Tuesday, 03 February 2015 09:06

Apply now for tour, scholarship spots

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- Energy United is accepting applicants for the 2015 Rural Electric Youth Tour, where two local students will win a free, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 13-19.

Students who attend the Youth Tour will join 1,500 high school students from across the U.S. to learn about electric cooperatives, American history and the United States government. Students will also visit the historic sites of the nation's capital.

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 09:05

Brewers, Music Fest tickets go on sale

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Tickets are now on sale for the fifth annual North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival to be held May 8-9 at Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville.

Featuring eight bands and up to 40 breweries, the Festival will once again feature a Friday-night "campers only" concert on the eve of a day-long celebration of good brews, good tunes and good times on the historic 265-acre working farm off Neck Road.

The entertainment headliner on Saturday will be the Steep Canyon Rangers. Seven other bands — including Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Town Mountain, Yarn and long-time NCBMF favorite Sol Driven Train —  will be on stage throughout the day.

How might the town of Davidson redevelop the land it owns around Town Hall on South Main Street? Town officials, with the help of a team from the University of North Carolina School of Government, have been studying that question for the past year. On Thursday, Feb. 5, they're hosting two public meetings at Town Hall to explain the so called "Catalyst Project" and seek residents' feedback.

The meetings are at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St. Town officials are calling the initiative a catalyst because it's aimed at linking the main section of downtown with South Main Street a couple of blocks away.

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- The Town of Cornelius' Public Art Committee commissioned local artist Jon Hair to create a sculpture of American author and humorist Mark Twain for placement in front of the Cornelius Branch Library on Catawba Avenue. This statue further promotes the Town's public art initiative in providing the community with access to the arts, as well as the Library's mission of celebrating literature.

Hair used multiple photographs as reference for this piece as he produced the life-size replica. Using clay to form a mold, the mold was then filled with bronze to produce the piece.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 05:11

Washam, Duke hold commissioner chats

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Cornelius town commissioners Woody Washam and Jim Duke have announced plans to hold monthly coffee chats the first Monday of every month at 9 a.m. at Acropolis  Cafe & Grill.

The inaugural event will be March 2 with guest former Commissioner John Bradford, now the District 98 representative in the North Carolina House.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 05:10

Cornelius K9s get life-saving vests

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- The Cornelius Police Department's two K9s, Britt and Dag, received ballistic vests thanks to a nationwide Groupon event that has raised more than $335,000. The "Occasions " campaign for Groupon Grassroots to outfit police K9s with bullet and stab protective vests ran Feb 15-March 15, 2014. An online donation of $10 was suggested to purchase vests from Vested Interest in K9s Inc.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 05:07

Get your soup on for HAMMERS

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Who makes the best soup in Lake Norman? Nine area restaurants will put their creations to the test at the Davidson Housing Coalition's 11th annual Souper Bowl cookoff Saturday, Jan. 31, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Lilly Family Gallery at Davidson College's Chambers Building.

The event is a fundraiser for the HAMMERS emergency home repair program, a collaboration between the housing coalition and the college.

Diners will pick winners in five categories: Best Chunky, Best Creamy, Best Farm to Spoon, Best Vegetarian and Most Creative. The soup with the most votes wins the title of Best Overall.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Huntersville Commissioner Sarah McAulay has been re-elected to continue her leadership of the region's transportation planning organization.

At their first meeting of 2015, held last Wednesday in the Mecklenburg Government Center in Charlotte, members of the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) voted unanimously to keep McAulay in her post as chairman. Wesley Chapel Mayor Brad Horvath was also a unanimous choice to remain CRTPO's vice-chairman.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The stockpile of information was a long time coming, and the time frame for decisions is not etched in stone, but prior to last week's regular Huntersville Town Board meeting — and just in time for this week's annual planning retreat — town commissioners got a preview of the obstacles and options, and a hint of the potential opposition, related to the future revision of the town's downtown transportation network.

During an hour-long update, Transportation Planner Bill Coxe outlined the origins of Huntersville's outdated system and the prioritizing and problem-solving commissioners will need to do when deciding which path to follow.

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- Should the planned I-77 widening project using managed lanes survive a legal challenge and secure its financing, Mecklenburg and Iredell counties stand to receive an estimated $150 million for transportation improvement projects through a bonus allocation from the State of North Carolina for regions that include toll lanes in highway expansion projects.

Under the state's Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) legislation, rural and metropolitan planning organizations (RPOs and MPOs) are eligible to receive bonus monies from the state equal to one-half of the project construction cost derived from toll revenue bonds. In the case of the estimated $655 million, 26-mile I-77 project from I-277 in downtown Charlotte to Exit 36 in Mooresville, the $150 million bonus would be based on I-77 Mobility Partners' borrowing upwards of $300 million in bonds to finance the project.