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Editor’s note: This letter is in reference to “Experts, anglers split over new fish,” which ran in the March 16 Herald.Editor,Someone once said all publicity is good publicity. I’m not so sure that’s correct. Just in the past few months I’ve had a couple of instances that cause me to question this… read more about Buddy bass and jellyfish don’t swim in Lake Norman
Fishing with GusOspreys return to Lake Norman every March to spend the spring and summer hunting fish and raising a nest full of chicks. This year, the large raptors arrived on schedule.Ospreys make their nests on channel markers, power poles and other high structures close to water. Nests can be… read more about Osprey nesting habits can be fun to watch
Editor,For over a year, the residents of the county have been subjected to the results of the Mecklenburg County assessor office desperately trying to set market values for 355,000 properties in the county. Alas, for all of this time, the assessor has stated that he is obeying the statutes, and… read more about We must fight flawed, ‘unjust’ revaluation
Editor’s note: John Aneralla is running for the N.C. Senate District 41. He will face Cornelius Mayor Jeff Tarte in the May 8 Republican Primary.Editor,I moved to Davidson 18 months ago with my wife, two kids and two dogs. We did not move here because a job sent us here. Rather, my wife and I were… read more about Aneralla is the ‘stand-up leader’ we need
Fishing with GusFirst-time anglers are often surprised when they realize Lake Norman is devoid of aquatic vegetation and natural woody debris that provide cover for bass and other freshwater species.The most obvious fish habitats are boat docks and miles of rip-rap rocks that protect the shoreline… read more about Docks, rip-rap attract bass, anglers
Editor,On behalf of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with 264 business members in the town of Huntersville representing 862 businesses in the Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, and the greater Lake Norman region, we would like to take this opportunity to again underscore our continued and… read more about Despite complaints, mental health hospital would be good for Huntersville
Editor,I am highly disappointed that the Huntersville board didn’t approve the mental health facility. By voting against the facility, Ron Julian, Sarah McAuley, Charles Guignard and Charlie Jeter proved that they were full of empty promises during the campaign season, using words that meant… read more about I am embarrassed by Huntersville’s hospital vote
Editor,I don’t know what Huntersville was like in the days when a smaller number called the rural surroundings home. Newcomers like me moved here unaware that the original name was Craighead who came here to start a Presbyterian Mission at the edges of what was then the frontier in the late… read more about Vote to deny hospital reflects changing town
by Bill RussellJust over 10 years ago, Tucker Mitchell, editor and associate publisher at The Leader newspaper met with me at the offices of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce to discuss a new business venture. Mitchell was considering the creation of a newspaper that could capture the spirit of… read more about The business of community building
I read with interest William L. Lind’s commentary in the Feb. 17-23 issue of the Herald Weekly. Lind is a nationally known conservative and a long standing supporter of public rail transit. He can be counted on to offer support for projects such as the Red Line, as long as the price is right.Lind’s… read more about Red Line a ‘train wreck’
I would like to commend the Huntersville Police Department for the fine work they are doing.We were out of town and asked them if they would check on our house, which they did every day. The crime rate in Huntersville is much less than other towns of our size. I credit Chief Phil Potter, all his… read more about Thank you, Huntersville Police
As reported last week, Piedmont Natural Gas is irresponsibly and underhandedly proceeding toward construction of a pipeline across the campus of Davidson College.Several graduates of the college are, or have been, in high government posts at the state (two ex-governors) and federal levels, not to… read more about Davidson College supporters, alumni should protest pipeline
I have lived and operated a business here in North Mecklenburg for the past 25 years. From my perspective, the single most important issue we face that will impact our lives, businesses and community for the next 100 years is the Red Line Regional Rail project.The N.C. Dept. of Transportation and… read more about ‘Get on board’ the Red Line, area’s most important issue
We have lived in Huntersville for almost six years now. We love this town so much.We have three children, CJ, Dawkins, and Ella. Ella will be 2 in April, she was born at the Presbyterian Hospital here in Huntersville. We absolutely love that hospital and its entire staff. Dawkins is 7 and attends… read more about Goodbye, Huntersville, we will miss you all
This letter is in response to an article in the Feb. 17 edition of the Herald Weekly titled “Tax revaluation appeals will continue.”Your article did help clarify the appeal process required of property owners who are unhappy with the recent property revaluation. However, your article left out one… read more about Revaluation process information misleading
William S. Lind submitted this column as a counterpoint to a speech given last week by Randal O’Toole, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. O’Toole condemned the Red Line as outdated and overly expensive.Real conservatives like commuter trains. Why? Because we ride them and we usually don’t ride… read more about A conservative who’s for the Red Line
by Phyllis RozzelleTen years ago this week, Feb. 8, 2002, to be exact, the first issue of the Herald arrived in thousands of homes throughout Huntersville. With the publication of that paper, Tucker Mitchell realized his dream. Those of you who lived in Huntersville during that time, probably… read more about The Herald turns 10
I am writing in response to your opposition of a Behavioral Health hospital being built near your neighborhood.There is no greater responsibility of a parent than to keep your child safe. There are a lot of issues and problems that require our attention, but I am pretty sure that this is not one of… read more about Community needs a mental health hospital
I wasn’t sure whether to get involved with the controversy about the new proposed behavioral health center in Huntersville or not.However, the Monteith residents should know that it is very unlikely that any inpatient would get out into their community once hospitalized. CMC Randolph in Charlotte… read more about Life inside a CMC mental health hospital
Sounds like the start of an old kids joke right? Unfortunately at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the joke is on the kids! On Jan. 10, my daughter was assaulted in the early hours on the North Meck High School campus under the cover of missing and broken lightbulbs. After meeting with the school… read more about How many school employees does it take to replace a light bulb?
The obviously failing Red Line Rail effort championed by our liberal-leaning North Meck mayors in concert with Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Gov. Beverly Perdue’s Department of Transportation is welcome news for taxpayers. The real tragedy however is that this aggressive, extremely… read more about The Red Line’s failure is a good thing for area
Editor,I rely on “The Herald Weekly” as an in-depth, objective source of news for issues regarding the Lake Norman area. But when it comes to the Red Line commuter train, over the course of several articles it’s become clear you have left objectivity at the station.The most egregious example was… read more about ‘Heralding’ the Red Line
Fishing with GusIn the world of bass fishing, a rig can be defined as any combination of line/wire, terminal tackle, gadgets or lures attached in a way that will catch fish.The most popular one for a long time was the Carolina Rig, a bottom-bumping rig primarily used to catch bass on soft plastic… read more about Alabama Rig has proven popular among anglers
Editor,I wonder how many people in Huntersville know that The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority (CMHA) is planning to put an in- and out-patient psychiatric hospital right in between a quiet, family filled subdivision and a public charter school? As a homeowner in the aforementioned… read more about Hospital will only hurt neighborhood’s value
Editor,I attended the Station Area Development meeting last week and came away disheartened. Perhaps horrified is a better word.The stated purpose of the meeting was to garner public input for anticipated development in the area surrounding the Red Line commuter rail station. Unfortunately, it… read more about Red Line is a ‘train wreck’