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Commentary by Amanda NetschThe past four years in the Lake Norman area have been an amazing evolution from quaint local towns to a self-sufficient, booming community. A community that shares desirable neighborhoods, family-friendly recreational activities, and state-of-the-art medical facilities… read more about Relay For Life of Huntersville sees growth and change
On May 8, we will have an opportunity to vote on an amendment to the North Carolina state constitution. As proposed, Amendment 1 says: “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized by this state.”There are many objections to Amendment 1.… read more about To the North Mecklenburg Community,
Editor,Next Tuesday, on May 8, voters wield the power to add another significant barrier to non-traditional couples getting equal treatment in North Carolina by supporting Amendment One. Many people are glad of that for religious reasons or other opposition to gay rights. But everyone, regardless… read more about Amendment One won’t protect families
Editor,Before you read this I want you to close your eyes. That is who you are helping. The Lions Club wants to thank the local media for being so supportive of our 10th Annual Lions Regional Golf Tournament. We had our best year, netting more than $9000. So far the grand total for the 10 years is… read more about Lions Club golf tournament a success
Editor,As a member of Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatic Center, I must say I really enjoy the facility, staff, classes, equipment and especially the wonderful childcare. I am very happy there is such a place in our town to take swim lessons or find a Zumba class and just be active in… read more about HFFA: Please staff splash pad gate
by Rev. Allan PurtillThere was a time in Huntersville when a ride to the hospital would end in Charlotte or Mooresville; a time when Gilead Ridge was just a sloping narrow hill; a time when discovery was left to what could be imagined on a vacant lot; and a time when information came from talkers… read more about Huntersville’s progress seen from the pulpit
Fishing with GusSpring has yielded some of the best fishing on Lake Norman in decades.Those targeting crappie have filled stringer after stringer with fish up to 17 inches long, more than double the minimum size limit of eight inches.Crappie can be found in almost every shallow cove on both sides… read more about Abundance of crappie leads to great catches
Editor,Recent discussion on the Red Line Regional Rail Project has been intense – and so has the dissemination of misinformation about the project. This discussion is the result of the Red Line Task Force’s referral of a draft business and finance plan for review by the communities along the… read more about Red Line is part of a bigger system
Fishing with GusA story published in the March 16 edition of this newspaper mentioned that the largest fish population in Lake Norman was the striped bass and that the introduction of hybrid striped bass would diminish an already limited food supply. Both statements are without merit.There are so… read more about Fishermen say hybrids won’t hurt food supply
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