Wednesday, 30 July 2014 09:56

Old traditions, new additions


Downtown Davidson thrives on its heritage as new businesses blend right in.

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Like sunrise — slow, steady, reliable and refreshing — downtown simmers to life each morning. The hissing espresso machine at Il Bosco, wafting breakfast aromas from Toast Café and humming laptops, casual chats and frothy cappuccinos at Summit Coffee all signal the start of another day.

Retailers open their doors and a few sections of the wide sidewalk become small showrooms. The scattered indoor and al fresco tables, benches and rocking chairs magically morph into a mix of family dining space, conference rooms and people-watching perches as an eclectic mix of serious CEOs, cooing couples, giggling kids and quietly courteous cell phone chatters go about their daily routines.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:57

New pub to pay homage to town’s old past

Downtown Cornelius bar set for September opening.

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Local legend has it that Cornelius owes its beginnings to a debate between two Davidson merchant firms over the weighing of cotton.

The Sloan brothers wanted to appoint an official town weigher, while R.J. Stough preferred to weigh his own cotton. The matter was brought to a vote and Stough lost. So, he set up his scales just south of Davidson. The move ultimately worked in his favor, since farmers preferred to sell their cotton in what is now Cornelius, rather than face the often impassable muddy hill on the way north to Davidson.

Huntersville’s planned Veterans Park may be scaled down or built in phases.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The schedule and scope of plans for a new park and community gathering center in downtown Huntersville could face some significant alterations after failing to secure support from a state grant program.

Veterans Park at Main and Maxwell is a multi-faceted Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department (HPRD) facility proposed between Main and Maxwell streets off Gilead Road just east of N.C. 115. The planned renovation and rejuvenation of the downtown area is envisioned to include a 6,000-square-foot community center to house the town’s Grower’s Market and other gatherings as well as an assortment of exterior amenities including a veteran’s memorial.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:55

HPD urges residents to lock their cars

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- On July 2, on Seafield Lane in Huntersville, someone broke into a car inside an open garage and stole a handgun.

On July 9, on Breckshire Drive, someone broke into a vehicle and another car was stolen from the driveway.

On July 16, Revonn Hassel and Alicia Thrower were arrested after they were caught breaking into vehicles in the Covington neighborhood. A handgun and other stolen property was recovered and the subsequent investigation, including the search of a home off Huntersville-Concord Road, indicated the suspects could have played a role in a string of vehicle break-ins that have recently plagued the Vermillion, Crown Ridge, Covington and Centennial neighborhoods.

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Near the end of Monday night’s meeting of the Cornelius Town Board, John Bradford remarked that he and his fellow town commissioners had just received a sobering primer on how much road projects can cost. They had just heard a presentation delivered by Richard Odynski of transportation consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff, which ranked more than a dozen possible road improvements the town can undertake with its $11 million in voter-approved transportation bonds.

At the town’s behest, Parsons Brinckerhoff studied several possible road improvements east of I-77, rating each with a benefit/cost ratio that indicates where the town could get the most bang for its transportation bond buck.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:01

The last home for ‘Mr. Strawberry’

Huntersville’s Serenity House accepts first resident.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- It was the kind of menu you won’t see in many homes, but this is no ordinary house.

Serenity House of Huntersville, a free, end-of-life refuge for terminally ill patients, accepted its first resident July 10.

It didn’t take long for volunteers to nickname the resident “Mr. Strawberry” because of his love for the little red fruit, and for his red hair. On his second night in the facility on Stumptown Road, Mr. Strawberry enjoyed a main course of strawberry-flavored Ensure meal replacement drink, along with a hunk of strawberry cake and five scoops of strawberry ice cream.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:00

HPD promotes Seifert, Cousar

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The Huntersville Police Department recently announced two promotions. Sergeant Tom Seifert  has been promoted to lieutenant and Officer Jason Cousar has been promoted to sergeant.

Seifert will be assigned to the Field Services Bureau, where he will serve as a watch commander. He has most recently been supervisor of the Community Services Division. His long-time community policing efforts were a key factor in Police Chief Cleveland Spruill’s decision to promote Seifert.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:00

DHC lauches $50,000 drive to fill fund gap

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Since its founding in 1997 Davidson Housing Coalition has assisted hundreds of people attain affordable housing and more stable lives in Davidson and the surrounding communities. But budget cuts from state and national housing funders are threatening to diminish the organization’s service capacity. As a result, the DHC will hold a $50,000 fundraising campaign that will enable the organization to continue providing services that focus on housing.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 11:59

Bailey Park fields dedication Aug. 19

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- The Town of Cornelius will hold a dedication ceremony for the two new artificial turf soccer fields at Bailey Road Park Thursday, Aug. 19, at 5:30 p.m. Installation of the new fields, which will provide year-round, nearly all-weather field access, will effectively double field time at Bailey Road Park.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:37

Managed lanes is THE plan


... for widening I-77 anytime in the next decade or two. Public-private partnership is what put it on the table.

LAKE NORMAN, NC. -- In the turbid surge of assertions, accusations and attempted assuagement surrounding the N.C. Department of Transportation’s plan to use a 50-year public-private partnership to widen a 26-mile stretch of I-77 from downtown Charlotte to Mooresville, the distinction between fact, opinion and pure hyperbole can quickly become as muddy as McDowell Creek after a deluge.

A step back from the roiling waters, however, brings two realities into focus: