DMV to open new Huntersville office
HUNTERSVILLE – The DMV will move its north Charlotte driver license office from North Tryon Street to its new location at 12101 Mount Holly-Huntersville Road in Huntersville.
The new office will open at 8 a.m. April 7.
The Huntersville office will offer driver license services 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays.
The driver license office will maintain its current phone number, 704-547-5795.
Area offices open to serve customers during the move include:
• West Charlotte, 6016 Brookshire Blvd. Details: 7040527-2562.
• Mount Holly, 785 W. Charlotte Ave., Unit 2, Details: 704-827-9486.
• Mooresville, 533 Patterson Ave., Suite 100. Details: 704-664-3344.
Comment sought on West Catawba widening project
CORNELIUS – Residents from Cornelius and Huntersville have the chance to weigh in on the proposed West Catawba Avenue widening project.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation hosts an open house April 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.
Residents can drop in to look at maps of the prospective project as well as offer comments and questions, which will be taken into consideration. The West Catawba Avenue widening project extends from Jetton Road to Sam Furr Road.
Traffic changes scheduled for Catawba Avenue
CORNELIUS – Drivers may see some changes to traffic patterns in the coming weeks because of some state construction projects in the area.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation slated nighttime lane closures along the Exit 28 bridge on West Catawba Avenue April 6-7 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. The construction is part of the Diverging Diamond Interchange construction to make the traffic patterns more efficient.
A right turn lane addition on northbound West Catawba Avenue to get onto Westmoreland may also affect traffic. Most of the work is scheduled to be done at night from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m, through contractors are allowed to close one lane between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the week or at any time on weekends. May 16 is the estimated project completion date.
Closures and construction are weather dependent. To stay up-to-date on Cornelius traffic patterns, follow @TownofCornelius on Twitter or subscribe to email and text alerts on the town website, www.cornelius.org.
Raptor Center benefits from volunteer day
HUNTERSVILLE – The Carolina Raptor Center is among 20 locations across the region to benefit from the 22nd edition of Hands on Charlotte Day on April 12.
As part of National Volunteer Week, Hands On Charlotte Day is expected to attract more than 500 volunteers to 20 locations throughout Charlotte to celebrate volunteerism through community service.
Volunteers can registser to help build trails and bird enclosures, as well as recyle, plant, mulch and weed 9 a.m.-noon April 12 at the Carolina Raptor Center.
Participants are encouraged to visit www.handsoncharlotte.org/hocday2014 to register for projects.
Rotary organizes yard sale
HUNTERSVILLE – The Huntersville Happy Hour Rotary Club will organize and promote a community yard sale for the residents of the Greens at Birkdale Village.
Stop by the check-in table and enjoy a cup of coffee and donuts 7:30 a.m.-noon April 5 at The Greens Park as the mailboxes of participating homes will have balloons.
Items not sold may be donated to Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen and The Bin, which provides home goods, furniture and appliances to families in need.
The Huntersville Happy Hour Rotary Club meets 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays at Dressler’s in Birkdale Village.
Details: Ineke Van der Meulen, 704-905-5002; Kay Fisher, 704-363-5120; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nuclear station sirens to sound April 9
HUNTERSVILLE – No public action is needed when McGuire Nuclear Station tests sirens for about three minutes at 11:40 a.m. April 9.
Duke Energy conducts the quarterly tests to ensure the sirens are operating properly.
Hearing a siren does not mean to evacuate. The siren sounding is a signal for residents to tune to a radio or TV station in their area that would carry an emergency alerting message. County officials use these stations to provide information to the public.
7 charged with DWI at Cornelius checkpoint
CORNELIUS – The Cornelius Police Department arrested seven people on charges of driving while impaired 11 p.m.-2:30 a.m. March 29 at a DWI checkpoint at West Catawba Avenue and Westmoreland Road.
Police also issued 24 citations, including 11 registration violations, three no operator's license, three warning tickets, one open container, one misdemeanor possession of marijuana, two possession of drug paraphernalia and three other traffic-related citations.
Officers from Huntersville, Davidson, Pineville, Charlotte and UNC Charlotte police departments helped with the checkpoint.
Boating, water sports festival postponed
CORNELIUS - Due to inclement weather, the Lake Norman Carefree Boat Club postponed its Lake Norman Boating and Water Sports Festival to April 26.
Marc Graveline, owner of Lake Norman Carefree Boat Club, says that safety and enjoyment of the participants comes first and foremost.
The festival will include free boating and water safety seminars throughout the day, tours through different types of boats, Gutter Regatta Sailboat kid races, raffle tickets to support Levine Children’s Hospital and free food and drinks.
The Carefree Boat Club is a membership-based boat club located at Morningstar Kings Point Marina. Members of the club have unlimited access to 15 boats in Cornelius without the expenses and maintenance.
Details: www.morningstarmarinas.com or 704-892-3223.
Discussion focuses on sharing the road
DAVIDSON – Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are invited to a community meeting sponsored by the River Run Property Owners Association to discuss sharing the road and public safety.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. April 10 in the ballroom at River Run Golf and Country Club, 19125 River Falls Drive.
Davidson Police Chief Jeanne Miller will lead a discussion on sharing the road, enforcement of the law, cycling and driving etiquette, and other issues affecting the safe sharing of the road.
Davidson polls residents on parks, recreation
DAVIDSON – The Davidson Parks and Recreation Master Plan Steering Committee seeks input from citizens via an online survey by May 8.
The parks and recreation department and master plan consultant LandDesign will host a public information session at 7 p.m. May 1 at Davidson Town Hall.
Citizens are encouraged to attend to hear and react to initial recommendations based on the information received from stakeholders meetings, research, the well-attended public forum held in February, and the survey.
“We want to hear from as many people as possible during this master plan process,” Parks and Recreation Manager Kathryn Spatz said. “This survey will help us to gauge our citizens’ feelings about our existing facilities, programs and events, and their health and lifestyle goals.”
Rotary Club plans run
HUNTERSVILLE – The Lake Norman Rotary Club will host the third annual Rotary Run & Walk, encouraging participants to wear Easter costumes and run, walk or jog through the streets of Birkdale.
The race includes both 5K and 10K routes, starting 8:30 a.m. April 19 at the intersection of Birkdale Commons Drive, south of Sam Furr Road and near Jasons Deli.
The run benefits the Lake Norman Health Clinic.
Details: Kamlesh Chandan, 704-785-7887.
Law firm washes car for Relay for Life
DAVIDSON – The McIntosh Law Firm will wash car for suggested donations of $10 to raise money for Relay for Life.
Brickhouse Tavern will also provide barbecue sandwiches for suggested donations of $5.
The event takes place noon-4 p.m. in the Davidson Cotton Mill parking lot, 209 Delburg St.
Lions help blind through golf tournament proceeds
HUNTERSVILLE- The Northstone Country Club will host the Lions Regional Golf Tournament on April 21.
Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunchtime at noon and shotgun start at 1 p.m. Registration costs $100, which includes lunch, dinner, lessons, on-course drinks, range balls and goodie bags.
The tournament will follow the Captain’s Choice format with four golfers per team.
Participants can win $10,000 in cash for a hole in one. Other cash prizes will also be handed out.
Proceeds will benefit the blind within the community.
Sponsorships are still available through Ed Roberts by calling 704-875-3489.
MI-Connection makes Viacom negotiations public
MOORESVILLE – MI-Connection is negotiating with Viacom, owner of MTV Networks, to continue offering its channels, but the town-owned cable system says Viacom’s initial proposal would have costly repercussions to customers.
Viacom demanded a rate increase 40 times the rate of inflation, according to MI-Connection.
“Fees from these networks account for the bulk of monthly cable bills. Our goal is to protect our customers from significant programming fee increases,” MI-Connection CEO David Auger said. “Programmers, such as Viacom, are paid a fee per channel per month per customer for their programming. When these contracts expire, new agreements are negotiated and that concludes the business deal. But when a multibillion dollar company such as Viacom demands an unprecedented increase in its monthly fees, we believe it’s our responsibility to take a stand.”
Town seeks input on leaf collection
DAVIDSON — The town seeks public opinion regarding whether to reinstate vacuum leaf collection.
Leaders are in budget discussions for next year and seek input.
Currently leaves must be bagged to be collected. A vacuum service would require leaves piled loosely on the curb.
Email opinions to Doug Wright at email@example.com.