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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
Fishing with GusBig fish on. Fish lost. That’s the short version of most fish tales.While the time, place, conditions and type of fish vary with each tale, the end result is always the same: big fish on or fish lost.So what is one to do differently if he wants to land a river monster?First, be… read more about Tips to catch trophy fish
Editor,The town of Davidson has decided that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to change the zoning of the Davidson East property after all.A quick review:First, let’s make a questionable zoning change to make developing the Davidson East property more difficult and bring on a lawsuit.Then, let’s… read more about Davidson: Whoops, maybe we shouldn’t have changed the zoning
Editor,As you go about your day Sunday, July 22, my wife and I will celebrate our first year of marriage. This Sunday marks a year of tremendous blessing and growth for us. Our relationship began here nearly three years ago the way many new romances begin – yes, the Internet!I remember being… read more about Glad I met my wife
Fishing with GusEveryone has read notices and plaques posted on the walls of tackle shops, fishing lodges and boat cabins that mention rules and slogans particular to fishing and boating.Most are meant to bring a chuckle. Others might have an underlying meaning.A few apply to the person at the… read more about Fishing has its own unique set of rules
This letter was written in response to the Friday, June 22, meeting of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce:Editor,As a supporter of the type of development the (newly approved Carolinas HealthCare System) hospital will represent, I cannot help but wonder why the short-notice Friday meeting on… read more about Venue to discuss economic development was inappropriate
Editor,My son 7-year-old son Andrew and I attended the First Annual Father/Son Football Camp on June 23 at Davidson College. This was an all-day event at the football stadium at Davidson College and included offensive and defensive fundamentals, a practice game, tips on how to catch and kick the… read more about Kudos to Davidson College for bringing fathers, sons together
Editor,The economic recession has claimed quite a few businesses, and no one has been left untouched by its affects. However, just as the sun emerges after a devastating storm, signs that we have turned the corner are abundant.Perhaps none more striking than last week’s announcement that MSC… read more about Job announcements wake the lake
Editor,I’ve always been fond of the library – but in fall 2008 our financial rug was pulled out from under our feet – and it was in those confusing, fearful days that I found out the importance of our local library.We downsized to a 1200-square-foot house with one closet for five of us. Yep. One… read more about Library is valuable resource for families
Editor:I am not arguing against the concept of a mental health facility in Davidson. Mayor John Woods is passionate in the belief that Davidson owes it to the community at large to provide this facility, and there are certainly many in the community who agree.I do believe that the Davidson East… read more about Davidson East not right for hospital