Energy United is warning members to be aware of a utility bill scam that has targeted individuals and businesses nationwide.
Consumers across the country, including some EnergyUnited members, have received phone calls from persons claiming to be a representative of their electric company and demanding payment. Often, scammers ask for personal account information or threaten to disconnect service if immediate payment is not made by prepaid credit or debit card. In some case, scammers have falsified their caller ID to reflect a utility company’s name.
EnergyUnited reminds customers that it will never call members to demand immediate payment or to ask for account or personal information. Members are urged not to give out banking or credit card information to someone who has called regarding an EnergyUnited account.
Anyone who receives a suspicious call from someone claiming to represent EnergyUnited, hang up and call EnergyUnited at 800-522-3793. Do not call the number that appears on caller ID because it may be fake. Members should also inform their local law enforcement agencies of the call.
LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- The first step in setting up what promises to be a spirited battle for the Republican nomination to replace Speaker of the House Thom Tillis in North Carolina House District 98 has been taken by former Cornelius Mayor Lynette Rinker.
The three-term Cornelius commissioner and temporary mayor — filling Jeff Tarte’s unexpired term after being elected to the North Carolina Senate — was the first to file for her party’s nomination when filing began Monday at noon.
Fellow Cornelius Commissioner John Bradford, who was recently elected to his second term on the board, is expected to file on Friday.
Torrence-Lytle school to be anchor of development.
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Parents by the thousands have brought their children to the Waymer Center in Huntersville for youth basketball games and other activities. But even after spending countless hours in the rickety gym, many of those same parents — and their children — know little about the origin of the place, or its place in local history.
The Waymer Center is part of a cluster of aging brick buildings on Holbrooks Road that once made up the Torrence-Lytle School. For the common transplant to the Lake Norman area, that name does little to distinguish the school, which closed for good in 1966. When the school opened in 1937, however, it had another name:
Huntersville Colored School.
EMBU, KENYA -- Missionaries Jason and Amy Yon of Mooresville have been in Embu, Kenya since August 2013, and recently the Huntersville-based African Children’s Project and its Kenyan partner organization, Mji Wa Yohana, celebrated the start of construction of their first community-based, family-style home for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
The Yons, their two children, and other volunteers were joined by county government officials, village chiefs, neighbors, friends, pastors and the Mbuthia family, who donated the land for construction. Several individuals spoke, sharing their hopes for the project, while others took time to pray for the construction process and for the first family that will live there.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Mark Stanback of Davidson College will discuss “Competition Between Bluebirds and Brown-Headed Nuthatches” at the next free nature program sponsored by Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St. in Mooresville.
Stanback is a devoted birder who has spent years studying bird behavior, inspiring young people to conserve endangered species. No reservations are required for this program made possible by LNWC, a chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, whose mission is to protect and enhance wildlife habitats in and around Lake Norman. Visit lakenormanwildlife.org or call Sid Smith, LNWC education chairman, at 704-895-5686 for more information.
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Driver education is not usually a municipal government undertaking, but conversations at recent Huntersville Town Board sessions have illustrated the need for a quick crash-prevention course in traffic regulation guidelines.
First off, if you are at a “STOP” sign, stop. Then embrace the fact that in the world of traffic flow management you are — at that moment — at the very bottom of the movement pyramid. Cross traffic in both directions has priority over you. And that includes cars making allowed U-turns into the lane you are hoping to occupy.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Robert Pittenger has announced he will seek re-election in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District.
“We are honored to serve the Ninth Congressional District residents and continue to fight Washington’s failed big government policies with common sense solutions that encourage economic growth and new jobs through lower taxes, fewer burdensome regulations, and greater freedom,” Pittenger said.
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The Huntersville Police Department warns it has seen recent increases in an activity referred to as a “One Ring” telephone scam. HPD officials describe it as a basic telephone scam designed to get curious phone owners to dial a number from a call they received in which the caller only rang once and hung up.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation will host a series of events throughout Mecklenburg County to discuss the strategic direction of the library. Locally, the Foundation invites the public to attend “Cocktails & Conversations” on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North County Regional Library in Huntersville.
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Growth is a way of life in Huntersville, and among the growing pains town commissioners were advised to expect during their annual planning retreat is a significant increase in the local financial burden related to municipal road maintenance.
During his presentation on a variety of topics, Town Engineer and Public Works Director Max Buchanan used mileage statistics and dollar amounts to project a clear outline of road repair financial demands exceeding state-funded supply in the very near future.
Powell Bill Funds, a $145.6 million pot of road maintenance and repair money distributed proportionately — based on population and road mileage — to 57 municipalities in the state, are traditionally used by towns to pay for regular upkeep and emergency repairs to town roads. Many towns, according to Buchanan and Transportation Planner Bill Coxe, already dip into local funds to supplement Powell Bill Funds in order to address their local road needs.