Loving Lake Norman Living

CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Art Project was recently launched at the LKN Family Fun Day, held at the Lake Norman YMCA in Cornelius.

The day included an art contest, with the theme “What I love about Lake Norman living,” for ages 7 and older. Contest winners were Cate Thomas, Madison Hopkins, Angela Corcione and Mark Eberhardt.

Chris Durant and Shannon Edwards, partners in RealLKNLiving with Lake Norman Realty, and The Community Arts Project teamed with the YMCA to integrate the launch into the YMCA LKN Family Fun Day event.

The Lake Norman Art Project will be an annual event and will integrate a new art medium each year, for more information regarding the project please contact Shannon Edwards at shannon@reallknliving.com or 704-516-4800.



County manager proposes tax increase

CHARLOTTE – Interim Mecklenburg County Manager Bobbie Shields is recommending increasing the county’s property tax rate by 2.5 cents next fiscal year.

Such an increase would result in a property tax bill $50 higher for a $200,000 home.

“The recommended FY14 budget is constructed primarily to sustain the services funded in the current year’s budget adopted by the board last June, and to address the growth in demand for these services," Shields told Mecklenburg commissioners last month.

Funding will address the growth in school enrollment, the opening of new parks, annualized cost for library operating hours, and merit increases for employees, he said.

The recommended budget is 17.2 percent more than the current year’s adopted budget, an increase of $247 million. Officials chalked up the hike to increases in Medicaid funds associated with MeckLINK, the county’s mental health authority.  

Commissioners will decide the tax rate and vote on a county budget on June 18.


Local author featured in summer reading kickoff

MOORESVILLE – Cyndy Drew Etler, of Huntersville, was homeless at 13, summa cum laude at 30. Today she is a young adult author and alternative school teacher, serving troubled teens that represent her former self.

She’ll share some of her story from noon-1 p.m. June 1 during the Mooresville Public Library’s Summer Reading Kickoff.

Vanessa Campbell, the library’s young adult coordinator, chose Etler’s memoir “Straightling” as the featured title for Mooresville’s Teen Summer Reading Program.

Etler will do a reading and sign copies of her book at the event.

“Straightling” follows 13-year-old Etler as she struggles for acceptance from her peers while grappling with abuse at home. Etler runs away, only to find herself locked up in Straight Inc., a controversial program deemed by the ACLU as “a concentration camp for throwaway teens.”

The book takes readers through Etler’s 16 months enduring humiliation-based “treatment techniques” such as spit therapy, toilet paper therapy and the spanking machine.

After Etler’s release, Straight Inc. was investigated, sued and closed down.

The school edition of the book features classroom-appropriate content and discussion questions that both stimulate discussion amongst teens and hone critical thinking skills.

Etler has taught in urban and alternative high schools. With a master’s degree in education, she now owns a teen life-coaching business. “Straightling,” her debut memoir, has received recognition from bestselling young adult authors Ellen Hopkins and LouAnne Johnson. Etler is working to edit her second memoir, “Coiled,” the prequel to “Straightling.”


Race will help fight rheumatic fever in Nicaragua

DAVIDSON – Saving Little Hearts of Nicaragua, a North Carolina-based nonprofit dedicated to treating and preventing rheumatic fever in Nicaragua, will hold its inaugural 5K Race and Fun Run on June 1 at the Davidson Town Green.

Proceeds will support the project, which provides children of Nicaragua with much-needed medicine and education to prevent strep throat from turning into rheumatic fever.

The fever can severely damage a child’s heart, resulting in heart damage or death.

The 5K Race and Fun Run are being spearheaded by Ashley Cannon, who is a member of the Saving Little Hearts of Nicaragua Board.

“Our project is aimed at improving the health of young children in the poorest areas of Nicaragua,” she said. “With just a small amount of penicillin, the harmful effects of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart condition can be greatly reduced. The public has really responded to our inaugural race on June 1, and we are expecting great weather and great fun.”

Registration costs $25 in advance, or $35 on race day, and begins at 6:30 a.m. The Fun Run will begin at 7:30 and the 5K starts at 8.

T-shirts will be provided to all registered participants. There will be awards for the top three men and women, as well as awards for each age group. Music and entertainment will be provided on the Davidson Town Green.

To register for the Race and Fun Run, go to www.facebook.com/SavingLittleHearts5k. Learn more about Saving Little Hearts of Nicaragua online at www.slhon.org.



McGuire Nuclear approved for increased power output

HUNTERSVILLE – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently approved a request by Duke Energy Carolinas to increase the generating capacity of McGuire Nuclear Station Units 1 and 2 by 1.7 percent each.

The commission staff’s evaluation determined that Duke could safely increase the reactors’ power output primarily through more accurate means of measuring feedwater flow. As part of its evaluation, NRC staff reviewed the company’s analysis showing the plant’s design can accommodate the increased power level.

A safety evaluation of the plant’s proposed power increase focused on several areas, including the nuclear steam supply systems, instrumentation and control systems, electrical systems, accident evaluations, radiological consequences, fire protection, operations and training, testing and technical specification changes.

Duke intends to implement Unit 2’s increase during its spring 2014 refueling outage, and Unit 1’s increase during its fall 2014 outage.


Ingersoll-Rand wins mayors’ award

CHARLOTTE – Ingersoll-Rand, an Irish company with an office in Davidson, was honored at the 16th annual Mayor’s International Community Awards in Charlotte.

The awards were split into three categories – small, medium and large. Ingersoll-Rand took the large category award.

BridgehouseLaw won the small category and SGL Carbon LLC won the medium.

The Mayor’s International Community Awards were established as a way to encourage foreign-owned firms to adopt corporate philanthropy as a business practice and to engage locally by giving back to the Charlotte community. The award is coordinated by the Charlotte International Cabinet in conjunction with the Office of the Mayor. Details: www.CharlotteInternational.org.


Cornelius presents antiquing event

CORNELIUS – What’s in your attic? It might be time to pull it out for the Cornelius Historic Preservation Commission’s free Trash or Treasure event June 1.

The event will feature arts and antique experts Susanne Milner, Dennis L. White, David Stroud, John D. Duncan and Tom Boles, who will evaluate items brought to the event.

The experts are knowledgeable about ceramics, paintings, photographs, books, prints, toys, folk art, collectibles and furniture, and will help uncover the history behind your antiques.

The experts will also provide insight on potential value of items.

The free event, which runs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Town Hall lawn, will also include children's activities, and food will be available to buy.

Prizes will be awarded for the oldest item, the most unique item, the most valuable item, the item of most historical significance to the Town of Cornelius, and the item that brings the biggest letdown.

Several items will not be allowed, including weapons, fine or costume jewelry, modern collectibles or collectible cards. There is a limit of two items per person.


Pedestrian struck in Davidson

DAVIDSON – A 16-year-old boy was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center May 24 after he was struck by pick-up truck in a crosswalk.

Davidson police and fire departments responded to the scene around 7 a.m. after the driver called 911. The pedestrian had life-threatening injuries, fire officials said.

The boy was in the crosswalk at the intersection of Robert Walker Drive and Davidson-Concord Road when the truck hit him.

The incident is under investigation, and no charges were immediately filed.

The boy’s condition was listed as critical, but stable.

Any witnesses are encouraged to call the Davidson Police Department at 704-892-5131.

The Cornelius Fire Department and Mecklenburg EMS also responded to the call.


Art show to benefit Habitat

DAVIDSON – The Lake Norman Cottage, at 200-A North Harbor Place, will host the Jack Hart’s Art Show from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 2.

The show, which will also feature other local artists’ work, is a fundraiser for the “Biggest Cheese in Town” Women Build program for Our Towns Habitat for Humanity.

Art prints, note cards and post cards will be on sale. Admission to the show is free, and there will be a cash bar.

For more information, visit www.ourtownshabitat.org.

Business owners must renew licenses by July 1

CHARLOTTE – The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector reminds business owners that their annual privilege license must be renewed on or before July 1 to avoid paying a penalty.

Notices will be mailed May 28-30 to approximately 39,600 business owners in the county. Most businesses operating in Mecklenburg County are required to obtain a privilege license. That includes businesses that are home-based, sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, and those who have full-time and part-time operations. Taxes vary depending on the type and size of the business.

Details: 704-336-7600 or TaxBusiness@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov