Tuesday, 07 April 2015 16:57

Jetton Road reclamation to be 'messy'

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- This Friday, signs will be activated informing drivers that the long-awaited rebuilding of Jetton Road will start soon.

On April 14, things will start to get messy.

"This not your ordinary resurfacing," Warren Cooksey, spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Transportation told reporters Monday morning at Cornelius Town Hall. "What is going on is a full-depth reclamation."

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 16:55

Communities rally for Relay for Life

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- In May of 1985, one man from Tacoma, Wash., with a simple idea started what would become a national movement. Doctor Gordy Klatt decided that he would walk around a local track for 24 hours in hopes of raising money and awareness for the American Cancer Society.

To say Klatt's efforts were a success is a massive understatement. That first year, Klatt raised $27,000 to help aid cancer research. The next year, his walk had 340 participants. Thirty years later this annual event, now known as Relay For Life, has grown to millions of participants around the globe raising nearly $5 billion to help put an end to cancer.

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 16:52

Growing the Games

Affiliation with Scottish association may raise Rural Hill event to international stature.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Large trucks thundering across centuries-old sacred ground is, at first, a stunning anachronism. But since the equipment-laden trucks are required to properly prepare for the thousands of competitors and culturally connected celebrants from across the country, and around the world, expected at the 22nd annual Rural Hill Scottish Festival & Loch Norman Games, there's no concern that ties to the past — and especially this region's deep-rooted links to Scotland — are in danger of eroding.

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- On Monday, March 30, 2015, Cornelius Police responded to Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, in reference to fire damage in the women's restroom. Officers observed a broken paper towel dispenser, burnt debris and heavy damage to the bathroom floor from the fire. The Cornelius Fire Department and the Mecklenburg County Assistant Fire Marshal determined the fire was intentionally set with approximately $2,000 in damages.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Huntersville has received a new purchase offer and multi-use development proposal for the long-vacant, 30-plus acre Anchor Mill site at the town's core, but in considering the deal officials may obtain outside help to blend this plan and others into a wider-scope blueprint for downtown revitalization.

The latest offer from Huntersville-based Bowman Development Group — creator of the 400-acre, 1,400 residential unit mixed-used Vermillion neighborhood across Huntersville-Concord Road from the Anchor Mill site, and involved since 1987 in building neighborhoods throughout the Lake Norman area that together include more than 2,500 homes — outlines a two-phase acquisition arrangement, with a total purchase price of $1,215,500, for a project to include apartments, retail and office space, a grocery store and at least one commercial anchor tenant.

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Dominating the first morning session of the Cornelius Town Board planning and budget retreat on March 16-17 was a discussion led by Town Manager Anthony Roberts about impending, planned and desired road projects. With some of the projects hinging on state-funded bonus allocation requests related to the I-77 managed lane widening project, Roberts warned commissioners that the time to commit to several projects may come soon.

Now that the Charlotte Region Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) has approved the $144.5 million spending package — pending the actual start of the widening project — the town is on the clock to commit matching funds to some road and intersection improvements. Rising to the top of nearly $1 billion in regional requests was funding for an extension of Northcross Drive from the Huntersville town limit to Eagle Ridge Way at Westmoreland Road, a new roundabout to replace the intersection of Catawba Avenue and U.S. 21 on the east side of the Exit 28 bridge, and a study on intersection improvements at West Catawba Avenue and Torrence Chapel Road/Liverpool Parkway just west of the Exit 28 bridge.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — A Chili Cook-Off to help a local family cope with the loss of a loved one will be held Saturday, March 28, in the parking lot between Lupie's Cafe and Cafe 100 in the center of old Huntersville near the intersection of N.C. 115 and Gilead Road. The event will begin at 4 p.m.

The benefit is designed to show support for Huntersville residents Tim and Sue Burek and honor their daughter, Tonya Dubeansky, who died at age 31 on Feb. 20 in New York after a long battle with brain cancer. The Bureks, according to Cafe 100 general manager Clay Weemhoff, have become regular customers and friends to a number of downtown business owners and the funds raised at the benefit will go toward a donation to an educational music program in Tonya's name.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:51

HPD schedules Safety Town sessions

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Registration for the Huntersville Police Department's 2015 session of Safety Town will be held at Richard Barry Park (13707 Beatties Ford Road, next to Barnette Elementary School) on Friday, March 27, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Four sessions will be offered this year:

• June 15-18, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

• June 15-18, 1-4 p.m.

• June 22-25, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

• June 22-25, 1-4 p.m.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- One More Neighborhood, the charitable, faith-based neighborhood improvement organization affiliated with Lake Forest Church, will hold a golf tournament Monday, April 27, at NorthStone Country Club in Huntersville. Proceeds will benefit the Huntington Green community in western Huntersville.

The four-player scramble will begin with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. with registration beginning at 9:30. Cost is $150 for an individual player, $600 for a foursome. There will be prizes for first- through third-place teams, a hole-in-one contest, closest to the pin on four holes and longest drive competitions in both men's and women's categories.
Registration will include golf, range time with club pro, arrival gift, player gift bag, lunch, dinner and awards reception. Four mulligans per team are available as well as optional 50-50 raffle tickets.

To register or become a tournament sponsor, visit or contact Earl Runcan at 704-948-3232, ext. 234 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information about One More Neighborhood, visit

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The Davidson Police Department has named Charles Hunter as its new assistant police chief. When Administrative Sgt. Barney Poole retired last year, the DPD reassessed its organizational needs and created this assistant chief position. Hunter started in this newly created role last week.

This new role was created to serve many organizational and administrative needs. The assistant chief will supervise staff engaged in a wide variety of law enforcement activities, directly and through subordinate supervisors.