A large crowd of demonstrators lined up at 4 p.m. May 1 along the median of the Catawba Avenue overpass at Exit 28 off Interstate 77 to protest the I-77 express lanes project that will offer motorists a way to avoid traffic by riding a toll lane. The lanes, operated by the Spanish company, Cintra, will span 26 miles from Exit 11 in Charlotte to Exit 36 in Mooresville. The protesters held signs, shouting to motorists and demanding the state do away with the managed express lanes. (Chris Tittel/Herald Weekly photos)
The annual Relay For Life of Cornelius / Huntersville took place May 1 at Bailey Road Park in Cornelius. The event helps people celebrate cancer survivors, remember those who have died and raise money for the American Cancer Society and its programs. Initial estimates show the event raised $53,000, but people can still donate at http://relay.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY15SA?fr_id=64644&pg=entry. (Carrie C. Causey/Herald Weekly photos)
The Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival was held April 25 on the rolling green fields of Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville. Canines of all shapes, sizes and breeds walked, ran, jumped and fetched everything from rubber toys to flying discs. Some just lazed about, enjoying the free treats and company of other dogs. Several owners watched their pets charge down a portable dock, leap 25 feet in the air, land in an above-ground swimming pool and climb out only to do it all over again. Dogs competed for top honors in several competitions, including smallest dog, largest dog and top dog. There was even an owner-pet look-alike contest. Purina, Harris Teeter, Historic Rural Hill and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation sponsored the festival. (Courtesy of Sarah Gillie and Chris Tittel)
Students from Torrence Creek Elementary School have been preparing for Huntersville's annual arts and music festival, Hello Huntersville, May 9. Fourth and fifth grade students painted words, such as "love" and "freedom", with yellow and purple paint on a white canvas. The Quarter Notes choir practiced a Beatles classic, "Let It Be". The posters will be showcased during the event as the students perform.
ReCommunity Recycling, located in Charlotte, is Mecklenburg County's recycling facility, recycling and reusing day-to-day materials collected from Davidson and other Lake Norman areas. The center has about 10,000 people visit every year for tours where guests are enlightened on the benefits of recycling. The main lobby houses art work, benches and even a chandelier made of recyclable materials. (Courtesy of Sarah Gillie)
The Interiorities: A Decade of Inevitable Forms is a solo exhibition of sculptural works by Cort Savage, professor of art at Davidson College. The exhibition is on view in the Van Every Gallery from March 12 through April 12. Savage gave a short gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. during the opening reception March 12. Savage uses 3D printing in the sculpture lab and creates mixed-media kinetic sculptures and rubber-band based sculptures. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Gillie)
Lake Norman Publications announced its boys and girls basketball Players of the Year for each of our three weekly papers. Hough High's Luke Maye and Davidson Day’s Maya Caldwell earned the Herald Weekly honors, East Lincoln’s Sage Surratt and Destiny Johnson are the Denver Weekly award winners and Lake Norman High's Hunter Seacat and Allie VanSant are the Mooresville Weekly recipients. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Gillie)
Torrence Creek Elementary School celebrated its10-year anniversary March 20. Students, their families and staff enjoyed dessert as they honored the 17 staff members who had been at the school since its beginning. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Gillie)
Hough High School's Future Business Leaders of America Club and JROTIC hosted their second annual Career Day event March 18 in the school's gymnasium. Professionals from the community shared their career/occupation experience with Hough students. Some of the local businesses that participated were Wells Fargo, CMPD, Duke Energy, CMS, AT&T, Charlotte Living and The Herald Weekly. Representatives from these companies helped prepare students for the professional world by giving them firsthand knowledge about different career paths. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Gillie)
The Galway Hooker held its 2015 St. Patrick's Day "kegs & eggs" festival at 8 a.m. March 17. Guests enjoyed great drink specials, music in the pub, lots of delicious food and family fun. A portion of the proceeds benefit Ace & TJ's Grin Kids charity organization. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Gillie)
Premier Sotheby’s International Realty celebrated its entry into the Lake Norman real estate market March 12 at 19825 North Cove Road. Sotheby’s is the latest international realty firm to promote luxury living at Lake Norman. The company, associated with the storied auction house, has recruited top talent, most notably Nadine Deason. Prior to joining the firm, Deason achieved more than $266 million in closed residential real estate sales since 2005 as a sales associate. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Gillie)
Huntersville resident Dorothy Anderson and her friends knew exactly what to do on their day off from school Feb. 26. The kids ventured out to North Meck Park to sled and hang out. They worked together to build a snowman and winter palace. (Courtesy of Dorothy Anderson)
Local resident, Michael Carter, sat inside Lupie’s Cafe for lunch and greeted by a jolly server during the Feb. 17 snow/ice storm. Kids went sledding in the Vermillion Community. (Photo Courtesy of Bobby Cochran)
Visit Lake Norman Christian School for their Open House this Wednesday, February 11, from 8 am-3pm! Lake Norman Christian School is located at 251 South Street, Davidson. Details: 704-987-9811 or visit their website at www.lakenormanchristian.org.
HUNTERSVILLE – Hough High’s swimming and diving team was dominant at the MECKA 4A conference swimming meet Jan. 23 at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatic. The Huskies girls’ team won the conference title by scoring 635 points, well ahead of second-place Hopewell (336 points), Concord Robinson (277) and Mallard Creek (272). Hough’s girls won 11 of 12 events. The Hough boys’ team piled up 633 points to easily win its conference championship, followed by Robinson (300) and Mallard Creek (265.5). Hough’s boys won nine of the 12 events. (Bobby Cochran/Herald Weekly photos)
On Jan. 16, Senator Thom Tillis took the lead during the Lake Norman Chamber's Annual Awards Banquet. Staff reflected on the past year, recognized accomplishments in 2014 and looked ahead to 2015.
During the Dec. 15 Cornelius town board meeting, Republican John Bradford steps down from the Cornelius board of commissioners to take on the duties of N.C. House District 98, former seat of Thom Tillis who now stands as the Senator-elect from North Carolina. Tillis expresses his honor to be a part of the ceremony and why he is proud Bradford is filling his seat.
A great kick-off was held this past Saturday night under the beautiful lighted boat parade at the Peninsula Yacht Club's 18th Annual Lighted Boat Parade! Food, fun and prizes was enjoyed by all! (Photos courtesy of Amy Pennell)
According to Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce, the Christmas Parade is one of Belmont's greatest annual events, with thousands lining the streets to see the floats, bands and other entries. The Chamber coordinates the parade for the City of Belmont. (Bill Ward/Herald Weekly photos)
On November 8th Puppy Up! Walk Lake Norman raised over $18,000 dollars to help in ridding the world of its deadliest disease - cancer in both humans and pets. The 2 mile walk was held in Jetton Park in Cornelius. In March 2008 Luke Robison walked 2000 miles from Austin to Boston to fulfill the promise he made to his dog, Malcolm, who died from this horrible disease. The 2 Million Dogs Foundation is committed to discover the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of these cancers. Each walk educates people along the way - one dog, each mile at a time. (Photos courtesy of Amy Pennell)
Many enjoyed the fun-filled, gorgeous weekend watching over 50 hot-air balloons take flight at the 41st Carolina BalloonFest at Statesville Regional Airport! Other festivities included tethered balloon rides, children's activities, food, live music and wine from North Carolina vineyards.