Firefighters host live burn

DAVIDSON – The Davidson Fire Department hosted a live burn training exercise Dec. 21 on Rocky River Road.

Forty-five area firefighters participated in the training, including some from the Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Mount Mourne, Odell and Enochville fire departments.

Live burn certified instructors through Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte conducted the training. Topics included structural fire extinguishment and ventilation operations.

The training also provided an opportunity for firefighters to work together as a single team.


Pell recognized at magazine’s Women of Will Awards

MOORESVILLE – Charlene Pell, founder of Facing Forward Inc., was honored at Lake Norman Woman Magazine’s Women of Will Awards on Dec. 12 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center.

Lake Norman Woman Magazine asked readers to nominate women who had demonstrated exceptional leadership and passion, had a commitment to making a difference, and served as an inspirational role model to other women. The community responded with 51 nominations.

Pell started Facing Forward in 2009 after surviving burns from a 1994 plane crash that killed her fiancé. Her Huntersville-based nonprofit helps people with facial or physical differences communicate with confidence.

Other finalists were Miriam Arteaga, Arlene Berkman, Sandra Dopf Lee, Kathleen Holden, 

Barbara Johnson, Jean Mims, Danielle Ratliff, Sandy Tilley and Joy Warren.


Kiwanis Club helps community

CORNELIUS – The Kiwanis Club of Lake Norman has been active in the community the past few months.

Community service efforts include:

• The club distributed more than 100 Thanksgiving dinners to the Ada Jenkins Center, thanks to Food Lion in Cornelius, in November.

• The club donated shoeboxes full of goodies to Operation Christmas Child and served a Christmas dinner to members of the Aktion Club and their families. 

• Kiwanians managed carriage rides and sold popcorn and cotton candy at Christmas in Davidson, with the help of Key Club members from Hopewell, Hough and Lake Norman Charter.


Foundation supports Save Senior Services campaign

CHARLOTTE – The George W. and Ruth R. Baxter Foundation donated $10,000 to Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Centers to support senior services.

The timing of the donation comes at a critical point as Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Centers struggles to raise $50,000 for the “Save Senior Services Campaign.”

Due to reduced federal funding for the past two years, flat funding from other grants and increased operating costs each year, the nonprofit reduced or eliminated some exercise/health classes and closed the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

Without sufficient donations, more classes and services will be eliminated or further reduced as early as January 2014.

CMSC services affect more than 3,000 seniors annually from four locations, including the North Mecklenburg Senior Center, 16601 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville

Details: Trena Palmer, or 704-562-9192. 


Police investigate Cornelius fire

CORNELIUS – The Cornelius Police Department is investigating the cause of a fire on Country Club Lane.

A call was received in reference to a house fire at 7:48 p.m. Dec. 18 at 21321 Country Club Lane. 

The home was unoccupied at the time. It was determined that the fire began in the right, rear corner of the home near ground level. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Cornelius Police Department at 704-892-7773 or the Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal's Office at 704-336-2154.


DMV seeks applications for license plate agency

RALEIGH — The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is seeking applicants to operate a license plate agency in Huntersville.

The license plate agency will be located at 12101 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road in a newly constructed building that will also house offices for DMV’s vehicle services, driver license, license and theft bureau, as well as the State Highway Patrol.

The building is scheduled to open in late winter 2014. Routinely, it takes about four months to establish a new agency.

Interested applicants are invited to download an application form for a license plate agency or call 919-861-3332 with questions. The application must be returned to NCDMV by Jan. 15.

License plate agencies offer vehicle registration services and title transactions, as well as vehicle license plate renewals, replacement tags and duplicate registrations.

About 120 license plate agencies operate across the state.


Cornelius PARC offers senior fitness class

CORNELIUS – Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture will offer a Senior Fit Club for adults 55 and older.

Diane and John Yarbrough, owners of Dogwood CrossFit Studio, will lead the fitness class targeted specifically to older adults.

The six-week program will consist of low-impact movements and functional exercises that are designed to increase muscular strength and enhance mobility and flexibility, while improving overall balance.

Senior Fit Club will meet weekly 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Jan. 14, at the Dogwood CrossFit Studio, 20121 N. Main Street, Suite B.

The class costs $60 for residents and $68 for others. 

Register online at or in person at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.

Details: Town of Cornelius PARC Department, 704-892-6031 ext. 160.


Citizens form Lake Norman Conservatives

HUNTERSVILLE – Citizens have launched a new group, Lake Norman Conservatives, to inform the public about issues affecting free markets, limited government, individual freedom and personal responsibility on the local, state and national levels.

The group will also provide citizens with the knowledge and tools to support candidates and elected officials who promote and defend these values.

The group will meet for a social hour at 6 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month. A meeting will follow at 7 p.m. to hear guest speakers, discuss issues and foster community engagement.

The first event will be a U.S. Senate Republican Primary Candidate Forum on Jan. 30 at Fox and Hound Restaurant, 8711 Lindholm Drive. Reservations will ensure a seat. RSVP by emailing

Carole Gibbons, Mary Lou Richardson and Sharon Hudson of Huntersville, and Vallee Bubak of Davidson, founded the group.



Police arrest suspects in multiple car break-ins

CORNELIUS – Police arrested two men after receiving a call around 2:30 a.m. Dec. 12 from a resident at the One Norman Apartments in reference to suspicious men breaking into cars.

Upon arrival, officers found Samuel Glen Chapman, 21, and Mark Richard Wells, 24, in the parking lot.

Officers checked a white Ford truck registered to Wells and found several items inside and the bed of the truck. After speaking with victims, officers searched Chapman and Wells and found items reported stolen.

Chapman and Wells were arrested and each charged with three counts of felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle, one count of felony larceny and four counts of misdemeanor larceny. 

They were transported to the Mecklenburg County Jail and released on a $14,000 bond. 

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 704-892-7773.


Dealership gives animals a paw upwith donation

CORNELIUS – Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram gave animals a paw up this holiday season by donating a new 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan to the Humane Society of Charlotte.

Owners Jack and Robin Salzman have always been animal lovers, with seven dogs of their own, and believe strongly in giving back to the community.

After hearing about the Humane Society of Charlotte’s need for additional transportation for volunteers and homeless animals, the dealership provided a 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan to the organization.

The vehicle will be used to transport animals to and from adoption events, as well as veterinary visits, and as volunteer transport to community clinics and more.

If you would like to learn more about the Humane Society of Charlotte and how you can help, visit:


Davidson Police announce hires, promotions

DAVIDSON – The Town of Davidson recently announced new hires and promotions at the Davidson Police Department.

New officers include Nicholas Bockler, Greg Frostbutter, Drew Miles, Nathanael Sahlman and German Shepherd Maky.

Promotions included Steve Ingram to sergeant, Vernon Siders to detective, and David Houk, Paul Lowry, Cindy Smith and Melvin Waller Jr. to the rank of corporal.


Town appoints advisory board members

DAVIDSON - The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved members to several advisory groups.

They are as follows:

• Planning Board: Susan Cooke, Charles McShane, Bob Miller and Mark Morgan.

• Design Review Board: Ron Charbonneau.

• Livability Board: Steedman Lyles, Jeff Rose and Stephanie Shryock.

• Public Art Commission: Susan Montague and Lia Newman.


Cornelius becomes Purple Heart City

CORNELIUS – Cornelius commissioners adopted a proclamation Dec. 16 declaring the town a “Purple Heart City in the State of North Carolina.

The proclamation also recognizes Chapter 634 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

“There have been many former Cornelius residents who made the ultimate sacrifice in

giving their lives in the cause of freedom and there are numerous combat-wounded veterans who

currently reside within the Town as Purple Heart awardees that contribute to their community in

countless ways,” the proclamation reads.

The Purple Heart is given to U.S. Armed Services members wounded or killed in combat.


Town honors longtime officer

CORNELIUS – Cornelius commissioners adopted a resolution acknowledging James Causey for 40 years of volunteer law enforcement service.

The reserve police officer has served the town for 18 years.

Commissioners awarded Causey his Glock service weapon.


Bark For Life to hold kick-off event

CORNELIUS – Cancer survivors and their dogs will join family, friends and representatives for the Bark For Life of Lake Norman kickoff event.

The rally takes place 7-9:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew, 19607 Statesville Road.

Bark for Life is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to honor the lifelong contributions of these “canine caregivers” and raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer.

Bark For Life of Lake Norman is set for April 19 in Birkdale Village.


LongHorn Steakhouse helps homeless

HUNTERSVILLE - The Lake Norman LongHorn Steakhouse recently provided a steak meal to residents of the Charlotte Rescue Mission.

This is the sixth year the restaurant has partnered with the nonprofit to provide holiday meals to those in need.

The Charlotte Rescue Mission is a long-term residential recovery program for the addicted homeless.