By Neana Phillips Line workers are special men and women who live their lives working together as a team. They are a family themselves, climbing, digging, pulling and running heavy equipment to build and maintain the power we all rely on. But when an outage occurs, and the lights go out, the… read more about Responding when the lights go out
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A moment from Brandon Johnson Growing up in Atlanta, Ga., and moving to Huntersville was one of the greatest experiences of my entire life.My mom was single and raising three children with me in the middle. We grew up very poor, and life handed our family more than its fair share of difficulties.… read more about Huntersville man recalls most important moment
How can I break out of a slump?Because this issue of the Herald Weekly includes a Health & Wellness section focused on staying well and healthy, motivation and setting realistic resolutions and goals for 2013, we added these tips from Leo Babauta, a motivator and blogger.• One Goal. Whenever… read more about Question of the week: How can I break out of a slump?
Reader weighs in on gun law debateEditor,In recent headlines we have heard the issue of gun laws. Political figureheads have told us that we need to outlaw guns. The guns are the one committing the crimes.I am sorry, but when did a gun pick itself up and fire on its own? Someone is holding that… read more about Letter to the editor: The gun law debate
If you wrote the President and Congress a 100-word letter, what would you say? “In today’s society, we tell our children to compromise, to share, to be understanding of the viewpoints of others, and bullying is unacceptable. And yet, when they can start reading the newspaper or watching the news,… read more about Question of the week: Presidential letter
HOT lanes are the ‘wrong way’ for Lake NormanEditor,Everyone agrees we need a solution to Interstate 77 traffic in the Lake Norman area. Rush hour is unbearable for those stuck on I-77 north of Exit 23. An accident on I-77 brings gridlock to N.C. 115 and the main streets of our north Mecklenburg… read more about Letter to the editor: HOT lanes are the ‘wrong way’ for Lake Norman
What are your most important resolutions or professional and personal goals for 2013?“The New Year is a great opportunity for a fresh start, and I try to take advantage of that every year. Goals work better than resolutions for me and my three goals for 2013 are:1. Listen more than I speak ...… read more about Question of the week: Dec. 30
“What does Christmas mean to you and your family?”“Some of my earliest Christmas memories involve helping people. At Christmas time, not only would we help people as my mom did all year long, but we also cooked and baked for family, friends, neighbors as well as the folks in the nursing homes who… read more about Question of the week: “What does Christmas mean to you and your family?”
“Why is protecting the Second Amendment so important to Lake Norman residents?”“I believe that protecting the Second Amendment is vitally important to all U.S. residents, because it’s the amendment that historically has guaranteed all of our other freedoms.On an individual level, the Second… read more about Question of the week for Nov. 16
by Sandi Huddleston-EdwardsHUNTERSVILLE – Do you want to spice up your holiday gifts with tasty treats and unique gifts? If so, consider a trip to your nearest farmers’ market to buy locally grown food and chat with the growers. You might enjoy the pleasant surroundings, oftentimes augmented by… read more about Spice up gift-giving at a local farmers market
How do you prepare for the holiday season without making it stressful?“Preparing for the holidays conjures up to-do lists that include: shopping, cooking, travel and a myriad of external chores that we perceive must get done. This is the root cause of holiday stress. While I understand that tasks… read more about Question of the week: Dec. 2
by Jackson SveenCORNELIUS – Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to let Santa know what you want so he can get his toy makers working early on your presents.We have it on good authority that he is increasing his elf staff this year to handle the large numbers of good boys and girls.So,… read more about Santa’s mailbox at the Community Arts Center
What specific steps are you taking to grow your business in 2013?“We live in such a hectic and stressful world where tension has become a part of our lives. I am a self-employed therapeutic massage therapist in downtown Davidson who helps with physical and emotional management. In 2013, I will pray… read more about Question of the Week for Nov. 25
What are the keys to getting area residents to shop in the Lake Norman region this holiday season?“Publicity is crucial in keeping holiday spending local. Marketing directly to area residents through digital options like LKN Savings or Living Social and advertising with local publications can… read more about Question of the Week for Nov. 11
What can the Lake Norman region do to best support our young and aging veterans?(The Marine Corps’ 237th birthday is Nov. 10 and Veterans Day, Nov. 11) “There are many area homeless vets that desperately seek jobs and homes, but are struggling to get by. It could make difference if local businesses… read more about Question of the Week: Nov. 4
As a two-term Town of Huntersville Planning Board Commissioner and a semi-retired corporate senior retail executive, I am a strong supporter of all three of the Huntersville bonds on the Nov. 6 ballot. More importantly as a citizen who believes in investing in our future quality of life, I… read more about Resident: Passing Huntersville bonds is necessary to continue quality of life
Editor,I, unfortunately, am one of the parents on that awful line in the mornings dropping off my two children that attend Hough High School. I and most others on that line would prefer not to be on it.I think it’s the transportation department and the busing situation that needs to be addressed… read more about Parent: Buses are the real problem with Hough parking
Cornelius leader critical of interstate toll lanesby Kurt NaasOver the past several months, you’ve probably heard about plans to widen Interstate 77 using toll lanes. Like you, I was thrilled with the idea that any lane – even a toll lane – would help reduce the awful traffic tie-ups we see on I-77… read more about An open letter to area I-77 drivers
DAVIDSON - Davidson College men’s soccer fans are encouraged to wear red to Tuesday’s 7 p.m. home match against nationally-ranked Wake Forest at Alumni Stadium.It will be “North Meck Soccer Club Night,” and club members will be admitted free if they wear their red club jersey.Davidson is 4-4-1, and… read more about Fans are encouraged to wear red Tuesday
Editor,In the coming days, more than 35,000 people are expected to fill the Charlotte region for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Our hotels will be filled and Lake Norman businesses are excited about the prospects of getting a boost in sales. When asked recently what I thought of the… read more about Letter: "Who built this city…"
Fishing with GusStriped bass are fast becoming an endangered species on Lake Norman.It’s sad, but true, that for the fourth summer in a row, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission reports that a major striped bass kill has occurred at Duke Power’s McGuire Nuclear Power Plant on Lake… read more about What’s to blame for striped bass kill?
Editor,I’d like to send this message to the mayors and commissioners of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville:As you all know, the citizens of Mecklenburg County have been challenging the 2011 revaluation. The impact on residents has been clearly stated for more than a year, marked by emails,… read more about Leaders should do more with reval
Local citizens turned out en mass in Huntersville at the National Night Out organized by the HuntersvillePolice Department. Parking at Birkdale Village was scarce as parents attended with their children as they played games and sampled goodies from the vendors. While Birkdale Village was packed,… read more about National Night Out big success for north Mecklenburg
by Cliff MehrtensCollege football recruiting is getting out of hand.Offering scholarships to middle schoolers? It seemed like a cutesy stunt when Southern California coach Lane Kiffin offered a 13-year-old in 2010. Now, sadly, it’s becoming more common.The University of Washington offered an… read more about Hey recruiters, stop dipping in the kiddie pool!
Fishing with GusThe forecast for August is hot with a very high likelihood of catching lots of spotted bass.While summer heat might be bothersome to anglers, it doesn’t seem to keep the bass from biting. On most days, they feed as aggressively as they as they do during much cooler fall… read more about August yields sweaty brows, bountiful hauls
Editor,The staggered four-year terms scheme re-introduced by the Davidson town board would not be “neutral” or apolitical in regard to its implications for individualofficeholders or policy issues.When drawing up the “resolution of intent” for the prospective Nov. 6 referendum, the town manager… read more about Staggered terms could protect elected officials