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Cornelius planning board members want the Lake Norman YMCA to consider adding another entrance through the Catawba North neighborhood to increase connectivity. The Y wants to maintain a good relationship with its neighbors and left the cut-through to Church Street off its application for a parking… read more about What do YOU think about the YMCA entrance?
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By Rick Short Guest editorial The affordable housing ordinance in the Town of Davidson has been taking punches from all sides recently. As one of only three mandatory affordable housing ordinances in North Carolina (the others being in Manteo and Chapel Hill), the relatively small… read more about Affordable housing ordinance on the ropes?
By Rick Short Guest editorial The size of the defeat for the “education” sales tax referendum in the Nov. 4 election likely surprised many in Mecklenburg County. Whether you supported or opposed it, it’s doubtful too many thought the margin would be over 20 points. As someone who… read more about Questionable tactics in ‘education’ tax campaign
By Rick Short Guest editorial With Halloween upon us this week, we bring you the latest transportation-spending monster being planned for Mecklenburg County. This one involves new ways to fund a project that just won’t die – the Red Line commuter rail from Charlotte to Mooresville as part of… read more about Leaders try resurrecting money-sucking monster
By Rick Short Guest editorial Well, the honest answer to that question is “probably not,” and in the grand scheme of things, we should all be glad that’s likely not the case. With global crises like Ebola, ISIS, and a potentially sputtering world economy to put things in perspective, it is… read more about Could toll-road protesters decide Senate’s fate?
By Amelia Woodall During the Oct. 18-19 weekend, I was able to be a part of an experience that changed my life and that will change the future of a local foundation’s Teen Council. A Giving Spirit Foundation is a nonprofit that gives money to mothers in the greater Lake Norman area who… read more about Teen rubs elbows with celebrities for cause
Reading Carrie C. Causey’s story about Davidson's Gathering on the Green (see page 17) took me back to the scene of walking into my dad’s home six years ago just moments after he committed suicide. As the ambulance rushed him to the hospital, I had to stay behind and give police a statement.… read more about Herald Weekly salutes those who serve
By Rick Short Guest editorial One would be hard-pressed to find a local issue in recent memory causing more confusion, anxiety and distrust of state and local government than the proposed HOT lanes project for widening Interstate 77. At the root of all that distrust has been the ineffective… read more about Outreach on tolls – Ministry of Truth-style
By Rick Short Guest Editorial If you listen to the pundits and believe the polls, it would be hard to describe the past few weeks as "smooth sailing" for the Thom Tillis campaign trying to capture the North Carolina U.S. Senate seat up for grabs this election cycle. Tillis has been… read more about NMRW provides safe harbor for Thom Tillis
MOORESVILLE – Heavy rains and thunderstorms prompted the United Way’s Mooresville/Lake Norman office to cancel its Day of Caring, but organizers realized an outpouring of support Sept. 13. People called up the office in hopes that the agency could refer them to service projects that could be… read more about United Way engages community in fundraising
By Jeff Reid Guest Editorial I am a firefighter by profession. I work for the City of Charlotte and the Huntersville Fire Department. I am used to rescuing people; not them rescuing me, but that’s exactly what Be The Match did. I was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia in fall… read more about Transplant saved firefighter's life
Some people describe the United Way of Central Carolinas as an umbrella organization. I view the nonprofit, especially its Mooresville/Lake Norman office, as more of a far-reaching sprinkler system. The nonprofit spreads awareness and donations to agencies that primarily serve people from Exits… read more about United Way prepares for Day of Caring
By Mark J. Neroni By now, everyone in the Cornelius area has suffered through the congestion resulting from the Diverging Diamond Catawba Avenue bridge project over I-77. I went to a meeting a few weeks ago and had to cross the bridge heading east. It took 20 minutes to travel the ½ mile… read more about Resident wants more information on toll lanes
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I was reading a New York Times story from about 30 years ago regarding a small town newspaper editor in McCormick, Fla., that riled up neighbors by printing bad news. That newspaper editor not only received death threats, but also a bomb placed in his backyard. “The small town is just not… read more about Lake Norman Publications takes on greater control of region
By Kurt Naas Guest Editorial Last week, Widen I-77 published the results of NCDOT’s traffic and revenue study for the I-77 toll lane project. The million-dollar study (containing 130 pages of expert analysis) concluded the project would support $9 tolls from Mooresville to Charlotte during… read more about Time for straight talk on I-77 tolls
A Denver resident with a successful financial firm in Uptown Charlotte asked me the other day how he could get his company included in next year’s Best of Lake Norman contest. Since announcing our 300 finalists in last week’s edition, I’ve received similar emails from companies across the region… read more about Best of Lake Norman – the power lies with readers
Email us up to 50 words about things that drive you insane or witty observations. Send them to email@example.com Put the word “peeved” in the subject line. Emails will be kept anonymous. The town of Huntersville should be renamed U-Turnsville. I can't imagine doing a U-Turn is a… read more about Peeved: Residents sound off on what bugs them
By John Gillette The key concern people have about boat clubs is, on weekends (the high demand times), how far in advance do you need to plan in order to reserve a boat? During weekdays, boats are widely available. So weekend availability is the big question. The member-to-boat ratio… read more about The key concern about boat clubs – availability
By George Bell Guest editorial My life changed last spring at Grace Covenant Church one Saturday at 7 a.m. when I showed up for an all-men's, free boot camp workout group called “F3.” “I'm Springfield,” the soul-patched warrior said to me as he reached out his hand to give me a fist bump.… read more about Camaraderie gained from working out changed my life
By Paulette Ballard As told by Dr. Herbert Mills A parishioner in New York, where I was in dental school, asked if I could help a Cambodian family with some of their dental care. The mother and father could not speak English; therefore, it was difficult to communicate with them. The… read more about Sharing my services with a family in need
Before man created Lake Norman, he lived off the land. Our European ancestors settled onto the trading grounds of the Catawba Indians. Wilderness gave way to farmland. Neighbors established churches, spawning communities. What I love about history is that you can adjust the zoom level based… read more about Leadership program begins with history lesson
By Jim Fuller, Rodney Graham, Brian Jenest, and Connie Wessner On Election Day, you may find you're offered a hand-out urging a "vote against toll lanes." Here's the problem: You can't. Toll roads aren't on the ballot. Nor can the opposition group's de facto slate of candidates make any impact… read more about Davidson incumbents weigh in on I-77 toll issue
By John Woods Guest editorial As I reflect on 16 years of service, first on the town board and now as your mayor, I am extremely grateful for the support the citizens of this great community have offered me. I am running unopposed in this election, but this election, like every other… read more about Davidson mayor endorses town board incumbents
By Paulette Ballard Moments column As told by Rockie Sain The summer after my college graduation, my girlfriend and I went backpacking in Europe for six weeks. We flew into New York City first. I had not bought my Eurorail Pass (to travel by train in Europe) so we had to go to downtown New… read more about Bad encounters nearly spoil European trip
By Bill Russell Guest editorial On Nov. 5, voters in Mecklenburg County will consider approving $290 million for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and $210 million for Central Piedmont Community College. In Cornelius, voters there will also decide $20.4 million for transportation, parks and… read more about Chamber president says vote yes for bonds