Tuesday, 23 May 2017 16:37

Davidson seeking flag duty volunteers

DAVIDSON, N.C. — The Town of Davidson is looking for volunteers to help the town prepare for Memorial Day services.

Those interested are invited to gather at Mimosa Cemetery on South Street in Davidson at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 27, to be part of the town’s flag-placement effort prior to Memorial Day on Monday, May 29.

Mayor John Woods will greet the volunteers and then members of the group will be dispersed to place honorary flags at all three of the town’s cemeteries.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 16:36

Bailey, Hough teams win STEM honors

CORNELIUS, N.C. — Bailey Middle Schools’ Horsepower Motorsports team finished first in the country and Hough High School’s Iditarod Motorsports team placed third in the Ten80 National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) League competition  held Sunday, April 30, at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

The Horsepower Motorsports team out-performed schools from across the nation to capture top honors in the Student Racing Challenge, the flagship series for the National STEM League.  This is the second year the Bailey Middle School Horsepower Motorsports team has won the national competition.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 16:36

N.C. 115 corridor workshop May 25

CORNELIUS, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Town of Cornelius will host a Highway 115 Corridor Improvement Study workshop Thursday, May 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room at Cornelius Town Hall. The study area affects Old Statesville Road from Washam Potts Road in Cornelius to Sam Furr Road in Huntersville.

CORNELIUS, N.C. — For its first two years, it was known simply as the Baby Bundles Baby Shower. Now under the official umbrella of the Susan M. Tillis Foundation, the third annual Red, White and Bundled Baby Shower will be held Thursday, June 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Cornelius Town Hall. The event is open to everyone who would like to contribute to making the lives of growing military families easier.

Attendees are asked to bring a baby item to donate such as newborn and preemie diapers, wipes, onesies (0-3), sleepers (0-3), medicine spoons, and gift cards to purchase car seats and strollers. Food and beverages will be served. In advance of the event, donation boxes are now available in the Town Hall lobby for those who may not be able to attend the shower.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Workers with Eric Wayne Construction, one of the companies involved in the creation of Veterans Park at Main & Maxwell in downtown Huntersville, frame the basin that will be centerpiece of the multi-monument salute to America’s armed forces at the new town park. Veterans Park, along Huntersville-Concord Road between Main and Maxwell streets, will include individual tributes to each branch of military service facing a globe perched above a water-filled base.

The $2 million park — funded by a combination of municipal bonds, general fund dollars, Parks and Recreation Department funds and community donations collected by local Rotary Clubs and groups affiliated with American Legion Post 32 — will include a stage area, plaza and festival lawn and involve the re-positioning of the caboose that has become a town landmark. Construction is scheduled for completion by late September or early October, and the town is planning to hold grand opening ceremonies on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Proposals from three companies, including the current provider, have been selected to undergo a closer look as the Town of Huntersville begins the next phase of evaluating future management services options for the town-owned Family Fitness & Aquatics Center (HFFA).

Prior to the start of Monday’s special budget review session, Interim Town Manager Gerry Vincent told members of the Huntersville Town Board that an initial analysis of the outlines the town received in response to a Request for Qualifications issued in March identified three candidates that meet basic performance requirements and warrant more detailed review.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Uncertainty concerning future dispatch services for the Huntersville Police Department (HPD) highlighted a budget review session held Monday afternoon, but the bottom line is that no matter how it is resolved — or how much money the town pulls from reserve funds to establish a new deal — dollars earmarked for HPD in the budget (representing nearly one-third of the $35 million in expenses included in the current proposal) will remain unchanged and no last-minute adjustment to tax-generated revenue is required.

In a 60-minute segment at the conclusion of Monday’s special meeting, Chief Cleveland Spruill explained that his department remains at an impasse with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) about dispatch services costs. And he added that while he remains open to continued negotiations, his department has had no direct communications about the issue with CMPD since March. The summary of the situation — which involves the automatic renewal of an agreement and CMPD’s proposal that Huntersville’s annual fee for those services increase from $275,000 a year to $689,000 — has put the HPD on a path that Spruill expects will involve either a substantial compromise with CMPD, or a move to another dispatch service provider next year.

CORNELIUS, N.C. — Some residents of the Bahia Bay neighborhood have a problem. And some of their neighbors have a problem with them. Several homeowners of the neighborhood across the cove from Bluestone Harbor drive their golf carts to neighbors’ homes and to the community lake access, but in the Town of Cornelius it’s illegal to ride golf carts on public streets.

And neighbors who object to the carts on the road are calling police.

During the May 15 meeting of the Cornelius Town Board, some residents spoke during the public comments period, asking commissioners to consider an ordinance that would allow them to ride their carts within the confines of their subdivision. Police Chief Bence Hoyle said his officers have responded to the calls, but he also told commissioners he wished it wasn’t necessary.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — The scent of sulphur and a giant, leaping flame is usually a combination to cause concern, but Piedmont Natural Gas wants to assure the public that, in this case, it’s all on purpose. The company is performing a series of routine pipeline inspection activities through May 23 near Leroy and Katies Way in Huntersville.

During the testing, which involves the use of an in-line inspection device, it may be necessary for Piedmont to “flare,” or burn off, any excess natural gas used during the inspection process.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — The Town of Huntersville and Huntersville Police Department will celebrate National Night Out at three locations on Tuesday, Aug. 1. The HPD is putting out a call for vendors to participate.

National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is a national neighborhood crime and drug prevention event occurring annually on the first Tuesday in August. During the past few decades, National Night Out participation has grown to more than 37 million people in more than 15,000 communities to include all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases, as well as Canada.