Tuesday, 24 January 2017 17:37

Musical acts named for Brewers, Music Fest

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C -- At least 11 musical groups and more than 30 craft brewers are on the initial list of participants for the seventh annual North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival to be held May 12-13 at Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville.

Tickets are now on sale for the two-day celebration headlined by the award-winning Infamous Stringdusters and featuring craft beer created by local brewers and their colleagues from throughout North Carolina — and sometimes a few guest breweries from out of state.

DAVIDSON, N.C -- Preliminary steps toward creating a new, wider bridge over Interstate 77 in Davidson have begun as part of the I-77 Express Lanes project.

Representatives of I-77 Mobility Partners, the entity overseeing the construction of 26 miles of new interstate toll lanes between Mooresville and Charlotte, announced this week that preliminary construction and adjacent road work has been initiated on the Griffith Street bridge at Exit 30 in Davidson.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Huntersville’s interim town manager has nearly a decade of experience in local matters, but also first-hand knowledge of what’s involved in quickly assuming a full plate of management responsibilities. Just a few months into his job as assistant city manager in Emporia, Va., more than 20 years ago, a staff change resulted in Gerry Vincent becoming interim city manager.

“That was a baptism by fire,” Vincent said last week, just a few days after being appointed to temporarily fill the post vacated by Greg Ferguson, “But this time I’m fully aware of all the duties involved and what to expect, so it should be a little easier.”

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- After nearly a month break between meetings surrounding the holiday season, the Huntersville Town Board was ready for action last week with a full slate of items outlined in a 360-page agenda. But it turned out petitioners involved in most of the high-profile issues requested delays, pushing discussions and potential decisions back to the board’s Feb. 6 meeting.

Items re-scheduled for Feb. 6 include:

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- In the beginning, Cornelius town commissioners were to receive a presentation on how traffic engineers believe they could solve congestion at the West Catawba Avenue/Torrence Chapel Road/Liverpool Parkway intersection, a conundrum otherwise known as the “west bookend” of Exit 28.

In the end, they decided to not decide for now.

In between, representatives of the North Carolina Department of Transportation and traffic consultant WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff were grilled by commissioners — just short of being accused of fabricating data by one of them — and were repeatedly interrupted by a boisterous crowd that packed the Cornelius Town Hall meeting chamber to oppose what was billed as the “preferred alternative.”

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 17:33

Teen Council outlines service efforts

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- At last Tuesday night’s Davidson Town Board meeting, commissioners heard an update from the Lake Norman Teen Council on its 2016 community service efforts, which included:

• Collecting more than 1,100 clothing donations for Lydia’s Loft;

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 17:32

Rotary’s Swimarathon hits the pool Feb. 25

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C -- The Rotary Club of Lake Norman-Huntersville will participate in the annual Rotary Global Swimarathon, the world’s largest one-day swimming event, Saturday, Feb. 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatics Center.

Funds raised for the event will benefit Rotary’s signature project, End Polio Now. Polio has been reduced by 99 percent worldwide, and every dollar Rotary commits to the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF in direct support for polio immunization will be matched 2-to-1 up to $35 million per year by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 17:31

CRTPO opens input period for 2045 plan

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) began public outreach on Monday, Jan. 16, for the development of its 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The CRTPO will solicit feedback about long-range transportation needs and issues affecting the planning areas of Mecklenburg and Iredell counties, and the western and central, urbanized portions of Union County into the year 2045 and beyond.

Residents can weigh in on these topics by completing a survey, available on the 2045 MTP website at, or by contacting CRTPO at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 704-336-2205.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 17:31

Panel to discuss affordable housing

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C -- On Tuesday, Jan. 24, from noon to 1 p.m. the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Diversity Council will present “The Impact of Social Change Through Affordable Housing” hosted by Central Piedmont Community College Merancas Campus in Huntersville. The Lunch ’n’ Learn event will be held in the auditorium of the Criminal Justice Center at 11930 Verhoeff Drive.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 17:29

E-learning helps LNC avoid using a snow day

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C -- An emphasis on technology, part of Lake Norman Charter School’s efforts to prepare students for advanced education environments and the logged-in realities of the modern world paid extra dividends last week when students were able to complete a day of learning while campuses were shut down by a wicked blast of winter.

Last Tuesday, Jan. 9, while Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and just about every other system, charter school and private school in the region remained closed in response to ice and road-status worries lingering from a heavy dose of snow and single-digit temperatures, LNC students and teachers conducted classes — and avoided the need for a make-up day — by implementing an “E-learning” program providing remote access and interaction.