Lake Norman | Columnists

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

Lake Norman Marine Commission OKs pipeline work under the lake

Posted at 11:00am on Jul. 24, 2014

Work will begin soon to replace a section of natural gas pipeline – including a pipeline that crosses under Lake Norman – along a road between Mooresville and Troutman.

Southern accent: Katy Perry, Emily Dickinson compete for memory space

Posted at 1:59pm on Jul. 22, 2014

Part of my educational philosophy is that atmosphere is crucial. What we read, watch and listen to will become the gallery of our minds. Now Pandora is gumming up the works.

Lake Norman Charter rising senior shares love of lacrosse with family

Posted at 2:32pm on Jul. 21, 2014

Allison Bock, 16, represented Cornelius at a national lacrosse tournament this year, where her team had three wins, one loss and one tie.

Bob Park of Concord still winning races at 73

Posted at 9:02am on Jul. 16, 2014

Throughout Bob Park’s racing career, the Concord resident was known for his accomplishments in the lightweight, powerful modifieds, but this year the 73-year-old driver has shown he can pilot cars with fenders just as well.

Changes to Cornelius’ landscape explained

Posted at 9:09am on Jul. 16, 2014

Demolition happening in Magnolia Plaza to prepare for a ‘facelift,” Cornelius planning director says, and construction at Exit 28 should be finished by November.

Public hearing on proposed water quality standards set for July 16 in Statesville

Posted at 1:22pm on Jul. 10, 2014

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Massage therapist objects to ‘sexiest’ category

Posted at 2:13pm on Jul. 7, 2014

Cornelius licensed massage therapist says movoto.com ‘sexiest suburbs’ rankings confuse her profession with a much older one, as represented by shady ‘massage parlors.’

10th Big Day at Lake held this week

Posted at 10:06am on Jul. 11, 2014

When Cornelius businessman Dave Yochum came up with Big Day at the Lake, his idea was to give some underprivileged children a day of swimming and boating on Lake Norman.

Lake Norman is stocked with hardier hybrid striped bass

Posted at 11:39am on Jul. 2, 2014

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission stocked 162,500 fingerling hybrid striped bass in Lake Norman on June 23. This is the second year that hybrids, rather than striped bass, have been stocked by the state.

Grass carp help keep hydrilla under control on LKN

Posted at 11:19am on Jun. 26, 2014

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Cornelius is a ‘sexy’ suburb? Really?

Posted at 8:16am on Jun. 18, 2014

The real estate website movoto.com ranks Cornelius as the nation’s fourth-sexiest suburb, after Miami Beach, Fla., Jacksonville Beach, Fla., and Santa Monica, Calif. The site’s blog says the town “kept things classy,” ranking low on adult entertainment.

LNMC gives approval to swimming area at Ramsey Creek Park

Posted at 10:55am on Jun. 13, 2014

Marine commissioners endorse Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Dept. plan to build a half-acre beach and half-acre swimming area at the Cornelius lakeside park

Southern accent: Who decided children shouldn’t do chores?

Posted at 8:43am on Jun. 11, 2014

Kids seem to cause more chaos when they’re not doing chores, and they have plenty of time for play even if they do help around the house.

Studio-C adds to screenings, upgrades equipment in Cornelius

Posted at 9:27am on Jun. 12, 2014

This summer, Studio-C Cinema, at the Cornelius Arts Center, will expand the number of screenings to provide both a wider range of films and wider choice of dates.

Fishing with Gus: Appeal to what fish want in prey

Posted at 2:19pm on Jun. 4, 2014

To catch a fish, think like a fish; that means catch each species by luring it with bait according to how they catch their food.

Exit 28 on I-77 at Cornelius almost ready to open

Posted at 8:30am on Jun. 4, 2014

Visit Cornelius.org and click on DDI for links to see how traffic will flow once the ‘diverging diamond’ interchange at I-77 Exit 28 is completed. Bridge will be closed June 20-22 to make the switch to the new traffic pattern.

LNYC to hold annual sailing camp

Posted at 12:53pm on May. 29, 2014

The Lake Norman Yacht Club will hold its 43rd annual youth sailing camp the week of June 16-20.

Fishing with Capt. Gus: Bass anglers use ‘run and gun’ strategy

Posted at 10:52am on May. 27, 2014

Ever wonder why bass fishermen move around so much? The answer is simple: They’re attempting to catch as many fish as they can in a very short period of time. To do so, they target aggressive bass, the ones that hit as soon as the bait touches the water, and then they move on.

Hickory pastor bikes cross-country to raise awareness of human trafficking

Posted at 3:03pm on May. 28, 2014

Mark Andrews, pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, is on a summer-long bicycle ride across the country to raise awareness of human trafficking.

Cornelius couple to celebrate 70th anniversary

Posted at 11:06am on May. 28, 2014

Introduced by her brother, Russell Swank married Jeanne while he was serving in the Navy during World War II. They have three children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.