CORRECTION: In the April 19 issue of The Herald Weekly, a story about the new community garden in Cornelius incorrectly identified the garden. The official name is the Cornelius Community Garden. We apologize for the error.

 

Chamber supports toll lanes, residents oppose them

CORNELIUS – In a statement issued this week, Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce President Bill Russell said the chamber and its board of directors voted to support managed lanes on Interstate 77.

His statement read:

“The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce supports efforts to use from existing sources (Motor Fuel Tax and Vehicle Fess) and through alternative methods for additional funding for roads and transit such as tolls, public-private partnerships and design-build financing that are reasonably calculated and expected to lower congestion on roadways in a manner that does not put a disproportionate burden on business.”

The chamber’s position comes in the same week that the local citizens’ group Widen I-77 announced it had more than 1,200 signatures on a petition to stop toll lanes on I-77.

The petition asks elected officials to widen the interstate with general-purpose lanes instead of toll lanes. It was presented April 22 to the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization, a regional planning authority that will vote in May on whether to amend its transportation plan to include toll lanes on I-77.

The group said it plans to place petitions at area businesses and step up other efforts to obtain signatures from those opposing toll lanes.

Learn more about the Widen I-77 group opposing tolls at www.wideni77.org. Find out more about the project by visiting www.ncdot.gov/projects and entering “toll” in the search field.

 

Tarte to speak at chamber event

CORNELIUS – N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte, of Cornelius, will provide an update on the state General Assembly and recent legislation at the next Focus Friday hosted by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce.

Tarte is expected to discuss a range of issues, including Interstate 77, tax reform and his recent bill that would give towns some authority on Lake Norman.

The event takes place from 8:30-10 a.m. in the chamber’s Randy Marion Board Room at 19900 W. Catawba Ave.

 

Davidson parks department on the move

DAVIDSON – The town’s Parks and Recreation Department will be closed April 29-30 for a move to a new office, located at 715 South St., next to Davidson Elementary School.

The office will reopen May 1 at the new location. The department’s main phone number, 704-892-3349, and any direct lines will remain the same.

Because of uncertainly over parking at the new site, the department has either relocated or cancelled all programs May 1-3. For more information visit www.townofdavidson.org/DPR.

 

Davidson seeks input on pedestrian plan

DAVIDSON – The Davidson Pedestrian Master Plan Steering Committee and consultants from Alta Planning + Design are asking citizens to attend a public workshop to discuss goals, opportunities and other important topics for pedestrian and bicycle transportation in Davidson.

The workshop will be held from 6-8 p.m. April 8 at Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St.

Residents can also share thoughts through an online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/davidsonped_active. Call 704-892-7592 or email planning@townofdavidson.org for more information.

 

Hopewell grad named Young Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts

HUNTERSVILLE – Camille Hughes, a junior at North Carolina State University and a 2010 graduate of Hopewell High School, was named one a 2013 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts Hornet’s Nest Council.

Hughes, daughter of Curtis and Latonya Hughes of Cornelius, is a former member of Troop 1751, which she joined in first grade.

She earned three of the highest awards of Girl Scouting including the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

She advocated for orphaned children in Jamaica through her Gold Award Project, “Blossom Garden Orphanage,” through which she distributed wish lists to collect items for the orphanage, including diapers, clothes, shoes and baby food.

Hughes is a International Relations major and she plans to purse a career as an international diplomat.

On campus, she is involved with the NAACP, the International Studies Club and Women Empowering Society Together.

 

Restaurant hosts benefit night

CORNELIUS – Tenders Fresh Food will donate 10 percent of all sales from 5-9 p.m. May 1 to the 24 Hours of Booty Team Camden.

Dr. Seth Moliver, of Moliver Chiropractic, and his wife Patti will team up with the restaurant to raise money for the upcoming event. 24 Hours of Booty is a 24-hour bike ride to raise money for cancer research. The couple will ride 160 miles each at the event in memory of their cousin Camden, who died from leukemia at 5 months old (160 days).

Visit www.camdensjourney.com to learn more.

Tenders is located at 18341 Statesville Road.

 

Davidson police to focus on teen safety

DAVIDSON – Police Chief Jeanne Miller will speak on the dangers of teen drinking and distracted driving during a presentation for teens and their parents at 7 p.m. May 2 at River Run Country Club, 19125 River Falls Drive. The event is free.

“I look forward to discussing underage alcohol abuse, binge drinking, the dangers of drinking and driving, as well as distracted driving,” Miller said. “In addition, parents are encouraged to attend to learn conversation starters about alcohol use with their children.”

Students will be given an opportunity to use the Davidson Police department's “tunnel vision lens” to experience the disorientation of driving under the influence.

Both teens and their parents are encouraged to intend. Reservations are not required, but are encouraged, via email RSVP, to Vallee Bubak with the River Run Property Owner’s Association at valleebubak@gmail.com.