finance the restoration and enhancement of the historic Smithville Community Center.

The Cornelius Umoja Community Partners organization, as part of its focus on celebrating the history of the Smithville neighborhood and expanding the variety of services provided at the Community Center, is sponsoring the first Mecklenburg United Kickball Tournament this Friday and Saturday, July 28-29. Activities will take place at the Center, 19412 South Hill Street.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 06:45

Group encouraging new outlook on aging

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- A community group focused on changing perspectives about aging will hold the first of its planned monthly coffee chat sessions this week in Davidson.

The Davidson Village Network, a “neighbors helping neighbors” organization targeting mainstream assumptions about age-related lifestyle limitations, will host the informal gathering and discussion session Thursday, July 27, starting at 10 a.m. at Main Street Books on Main Street in Davidson.

The group is emphasizing the “Disrupt Aging” mission promoted by AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. Jenkins’ objective, and the impetus behind the Davidson Village Network’s programs, is to demolish existing assumptions related to getting older and to help all people realize that compiling 50, 60, 70 or more years on the planet is not about aging, but about living.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 06:41

Clean-up planned for Lake Davidson

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The Davidson Police, Parks and Recreation, and Public Works departments are partnering for a lakeshore clean-up project on Saturday, July 29, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. All local citizens are invited to participate, especially those who live along the shore of Lake Davidson.

“Our goal is to improve the quality of life for all citizens by picking up trash and recyclables along the lakeshore,” says Sgt. Scott Searcy. “We’re really pleased to partner with the community in this way.”

Volunteers should check in at the entrance to the Lake Davidson Nature Preserve, behind Davidson Day School at 750 Jetton Street. Parking is available at Davidson Day School. Volunteers will be assigned different portions of the shoreline to clean up and the Town of Davidson will distribute trash and recycling bags, latex gloves and litter pickers. Members of the public works department will circulate to pick up filled trash and recycling bags.

Call the Davidson Parks and Recreation Department at 704-892-3349 with any questions. More details are also available at

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Last week’s Davidson Town Board meeting was tense. More than 150 citizens of all ages filled the meeting room seats, sat on the floors, stood in the back and hovered close outside the open doors. Some carried signs. Many wore green in solidarity. Most had just finished a peaceful protest.

Nearly everyone was there for one agenda item: The Beaty Street vote.

After thrice delaying a vote on the sale of 19 acres of town-owned land to a private developer for $1.65 million, the board voted 3-2 Tuesday to proceed with contract negotiations. Davidson Development Partners’ proposal to build a “reimagined retirement community” with residential units, a boutique hotel, commercial/retail space and a public park was selected from six proposals received in January in response to a town-issued RFP.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- A new company, with plans to retain as many current staff members as possible, is scheduled to assume management responsibilities at the town-owned Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatics Center (HFFA) by Labor Day.

At Monday’s Huntersville Town Board meeting, commissioners voted 4-2, with Melinda Bales and Rob Kidwell opposed, to terminate the existing management services agreement with Davidson-based Health Works, Inc. (commonly referenced as Health & Sport Works or HSW) and initiate the transition to transfer HFFA administrative duties to Huntersville-based Swim Club Management (SCM).

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- A 30-acre piece of downtown Huntersville — a vacant tract envisioned as the mixed-use centerpiece for the future revival and re-invigoration of the town’s historic core — is now the property of Bowman Development Group.

As scheduled, the purchase of the property (for decades referenced as the “Anchor Mill” site) was completed on Thursday, July 6, with the award-winning, Huntersville-based Bowman Group, led by veteran developer Nate Bowman, acquiring the property for $1.35 million. The terms of the deal also require the developer to contribute an additional $250,000 to help finance some of the multi-faceted downtown-area road improvements related to the proposed project.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 21:11

Brown kids still take it to the barn

Ninth annual Barnstock set for Saturday in Huntersville.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- When Brown siblings Miles, Julia and Daniel were young and became a little too loud for their mother to handle, she would say five simple words: “Take it to the barn.” Little did she know that things would get a lot louder at that very barn, and for many years beyond the days of Boy Scouts, Little League and birthday parties on the family land.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 21:08

Elites Summit begins year of development

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- The sixth annual Young Elites Leadership Summit in June served as the starting point for a new initiative designed to give high school girls a year-round opportunity to enhance personal development skills and traits.

For the first time, according to the organization’s President and CEO Jennifer Shiley, Young Elites (YE) participants, sponsors and supporters will have the chance to be active in leadership training programs, community service activities, business mentoring and networking activities while gaining experience designed to boost their preparation for educational and career pursuits.

Through the year-round program, YE participants will get the chance to establish connections with local government leaders, business owners, YE alumni and others in the Lake Norman area who are committed to the program’s goals of supporting young women and encouraging them to broaden their horizons and embrace the challenge of becoming productive professionals and assets to their communities.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 21:07

Apply now for CPD Citizens Academy

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Cornelius residents or business owners who would like to participate in the Cornelius Police Department’s Fall 2017 Citizens Academy can apply through Aug. 21. The purpose of the Academy is to enhance communications between the public and law enforcement personnel.

The Academy will provide citizens with opportunities to participate in day-to-day police operations with a goal of helping to build support from the public and stronger police-citizen partnerships.

The Fall 2017 Citizens Academy will meet on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m., Sept. 5 through Nov. 14, with one Saturday session lasting five hours.

To apply, request an application by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 704-892-1363.  More information about the Academy can be found online at

As of Tuesday afternoon, activity had picked up as incumbents and challengers threw their hats in the ring for voters’ consideration.

For Mecklenburg County Board of Education District 1, incumbent Rhonda Lennon was joined on the ballot by political newcomer Jess Miller of Huntersville.

The slate of candidates for Cornelius Town Board of Commissioners lengthened as challengers Ava Callendar, Michelle Ferlauto, Kurt Naas and William Rakatansky were joined by incumbents Jim Duke and first-termer Michael Miltich. Denis Bilodeau and incumbent Thurman Ross had filed previously. As of noon Tuesday, Woody Washam remained unchallenged for Mayor to replace Chuck Travis, who is not running for a third term.