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Huntersville is heading in a new direction over the next two years. As reported in the Herald last week, the voters who turned out voted overwhelmingly in support of a new mayor and change in the balance of the Huntersville Town Board. Not since 2001 has there been such a shift in town… read more about Huntersville votes overwhelmingly for change
There’s a great line in the the movie, “The Usual Suspects,” where the con man Verbal tells the interrogator interviewing him, “the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” As the Town of Davidson works its way through the planning process of the… read more about How much for your soul, Davidson?
On November 11, our country will celebrate Veterans Day. This day of remembrance coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which have been celebrated in other parts of the world since the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. In… read more about EDITORIAL: Legion welcomes veterans to serve community
by Cleveland Spruill Huntersville Police Chief Since my arrival last May, I have added a number of tools to the Police Department’s toolbox aimed at increasing officer safety and improving the department’s ability to address crime, traffic safety and quality of life issues. I am proud to announce… read more about Huntersville adds Bearcat and ALPR
Election Day is upon us, and it is time to head to the polls. Last week’s column explained why local elections are so important. This week provides tips on getting the most out of your vote this election season. Here is how to supercharge your vote. First, actually go and do it. Better yet,… read more about Supercharge your vote with these tips
Diversity is worthy, but not by busing As a former member of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education and current member of the Board of County Commissioners, I am diligent in my work to improve both the success of educating our children and eliminating unproductive spending. In 1999-2000… read more about Letters to the editor – Week of 10/30
With early voting started and Election Day just 12 days away, this column and next week’s will focus on why our municipal elections are so important and how to cast your vote to have the most impact. They won’t be about endorsements or trying to sway your opinion, but hopefully they will encourage… read more about All politics aside, get out there and vote
Reader's picks for Huntersville races A big THANK YOU to the The Herald Weekly for its 2015 Election section, the introduction to the candidates and the Q&A. While many of the Huntersville candidates have the skills and the desire to serve the community well, it is apparent that some have stayed… read more about Letters to the editor – Week of 10/23
There’s been a debate taking place in the news the past year about the militarization of police in America. This issue used to be relegated to the pages of Reason magazine and the libertarian blogosphere, but was brought to the forefront by the riots and unrest in Ferguson, Mo., after the Michael… read more about Huntersville doesn’t need an armored vehicle
For two years, the Town of Davidson worked on rewriting its planning ordinance. Consultants were hired. Maps were drawn and re-drawn. Multiple hearings were held. It culminated in April when Davidson’s Board approved it with a 4-1 vote. But after all that work, did the effort catch everything… read more about Ordinance rewrite left some holes to fill
Nice or not, mayor still owes residents answers While I find it extremely admirable for a young lady to stand up for someone that has influenced her life in such a positive way (in this case Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain) I did want to address the notion that the ads running in the paper are for… read more about Letter to the editor – Week of 10/9
Wow! Last week was some week in the world of politics. On Friday, we had the “surprise” but really not so surprising announcement that U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner would be stepping down and resigning his seat in Congress. It was a surprise because it came just one day after he… read more about Party disruptions make for a great show
Recently I, as well as everyone else in Huntersville, have been seeing extremely negative things about Mayor Jill Swain. Many of these outbursts present false information about her and what she stands for. While reading one of these articles I began to think about how many ignored things Mayor… read more about Letter to the editor – 10/1
There is a lot of citizen activism going on in the area these days. Some involve big things, such as the efforts to stop the Interstate 77 HOT Lanes or to impact the proposed Catalyst Project in Davidson. Others involve smaller things, such as efforts around changes at the Lake Norman YMCA or… read more about Seek out information about public meetings
Huntersville residents and all North Carolinians of legal drinking age should be allowed the choice to purchase alcohol anywhere it is sold before noon on Sunday. (For the purpose of this column, I’m referring to beer and wine only.) The current reason this choice is not allowed is due to N.C.… read more about Why can't I buy beer before noon on Sunday?
Cornelius commissioners approved a plan to expand parking at the Lake Norman YMCA without adding a cut-through to Church Street. The issue got a lot of residents talking. Here are some of the comments from The Herald Weekly website. Some were edited for brevity. Michael Archer It is… read more about What do YOU think?
Two weeks ago, the Town of Davidson received an updated report on the Catalyst Project – the proposed multi-use facility for the town center that the Town has been working on with the UNC School of Government over the last several months. According to the consultants from the School of… read more about Hotel plan could ruin small-town feel
It is not yet clear how the current investigation into U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger’s (R-District 9) family company got started. Was it a partisan effort, a disgruntled investor, a whistleblower of some sort? To a certain degree the answer to that does not really matter. What has mattered to… read more about Pittenger’s wealth played a role in elections
Bad first impression As the saying goes, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” While most of us area residents have grown numb to the inattentive maintenance of our highways, we need to see them again through the lens of visitors and possible new residents and businesses… read more about Letters to the Editor – Week of 9/4
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Someone once described small-town southern politics like this to me… “It is like water ballet – serene on the surface with a lot of frantic churning down below.” Nothing brings out this type of action more than land-use questions, and Davidson has recently seen multiple acts in this… read more about The delicate dance of town planning
It’s campaign season once again in Huntersville. There are 13 candidates vying for six spots on the Huntersville Town Board of Commissioners, and there will be at least one new member on the board next year since Commissioner Ron Julian decided against running for re-election. (Full disclosure –… read more about Make an informed choice this election
Sheba was in my life for 14 years and 5 months. I remember going to the animal shelter with my boyfriend to look for a pet. After viewing all the dogs that were available, the last puppy we saw was a 10-week-old Chesapeake mixed with a yellow lab. She was grinning from ear to ear and was jumping… read more about BALLARD: Finding Sheba at a shelter
“Big Solar” really likes the senator from North Mecklenburg. That's the gist of Senator Jeff Tarte's latest campaign finance report submitted Aug. 3. Tarte raised more than $55,000 in the first half of this year – a hefty sum for someone in a safe seat during a non-election year. Most of that… read more about Tarte gets big support from big solar