Montessori school seeks name

HUNTERSVILLE – The new Montessori School at Long Creek is looking for a name.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is soliciting input from the public to help decide on a name for the school, which opens in 2014-15.

CMS invites the public to a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 31 at the North Learning Community Conference Room, 9425 Midas Springs Road.

A poll opens April 1 to narrow down options. Residents can also email ideas to

Details: 980-343-9442.


‘Celebration of life’ held for youth firefighter

HUNTERWSVILLE – Huntersville’s fire department had one member who was much younger than the rest of the staff.

Carter Dang, the 3-year-old son of Hao and Anne Dang, had a passion for large trucks and machines. Dang, in the midst of a battle with stage 4 neuroblastoma, was named an honorary HFD firefighter in honor of his efforts to fight the illness.

HFD “responded” to a call to Dang – nicknamed “Super Carter” – on Feb. 8 by surrounding the boy with 19 fire trucks, ambulances and police cars, giving him inside access to each rescue vehicle.

“Carter's bravery, heroic fight and constant smile won us all over, and from that day forward we have adopted the Carter family as part of the fire department family,” HFD spokesman Bill Suthard said.

A celebration of Dang’s life will be held at 10 a.m. March 29 at James Funeral Home, 10520 Arahova Drive.


Workshop focuses on U.S. 21 intersection

HUNTERSVILLE – The town will hold a public workshop regarding improvements to the U.S. 21/Gilead Road intersection 4:30-7:30 p.m. April 10 at Huntersville Town Hall, 101 Huntersville-Concord Road.

Town staff will be on hand to discuss the options for the intersection and the process it will undergo to move forward with improvements.



Suspect convicted of sex offense with girl

CORNELIUS – Michael Brian Wise was convicted of one count of statutory rape and two counts of statutory sex offense March 20 from an incident that occurred in Cornelius in August 2012, according to the police department.

Wise, a 44-year-old Rock Hill, S.C. native, will serve at least 48 years in prison.

Wise drove from his home in Rock Hill on Aug. 10, 2012, to a park in Cornelius to visit a 14-year-old girl whom he met through Facebook, officials said. Wise drove the girl to a nearby parking lot, where he engaged her in sexual acts, and then drove the girl back to the park, where a CPD officer spotted the van, officials said.


Report: Hough hires coach

CORNELIUS – Hough High has hired former South Carolina defensive coordinator Miles Aldridge as its new head football coach, according to a March 26 report by The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C.

Aldridge had been the head coach at Columbia Spring Valley High, where he went 28-19 in four seasons. The State reported that Aldridge has a house in Huntersville. Aldridge was also an assistant coach in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills from 2001 to 2003.

He replaces Bobby Collins, who went 25-20 in four years as the Huskies’ coach. Collins resigned Feb. 21 to become coach at Lancaster (S.C.) High.

The Huskies finished 11-2 last year and ranked second in their conference.