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Pawz Too Run IV and 5K - Village Green Davidson

The fourth annual Pawz Too Run 5K and Dog Walk was Saturday, April 12, 2014 on the Village Green in Davidson. Proceeds go to help Friends of the Animals build a state-of-the art animal adoption and education center and spay/neuter clinic off Exit 31 in Mooresville. The race and other festivities will began at 8:30 a.m. and concluded at 1:30 p.m. on the Town Green, Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson. Photos by Dana Pianowski.

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Loch Norman Highland Games and Scottish Festival

The Loch Norman Highland games annual Festival fell on the perfect weather weekend to get out with the family and enjoy all that the Highland Games has to offer. Some of the fun at Rural Hill included live traditional and Celtic rock music, genealogy search, Piping and Drumming, highland dancing, Scottish country dancing, professional and amateur heavy athletics, long bow competition, battle axe competition, demonstrations, whiskey seminars, the ”Kids’ Zone” with children’s activities, and Rural Hill’s famous historic encampment. Watch the Herald Calendar to be sure you don't miss these great community events. Photos by Kato, Nate, and Chris.

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April is for Arts - Davidson Gallery Crawl

Downtown Davidson, N.C. - The Town of Davidson held their annual "April is for Arts" Gallery crawl on Friday April 11th. Artists displayed their work in Davidson's establishments from historic Main Street, South Main and Circles at 30. Visitor could ride a trolley to all stops along the Crawl. Refreshments and music enhanced the festivities. Admission was free. Watch the Herald Calendar for more fun activities by our local towns and businesses. Photos by Courtney Parlier.

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iKnight Tech Drive 5K RunWalk & Silent Auction

North Lincoln High School established a Tech Drive to replace and upgrade technology in their classrooms. On Aprill 5, 2014, they held a 5K Run/Walk fundraiser to help this cause. The 1 mile Fun Run will began at 8:30am with the 5k to follow at 9:00am. An incredible turnout for this great fundraiser to upgrade technology inside the North Lincoln classrooms. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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White Lightning 2nd Gym - Open House and Ribbon Cutting

White Lightning Athletics is GROWING and the official ribbon cutting & opening of their second location was held on Saturday April 5th. The newly constructed state-of-the-art gym is designed to be a world-class facility to develop the fast growing sport of competitive cheerleading. “Every year the skill levels escalate for what it takes to compete on the national stage” said Paige Coleman, Owner of White Lightning Athletics. Coleman added, “This 2nd facility, which is 10,000 sq ft, gives us the space and infrastructure to develop those skills”. Photos of these incredible athletes having fun with their "Cheer Family" and Friends. Photos by Nate.

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Casino Night for Bit O Luck Horse Rescue

Galway Hooker Irish Pub hosted the Bit O’ Luck’s 1st Annual Casino Night benefitting Bit O’ Luck Horse Rescue! The event was held in the upstairs banquet room better known as Waterford Hall. The casino company brought Black Jack, Craps, Roulette and Poker! There was a silent auction, raffle items, light h’ordeuvres and a Cash Bar. A FUN evening while giving back to the community. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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ICE Martini Fundraiser for Leukemia with DJ Bob

ICE Martini Bar in Huntersville held a fundraiser for Lymphoma and Leukemia on Saturday March 29th. A great crowd came out to support this great cause at this incredible new professional venue. If you haven't been to ICE Martini - we finally have a unique and friendly professional location for before and after dinner drinks. Finally a place where you can relax and have friendly conversation without trying to scream over the music. We'll see you at ICE Martini. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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MFLCF Casino Night 2014 at Peninsula Club

MFLCF Casino Night at the Peninsula Country Club, Cornelius, was a night of fun and excitement as they raised money to help build homes for five wounded warriors and their families in Denver, NC. The proceeds will be used for the homes being built by five local charities and you can learn more about each of them at www.555Charity.org. The event provided heavy hors d'oevres, drinks, and gambling fun and all for a great cause. Hosted by Military Family Lifestyle Charitable Foundation. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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LKN Chamber Business After Hours and Ribbon Cutting

The Lake Norman Chamber held it's monthly Business After Hours at Port City Club. Port City provided incredible appetizers prepared by Lake Norman’s well known and very talented Chef Tim Schafer. The members mixed and mingled throughout the dining area, bar, outdoor patio, and what they call "The Beach"... Sand, Fine Outdoor Furniture, and palm trees overlooking the lake. Needless to say - everyone was smiling. Thanks to Port City and Congrats on their Official Ribbon Cutting. Photos by Nate.

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Lake Norman Chamber Business Expo 2014

The Lake Norman Chamber held their annual Business Expo at Davidson College Baker Sports complex. Local businesses came and set up booths to display their services to the community. Lake Norman Publications (Huntersville Herald, Mooresville Weekly, and Denver Weekly) had a booth there promoting our weekly print publications and our NEW "Social for Local" digital marketing platform that allows Businesses to connect with consumers just like Facebook helps people connect to people. Contact us for information about how we can help introduce your business and keep your existing business top of mind - both through print and our unique "Social for Local" digital platform.

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1st Annual Rhythm and Brews for Pats Place

Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center held their 1st Annual Rhythm & Brews Fundraiser, at The Pearl in Cornelius, on March 1, 2014 and raised over $49,000!  The event featured local craft beers and live music from the Charlotte based band, the Holdouts. The high energy evening was emceed by local radio and television host Ramona Holloway. Gourmet treats were prepared and generously subsidized by Armin’s Catering. Funds raised at the event will go toward services to assist children and families affected by sexual abuse. For more information on how you can become involved with this great cause visit:  www.patsplaceac.org - Photos by Dana Pianowski.

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An Evening with the Beatles to benefit Musical Minds

Rachael Dyl, a senior at Cannon School is hosted “An Evening with the Beatles,” at River Run Country Club to benefit Musical Minds. The evening featured music from jazz to classical and was performed by local and international performers. Food, drinks, a live auction and local art were all part of the event. Rachael’s goal is to give kids in the area the opportunity to have music affect their lives by providing structure, focus and freedom of expression. For information about how you can help, visit www.musicalmindsnc.org - Photos by Dana Pianowski.

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Davidson clinched the Southern Conference Season Title

DAVIDSON - Davidson College men squared off against the UNC Greensboro Spartans and with a dominant 79-46 win. The victory was the 11th straight for the Wildcats (18-11, 14-1) and clinched the outright Southern Conference regular season title - their 23rd overall and third straight. Davidson hit 50 percent of its field goal attempts, with 9 of 16 from behind the 3 point line. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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Lake Norman Conservatives Meet at Fox n Hound Birkdale

The Lake Norman Conservatives met at Fox and Hound in Birkdale. The group has interesting speakers and help others to learn about issues impacting our region, state and nation. This particular meeting featured Karen & Billy Vaughn. They discussed Extortion 17 and are parents of the late Aaron Vaughn, a Navy Seal who died in the plane crash while on a mission coded Extortion 17. Photos by Dana Pianowski.

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Long night for the Knights - Womens Varsity Basketball

The basketball season came to a shocking end for the Lake Norman Charter girls’ team. The Knights, top seeded among 32 teams in the N.C. 1A Western region, was upset 55-53 by Lexington (a No. 17 seed) in a second-round playoff game Feb. 26 in Huntersville. Lake Norman Charter finished with a 26-2 record and had its 24-game winning streak snapped. The Knights led 53-49, but were outscored 6-0 in the final two minutes. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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1st Annual Celebrities and Strikes Bowling Fundraiser

Wendy's is hosted their 1st Annual "Celebrities and Strikes" Bowling Fundraiser at Strike City located in the EpiCentre Charlotte. All proceeds benefit The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Each bowling team was paired with a local celebrity. This family friendly fundraiser included a bowling tournament, corn hole tournament, DJ Bryon, live music by Aswan North “Lead singer of Paper Tongues”, celebrity autograph sessions, balloon artist for the kids, and a huge silent auction. A GREAT event. Photos by Courtney Parlier.

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Hopewell and North Meck win MECKA 4A tournament titles

HUNTERSVILLE – The Hopewell High girls’ basketball team and North Mecklenburg High boys’ team won championships at the MECKA 4A conference tournament Feb. 21 at Hopewell High. Hopewell beat North Mecklenburg 56-46 in the girls’ title game. The Titans (22-4) were led by Mariah Washington’s 10 points. Taneesha Schott and Rhema Francis scored eight each. Dynasty Heyward led North Mecklenburg (17-10) with 19 points. North Meck won the boys’ title by beating top-seed Hough 55-52 in the championship game. Quay Collins and Taj Middleton scored 12 points each for the Vikings (22-4), Kendall Coles scored 10 and C.J. Bryce added nine points. Luke Maye had a game-high 19 points for Hough (21-5). Photos by Dana Pianowski.

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Beach Bash for Big Day at the Lake Kick-Off

Big Day at the Lake - Sponsored by Duke Energy - Kick Off event was held at Harvey's Bar and Grille in Cornelius.  A huge turn out as always with lots of familiar friendly faces.  Stay tuned - Big Day still has a celebrity bartending event, and a lake cruise, prior to the actual day on the water with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters.  For more information contact netbiztoday@gmail.com.  Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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Patriots won by spreading out the scoring

DAVIDSON - Davidson Days balanced scoring keyed a 78-68 victory against visiting Forsyth Country Day in a boys' basketball game Feb 7th.  Three Patriots - Jermaine Blackmon, Blake Scherrman and Kendon McLaurnin - scored 15 points each.  Johnny McLean scored 13 and Kenny Hairston added 11.  Davidson Day's 78 points were the most it scored in the past 13 games.  The Patriots improved to 14-8.  Forsythe Country Day slipped to 19-12.   Photos by Courtney Parlier.

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2014 ESPN Winter X-Games in Aspen Colorado

Local Sports photographers, Serge Skiba and Pete Dixon, flew out to Aspen to document the festivities of the ESPN 2014 Winter X-Games. Charlotte bid to get the Summer X Games here, but we lost the bid to Austin, TX. We wanted to show ESPN that how much we want them to come to Charlotte so we documented the athletes, the fans, and the event overall. Special thanks to ESPN for the Credentials and thanks to Serge and Pete for the great photos. For more information about the games see our article in the Sports section.