Tuesday, 04 November 2014 00:33

CMS superintendent resigns

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Heath Morrison has announced he will resign as Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools effective Thursday, Nov. 6.

In a statement released Nov. 3, Morrison cited family and personal reasons for his immediate departure, saying he needed to focus on caring for his ailing mother.

However, a Charlotte Observer report posted to the newspaper's website on Tuesday indicated the resignation may have been spurred by the completion of an investivation by the school system's general counsel into allegations of misconduct, which included belittling of employees. It also reported the school board was considering terminating Morrison's contract.

CMS General Counsel George Battle would not confirm the report's existence and Morrison, according to the story, said he wasn't aware of it. School board members offered no comment other than saying they respected his decison to "put family first."

Officials with CMS say the district's Deputy Superintendent Ann Clark will assume Morrison's responsibilities for the time being.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Most of the Olde Huntersville Historic Society’s efforts are dedicated to identifying and preserving pieces of Huntersville’s past, but next week the attention will be on what the organization has done to create a future home where that past can be displayed.

On Monday, Nov. 3, the OHHS — newly authorized as an 501(c) non-profit organization — will host an open house at the rejuvenated Arts & Cultural Center that now serves as the group’s headquarters. The event at the A&C building, on N.C. 115 just south of Gilead Road downtown, will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until the start of the Huntersville Town Board meeting, just around the corner at Huntersville Town Hall, at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:41

FBI joins SouthLake probe

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The FBI and Huntersville Police Department continue to investigate possible financial improprieties after the unexpected and unexplained resignations of SouthLake Christian Academy chief financial officer and former head of school Wayne Parker, and SouthLake Presbyterian Church lead pastor Wade Malloy, who helped found the school.

The FBI has been tight-lipped about the probe, saying only that it involves “allegations of embezzlement” at the Huntersville school.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:38

‘Something didn’t feel right’

Sarah Smith  insisted on a mammogram at age 30.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Sarah Smith is a busy young mom. With twins in the first grade and a 1-year-old entering the adventurous, toddling stage, the to-do list for her and husband Jeff never quite gets clear.

And for breast cancer survivor Smith, 36, that’s okay. The busier she is, the less time she spends thinking about what could have been — what might have happened had she not ignored some well-meaning advice and, instead, listened to what her body was telling her six years ago.

“I was just 30,” Huntersville’s Smith said recently as she walked around Bailey Park with bright-eyed, baby boy Cooper wobbling along beside. “I didn’t have a family history of breast cancer and, with the twins (Lola and Jack) still nursing, everyone said it was probably just some type of nursing pain, a blocked duct or, at worst, some type of cyst. But I was really sore, and something just didn’t feel right.”

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Barring yet another scheduling setback, traffic will be flowing in two lanes in both directions across the Catawba Avenue bridge over I-77 in Cornelius on Nov. 1. But all the commuting headaches won’t be over.

Just as the North Carolina Department of Transportation and contractor Blythe Construction finish pouring the sidewalk behind the concrete walls that separate the vehicular from the foot traffic across the bridge, the contractor will shift from the utility phase to the aesthetic portion, which Cornelius Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant says will still result in periodic lane closures at least through November.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:21

The Speaker’s speaker

Susan Tillis has been a key fixture in her husband’s campaign for the U.S. Senate.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- When Susan Tillis stepped away from her role as broker-in-charge of Allen Tate Realtors’ Lake Norman office in June of last year, she wasn’t sure what to expect. Her husband, North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, had just announced he was seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Kay Hagan. Susan Tillis knew she’d be involved in her husband’s campaign, but this race would be far different than his three State House races.

“When this all started, I didn’t know what my role would be,” Susan Tillis said by phone Monday afternoon as she and her husband drove from a campaign stop in Winston-Salem to another in Lumberton before heading back to Raleigh.

Editor’s note: Prior to elections, the Citizen surveys local candidates for political office, providing them with an opportunity, in their own words, to introduce themselves and describe their platform. Following are candidates running for the local district seats of the North Carolina House of Representatives, North Carolina Senate and Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners, as well as Mecklenburg County Sheriff. The only candidate who did not submit a response was Robin Bradford.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 20:39

Angels in transition

Tilley, Fortner take on new roles at Angels & Sparrows Soup Kitchen.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Sandy Tilley wants you to know one thing.

“I’m not being replaced,” says Tilley, founder of the Angels & Sparrows Soup Kitchen, which opened six years ago this month. “I’m not going anywhere.”

Assumptions of Tilley’s exit began when word started to spread that Sarah Fortner was joining Angels & Sparrows in the role of operations manager. But the addition of Fortner, the longtime children and family pastor at Independence Hill Baptist Church in Huntersville, is part of a larger plan. And Tilley not only is part of that plan, she’s also its architect.

Tilley will indeed be stepping back from some of the day-to-day operations of the Huntersville soup kitchen, which has served nearly 170,000 meals since opening its doors in October of 2008. But she’ll still be the face of Angels & Sparrows.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 20:37

Bricks will provide a salute to veterans

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The monetary and motivational momentum is building as local organizations are stepping up fundraising efforts to support construction of the Veterans Memorial to be featured as part of Huntersville’s Veterans Park at Main & Maxwell.

Rotary Clubs in and around Huntersville, along with the Sons of American Legion Post 321, are promoting the sale of memorial bricks that will be included in the Veterans Memorial to be built near Huntersville-Concord Road on the southern edge of the town’s new park.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 20:36

Halloween in the OTC

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- The second annual Halloween Bash in “Old Town Cornelius” (OTC) presented by Bella Love will be held Halloween night from 8 p.m. to midnight. Local businesses in OTC will provide candy for the kids with special sales for the adults. Participants can pick up their OTC maps at any participating downtown business and, if they collect enough stickers from each merchant, they’ll be eligible for prize drawings.

Based at Kadi Fit in the Historic Oak Street Mill at 19725 Oak St., activities will include a costume contest, Halloween games, appetizers and craft beers, and live music.