DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Every year, Dr. Seth Moliver of Moliver Chiropractic and his wife, Patti, team up to participate in the annual Charlotte bike riding marathon known as 24 Hours of Booty. This year, the Molivers are teaming up with Char-Grill of Davidson to help raise money for the event. On Monday, June 30, Char-Grill will donate 10 percent of its sales all day to the Molivers’ cause.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:10

Finding Huntersville’s ‘Anchor’

Town leaders seeking long-awaited redevelopment of Anchor Mill.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- As Huntersville continues the process of compiling a wide range of information about needs, problems, priorities and potential for its historic core, one constant remains: a vacant, 32-acre tract that was once the community’s heart and is now envisioned as the centerpiece of downtown’s revival.

The Anchor Mill property, now a fenced-in mixture of gravel, dirt, weeds and trees, was the hub of Huntersville’s existence as a textile-driven village more than 100 years ago. And in just about every scenario imagined, evaluated, discussed and dissected by planners, developers, consultants and analysts during the last two decades — including current expansive studies outlining the town’s economic and transportation future — the town-owned property is a major player in formulating projections for what downtown could become.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:07

Summit for the ELITEs

High School girls gather at Davidson Day to learn to be leaders.

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- For 100 high school girls from throughout the region, last week’s Young Elites Leadership Summit in Davidson was a fast-paced, activity-filled experience packed with equal doses of enlightenment, inspiration and challenge. Along with educational and motivational presentations, an assortment of physical activities were also blended in, each designed to not only encourage exploration, but to also emphasize the importance of camaraderie and the thrill of personal discovery.

And in keeping with the year-round goal of the growing three-year old Youth Elites program, the primary focus of the Summit — to light the path to leadership and help young women identify and set a course for achieving individual goals — never wavered.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:04

Retiring principal criticizes Raleigh

On her way out, Huntersville Elementary’s Mangieri questions state legislature’s knowledge when it comes to education.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- In her 40 years as a teacher and school administrator, Debbie Mangieri has learned a thing or two about public education. She understands the challenge of driving achievement for students from a seemingly infinite array of backgrounds.

After 18 years as a principal in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools — the past 15 at Huntersville Elementary — she knows what instructional and motivational tools teachers need to drive that achievement year after year.

But, as she prepares to retire next month after four decades on the front lines of education, Mangieri is as fearful as she is hopeful about the future of the students and teachers she’s leaving behind. What truly mortifies Mangieri is what she sees as meddling by elected officials bent on injecting political ideology into schools that many of them haven’t set foot in for years.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:29

Summit Solstice benefits Nothing But Nets

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The Summit Solstice Race and Festival, hosted by Summit Coffee of Davidson, will be held Saturday, June 21, in Davidson. Part of the 2014 Summit Twilight Racing Series, all proceeds will benefit Nothing But Nets to purchase prevention nets for Africa. The 5.3-mile trail and road run on Main Street and the Davidson College campus begins at 7 p.m.

Entry fee is $30 and includes a post-race party with live music, food trucks, awards and more. For registration and more information, visit For more information about Nothing But Nets, visit

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:28

Town improving Stumptown/115

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- In what appears to be a rare trifecta for a road improvement project, lane additions at the intersection of Stumptown Road and N.C. 115 in Huntersville will be finished faster and cheaper than usual — and before daily school traffic returns.

The ongoing work at the Stumptown/N.C 115 intersection is being done by Town of Huntersville crews and should be completely finished — including the installation of a new traffic signal — by mid to late July, according to Max Buchanan, town engineer and the director of Huntersville public works department.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:28

Jeter holds town hall

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Charles Jeter, who represents District 98 in the North Carolina House of Representatives, will hold a town hall meeting Monday, July 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Huntersville Town Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss issues with citizens and provide updates of activity from the current legislative short session in Raleigh.

Town Hall is at 101 Huntersville-Concord Road in downtown Huntersville.

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The $9.3 million budget approved June 10 by Davidson commissioners leaves the town’s tax rate unchanged.

But that doesn’t mean the budget, which covers the fiscal year that begins July 1, won’t lead to some significant changes. A 10 percent increase in funding for the Davidson Fire Department will allow DFD to staff its lone station (Station One, behind Davidson Town Hall) with four paid firefighters 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The new funding also will lead to an important milestone on July 1, when volunteer firefighters become a thing of the past in Davidson. DFD’s 20 volunteers (who actually are paid through an incentive system based largely on their response to calls) will become full-fledged — but part-time — firefighters whose pay will be tied to their level of training and certification.

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- What does a town board do when it opens a public hearing about the budget and keeps it open meeting after meeting and nobody comes to talk about it? And what does it do when it has a full meeting chamber two sessions in a row to speak and hear about other subjects and the mayor practically begs — to no avail — for public comment on the budget?

If silence speaks volumes and the volume is silent, the only thing left to do is unanimously approve the budget. Monday night, the Cornelius Town Board of Commissioners did just that after months of discussion that resulted in only minor tweaking from Town Manager Anthony Roberts’ proposed spending and revenue plan, which began being crafted at the town’s budget and planning retreat in March.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:23

Help HPD officer’s son recover

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Griffin Luthart, the young son of Huntersville Police Officer Brian Luthart, is expected to fully recover from burns sustained in an accident earlier this month, but the Luthart family could still use help with the medical costs and related expenditures.

On the evening of June 7, after a day at Baden Lake with family and friends, Griffin, 3, suffered severe burns on his right leg and right hand as the result of spewing material from a fuel-filled torch. Other people were also injured, but Griffin had second-degree burns and was airlifted to the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill.