Police investigate armed robbery at Walmart

HUNTERSVILLE – The Huntersville Police Department is looking for a suspect in connection to an armed robbery committed prior to 7 a.m. Jan. 11 at the Walmart on Bryton Town Center Drive. 

Witnesses told officers that a black male entered the store wearing a black quilted-style jacket, gray pants and a brown-colored towel draped over his head to aid in his disguise. 

The suspect approached a cashier, spraying her clothing with an unknown substance and demanding cash from the registers. The cashier was unharmed. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the store on foot. 

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact Sgt. Randy Gardner at 704-464-5400. 

Police department to host Q&A

HUNTERSVILLE – Members of the town’s police force will be available for a question-and-answer session with residents at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at Dunkin Donuts, 10310 Wilmington St.

The free event, entitled “Coffee with a Cop,” gives residents the chance to ask officers questions and learn more about the police department’s work in the community. Those in attendance receive a free cup of coffee and are encouraged to ask officers questions about the police force, get to know the officers, or voice concerns.

Details: Sgt. Kevin Tatur, ktatur@huntersville.org or 704-464-5400. 

Beach Bash supports Big Day at the Lake  

CORNELIUS – The 10th year of Big Day at the Lake gets underway with a beach bash.

The kick-off event starts at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at Harvey’s Bar and Grill, 19707 Liverpool Pkwy. The event costs $10. Proceeds will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

People are encouraged to wear beach attire, enjoy music; take advantage of food and drink discounts and bid on auctioned items. 

Big Day at the Lake connects at-risk children from Big Brothers Big Sisters with Lake Norman volunteers for a full day of fun on the lake.??Following a morning of water sports with volunteer boat hosts, it concludes with a picnic for 600 participants at Duke Energy's Explorium in Huntersville.

Big Day at Lake is July 19 this year.  Last year's campaign raised more than $75,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Organizers hope to raise $100,000.

The event also seeks to recruit mentors for at-risk children. Big Brothers Big Sisters has a waiting list of approximately 150 at-risk children each year. Each match costs about $1,000 a year to maintain.

Details: www.bigdayatthelake-lkn.com.

Curbside leaf collection extends through Jan. 22

CORNELIUS – Cornelius has extended curbside leaf collection through Jan. 22 due to weather and the volume of leaves to be picked up, the town announced Jan. 14.

The last day residents may put leaves at the curb will be Jan. 22. After Jan. 22, leaves must be in bags for Republic Services to pick-up on the regularly scheduled yard waste collection day. 

Details: www.cornelius.org.



Bradford to formally launch N.C. campaign

CORNELIUS – Cornelius Commissioner John Bradford will launch his campaign for the N.C. House of Representatives on Jan. 17.

Bradford will release his campaign steering committee and additional public endorsements.

Bradford will be joined at the podium by his family, campaign team and community leaders. N.C. Jeff Tarte is expected to speak at the event.

The event starts at 10 a.m. Jan. 17 at The North Harbor Club, 100 N. Harbor Place Drive, Davidson.


Conservatives host U.S. Senate forum

HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Norman Conservatives will host a forum featuring four of the U.S. Senate candidates running in the Republican primary for North Carolina.

Confirmed to attend are Bill Flynn of Kernersville, Greg Brannon of Cary, Heather Grant of Wilkesboro and Mark Harris of Charlotte. The campaign for Cornelius resident Thom Tillis cited a previous engagement.

The free forum will begin at 7 p.m. following a social hour 6-7 p.m. at the Fox & Hound Restaurant, 8711 Lindholm Drive. Reservations are recommended.

Email lakenormanconservatives@gmail.com or go to www.lakenormanconservatives.org.

“The goal of the candidate forum is to give Lake Norman voters the opportunity to get to know the candidates running in the U.S. Senate primary this May and to hear about issues impacting our region and nation,” said Vallee Bubak, founder of Lake Norman Conservatives.

The group meets on the last Thursday of each month at Fox & Hound Restaurant.


Polar Bear Ride delayed to Jan. 18

DAVIDSON – Organizers postponed the 16th annual Polar Bear Ride from Jan. 11 to Jan. 18 due to a forecast of all-day rain.

Hundreds of cyclists are expected for the ride with a forecast calling for bright sun and mild temperatures in the 40s.

The Rocky River Road Club sponsors the half- and full-metric century bicycle rides through the North Mecklenburg/Lake Norman area. Both rides start at 10 a.m. Ingersoll-Rand on Beaty Street. Registration opens at 8:30 am.

More than 650 cyclists participated in last year’s event, enabling the club to donate $10,000 to the Ada Jenkins Center, along with smaller donations to churches and nonprofits.

Registration costs $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the ride. Online registration closes at 8 p.m. Jan. 17. Minors ride free with a parent. The entry cost includes subs, hot soup and hot chocolate.

Details: www.RockyRiverRoadClub.org and www.active.com.


Mayor to visit coffee chat

CORNELIUS – Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis will serve as a special guest at Commissioner John Bradford’s monthly Cornelius Coffee Chat.

The event takes place 9:30-10:45 a.m. Jan. 20at the Acropolis restaurant, 20659 Catawba Ave.


Car hit trees, went airborne

HUNTERSVILLE – The Huntersville Fire Department put out a burning car after it had struck several trees, went airborne and wound up over the entrance into the Vermillion neighborhood.

Huntersville Station 1 and North Meck Rescue were dispatched at 3:38 a.m. Jan. 11 to a single-car accident on Huntersville Concord Road. They arrived to find the Mazda on its roof with fire in the engine compartment. The driver was transported to an area hospital.

The scene was clear of firefighter by 4:20 a.m.


Patrick, NASCAR drivers film commercial

HUNTERSVILLE - A handful of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, including Danica Patrick, filmed a Coca-Cola Racing Family commercial Jan. 14 at Cashion's Quick Stop on N.C. 73 at West Catawba Avenue.

The Huntersville Police Department provided security for the shoot, which closed Cashion's for the day. In addition to Patrick, one of NASCAR's most popular drivers, the service station also hosted Tony Stewart, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle and Denny Hamlin.

Patrick posted a photo of herself and Stewart on Twitter during the shoot. She also lamented the lack of lanes on Interstate 77 when traffic backed up on her commute.