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Lake Norman towns making progress with county property tax revaluation refunds

Posted at 1:39pm on Jul. 24, 2014

Lake Norman residents who qualified for a tax refund following the state-mandated property revaluation could see their checks in the coming weeks and months, if they haven’t already. Homeowners whose properties were overvalued during the 2011 property tax revaluation will be refunded, with interest, following a bill signed by Gov. Pat McCrory last July and later approved by the state’s General Assembly.

Statesville Man honors fallen soldiers

Posted at 9:51am on Jul. 23, 2014

Faded photographs of men of all ages, some dressed in uniform, line a hall at Signal Hill Mall in Statesville. They are the work of one man who has made it his mission to honor and support veterans from Iredell County.

Cornelius girl, 12,excels at gymnastics

Posted at 3:02pm on Jul. 15, 2014

At the 2014 Junior Olympic USA Gymnastics Eastern Nationals Competition, 12-year-old Kinsey Davis, daughter of Kevin and Elizabeth Davis, won the gold medal for the uneven bars, balance beam, and the all-around title. This competition is the highest for Level 9 gymnasts in the United States. Because of her wins, later this summer, Kinsey will attend the Region 8 All Star Camp in Las Vegas. Kinsey is one of six top Level 9 and Level 10 gymnasts at Nationals from Region 8 invited.

Religion news

Posted at 3:15pm on Jul. 17, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

Videos by Iredell County veterans tell the stories of hometown heroes

Posted at 3:35pm on Jul. 15, 2014

Tommy Rieman speaks calmly and matter-of-factly about his life’s extreme highs and lows since he deployed to Iraq as a 21-year-old in 2003.

Faith focus: Charlotte woman mixing marketplace and ministry

Posted at 10:00am on Jul. 16, 2014

This month, Marisa Sellman opened the second location of The Marketplace, a Christian fair-trade store that sells internationally made products, in Cornelius.

Huntersville vote; new road, could bring industrial park growth

Posted at 1:45pm on Jul. 17, 2014

A recent vote by Huntersville’s town board could help make a Lake Norman industrial park more attractive to potential tenants by allowing it to more quickly adjust to market demands.

Troutman agrees to hold ABC vote Nov. 4

Posted at 4:20pm on Jul. 15, 2014

Troutman voters will decide Nov. 4 whether to allow an ABC store to operate in the town. By a 4-1 vote, the Troutman Town Board voted July 10 to hold the special referendum. There is no ABC store in Troutman, so when residents want to buy liquor, they must either travel north to Statesville or south to Mooresville.

Church provides summer meal program

Posted at 2:58pm on Jul. 17, 2014

The Cove Church in Mooresville has officially gone bananas. And they couldn’t be happier about it.

Seminar to teach public speaking to youngsters

Posted at 3:51pm on Jul. 8, 2014

Youth Summit 2014 provides an opportunity for area youngsters to learn about communication, leadership, self-esteem and problem-solving skills.

Friends put out flocks of pink, plastic flamingos to help Huntersville woman Jill Sauer fight breast cancer

Posted at 10:52am on Jul. 9, 2014

Jill Sauer’s friends chose flamingo-flocking fundraiser to help her because the birds are pink – a color that represents breast-cancer awareness.

BFFs nurture long friendship from a distance

Posted at 3:47pm on Jul. 10, 2014

When one of two best friends moved away, the girls stayed in close touch through modern electronics, and they’re always there for each other.

Religion news

Posted at 2:57pm on Jul. 8, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

Barnstock rocks out for 6th year

Posted at 1:21pm on Jul. 14, 2014

This is the sixth year for Miles Brown’s philanthropic music festival, Barnstock, which will be held July 19.

Community

Posted at 2:38pm on Jul. 9, 2014

Decker visits Lake Norman: North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker will visit Lake Norman 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. July 14 at the Pearl Event Center, 19501 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

City to begin paving roads

Posted at 10:06am on Jul. 9, 2014

A $505,275 road improvement project to pave or repave parts of 25 streets will begin this month in Statesville.

Lake Norman nonprofit lets all kids try board sports

Posted at 9:12am on Jul. 9, 2014

Carter Cornelius created a nonprofit organization, Liquid Movement, to help local children learn board sports

Summer reading program is a page-turner in Mooresville

Posted at 12:08pm on Jul. 8, 2014

Excited children kicked off the summer reading program at the Mooresville Public Library on June 14.

Therapists use horses at Mooresville farm program

Posted at 4:01pm on Jun. 26, 2014

Mooresville resident Stephanie Pennell, 42, knew from an early age that she wanted to work with troubled youth struggling with issues of substance abuse. But she also had a strong desire to work with animals.

School news

Posted at 4:09pm on Jul. 2, 2014

Staff appointments: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education approved Brian Schultz as the new chief academic officer and Akeshia Craven-Howell as the new assistant superintendent of school options, innovation and design at its June 24 meeting. Schultz has held the executive director position for both the Northeast Learning Community and Central Secondary Zone for the past two years. He was a principal at Torrence Creek Elementary 2011-2013. Craven-Howell joined Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 2013 as the executive director of transformation. Previously, she was with Chicago Public Schools in the Pathways to College and Career program. These new positions are cost neutral. They are being funded with redirected money.

Religion news

Posted at 3:42pm on Jun. 30, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

Religion news

Posted at 3:52pm on Jun. 30, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

Columbia mayor regrets Florida strip club trip

Posted at 8:36pm on Jul. 4, 2014

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said he regrets going on a trip that included a visit to a Florida strip club with a business partner, Jonathan Pinson, who has been convicted on felony racketeering charges.

Prayer restored at board meetings

Posted at 11:00am on Jul. 2, 2014

On the heels of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the use of prayer at public meetings, the Troutman Board of Aldermen has decided to resume the practice.

Religion news

Posted at 8:34am on Jul. 1, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

Iredell man charged in sale of others’ boats

Posted at 12:47pm on Jul. 2, 2014

Seth Bloom, 23, owner of Monster Marine in Mooresville, was arrested Monday and charged with four counts each of obtaining property by false pretense and conversion by bailee.

University City, Huntersville among nation’s most moved-into ZIP codes

Posted at 12:35pm on Jul. 2, 2014

ZIP codes within Huntersville and University City were among the top 20 most “moved-into” areas in the United States during May, and local officials say that isn’t a surprise.

NASCAR educator judges national competition

Posted at 12:54pm on Jul. 1, 2014

John Holly, education manager at NASCAR Tech, represented N.C. as a judge in the enormous SkillsUSA national championships with experience from state and regional competitions, including one he organized himself.

Little Helpers Mooresville members sell lemonade for children’s hospital

Posted at 3:44pm on Jul. 1, 2014

A family volunteer group called Little Helpers Mooresville set up a lemonade stand June 14 in The Point to raise money for Levine Children’s Hospital. The sale of lemonade, baked goods and paper lemons raised $588 for the hospital.

Religion news

Posted at 1:27pm on Jun. 26, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

Nonprofit’s goal: Rebuild Huntington Green

Posted at 4:46pm on Jul. 1, 2014

What started out as a group with a vision and an empty lot in Huntersville’s Huntington Green neighborhood grew into plans to revitalize and transform a community.

East Lincoln teen creates special prom for others

Posted at 8:49am on Jun. 25, 2014

When East Lincoln High School junior Johanna Moolenaar attended her first prom, the 16-year-old had a good time and a wonderful idea: Provide the prom experience for those who may never have had the opportunity and without help, never would.

Squirrels winning the bird-feeder battle

Posted at 1:32pm on Jun. 25, 2014

I recently put a bird feeder in my backyard, hoping to attract birds to watch as I sit by the window. I thought this would be a good idea. It was not.

Mooresville Y ready for July 3 celebration

Posted at 12:12pm on Jun. 24, 2014

Lowe’s YMCA July 3rd Summer Celebration

Troutman OKs hike in property tax rate

Posted at 11:07am on Jun. 24, 2014

Property taxes are going up in Troutman effective July 1 under the $4.4 million budget approved unanimously by the aldermen June 17.

Charlotte-area Independence Day celebrations

Posted at 9:32pm on Jul. 4, 2014

With the Fourth of July falling on a Friday, many of the events marking Independence Day are scheduled for a day early this year.

Weekend road closures: Catawba Avenue, Idlewild Road, Hawthorne Lane

Posted at 1:56pm on Jun. 27, 2014

The closures are the Catawba Avenue bridge over Interstate 77, Idlewild Road south of Independence Boulevard, and Hawthorne Lane in front of Presbyterian Hospital.

Community garden volunteers prepare to reap the benefits of their first harvest

Posted at 2:43pm on Jun. 25, 2014

Community garden’s bounty in Huntersville could be used to help feed the hungry, teach urban gardening

Timetable for U.S. 21/Gilead Road improvements

Posted at 10:00am on Jun. 26, 2014

Though it will likely be at least a year before any dirt is turned, improvements for the intersection of U.S. 21 and Gilead Road in Huntersville are moving closer to becoming reality.

“Under Lake Norman” project going strong

Posted at 2:26pm on Jun. 23, 2014

A project that started as a way to commemorate the formation and history of Lake Norman during its 50th anniversary last year has continued and is gaining attention beyond the region.