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Learn to put out a fireplace fire

Posted at 8:52am on Nov. 25, 2014

Campfire training isn’t enough to put out a fire in your home fireplace. Baking soda and sand work better than just water and stirring embers.

On the lake: Lake Norman Marine Commission OKs no-wake buoys

Posted at 12:20pm on Nov. 20, 2014

The Lake Norman Marine Commission recently approved an application from the Tweed Place Homeowners Association to install no-wake-zone buoys at the entrance to a cove off the McCrary Creek section of Lake Norman.

Finding a new home for Thanksgiving is a challenge

Posted at 6:37pm on Nov. 20, 2014

Sometimes visiting someone else’s home makes me nervous.

Everyone calls her ‘MawMaw’

Posted at 8:20am on Nov. 21, 2014

Vivian Blackmon, 86, of Cornelius still hosts family holiday celebrations. She stays busy, painting and writing poems.

Cornelius man helps Santa get to community events

Posted at 12:26pm on Nov. 12, 2014

We in Cornelius don’t have to go to a mall to see Santa.

LKN, Mountain Island Lake Covekeepers to hold first-ever joint meeting

Posted at 7:54am on Nov. 7, 2014

The Lake Norman Covekeepers environmental group will hold its first joint meeting with the Mountain Island Lake Covekeepers next week in eastern Lincoln County.

Cornelius police officer honored for ‘sustaining impact’

Posted at 12:12pm on Nov. 5, 2014

At its annual public safety luncheon in October, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce recognized Officer Jeff Heinz as the Officer of the Year for the Cornelius Police Department.

‘Help’ from kids, husband drive mom batty

Posted at 2:44pm on Oct. 28, 2014

They say that nothing brings out your inner control freak better than letting a child “help” you.

November is good for eating, not so much for planting

Posted at 9:33am on Oct. 29, 2014

This month, stay on top of basic garden chores: Clean up summer crop remains, prepare for frost, bring houseplants indoors, hoe and mulch against cool-season weeds. Band trees against cankerworms between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

Drivers, watch out for walkers on streets and parking lots

Posted at 9:50am on Oct. 30, 2014

Lots of Cornelius residents walk for exercise and to meet neighbors, heeding safety rules. But drivers are making that hazardous by not paying attention to who’s around or in front of them.

New traffic pattern in effect at Exit 28

Posted at 11:11am on Oct. 24, 2014

The new traffic pattern for the “diverging diamond” interchange over Interstate 77’s Exit 28 is now in effect, and eastbound lanes on the bridge are open.

No-wake report makes waves

Posted at 11:56am on Oct. 16, 2014

A standing-room-only crowd attended the Oct. 13 meeting of the Lake Norman Marine Commission in Mooresville, but the high interest turned out to be the result of misinformation.

Stories from the edge

Posted at 1:33pm on Oct. 8, 2014

Now that the eastbound traffic at over Interstate 77 at Exit 28 has gotten better – and it’s due to get a bit better soon westbound – several Cornelius residents wanted to share stories of what they saw or experienced in the traffic jam of the one lane.

Community gardening strong in Charlotte area; Asheville meeting planned Oct. 25

Posted at 8:39am on Oct. 9, 2014

N.C. Community Garden Partners, a statewide nonprofit, will have its popular annual community gardening conference Oct. 25 on the campus of UNCAsheville. It will offer workshops designed to strengthen community gardening skills.

Charter LNWC member receives state award

Posted at 2:43pm on Oct. 2, 2014

Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists volunteer Julie Higgie has received the Jerry L. Barrows Osprey Award from the N.C. Wildlife Federation.

Fall is time for the bizarre bazaars

Posted at 11:29am on Oct. 2, 2014

Something about yard sales makes us go a little nuts.

Cornelius launches text-to-911 capability

Posted at 2:17pm on Oct. 1, 2014

The Cornelius 911 Center recently added text-to-911 capability, helping to modernize the emergency calling system. This service is available if you have Verizon, Sprint or AT&T Wireless phone service.

Commentary: Century-old oak tree cut down to make way for I-485

Posted at 11:39am on Oct. 1, 2014

A stately willow oak, probably 125 years old, stood in the way of access roads to the final section of Interstate 485. Even the men whose chainsaws did the work felt bad that they had to take it down.

Lake Norman Marine Commission changes charter-boat inspection regulations

Posted at 2:49pm on Sep. 19, 2014

The Lake Norman Marine Commission approved more-stringent requirements for gasoline-powered charter vessels, as well as modifying requirements for navigational aids, at its Sept. 8 meeting.

Cornelius to update parks master plan

Posted at 12:37pm on Sep. 17, 2014

The Cornelius PARC Department is updating the town’s almost-10-year-old comprehensive master plan for parks and greenways. A workshop will be at the Cornelius Town Hall from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 9.

Mom bought LKN retirement house without telling dad

Posted at 8:34am on Sep. 10, 2014

Marie Alexander loved the lake so much that she saved her elder care earnings and bought her dream retirement home there.

Tickets still available for LNWC Oyster & Shrimp Fest

Posted at 10:19am on Sep. 4, 2014

This year’s Oyster & Shrimp Fest will be held Sept. 20 at the Langtree of Lake Norman complex, located on Langtree Road in southern Iredell County.

Season’s end approaches; it’s too darn hot

Posted at 12:05pm on Sep. 3, 2014

It’s time to prepare your gardens for the new plants you’ll set out next month, to shop for bulbs you’ll be planting in October; and to plant leafy greens that can mature in around 50 days.

Learn about Ramsey Creek Park swimming beach

Posted at 8:26am on Aug. 27, 2014

A meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at the town hall will have information about a proposed swim beach at Ramsey Creek Park. Those attending will be able to review the proposed design and ask questions of staff and consultants.

Gardening: Final harvest for Organic Gardening magazine

Posted at 10:48am on Aug. 27, 2014

At the beginning of 2015, after 72 years, Organic Gardening magazine will cease publication. Rodale Inc., Organic Gardening’s publisher, says it will rebrand the magazine as Rodale’s Organic Life, offering ‘a fresh spin on food, garden, home and well-being.’

N.C. 150 bridge work on Lake Norman to start soon

Posted at 10:43am on Aug. 21, 2014

Work will involve grinding and repaving the road surface, and sandblasting, repairing and repainting the steel support structures underneath the bridge.

Southern accent: Summer vacation can be a pain in the neck

Posted at 3:52pm on Aug. 12, 2014

I may not want to browse the school-supply aisles at Walmart just yet, but I do feel a bit like lying down.

Quilt says goodbye to leader of senior program

Posted at 8:56am on Aug. 13, 2014

A participant in the Lake Norman YMCA’s OWLS program – “older, wiser, living stronger” – handed out small rectangles of fabric to other members to sign with permanent markers. Then she stitched them together in a goodbye signature quilt to the departing program coordinator.

Fishing with Gus: Find the bait; bass will be nearby

Posted at 3:31pm on Aug. 12, 2014

Big bass will eat insects, larvae, snakes, worms, frogs, crayfish, grass shrimp, rodents, baby ducks and even their own offspring, as well as bream, crappie and white perch.

Second LKN SEAL Swim raises $57,000

Posted at 9:42am on Aug. 8, 2014

Three former SEALs complete 12.5-mile course to raise money for veterans