CORNELIUS, N.C. -- In 2013, the previous Cornelius Town Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a plan to install sidewalks along Torrence Chapel Road in a project intended to coincide with a much-needed road widening project by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. At Monday night’s town board meeting, it remained a topic of discussion.

Although not listed on the agenda, impassioned Torrence Chapel Road residents — stirred up by one neighbor’s objection to sidewalks and a not-completely-clear news account indicating the sidewalk was still in doubt — staged a loosely organized, hour-long filibuster as they attempted to coordinate, cobble and combine their three-minutes-each time limit at the podium during the public comments portion of the proceedings. Even regular town board lecturer Alwyn Smith — prompted by Dee Gilroy, wife of Commissioner Dave Gilroy who lives on Torrence Chapel Road — took a portion of his allotted time as a public speaker to allow a prepared, four-minute video to run one additional minute to completion.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 22:28

Too much sunshine on solar project?

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- When news broke this month that plans were in the works for a possible solar farm on a 55-acre tract owned by Davidson College, it was only fitting that it was the state’s “sunshine laws” that shed public light on the project much too soon for some of its potential participants.

The Charlotte Observer reported Aug. 1 that Cornelius-based O2 Energies had filed for a permit from the North Carolina Utilities Commission to build a $10 million, 3-megawatt solar array on land the college owns along Grey Road, east of the campus.

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Representatives of Chiquita Brands International were pleased with just about every aspect of last year’s Chiquita Classic golf tournament at River Run Country Club in Davidson. Now they are focused on making just about everything about the Tour Finals event even better.

 “2013 was enormously successful for everyone involved,” Thomas Federl, tournament director and Chiquita’s director of community relations, said last week at a kickoff event for the 2014 Chiquita Classic to be held Sept. 1-7 at River Run. “The members and staff at River Run were a great asset. We had more than 600 volunteers and we wouldn’t have had the success we experienced without the support of the members.

 HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The abandoned, old stepsister in the heart of Huntersville’s downtown may have a promising suitor.

 Prior to Monday’s regular town board meeting, Huntersville officials heard a preliminary proposal from representatives of Florida-based TDON Development Inc. that would transform the vacant site of a long-gone manufacturing plant — known as the Anchor Mill property — into a mixed-used residential neighborhood featuring apartments, townhouses and trendy cottage homes.

 The conversation was casual, and no formal plans or paperwork were exchanged during the conference table discussion, but the public presentation at Town Hall along with the array of commissioner questions and comments it fostered indicated genuine interest in TDON’s vision for the 32-acre, L-shaped parcel that fronts Church Street and also has a long stretch of tree-covered road frontage along Huntersville-Concord Road across from the Vermillion neighborhood.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 19:41

Waiting for the Chiquita Classic

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- From the safe haven of nearby porches, the 12th green at River Run Country Club in Davidson seems peaceful and serene, with the fountain from the bordering pond providing a fitting touch to the picturesque postcard. But on the first weekend in September, with a PGA Tour card hanging in the balance, the approach to the 12th, like every shot faced by golfers in the Tour’s Chiquita Classic, will carry the extra weight of potentially shaping a professional golf career.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- First Baptist Church-Huntersville has put out the call for volunteers and items to sell at its 34th Annual World Hunger Day yard sale, barbecue and more, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 27. The church will begin accepting donations for the yard sale on Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. beginning Aug. 15.

Volunteers are also needed to help sort items for the sale, and students looking to perform community projects are welcome to participate. First Baptist Church-Huntersville is at 119 Old Statesville Road in Huntersville. For more information or to volunteer, contact the church office at 704-875-3489 or Will Bates at 704-577-3471.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 19:26

Registration open for charity tennis

DENVER, N.C. -- Players are needed for an upcoming charity tournament to benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Charlotte. On Saturday, Aug. 23, The Club at Westport in Denver will be the place for the fourth annual Aces for Awareness women’s tennis tournament. The doubles round robin format will offer play at the 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5+ levels, and no partner is needed to register. Play for the 2.5 and 3.0 rounds will begin at 11 a.m., the remaining levels will start at 3 p.m., and a Saturday night player party with a pro exhibition match will begin at 6:30. Warm-up and registration will begin one hour before start each start time.


HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Progress is one of the consistent characteristics associated with Hinds’ Feet Farm in Huntersville, and a name change for a benefit golf tournament is the latest indication of the agency’s steady evolution.

On Sept. 14-15 at NorthStone Country Club, the Hinds’ Feet Farm Golf Classic will make its debut as the official new name for the long-established Davey Allison Memorial Golf Classic. Presented by Hinds’ Feet Farm and Tuscarora Yarns, the event will honor military veterans and raise money to support ongoing programs at Hinds’ Feet Farm that serve veterans and others coping with brain injuries.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 19:19

Some ‘Hope’ for more vets

Charlotte man sets the tone as Gracie’s Hope HBOT treatments gain national attention.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Sergeant Michael Verardo has spent the last four years adjusting to changes in his life, establishing new goals and illustrating what he can achieve.

On April 24, 2010, on a walking patrol in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan, Verardo stepped over a small wall and came down on an improvised explosive device. When he regained consciousness at Walter Reed Hospital in Maryland, the bottom half of his left leg was gone, the muscle tissue in his left arm was severely damaged and he had joined the ranks of military personnel plagued by not only physical injury, but the mental trauma associated with modern warfare.

NCDOT officials get an earful about congestion from the DDI construction at Exit 28. It’s about to get worse.

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Rhonda Lennon could see it coming. From her personal experience with the heavy congestion on West Catawba Avenue on the approach to the ongoing construction zone that is the bridge over I-77, she knew that come the evening of Aug. 25, her phone would start ringing.

“They don’t call to say how is your day going. They call to yell,” the District 1 representative of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education said of parents who call her, especially during the first several days of school as bus drivers shake down their routes and children arrive home later than scheduled. “I can’t say it’s not my fault because your child is stuck in traffic because ultimately it is on me.”