Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:53

Fall into fun while also helping others

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The air is crisp, skies are clear of summer haze, trees are slowly adding color to the landscape and football season is in full gear. With all these factors in play, you don’t really need another reason to join the celebration at Saturday’s Fall into Huntersville festival, but here’s one more just in case: you could absolutely save a life, and there’s a chance it could be someone you know.

Huntersville’s Jeff Reid is living proof.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:52

Jetton Road repairs delayed until spring

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Thanks to some higher-than-expected bids on a project to repair Jetton Road, construction-weary Cornelius residents will get a respite from major road projects this fall. The North Carolina Department of Transportation opened the bidding process to effectively rebuild Jetton Road from the roadbed up between West Catawba Avenue and John Connor Road, and because the project would need to be completed by the end of the paving season in mid-November, the prices were higher than expected.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:51

This show is for the dogs

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- The family pooch will be celebrated during the Town of Cornelius’ 14th annual All American Dog Show Saturday, Oct. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bailey Road Park in Cornelius. Bring a furry friend, or just bring the family, to see and participate in competitions in various categories.

Those entering any contests can save money and avoid the lines by preregistering online at by Oct. 2. On-site registration will be available the day of the event beginning at 5 p.m.  

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:50

Find out what’s in your attic

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- The Cornelius Historic Preservation Committee will host antiquities experts for the second annual “Trash or Treasure: What’s in Your Attic?” event. The experts will evaluate antiques, art and family heirlooms on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon outdoors at Cornelius Town Hall, 21455 Catawba Ave., in Cornelius.

Returning to provide their expertise are Dennis White, Tom Boles and John Duncan from Savannah, Ga. Local art appraiser, Christina Whitson, will also be present to evaluate art and fine prints. Local businesses BeBe Gallini’s, Bella Love, Cashion’s, Cork and Cask, Old Town Public House and Studio-C Cinema are providing prizes to be awarded in the Oldest, Most Unique, Most Valuable, Most Significant to the Town of Cornelius, and Biggest Letdown categories.

 The event is free and open to the public with no advance registration required. No weapons of any kind are permitted. For more details and restrictions, visit In the event of rain, the event will be held in the Community Room inside Town Hall.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:49

Wine Spectacular set for Oct. 4

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The Rotary Club of Lake Norman-Huntersville invites the public to experience an evening in New Orleans at the 16th annual Lake Norman Wine Spectacular Saturday, Oct. 4, at NorthStone Country Club in Huntersville. All proceeds from the event will benefit Lake Norman Community Health Clinic and Little Smiles NC.

In addition to a dinner of New Orleans-inspired cuisine, activities include live and silent auctions for premium items, vacations and spa retreats; a “Wine Pull Poker Wall;” and a champagne diamond raffle.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- First Baptist Church-Huntersville’s 34th annual World Hunger Day yard sale, barbecue and more will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. North Mecklenburg’s largest yard sale will be held on the lawn of the church at 119 N. Old Statesville Road near downtown Huntersville. All proceeds will benefit the hungry locally and internationally.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- A planning professional who has played a leading role in mapping out Huntersville’s preparations for growth and development will soon assume leadership of city planning for a neighboring municipality.

Zac Gordon, a principal planner in the Huntersville Planning Department and a member of the Huntersville planning staff for nearly a decade, will become the City of Kannapolis’ first in-house planning director at the end of October.

Gordon, 55, was selected from a field of 50 candidates for the position. He will begin duties in Kannapolis Oct. 27.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 11:23

Split snack bar vote result of cost confusion

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- It seemed like a simple, cut-and-dried, lowest-bid wins process, but there was much more behind the scenes of last week’s Huntersville Town Board 4-2 vote to authorize construction of a concession stand at Bradford Park.

Commissioners Danny Phillips and Rob Kidwell voted against the decision, with Phillips saying during pre-vote discussion that he simply couldn’t justify spending that much town money on the project.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. --A revised blueprint for Veterans Park at Main & Maxwell, as well as a new approach to finance the Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department (HPRD) project, will be submitted for Town Board review in the coming months.

With an anticipated cost of $2 million — even after the elimination of a water spray park originally envisioned on the park grounds — construction of Veterans Park may require use of up to $500,000 more from municipal bonds and part of the HPRD’s reserve fund.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 21:56

An 'Awesome' Life

Editor's Note: This story originally appeared in the Citizen in September 2009. It is the inspiration for next weekend's fifth annual Live Awesome Flag Football Tournament.

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- Jeffrey Ross didn't know exactly who he'd be speed dialing if he clicked on the word "Awesome" at the top of his new cell phone's contact list a few years ago.

Actually, his new phone was new only to him; it was a hand-me-down from his older brother Jonathan, who had keyed in unique nicknames or those he often called. "Awesome," Jeffrey soon learned, was Kevin Carosa.

"I got to know Kevin, and that (nickname) suits him," says Ross, a 2007 North Mecklenburg High graduate, who now attends the Art Institute of Atlanta.

Carosa's contact tag evolved into something much more significant over the past year as the 21-year-old Huntersville resident with a pure smile and jovial approach battled a rare form of already-rare germ cell cancer for the life he so enjoyed living. Born on April Fool's Day 1988, Carosa passed away Aug. 31, but not before inspiring countless others through his humor, courage and most recently, his official mantra: "Live Awesome."