CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Cornelius town commissioners got a look at the latest round of design proposals for the widening of Catawba Avenue Phase II Monday night, with an invitation from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to provide some feedback. Central to the discussion, however, was just how much — or how little — their input will really mean when it comes to the final design.

The NCDOT appears intent on re-designing West Catawba from Jetton Road to N.C. 73 into its now favored "superstreet" concept, a roadway engineered primarily for maximum throughput by limiting left turn movements, especially from intersecting side streets. That doesn't set well with some commissioners who see West Catawba as more of a local residential thoroughfare than a through-traffic highway, and say the design should be more resident-friendly.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 15:20

Going bald to help fight kids' cancer

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Area residents recently put their hair where there heart is and raised thousands of dollars to help the fight against childhood cancers.

Through the organizational efforts of Michael and Kathleen McMillan, support from Millstone Bake House and Provisions in downtown Davidson, and a grassroots effort that included adults, children and classrooms full of kids at Community School of Davidson, a head-shaving extravaganza generated funds for, and enhanced awareness of, the St. Baldrick's Foundation's ongoing dedication to support childhood cancer research.

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- The Town of Cornelius will celebrate the grand opening of Robbins Park Phase II Saturday, April 25, at 10 a.m. New improvements to the park at 17738 W. Catawba Avenue near Westmoreland Road include renovation of two ponds, paved trails linking the Westmoreland Athletic Complex to Robbins Park and the ponds, observation piers, picnic areas, gaga pit and sand volleyball court.

The grand opening will coincide with the town's annual Earth Day celebration. "Green" activities will include arts and crafts, demonstrations, wildlife habitat improvements, nature walks and more.

Monday, 20 April 2015 19:08

Charlotte, CMS hold career fair

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On April 22, more than 3,000 local high school students are expected to attend Charlotte Career Discovery Day, a district-wide career exploration event hosted by the Mayor's Youth Employment Program (MYEP) and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) at The Park Expo, 800 Brian Creek Road off Independence Boulevard in Charlotte, from 8 a.m to 2 p.m.

Monday, 20 April 2015 19:07

Cornelius PARC greenway meeting

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- The Town of Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Department (PARC) will hold a community meeting to discuss the proposed extension of McDowell Creek Greenway from Westmoreland Road to Catawba Avenue Thursday, April 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Calvary Chapel Church, 18731 W. Catawba Ave. The extension will connect to the existing McDowell Creek Greenway trail between Birkdale Village and Westmoreland Road.

This project is funded by the 2013 voter-approved Park & Recreation bond referendum. The public is invited to attend the meeting to learn about proposed improvements, and to provide feedback. For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 704-892-6031, ext. 164.

Monday, 20 April 2015 19:05

LNWC seeking island adopters

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- As development continues, the islands of Lake Norman are becoming more valuable as habitats for wildlife. In fact the island ecosystems, unique to most inland water bodies in North Carolina, are so valuable in a rapidly developing region of the country that the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists (LNWC) are making them the cornerstone of their local wildlife conservation efforts.

There are nearly 90 islands in Lake Norman, most of which are owned by Duke Energy. Through a creative initiative, the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, of which LNWC is the local chapter, with the support of Duke Energy, has established the Island Habitat Program as an effort to support conservation on Lake Norman. The program encourages and allows individuals and groups to "adopt an island" whereby they agree to regularly clean refuse and debris throughout the year.

CHARLOTTE, N,.C. -- Mayors from all seven Mecklenburg County municipalities met last week to discuss the current North Carolina General Assembly proposals for a sales tax, which redistributes that revenue from urban counties to rural counties. The mayors of Mecklenburg are asking the North Carolina General Assembly to reconsider" any proposal that would redistribute the state sales tax.

"We need a vision to make our entire state more successful" said Jim Taylor, mayor of Matthews. "The current proposals don't encourage growth in all areas, and in fact, make incorrect assumptions on our growth percentages for the future."

LAKE NORMAN, N,C. -- The United States Department of Transportation's Credit Council has authorized $189 million in Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) funding for the long-discussed, $650 million, 26-mile managed lane project on Interstate 77 between Mooresville and downtown Charlotte.

I-77 Mobility Partners, the regional entity in charge of the project that will add high-occupancy/toll express lanes in both directions of I-77 between Exit 36 in Mooresville and Exit 12 near the I-277 interchange in Charlotte, received word on Friday that its application for TIFIA funding had been approved.

Grower's Market shelter removed, ice house demolished to make way for park and memorial.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Muscle, man-hours and machinery, matched with community support from several area businesses, have provided clear evidence that Huntersville's Veterans Park at Main & Maxwell is destined for development.

For several days starting last weekend, members of the Sons of American Legion (SAL) Post 321 in Huntersville provided free labor and equipment for demolition and debris removal chores — along with brick restoration to allow pieces of the community's past to become part of a lasting salute to military veterans — to clear the site for Huntersville's newest park.

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- It seemed like a fairly simple, cut-and-dried community improvement venture when Town of Davidson officials, armed with a fresh $25,000 grant from the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation specifically earmarked for the project, zeroed in on plans to replace the pedestrian bridge at Roosevelt Wilson Park along Griffith Street.