Wednesday, 16 August 2017 07:47

It's child's play

The August “2nd Friday” festival in Cornelius offered a special opportunity for kids to get messy and creative. Artist Maguerico M. Nye created an abstract painting and then handed over the details to kids who attended the monthly event. Nye brought gloves and acrylic paint and handed off the gear to kids who were then allowed to fling the paint at the canvas to their heart’s desire.

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 08:15

An explosive situation

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Friday, Aug. 4, Cornelius resident John Patrick Rees walked into the Cornelius Police Department saying he had bomb materials. Police officials said Rees wanted to show them how easy it is to make one. No constructed bomb was found in a black Mercedes (center)located near town hall, but chemical bomb making components were in the vehicle. Area businesses were evacuated as the bomb squad, ATF, the FBI and several other law enforcement agencies investigated. Rees’ home was also searched and cleared of any other materials.

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 07:22

Learning through giving

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Students from Chesterbrook Academy Birkdale in Huntersville recently delivered a donation of more than 50 coloring books and 45 boxes of crayons to Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center. Throughout July, students worked together to collect the donations of coloring supplies, which will be used by pediatric patients at the hospital. Through this initiative, school officials say students learned the importance of helping other children in their community.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 07:15

Image of the Week for July 26, 2017

Tower of flowers
The Farm House on Old Statesville Road in Huntersville has more than just its selection of tempting summer produce. It is also home to a beautiful patch of towering sunflowers, some, like these giants, at least 10 feet high. The farm store staff says they won’t necessarily be harvested for their seeds, they are just a beautiful thing that nature brought them. The Farm House and its “old veggie wagon” recently moved to its new location on North Old Statesville Road near the entrance to North Mecklenburg Park — just a few hundred yards north and across the street from its old shop.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 18:21

Image of the Week for July 19, 2017

Office-involved squirting

Cornelius police officer Sgt. Jeff Connors engages in a squirtgun battle with several youngsters during the recent “Cool Off With a Cop” event at the splash pad at Smithville Park. The CPD, in conjunction with Pelican’s SnoBalls, sponsored the free event to provide youngsters with an opportunity to engage with the police.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 17:30

Steel horse

The Cornelius Arts Center recently announced its “People’s Choice” award winner in the annual Beyond Walls Public Art Exhibition. Boreas, created by sculptor Jonathan Bowling using found and forged steel, was selected for that honor and will be part of the Beyond Walls exhibit at Robbins Park that runs through January 2018. Bowling says Boreas is part of a series of steel horses he’s been working on over the last 10 years. “The materials I use are often from the turn of the century,” he says, “which I feel is appropriate for depicting an animal so intertwined with our agrarian past.” A Kentucky native, Bowling works out of his studio in Greenville, where he has been based since earning a master’s degree in fine arts from East Carolina University.

Monday, 03 July 2017 15:39

Aktion Club award winners

The Aktion Club of Lake Norman, a group of special needs adults with approximately 20 members from Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius and Mooresville. Sponsored by the Lake Norman Kiwanis Club, Aktion Club members recently received two awards presented by ARC of Mecklenburg County Executive Director Nancy Hughes. Newcomer of the Year was awarded to  Allie Serdinsky, and Service Project of the Year was awarded to the club for a two-month collection of athletic equipment and supplies that were, in turn, donated to Special Olympics. Pictured at the awards dinner are club members Kelsey Christenbury, Allie Serdinsky, Gwen Butler, Kristen Hunter, Adam Dunaway, Joey Gift and Robby Paine. Also pictured is Bill Russell, Aktion Club advisor.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 16:29

R-E-S-P-E-C-T ...

... As in, show a little respect for this proud momma, Aretha, who lives in Davidson and gave birth June 15 to seven puppies — five males and two females. The beautiful and gentle Flat Coat Retriever lives with her doggy parents, Davidson Mayor John Woods and his wife, Diana, who weigh the puppies twice a day to make sure they are thriving. We’re no experts here at the Citizen, but the pudgy little puppies look like they are doing just fine. The brood was named using a soda theme, and each has a colored collar to correspond with their name. They are (nursing, from left) Fizzy, Dew, Ale, Crush, (sleeping, from left) Pepsi, Grape and Cheer.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 16:25

Happy trails, Chief Miller

Prior to the Davidson Town Board of Commissioners’ June 13 meeting, the town held a reception for retiring police chief Jeanne Miller, whose 11-plus years at the helm of the Davidson Police Department caps a 44-year law enforcement career. For more on Miller’s retirement, see story on Page 4.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 16:57

Bartending for Big Day

Patrons enjoy the outdoor patio area at Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails at Jetton Village in Cornelius during an annual tradition in support of Big Day at the Lake, a celebrity bartending event, last Thursday evening. Notables tending bar competed for tips, all to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte and the Big Day at the Lake 13, which will be held July 22. Boat hosts and sponsors are still needed. For more information, visit or the event’s page on Facebook. To see more photos of the event, visit

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 17:10

Pre-game paperwork

Davidson College baseball coach Dick Cooke fills out his batting order prior to Saturday’s NCAA Tournament baseball game against Florida Gulf Coast in Chapel Hill. The Wildcats were the surprise winner of the Chapel Hill Regional, a performance that included two victories against national No. 2 seed University of North Carolina.