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Posted: Friday, Dec. 30, 2011

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Lake Norman Magazine Editor Sam Boykin

Sam Boykin has been covering the Lake Norman area for the past seven years, as a freelance writer and now as editor of Lake Norman Magazine. He's lived in Mooresville since 2007. Reach him at LNMag@lakenormanmagazine.com.

While a cub reporter for a Charlotte-area newspaper, I was sent on assignment to investigate a story in Mooresville. Despite the fact that I had lived in Charlotte for nearly a decade, I rarely ventured to Lake Norman. As I headed north on the interstate I wondered who would choose to live so far away from all the action and amenities in Charlotte.

Boy, have times changed.

Lake Norman has long since shed its sleepy image and is now a vital and thriving place to work, live and play, all of which makes me that much more excited to be the new editor of this magazine. For 29 years, Lake Norman Magazine has brought readers the best stories of this one-of-a-kind destination. I plan to continue that tradition just as my predecessor, Leigh Dyer, did before me.

I’ve worked as a reporter and editor in the Charlotte area since 1997, and over the years have written for dozens of local and national publications, including The Charlotte Observer and its various magazines. For the past seven years, I’ve been writing for Lake Norman Magazine.

Despite the fact that I was a bit slow in discovering the charms of Lake Norman, when looking for a place to settle down and start a family my wife and I chose Mooresville, where we’ve lived since 2007.

It’s fitting that I’m starting my job in January, as it’s a time associated with change and trying new things. In that spirit, I’d like to wish everyone a happy New Year’s, and invite you to read the first issue of 2012, which is dedicated to reinvention and tips on how to have the best year possible.

In the coming months, look for a great mix of fun and entertaining stories about the people, places and lifestyles of Lake Norman, as well as compelling, thought-provoking stories you won’t find anywhere else. And if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email.

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