Oh, Coneweed. 

It began as a humble weed that grew inside of a bright orange traffic cone near Huntersville Fire Department station #2, off Beatties Ford Road. As temperatures dipped and the holidays drew closer, people had an idea. Strangers draped tinsel around the weed, and then a couple of ornaments. Then more appeared, and decorative gifts underneath it as well as a festive sign. 

A local decided to make shirts that represented the ConeWeed, donating proceeds to HopeMatch which helps needy families in the Charlotte region. HopeMatch updated their fundraising tally on Sunday to almost $4,000, meaning the little weed that could had garnered $8,000 in support with the promised 100 percent match. 

Monday morning, the ConeWeed was removed.

Stacey Phillips, daughter of Huntersville Town Commissioner Danny Phillips, took to Facebook to post that the weed disappeared. Phillips said that a yellow truck was spotted near the weed earlier in the morning, indicating a road crew may have removed it. 

All that remained was a naked stick, the cone separate. 

The Huntersville Fire Department confirmed to The Citizen that the ConeWeed was no more. Public Information Officer Bill Suthard said he was disappointed to see it removed and they were investigating why. 

The NCDOT told The Citizen that they would be investigating too, and contacting the Mecklenburg County Maintenance office.

We'll update you as we learn more about ConeWeed's fate.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 07:20

New faces, tight races in all local places

Knox leads wave of forces for change in Davidson.

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- At times, during his long secondary career as a performer, guitarist and singer Rusty Knox has enjoyed a few “rock star” moments. But since last Tuesday’s municipal elections, the special treatment has been non-stop for Knox as Davidson’s next mayor.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 07:16

Bales, Phillips again at extremes

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- “So the first shall be last, and the last first.”

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 07:12

Bilodeau, Naas in; Duke to seek recount

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- As the dust settles in Cornelius after elections, the next town board has taken shape to include two newcomers, while one incumbent was edged out by a mere handful of votes. Two prominent issues were at the core of many campaigns — how to manage growth and the nearly-complete toll lanes project on Interstate 77.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 07:10

Hough teen to dance in Macy’s parade

For most, Thanksgiving is a day to wake up and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade while gearing up for a feast, but Hough High School freshman Kaylee Christmas will be on the other side of the screen.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 07:09

Giduz to receive community award

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Long-time Davidson resident Bill Giduz will be honored next week by his hometown for his years of community service.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 07:07

Programs open lotteries for 2018-19

The lottery-based process regulating admission to area charter schools and certain public school programs for the next school year has begun.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 07:05

Free safety program offered by CPD

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- As part of its participation in the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s “Watch 4 ME NC” bicycle and pedestrian safety program, the Cornelius Police Department will host a free education program Thursday, Nov. 16.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 07:04

CMS bus-tracking app now in service

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has implemented a program designed to help families track school bus locations and receive alerts about bus operations.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 07:03

Huntersville FD begins hydrant checks

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Now through the end of the year, all Huntersville fire stations will conduct their annual maintenance of fire hydrants throughout the Huntersville service district.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 07:02

Individuals excel at debate event

Several individuals representing the North Mecklenburg High School Debate & Speech Team earned recognition at the elite “Corona Rostrensis” invitational event held recently at Charlotte Latin School.