Police Chief Hoyle: 'It's the most critical piece of software we use.'

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Glenn Armstead is apparently a pretty bad guy. He's been pulled over in a 1994 Ford Escort, a 1988 Olds Cutlass, has had a protection order served on him as well as a summons, is a suspect in an arson and more. And all of this knowledge is instantly available to police officers who pull him over or are dispatched to his home address.

But not to officers of the Cornelius Police Department, and Police Chief Bence Hoyle wants to change all that.

Armstead may or may not be a real individual utilized in a link analysis example given by the provider of a dispatch and records keeping system Hoyle wants to incorporate into his department's crime fighting and prevention efforts, but he played a starring role in a slide presentation Hoyle made to the Cornelius Town Board of Commissioners during their Monday, March 2, meeting.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- For dogs, as well as the adults they often lead around, a more active lifestyle is directly linked to a healthier and happier existence. And that basic fact provides the primary impetus for the Lake Norman region's first canine-friendly 5K to be held later this month in Huntersville.

The Lake Norman 5K-9 will be held Sunday, March 15 starting at 1 p.m. at North Mecklenburg Park in Huntersville. The officially timed and supervised event is open to all, and especially geared toward dogs and their owners. The event will feature a one-quarter mile "Doggie Dash" at 1 followed by the 5K run/walk along park trails starting at 1:30. Awards in several size, age and just-for-fun categories, for dogs and their owners, will be up for grabs.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Huntersville has taken a major step toward a long-planned connection for a major thoroughfare.

At Monday night's Town Board session, Huntersville commissioners approved two parcel purchases that clear the way for extending Birkdale Commons Parkway to Babe Stillwell Farm Road, a link in a long-range road chain designed as an interior east-west alternative to N.C. 73 and part of a master plan to manage ever-increasing traffic in Huntersville's northwest quadrant.

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Beverly Westmoreland retired from a long career with the City of Charlotte this past December. Now she's ready to really retire.

Monday night, the Cornelius Town Board of Commissioners officially put her retirement plan in place when it unanimously approved a conditional rezoning request by The Baird Group and JP Orleans Builders, both of Charlotte, to build 40 single family homes on Westmoreland's 42.16 acres on Barnhardt Road, backing up to Hough High School.

Monday, 02 March 2015 16:05

Registration opens for Angels 5K run

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- In association with the 19th annual Angels of '97 spaghetti dinner, the fifth annual Angels 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, March 21, at North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville. The run will begin at 9 a.m. and the walk at 9:05. Like the spaghetti dinner itself, all proceeds will help provide scholarships to deserving high school seniors at North Meck, Hopewell and Hough high schools as the organization continues to honor the memories of students who graduated in spirit only with the North Meck High Class of 1997.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- A friendly competition between local service agencies later this month will also give area residents the chance to roll up their sleeves to help others.

On Saturday, March 21, the Huntersville Fire Department, Huntersville Police Department and North Mecklenburg Rescue Squad will join forces to sponsor the "Battle of the Badges" Blood Drive at Birkdale Village in Huntersville. The three agencies, in partnership with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, will hold the blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday, 02 March 2015 16:02

Huntersville Lions hold 52nd breakfast

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The Huntersville Lions Club's 52nd annual pancake breakfast will be held Saturday, March 7, at Huntersville United Methodist Church from 7 to 11 a.m. In addition to pancakes and toppings, including fresh fruit. Also available will be sausage, hot biscuits and gravy, and drinks.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Normally we at the Citizen regard insider news and entertainment industry awards as self-congratulatory insignificance with little to no benefit for anyone outside the business. That is, unless we win some awards ourselves. We suppose there's nothing wrong with patting ourselves on the back a bit when members of our own peer group recognize us for a little quality work.

If the North Carolina Press Association is going to take the time and make the effort to bestow upon the Citizen awards in its 2014 Advertising and Editorial contests, who are we to disregard it. And so, it is incumbent upon us to announce that three of the paper's staff members have been recognized in the NCPA's Community Newspapers division.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 06:24

Checkered Ball will benefit Hinds' Feet

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The Checkered Ball, a primary source of financial support for programs serving adults with brain injuries at Hinds' Feet Farm in Huntersville, will be held Saturday, March 28 in Charlotte.

The 24th annual event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton on East Trade Street in downtown Charlotte. The evening of fine dining, dancing, live and silent auctions and musical entertainment — considered one of the most prestigious events on the Charlotte region's yearly social calendar and held during Brain Injury Awareness Month — is one of two principal fundraisers for Hinds' Feet Farm, which provides day programs and residential opportunities for adults coping with traumatic brain injury.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 06:22

Riverkeeper concerned water plan falls short

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Four years in the making, the water supply master plan for the Catawba-Wateree river basin was released last spring.

In it, the 19 members of the Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group (CWWMG) outlined a 50-year plan to protect and preserve the water supply that supports the nearly two million people who live, work and play along the narrow basin that stretches from Grandfather Mountain to central South Carolina.

The goals of the plan are seemingly simple on the surface — project the likely water uses and consumption along the basin come mid-century, and then craft some recommendations to make sure that adequate water supply on Lake Norman and the other basin reservoirs still exists in 2065.