HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- As Huntersville Police Officer Antonio Gonzalez was completing a secondary, off-duty traffic control assignment at Lake Norman Charter School on Friday, Oct. 11, he had no way of knowing the sudden turn his life, and the life of someone he had never met, was about to take.
Gonzalez, a two-year member of the HPD, checked in by radio and "cleared" himself from duty as he headed home to prepare for his regular shift a few hours later. As he left the school on Old Statesville Road, he heard a department dispatcher say witnesses had reported a "female appearing distressed" at the Gilead Road Interstate 77 overpass.
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Fresh off his razor-thin election loss to incumbent Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain earlier this month, Jim Puckett has found a new political endeavor, announcing earlier this week his intention to run for the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) District 1 seat that will be vacated by four-term representative Karen Bentley in 2014.
Puckett, who had been out of local politics since losing an at-large bid for the BOCC in 2006, had held the District 1 seat for the six previous years, following one term as the District 1 representative on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. Filing for the next county-wide election will begin early next year.
On Thursday, Nov. 14, officials at McGuire Nuclear Station at the southern tip of Lake Norman in Huntersville reported a reactor "SCRAM" for one of its two units to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
According to the report, at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, "Unit 1 was manually tripped from 100 percent power due to indications of (four) dropped control rods. ... The cause of the dropped rods is not confirmed at this time, but may be related to maintenance in a Rod Control Power Cabinet ongoing at the time of the event."
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The second annual "Strong Focused & Soon To Be Stuffed 5K" to benefit Angels & Sparrows Soup Kitchen will be held Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28, at 8 a.m. The event will be based at Fleet Feet Sports in Birkdale Village.
Bring families, relatives, neighbors and dogs and get in some exercise before the day of football and food. The course will be on the greenway adjacent to Birkdale Village. Runners will keep their own time. Breakfast will be provided by Fleet Feet at the end of the run. Entry fee is a $15 donation per person, $25 per family. Register at www.strongandfocusedstuffed5k.com. All proceeds will be donated to Angels & Sparrows, which recently celebrated it's fifth year of serving the hungry in Huntersville and surrounding areas.
DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Davidson has long been a bastion of benign politics.
Spats at the Town Board dais are rare, even when the subject is potentially divisive. Ideology is invisible, at least most of the time, as commissioners with diverse views often hash out their differences before the mayor gavels their meetings to order.
Striving for consensus is the "Davidson Way," and it makes for rare political continuity. Until last week, it had been 16 years since a sitting Davidson commissioner lost a reelection bid. Two-term incumbent Connie Wesner narrowly lost her seat, and first-time candidates Beth Cashion and Stacey Anderson won spots on the board (the seat held by Laurie Venzon, who resigned in June when she and her family moved from the area, was left vacant until the election).
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The "Carrington Ridge Fry Boys" are preparing their annual Thanksgiving Day turkey fry. The Fry Boys, otherwise known as John Decoteau and Kevin Moran, are in need of more turkeys to reach their goal of frying and delivering more than 300 turkeys to area shelters, soup kitchens and individual residents on Thanksgiving morning.
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- During November, Earth Fare is raising money to purchase turkeys for local families in need this Thanksgiving during its third annual "Give. Thanks" program. One hundred percent of donations go directly to purchase turkeys for the Ada Jenkins Center.
The store is accepting individual contributions, but also seeks participation of businesses and organizations as well. For more information about how to be involved, contact Ann DellaValle, Earth Fare community relations manager, at 704-779-9957. For more information about Ada Jenkins Center, visit www.adajenkins.org.
DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The field of candidates for the North Carolina House District 98 seat that will be vacated by Speaker of the House Thom Tillis has just doubled. Natasha Marcus of Davidson has announced she will seek the Democrat Party's nomination. Earlier this week, Cornelius Mayor Lynette Rinker threw her hat in the ring for the Republican Party's nomination.
District 98, includes Cornelius, Davidson and parts of Huntersville.
Bond passage is next step toward arts renaissance in Cornelius.
CORNELIUS, N.C. -- It doesn't look like much.
You won't find the converted suite at the far end of a historic mill in downtown Cornelius unless you're really looking for it. And, chances are, you won't walk up the wooden stairs, under the slightly sagging canopy and through the glass doors merely out of curiosity.
Phantom voters flood registration rolls.
By John Deem
LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- The numbers seem to suggest apathy.
In Huntersville, despite a hotly contested mayoral race and a contentious campaign for the Town Board of Commissioners, voter turnout for the Nov. 5 election officially barely topped 14 percent.