Tuesday, 07 October 2014 21:20

Gathering promotes mental health awareness

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- The public is invited to join the Davidson LifeLine committee at its third annual “Gathering on the Green,”a program about mental health awareness, on Saturday, Oct. 11, at noon on the town green.

The short program will include a welcome by Tom Gettleman (vice president of Carolinas HealthCare System’s Mindy Ellen Levine Behavioral Health Center in Davidson); music by the Lake Norman Charter School Knight Riders Drum Line and Lasso the Moon; and speakers John Woods (mayor, Town of Davidson), Joe Swafford (peer support specialist for Carolinas HealthCare System), Triple Play Farms, Boris Rogers (spoken word), and Lynn Hennighausen (president of Davidson LifeLine).

Editor’s note: We have been extremely fortunate at the Citizen to meet several breast cancer survivors in the last four years of highlighting their stories during October, recognized nationally as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While interpreting and relaying their stories is something we’ve thoroughly enjoyed, sometimes it’s necessary to just step aside and let the survivors tell it in their own words, their own way. This is one of those stories. Meet Angel McCaskill, one of the many smiling survivors who graced our “Pink Edition” cover last week.

One of the most feared things a woman can hear are the words “you have breast cancer.”

I remember July 2007, lying in bed and finding a lump on my left breast. Immediately, I jumped up to the mirror. I anxiously waited for the next morning; couldn’t wait until 8 a.m. to call my doctor to get an appointment. I received my appointment and on my way there I was thinking, it is probably nothing, don’t worry.

After the exams, my doctor recommended that I have a biopsy to determine what was going on. I had a biopsy and was awaiting the results, feeling pretty sure it was probably benign, only to hear the words, “Mrs. McCaskill, it is malignant.”

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 21:11

Pre-construction work on I-77 well under way

NCDOT, contractor hold public meeting on managed lanes project this week.

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- While the orange barrels, behemoth earth-moving equipment and legions of hard-hatted, sun-weathered workers likely won’t begin appearing until next spring, the public-private project to widen I-77 from Charlotte to Mooresville is well under way.

When the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) in August issued its first “notice to proceed” on the project to I-77 Mobility Partners, the private consortium lead by Spanish contracting giant Cintra Infraestructures, it triggered the traditional flurry of pre-construction prep work that goes into any highway project.

Ruschella Cunningham found strength, perspective.

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- To Ruschella Cunningham, the blood that starting seeping from her breast three years ago this month was a gift from God.

The stain on her shirt every morning was like a heavenly whisper saying, “Ruschella, something’s wrong.”

It was the blood that prompted Cunningham to do a breast self-exam. And it was during that check that she first felt a small lump.

Cunningham went to her doctor, who ordered a mammogram. The test revealed nothing. It took a biopsy to confirm what Cunningham already knew in her heart thanks to that gentle, divine nudge.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:33

Exits 23, 25 top new regional project list

More N.C. 73 widening also likely on way.

LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- Projects to reconfigure I-77 exits 23 and 25 in Huntersville are now “fully funded for construction,” according to newly released documents from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Those two projects are the newest additions to a flurry of substantial road and highway improvements in north Mecklenburg including a new interchange at Exit 28 in Cornelius, which is nearing completion after months of construction-related traffic headaches, and a $655 million public-private partnership to widen 26 miles of I-77 from Charlotte to Mooresville, set to begin next spring.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 12:38

Help ‘Lucky Cats’ through jewelry party

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- In recognition of National Feral Cat Day, a “PawBrokers Party” will be held to benefit the Lake Norman Lucky Cat Program and its efforts to spay and neuter feral “community cats” in the Lake Norman region.

This year’s event is set for Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Galway Hooker (upstairs in Waterford Hall), from 4 to 9 p.m. The Galway Hooker is at 17044 Kenton Drive in Cornelius.

The public is invited to shop a wide variety of jewelry on display, including designer pieces, estate and antique jewelry, retro items, precious stones, fine gold, silver, pearls and more. Admission to the party is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 12:37

Moravians to host recovery benefit

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The congregation of New Beginnings Moravian Church will sponsor a car and motorcycle show this weekend, with proceeds from the event benefiting the ongoing tornado recovery efforts in Moore, Okla.

The “Motors-4-Moore” show, which includes a silent auction, will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the church (201 Seagle St., Huntersville). Cost to register is $10 in advance, or $20 the day of the event. Admission to the event is free to the public.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 12:36

WOW weaves webs of discovery

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Join the World of Wonder nature discovery program for children and their families for a free nature outing — Where Do Spiders Hide? — in the Davidson/northern Mecklenburg area.

On Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, participants are invited to learn about spiders and other small creatures that live in the area’s woodlands on an outing conducted by a professor emeritus of biology at Davidson College.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 12:34

Chamber hosts candidate forums


LAKE NORMAN, N.C. -- The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will host two candidate forums prior to this fall’s elections.  Two-hour forums will be held Thursday, Oct. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cornelius Town Hall and Thursday, Oct. 23, at Cornelius Town Hall from 7 to 9 p.m.

Both forums will feature candidates for North Carolina Senate District 41 (incumbent Jeff Tarte (R) and challenger Latrice McRae (D)) and candidates for North Carolina House of Representatives District 98 (Natasha Marcus (D) and John Bradford (R). Marcus and Bradford are vying for the seat being vacated by North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, who is running against incumbent Kay Hagan for the United States Senate.