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Tuesday, 30 August 2016 12:17

Davidson Town Board approves new body cams

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The Davidson Police Department will move to upgrade its video recording technology after a rare late-month decision by the Davidson Town Board of Commissioners. At their Aug. 23 meeting, commissioners unanimously consented to allow police officials to divert $24,000 from a budget appropriation for stationary digital video cameras in order to acquire new body-worn cameras (BWCs) for all of the department’s patrol officers.

“We see this as being really important,” Davidson Police Chief Jeanne Miller said. “In answer to the question, ‘What keeps you up at night?,’ right now, this is keeping me up at night.”

The decision was rare because Davidson commissioners normally reserve the second meeting of the month to hear committee reports and discuss issues destined for votes (or at least public hearings) at the following month’s first meeting.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 12:16

Our Town Cinemas hosts movie premier

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The theater premier for a movie with many regional connections will be held at Our Town Cinemas Cafe and Taphouse in Davidson this week. Heritage Falls, produced and co-written by Huntersville resident Gary Wheeler and co-written and directed by Charlotte’s Shea Sizemore, will make its big screen debut Friday, Sept. 2, at the Davidson theater on Griffith Street.

The movie, with post-production color grade and finishing edit services provided by John Schroter with The Postage in Huntersville, was shot in Georgia and is a production of INSP Films. Information about the local premier is available at ourtowncinemas.com and details about the movie are at INSPFilms.com.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 12:16

Blood donors can win Panthers’ tickets

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- As a thank you to its blood and platelet donors, the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) will give away three pairs of Club Level tickets at Bank of America Stadium for the Carolinas Panthers’ regular season home opener Sunday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m.

Everyone presenting blood and platelet donations at one of CBCC’s blood centers or mobile blood drives through Saturday, Sept. 10, will be automatically entered into the ticket drawing. The tickets cannot be redeemed for cash and there will be one pair of tickets per winner. Donors can schedule their appointment at one of CBCC’s centers or mobile blood drives by calling 704-972-4700 or visiting cbcc.us.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 12:15

Carolina RenFest holds job fair

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The Carolina Renaissance Festival will hold its first job fair on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Festival grounds at 16445 Poplar Tent Road in Huntersville.

Each year, the Festival hires 350 seasonal employees to hawk turkey legs and ale, sell admission tickets, greet guests and more. Applicants should be able to produce documents showing they are able to work in the United States. Resumés are appreciated but not required for most positions. Questions about the job fair can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 12:14

CATS, NCDOT seek Gateway Station input

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Area Transit System and the North Carolina Department of Transportation invite public participation for the future station area plan for the Charlotte Gateway Station. A station area visioning public workshop was held in early August to gather initial public input on land use, development opportunities, transportation connections and desired amenities. Based on the input received, three vision concepts were developed.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 12:14

PARC Commission seats available

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- The Town of Cornelius is accepting applications for its Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) Commission. This advisory board assists the PARC director and Town Board with issues related to recreational activities and facilities provided by the town.

The Cornelius Town Board of Commissioners appoints PARC Commission members for three-year terms. Meetings are open to the public and occur on the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Cornelius Town Hall. Applicants must be a resident or property owner in Cornelius. Applications are available online at cornelius.org.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 12:13

CPD announces 10 promotions

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- The Cornelius Police Department recently announced the promotion of 10 officers to the ranks of captain, lieutenant, sergeants and corporals.

• Capt. Jennifer Thompson has been with the department since 2001. A graduate of Basic Law Enforcement Training from Central Piedmont Community College, Thompson has been a patrol officer, detective, detective sergeant, criminal investigations lieutenant and patrol lieutenant. Captain Thompson will serve as the captain of the field operations division.

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- TopDeck, a charity dedicated to raising funds to support the morale and mission of the Cornelius Police Department, has donated 63 QuikClot first response kits for all of CPD’s patrol cars and police boats.

Trauma is a major cause of death and disability and the second most expensive health care issue in the United States. Approximately 40 percent of trauma-related deaths are due to bleeding or its consequences, establishing hemorrhage as the most common cause of preventable death in trauma. QuikClot devices, applied with manual pressure, promote clotting within minutes of application to help save more lives.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Officer Riccardo Carter, a seven-year member of the Huntersville Police Department, is recovering at home after being involved in an accident while on duty as a motorcycle patrolman.

Carter was treated for injuries at a local hospital following the accident on Monday afternoon on Gilead Road near the Hillcrest Drive intersection. Carter was on the way to the scene of a traffic accident near Main Street when the motorcycle he was operating ran into the back of a Huntersville Police Department patrol car.

Traffic on Gilead was stopped as emergency crews responded and Carter was transported for medical treatment. Tuesday morning, Huntersville Police Chief Cleveland Spruill said Carter is recovering from the injuries. “He is doing fine,” Spruill said.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 16:57

DCPC’s Lingle Chapel now open 24/7

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Davidson College Presbyterian Church (DCPC) recently announced that Lingle Chapel is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as a place of quiet sanctuary, meditation and prayer. The chapel, which is also home to a number of religious services throughout the week, is at the corner of Main Street and Davidson-Concord Road in Davidson.

In addition to opening Lingle Chapel around the clock, church members have created a mobile-accessible website at linglechapel.org to help visitors personalize either a religious or non-religious experience at the Chapel. It is intended to be a place for spiritual wellness to the community, where people can light a candle if they wish and experience the quiet and peace.