Tuesday, 04 October 2016 16:40

I-77 managed lane work expands South

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Managed lane construction on Interstate 77 has now extended south into Charlotte.

Preliminary traffic control measures to prepare for construction of the I-77 Express Lanes in Charlotte have been installed with crews placing safety barriers on the shoulder of the roadway on two of the ramps at the I-77 and I-277/ Brookshire Freeway interchange. Additionally, a barrier will be placed on the shoulder of I-77 northbound at the I-77 and I-277/Brookshire Freeway interchange.

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 16:39

Lake Norman Chamber hosts candidate forums

LAKE NORMAN N.C. -- The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will host two candidate forums in advance of the 2016 general election.

A two-hour forum will be held on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Huntersville Town Hall with candidates in the race for North Carolina House of Representatives District 92, Democrat Chaz Beasley and Republican Danae Caulfield. A second forum will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. with candidates for North Carolina House District 98, Republican incumbent John Bradford and unaffiliated challenger Jane Campbell.

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 16:39

Chamber, Smithville group host meeting

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- In response to recent unrest in Charlotte and elsewhere stemming from strained relationships between races, citizens and public officials, the Diversity Committee of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce and representatives of the Smithville Coalition neighborhood organization are partnering to host a Community Meeting later this month in Cornelius.

The meeting, according to Chris Hailey, chairman of the Chamber committee, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Torrence Creek AME Zion Church, 21517 Torrence Chapel Road in Cornelius. The community discussion will be conducted by a supervisory panel of clergy members with Hailey serving as the moderator. While specifics of the community meeting are still in the developmental stage, with complete plans expected to be finalized by the end of the week, Hailey says the primary objective of the gathering is clear.

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 16:37

Hopewell JROTC cadet earns prestigious honor

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Awards and accolades are nothing new for members of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at Hopewell High School, but a recent national honor presented to a Hopewell cadet has raised the bar of achievement even higher for the school’s Army JROTC program.

At ceremonies held in late September, Cadet Alexander Hronek was awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for outstanding achievement in JROTC. The special award was presented by Col. Walter J. Marm (U.S. Army, retired), a Medal of Honor recipient who was recognized for his outstanding service in Vietnam during the Battle of Ia Drang Valley, which was made famous in the book We Were Soldiers Once and Young.

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy. They are powerful weapons in the fight against cancer, but the side effects can be physically taxing and emotionally draining. Not only can treatment make people feel sick, it takes a toll on their outward appearance.

That’s why Iredell Memorial Hospital is hosting a Look Good Feel Better workshop Friday, Nov. 25. The free American Cancer Society program includes makeup help and specialized beauty tips for people with cancer. The workshop is designed to help patients feel good about their appearance. That boost can help them to cope with their diagnosis and possibly improve their response to the treatment.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 07:04

Options abound for hairpieces for cancer patients

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- It’s very traumatic for a woman to lose her hair. No matter the cause for the loss, women need a sympathetic ear while going through this process. They’re looking for a lot of patience and honest opinions on choosing the right wig.

Bringing a good friend or family member is always a good idea when going to purchase a wig. Expect to spend some time when picking out your wig. One or two hours is not an unusual amount of time to spend at a wig boutique.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Gayle Roberts Olenik has already beaten the odds. She’s surpassed a remarkable four-year anniversary in her battle with a rare form of overian cancer. Last week, after completing a slew of tests required to enter an immunotherapy clinical trial, her doctor told her, “You won’t be able to join the trial at this time.”

Accustomed to hearing difficult news, she waited. Then he said, “It’s time to celebrate Gayle. Your scans are clear. You’re in remission.” Trained to stay battle-ready, she asked the doctor what she could do to keep fighting. No surprise to Gayle, he said, “Exercise. A lot.”

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 06:55

For best mammography, get a 3D view

Tomosynthesis provides more detailed images than two-dimensional X-rays.

Breast cancer — it is the most common cancer among women, and is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. We do not know yet what causes it, but we know, if detected early before it spreads, 98 percent of women will be alive five years later. We also know there are risk factors that increase a person’s chance of getting cancer.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 06:50

Bosom buddies and big boats, a winning combination

Dragon boat racing, breast cancer survivorship go hand-in-hand for the Healing Dragons team.

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- There is a belief in the Japanese culture that tattoos of dragons evoke power and magic. The dragon image enjoys a lengthy history of strength and courage, which makes it an ideal image to represent a survivor’s mentality, especially when it comes to breast cancer survivors and the friends and families who love, honor and respect them.

Now thanks to an Asian sport, breast cancer survivors and the mystique of the dragon come together in a celebration of perseverance and healing. In 2009, Jan Kuhn was asked to participate in the Charlotte Asian Dragon Boat Festival, filling in for a member of one of the teams who was unable to attend. Kuhn obliged, and it was love at first paddle.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 06:45

Breast cancer education advocate becomes patient

Charlotte Radiology’s Katie Robbins puts into practice what she preaches.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For the past 11 years, Katie Robbins, marketing and practice relations director and customer experience officer at Charlotte Radiology, has viewed October as the most important month of the year. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, she’s worked hard to plan events that educate local women about the importance of mammography and early detection.

But last December, Robbins’ work took on an even deeper significance.

At age 42 — and with no family history of breast cancer — she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease. There had been no sign of it on her two previous annual mammograms.