Tuesday, 11 August 2015 16:59

HFD upgrade could lower insurance rates

HUNTERSVLLE, N.C. -- An upgrade in municipal fire service classification could mean insurance savings for some Huntersville residents.

Late last month, North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced that the Huntersville Fire District had earned a Class 4 Public Protection Classification after routine inspections and that the change, set to go into effect Nov. 1 of this year, means homeowners and businesses alike will benefit on their insurance premiums.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 16:58

Bike! Cornelius Meeting Aug. 20

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- A public meeting about Bike!Cornelius, The Town of Cornelius’ bicycle master plan, will be held on Thursday, Aug. 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Cornelius Town Hall. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

An open house will be held from 6 to 6:30 followed by a formal presentation from 6:30 to 7 and public comment session from 7 to 7:30. A consultant team from Alta Planning & Design and town staff will be available to provide information and answer questions.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 16:43

Experts: Cancer cluster probe was adequate

State and local agencies followed protocols, but ‘weird cases’ still warrant closer look.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- From a common sense perspective, just a few of the ocular melanoma (OM) cases with connections to a small section of southwestern Huntersville seem to justify a closer look.

In the previous five years, five women younger than 30, all with local ties – and three of them former students at Hopewell High School — were diagnosed with the disease. It’s a rare form of cancer that originates in the eye, is discovered in only 2,000 to 2,500 people each year in the United States, statistically impacts men more often than women and is known to occur most often in older patients, with those diagnosed having a median age of nearly 60.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 16:41

Chain reaction

Threat of bill to cancel toll project at the expense of local towns sparks wave of outrage, accusations.

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- When it comes to the ebb and flow of the saga that has become Interstate 77, there’s a significant difference between it being a fluid situation and just being all wet. With the pressure building ever greater as a critical vote on the 10-year Metro Transportation Improvement Program by the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) approaches next Wednesday night, the dam finally burst in Raleigh leaving local state legislators treading water in search of higher ground.

With Sen. Jeff Tarte’s attempts to bring to the Senate floor a bill to cancel the managed lanes construction project with I-77 Mobility Partners failing to gain any support, District 98 Rep. John Bradford attempted to attach a similar amendment to a $400 million highway bond referendum bill in the North Carolina House of Representatives. Bradford’s amendment was ruled out of order.

Then things got muddy.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 16:39

Bo knows firefighting ... and Davidson

New chief was hooked as volunteer in college.

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Twenty years ago, when Bo Fitzgerald left home in Davidson County for his freshman year at Davidson College, he figured it was the first step toward following his father, the Rev. James Alton Fitzgerald, into the ministry.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the pulpit.

Actually, it happened on the way to a fire. Several of them.

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- The Cornelius Police Department Lake Patrol Division is warning boaters and personal watercraft users of the current low lake levels on Lake Norman. As of Friday, August 7, Lake Norman is at 95.54, which is almost 4.5 feet below full pond.

Low lake levels create dangerous conditions as previously underwater obstacles are now on or near the surface. Lake Patrol recommends the use of a GPS or depth finder to help with navigating the lake safely. Extreme caution is advised to watch out for rocks and stumps that are now too close to the surface.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 17:37

Barnstock raises $25,000 for charity

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The seventh annual Barnstock music festival in Huntersville met its goal of raising $25,000 to support four charitable and service organizations.

The day-long, music-filled event, held in mid-July at the Brown family farm off Black Farms Road in Huntersville, attracted more than 1,500 people, who enjoyed seven hours of music provided by more than 30 performers.

The $25,000 raised at this year’s event was distributed to Cannon School ($5,000); the Davidson Fire Department ($5,000); A Giving Spirit Foundation ($7,500); and ($7,500).

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 17:36

Bradford plans run at GP lanes

RALEIGH, N,C. -- North Carolina Rep. John Bradford (District 98) of Cornelius plans to make one last-ditch legislative effort on Wednesday to derail the planned managed lanes project on I-77. On Tuesday, Bradford posted on the LKN Election Connection Facebook page that he intended to run a floor amendment to redirect transportation-allocated funds, $400 million, in Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposed infrastructure bond referendum toward general purpose lanes on I-77 through the Lake Norman area.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 17:36

Drinks for Danes exceeds $1,500

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Last week’s third annual “Drinks for Danes” event in Huntersville raised more than $1,500 for the Great Dane Rescue of the Carolinas and also resulted in the collection of dog food and other necessities to support the canine services program.

More than 100 people attended the Drinks for Danes gathering on July 28 at the Kilted Buffalo in the Birkdale Village shopping center.

Additional support from the fundraising event was provided by Rocky’s Pizza, Smoke Modern BBQ, Old Store Produce and Yappy Hour Bakery of Huntersville.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 17:35

Kindred named a top new restaurant

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Kindred restaurant in Davidson has been recognized as one of the 50 best new restaurants in America by Bon Appétit magazine.

The famous food magazine’s list of 2015 nominees was released Tuesday and Kindred, opened in February by Joe and Katy Kindred, is among the honorees and the only restaurant on the list from North Carolina. Leon’s Oyster Shop and Artisan Meat Share, both in Charleston, S.C., are also in the running for the magazine’s Top 10 list to be released later this month.