CORNELIUS, N.C. — Day one of the annual Cornelius Town Board planning and budget retreat is filled with charts, updates, presentations and requests, with facts and figures about debt service, capital expenditures and future needs leading up to the main attraction on the second morning.

That’s when the “80/20” spreadsheet is projected onto the big screen in the former garage/turned meeting room at the venerable Graylyn International Conference Center featuring Town Manager Anthony Roberts’ five-year projection of the town’s operation and capital expenditures and how revenues are impacted by projected property tax rates.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — The one-time purchase of basic necessities related to the anticipated opening of a new fire station and a 3.5 percent pay increase for staff members account for the bulk of a $988,000 funding increase first-year Huntersville Fire Department Chief Jim Dotoli is seeking for his department in the new fiscal year.

Dotoli presented a summary of his proposed 2017-18 budget, including $568,524 more for salaries and $216,570 for expenditures tied to the expected Jan. 1 opening of Huntersville Fire Station No. 4, during a budget work session held prior to last week’s Huntersville Town Board meeting.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:31

Citizen wins NCPA awards

LAKE NORMAN N.C. — The North Carolina Press Association recently announced winners of the 2016 Editorial Contest, and the Citizen took some awards in the community newspaper category.

Sports Editor Justin Parker, Associate Editor Lee Sullivan and Editor Andrew Warfield each earned honors. Parker took second place in the Sports News Reporting category. Sullivan finished second in the Serious Columns competiton and Warfield second for Lighter Columns.

Contestants are required to enter three examples per category, and entries are judged by newspaper professionals from other states.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:30

HOV lane to close for I-77 construction

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As work continues on the I-77 Express Lanes project, motorists will notice a change in their daily commute with the closure of the northbound High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane from the I-85/I-77 interchange to the I-485/I-77 interchange in Charlotte. I-77 Mobility Partners and contractor Sugar Creek Construction have scheduled the closing of the northbound HOV lane to allow crews to create space to work on the future direct connector at the Lakeview Road overpass and set a temporary safety barrier.

Weather permitting, the closure is scheduled for the first week of April.

Two locations will be designated on I-77 northbound between the I-85/I-77 interchange and W.T. Harris Boulevard for motorists to safely pull over if necessary. The first location will be north of mile marker 15 between Cindy Lane and Sunset Road. The second location will be near mile marker 17 just before the Lakeview Road overpass.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:30

Hinds’ Feet Farm fundraiser in April

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C — The 26th annual Checkered Ball, the primary fundraising event to support services and programs at Hinds’ Feet Farm in Huntersville, will be held Saturday, April 29, at the Ritz Carlton in Charlotte.

The event has become one of the pre-eminent events on the region’s annual social calendar featuring an evening of fine dining, dancing, live and silent auction and music provided by Too Much Sylvia. The Checkered Ball usually sells out and tickets are now available by visiting

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:30

Huntersville to host community meeting

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C — The Town of Huntersville’s second “Huddle Up” session offering an hour-long exchange between town administration representatives and local residents will be held Thursday, March 30, at Barnette Elementary School on Beatties Ford Road starting at 6:30 p.m. Huddle Up meetings are designed to provide a forum where the public can learn about town services and share ideas with staff members, administrators and elected officials about quality of life issues.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:29

Speed networking event set for Hopewell

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C — Enhancing the connections between local businesses and young people preparing for careers is the primary goal of a two-hour networking session next week at Hopewell High School in Huntersville.

The speed networking event will be held at Hopewell, on Beatties Ford Road in southwestern Huntersville, from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5. The goal is to get as many companies as possible from throughout the Lake Norman region and beyond to send representatives to the event.

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. — The Lake Norman and Greater Statesville chambers of commerce will host the upcoming Institute of Political Leadership of Lake Norman and Iredell County, as an introduction for those interested in campaigning for local, county and state elected offices. The program will be held on three Saturdays in April and May — April 29, May 13 and May 20 — as a guide to assist civic-minded citizens who are considering running for political office in campaigning in an ethical and effective manner.

Officials for the chambers say while they are non-partisan business associations that do not endorse or support candidates for office, they do support the “principles of good government and hope to increase the number of business-minded elected officials with the skills and political acumen to provide the servant leadership which advances our community and region.”


The Town of Cornelius has issued a traffic alert for beginning Thursday, March 23 and lasting for three to four days. From 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day until completion, the northbound lane of Statesville Road will be closed between Bailey Road and Westmoreland Road because of road work. Flaggers and officers will direct traffic in the area. Drivers are encouraged to allow extra travel time or seek alternate routes.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:04

Huntersville opposing rail study

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — The Town of Huntersville has taken a stand against plans by the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) to invest money in multi-year studies to find an alternate route for fixed rail commuter train service in north Mecklenburg.

At Monday’s Huntersville Town Board meeting, commissioners unanimously endorsed a resolution prepared by Mayor John Aneralla that encourages the Metropolitan Transit Commission to reject the current CATS budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 and 2019 that earmarks nearly $2 million for the studies. The resolution, instead, suggests that the funds be used to make immediate improvements to the transportation network in the northern Mecklenburg towns.