Firefighter prepares for transplant

HUNTERSVILLE – Firefighter Jeff Reid is scheduled for a life-saving marrow transplant this month, according to the Huntersville Fire Department.

Reid recently received a quilt made from friends and firefighters to surround him with love while he recovers from the transplant.

Reid has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy since doctors diagnosed him with chronic lymphatic leukemia in 2007. He was named Huntersville Fire Officer of the Year while on medical leave in January. 

The community has been raising money for Reid.

Reid has benefited from the efforts of the Be the Match Foundation and the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. The blood center held a blood drive in April 2013 at the Huntersville Fire Department and October 2013 during the Fall into Huntersville festival.


Cancer survivors walk runway for charity

CHARLOTTE – A fashion show benefiting the American Cancer Society will feature local cancer survivors, including a pair from the Lake Norman area.

Michelle Accetta, of Cornelius, and Alicia Foster, of Huntersville, will walk the runway with the latest fashions from top designers, including Alex Garfield and Luis Machicao.

The third annual Cure By Design will be held March 22 at the Filmore. Tickets cost $125, which include a reception and live and silent auctions.

Details: or 704-553-5378.


College students help Habitat over spring break 

CORNELIUS – A group of 28 Ohio Northern University students are spending their spring break helping Our Towns Habitat for Humanity build affordable homes in Huntersville and Mooresville.

The collegiate chapter of Habitat is in town for the fourth year March 3-7 with the support of churches, people and companies.

"We’re grateful for the students’ willingness to serve with us and work so hard during their spring break,” said Paul Robinson, executive director for Our Towns Habitat. “They typically accelerate our build schedule by up to three weeks, which means that our partner families get settled in their new homes more quickly.”

The challenge is one of the many programs Habitat has to engage ages 5-25.

“It is a great way for people of all ages to see that they can make a meaningful difference in the lives of others and have a lasting impact in our community,” said Jessica Grantham, youth and volunteer associate.

Seniors work to thwart bullying 

HUNTERSVILLE – The North Mecklenburg Senior Center is sponsoring a free interactive workshop that discusses the role older adults can play in helping reduce bullying.

Diane Benson, co-founder and executive director of the Foundation for Respect Ability, will conduct the workshop, which discusses the use of social media among youth and its affect on society. 

“This is a real problem for our youth which needs help from all of us, including seniors,” Director Joanne Ahern said.

The workshop takes place 10:30-1130 a.m. March 24 at the center, 16601 Old Statesville Road.

Advance registration is suggested.

Details: or 704-875-1270.


Motorcycle driver dies in crash with car

HUNTERSVILLE – Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred March 2 at 16700 Huntersville-Concord Road. 

Kenneth Lavern Owens Jr., 40, rode a motorcycle northeast on Huntersville-Concord Road when an SUV, driven by William Merle Holtzclaw in the opposite direction, turned into the path of the motorcycle. 

Owens attempted to brake, but slid on the pavement and struck the passenger side of the SUV, officials said. Medics pronounced Owens dead at the scene.

Police charged Holtzclaw, 73, with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to yield the right of way. Police ruled out alcohol use and excessive speed as contributing factors, officials said.

Anyone with details about the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.


Former Olympian runs in 5K

DENVER – More than 220 runners participated Feb. 22 in the Valentine's 5K and Couples’ 5K Run/Walk, including Anthony Famiglietti, who ran in the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics with the U.S. team.

Famiglietti, of Davidson, is friends with race organizer Melvin Morrison, who coaches track and cross country at East Lincoln High.

“The Valentine 5K was a big hit in the Denver community,” Morrison said. “Anthony not only ran the race, but ran it in blistering fast time.”

He set a course record of 14 minutes, 37 seconds – four minutes ahead of the second place finisher. Afterward, he cheered on other runners to the “Rocky” theme “Gonna Fly Now.”

“It was a beautiful course with wonderful people and some amazing kids that made it a memorable day for me,” Famiglietti said. “The way the entire community opened up to me was amazing.

I had no trouble finding inspiration to dig deep and race fast.”


Citizens can donate trees for memorial garden

DAVIDSON – Citizens can donate trees to be planted in honor of loved ones in a new memorial garden at Roosevelt Wilson Park. 

The garden is located at 420 Griffith St., between Lakeside Avenue and the pond. It has space for 50-60 trees to be planted over time. Each will be marked with an aluminum plate for commemoration. 

“The preservation and planting of trees is a benefit to our community and a legacy of which we can be proud,” said Charlene Minor, natural assets and sustainability coordinator. “It is evident that protecting the natural environment is of great importance to the citizens of Davidson.”

Citizens can contribute $150 for an Okame Cherry and a commemorative plaque to accompany it. 

March 7 marks the deadline for getting trees planted by an Arbor Day ceremony at 11 a.m. March 21 at the park. Planting will occur October through February annually, but donations can be made year-round. 

To donate, contact Jesse Bouk at 704-940-9638 or

Town considers restricting nonprofits, schools

DAVIDSON – A few things commissioners aren’t necessarily keen on seeing more of in potential economic development areas are churches, nonprofits and schools.

On March 4, the board, with the help of Town Attorney Richard Kline, hashed out some things they would like to see included in the upcoming Davidson planning ordinance rewrite.

Kline offered that the board could restrict size, the distance between certain types of facilities and where buildings are allowed to be located. However, court case precedent states that churches must be allowed anywhere any other places of assembly are allowed, though other items, like schools, can be specifically restricted.

The board discussed emphasizing economic development and if possible, restricting additional tax-exempt facilities in certain parts of town.

They used the Behavioral Health Center and the Davidson Green School as examples where they had complaints, but commissioners’ hands were tied because nothing stipulated those couldn’t be there.

Concerns over facilities like schools and nonprofits are the increased traffic and decreased tax revenue. Not saying they don’t want them anywhere in Davidson, commissioners countered, there just might be better parts of town for them.

Nothing is set in stone and commissioners will have to vote to approve the final planning ordinance. 


Community garden accepts registration

CORNELIUS – The Cornelius Community Garden is about to kick off its second year.

Garden boxes are available for an annual fee $25, which includes topsoil, access to tools, water and three growing seasons. Registration closes March 15. 

The garden is located near the intersection of Catawba Avenue and Statesville Avenue.

Details: Dave and Caryn Lyng, 404-398-2583 or 678-920-1333. 


Coal ash spill prompts community meeting

CHARLOTTE – A community group, dubbed We Love Mountain Island Lake, will hold a town hall meeting with elected leaders about the health of local water following a coal ash spill last month in the Dan River in Eden.

Duke Energy operates 14 coal ash pond sites across the state, including Mountain Island Lake and Lake Norman.

The event takes place 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 10 at Cook’s Presbyterian Church, 3413 Mt Holly-Huntersville Road.



Photographer talks nature shots

CHARLOTTE – Will Stuart, photographer for Native Plants of the Southeast, will speak at the next NC Native Plant Society Southern Piedmont Chapter meeting.

Stuart will talk about his journeys to discover and photograph southeast gardens, heritage preserves and natural areas.

The meeting starts at 2 p.m. March 9 at Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road.


Cars crash on N.C. 115. 

DAVIDSON — A small foot slip caused a three-car wreck Feb. 25 on N.C. 115.

According to an accident report filed by Davidson Police Officer J.S. Russell, the three cars were in the left turn lane headed onto Griffith Street at 12:30 p.m.

Gregg Matthew Swartz, of Davidson, told police his foot slipped off the brake and hit the gas peddle as he was trying to stop the 2006 Chevrolet he was driving.  His car collided with a 2007 Nissan, driven by John Steward Slosson, of Davidson. Slosson’s car rolled into the back of Kevin Dale Finney’s 2012 Honda.  Finney, also of Davidson, had two passengers in the car.

No injuries were reported. No traffic violations were listed on the report.

All vehicles were drivable, though damage estimations ranged from $300 to $2,000.


Car hits CATS bus

DAVIDSON — A Charlotte Area Transit System bus had an estimated $100 in damage after a car hit it trying to pass.

A report by Davidson Police Officer D.R. Houk states the incident took place on Davidson Gateway Drive in Davidson just after 8 a.m Feb. 28.

Robin Parks Perkins, of Huntersville, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet south with her daughter. The bus, driven by Marcus Tyron Wilson, of Charlotte, stopped to let a passenger off. Perkins tried to pass the bus, hitting it with the right side mirror. Estimated damage to the Chevrolet was also $100.

The accident incurred no injuries and no traffic violations were listed on Houk’s report. 


Hospital partners with Life Line Screening

MOORESVILLE – Lake Norman Regional Medical Center partners with Life Line Screening to offer affordable, convenient medical screenings.

A painless ultrasound will check to see the plaque build-up in arteries, a leading cause of stroke.

Life Line Screening makes people aware of unrecognized health problems and encourages them to seek follow-up care with their personal physicians.

Stroke screenings take place March 10 at Mt. Zion Methodist Church, 19600 Zion Ave., Cornelius and March 28 at the South Iredell Senior Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. The stroke/carotid artery screening costs $60.

Call 877-237-1383 to register.



Expert talks about local coyotes

MOORESVILLE – Naturalist Chris Matthews will discuss population studies of coyotes in the Charlotte region at the next free nature program sponsored by Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists.

“Coyotes: Wily or Wary,” starts at 7 p.m. March 13 at Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St.

Native to the western U.S., the coyote is found throughout the East, due primarily to human-induced factors. The animals can often live in close proximity to humans without any negative interactions.

Matthews will also discuss safety tips on dealing with them.

No reservations are required.

Details: or Sid Smith, 704-895-5686.