Huntersville students raise money for Susan G. Komen Foundation


The Huntersville students raising money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation March 23 are, from left, Coy Davis, Sydney Minarik, Jacy Madigan and Lacey White. (Will Kastel not picture).  (Courtesy of Karen Madigan)


HUNTERSVILLE – Five Huntersville Elementary School fourth-grade students, Sydney Minarik, Jacy Madigan, Lacey White, Coy Davis and Will Kastel, set a goal to raise $1,000 for the Susan G. Komen foundation by selling baked goods.

They are going door-to-door and have already raised over $300.

While they have the support of their parents, they have planned and implemented the majority of their 'campaign' on their own.

The students will sell home-baked goods outside of the Brownlee Jewelers in the NorthCross Shopping Center from 11 a.m.- noon March 23.

Their teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Goonan, sent emails to parents of her homeroom also asking for baked donations.

Kent Davis, father of Coy and a firefighter in the community, has arranged for a fire truck to help create excitement.

Pine Lake Charter seeks prospective teachers

Mooresville – Pine Lake Preparatory Charter School will hold its first K-12 career fair for educators interested in becoming part of a unique educational opportunity. 

The career fair will be held from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. April 13 in the campus Lower School located at 185 Yellow Wood Circle, Mooresville.

Certified teachers at all grade levels, subject areas, and experience levels are encouraged to attend. 

Pine Lake has openings in its lower school, middle school, and upper school for the 2013-2014 school year for teachers, an education technology specialist, and a reading specialist.

Registration is not required. 

Additional questions regarding the career fair or employment at Pine Lake can be sent to Chris Terrill, Head of School, at, Gloria Miller, Head of Lower School, at, Amy Sevic, Head of Middle School at, or Chris Scholl, Head of Upper School at


Cornelius PD helps dispose of unwanted medicine

CORENLIUS – The Cornelius Police Department will host an Operation Medicine Drop from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., March 23 in the parking lot of Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue. 

Operation Medicine Drop is a free event that offers the public a safe and secure way to dispose of their medications.

Residents can dispose of expired, unused prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications and keep them out of the wrong hands. 

Cornelius Police will take them safely off your hands, no questions asked.

Community meetings for trail running from Mooresville to Charlotte

CHARLOTTE – The towns of Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, the City of Charlotte, and Iredell and Mecklenburg Counties will host a series of community meetings to inform the public about planning for the Mooresville to Charlotte Trail, a 30-mile trail that will provide a corridor for bicycle and pedestrian transportation in the region.

Meeting times are 5 - 7 p.m., April 2, 2013 at the Charles Mack Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville, and 5 - 7 p.m., April 11, at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius.

North Meck Woman’s Club raises money for veterans

HUNTERSVILLE – The North Mecklenburg Woman's Club held a Casino Night to benefit Purple Heart Homes at the Northstone Country Club on March 9.

Purple Heart Homes is provides quality-of-life housing solutions to service connected disabled veterans.

"It was a fantastic evening and the best part is that we will be giving $7,000 to Purple Heart Homes to help a disabled veteran with his/her housing needs." said Lisa Vadnais, President of the North Mecklenburg Woman's Club.



Huntersville girl donates hair to Locks of Love

Amanda Novak, 11, of Huntersville donated her hair to Locks of Love on March 15 at the Great Clips Regency. Amanda is home schooled and made the donation in honor of her great Aunt Oleva Catron who is battling cancer. Amanda’s parents are John and Cheryl Novak and her sister is Katie.


Davidson citizens invited to Arbor Day tree planting

DAVIDSON – To meet the needs of citizens interested in donating and planting a tree in memory of a loved one, the Town of Davidson created a memorial garden at Roosevelt Wilson Park, located at 420 Griffith Street, between Lakeside Avenue and the pond for Arbor Day. 

The Davidson Garden Club has donated four trees, each in memory of an individual who has served our community and the club.

Those people are: Silvadean Brannon, Patricia Knox, Ruth Coffey and Mary Stewart Covington. 

Citizens are invited to a brief ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on March 22 at Roosevelt Wilson Park to commemorate these initial plantings in the memorial garden.

Planting will occur October through February annually, but donations can be made year-round. 

Contact Ron McMillan at 704-940-9638 or to donate.


NC 911 Board Holds Series of Meetings for public comment

CORNELIUS — The North Carolina 911 Board is holding public meetings across the state to solicit citizen input.

The next meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 22 at the Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

Board Director Richard Taylor describes the purpose of the meetings as two-fold: to tell the story of how 911 connects with real people to save lives and property; and to ask citizens for their input on their expectations of 911, thoughts about the future of 911 technology, and how 911 should be funded.

Citizens who would like to speak at these meetings should contact Richard Taylor at 919-754-2942 or email

Those unable to attend but would like to express their thoughts can send comments to


Solid Rock Christian Church hosts clothing “Closet”

HUNTERSVILLE – Solid Rock Christian Church will be opening up a new clothing closet that will cater to boys and men.  

This idea was born approximately two years ago when a local clothing vendor donated high-quality male clothing to the church.   

That event triggered the idea to start a clothing closet to address a need in the community for those that are re-entering civilian life after being incarcerated, facing financial hardship due to loss of employment or a life setback, single parents and families in need of assistance and returning missionaries in need of clothing.

The “Closet” is immediately after morning worship service at 10 a.m. March 24.

Call 704-947-8898 or visit with questions.


Cornelius Fire Department requests new equipment

CORNELIUS – The Cornelius Fire Department presented their operating and capital budget requests for fiscal year 2014 to the Cornelius Town Board on March 18.

The big-ticket item is a “New 2009 - never placed in service” ladder truck for approximately $750,000. A new ladder truck costs about $1 million.

The truck was purchased for a department in Paris, California that lost funding for it’s staffing.

The department uses a third-hand ladder truck at station #1 built in 1988.

The ladder truck passed inspection this year, but due to stress fractures along the rails and bent rungs, the department was told it will not pass its’ annual inspection next year, said Cornelius Deputy Fire Chief Guerry Barbee.

Barbee also said the costs to repair the ladder truck would cost between $650,000 - $700,000.

Cornelius Fire also requested $29,000 for a breathable air compressor that would stop the departments’ need to make trips to Huntersville or Davidson to fill the trucks with air.

They are requesting $395,000 for 50 self-contained breathing apparatus units.

Current SCBA’s were purchased are 14 years old, while the national standard calls for replacement every 10 years and no more than 13 years.

The department is spending between $16,000 - 20,000 per year in repairs for the SCBA’s.

The last capital needs request is for $40,000 for a new operations car or similar type vehicle available on the state contract costing $25,000 and up.

The vehicle would replace the department’s 2004 Dodge Durango with approximately 100k miles.

Funds requested for operating needs are $65,000 to complete the staffing goals, $32,000 to replace 18 sets of gear that are older than 15-years old, $16,500 for training equipment that the town is currently borrowing from Huntersville or Charlotte and $9,900 for uniforms that members are currently having to pay for or do not have.