The town recently installed three high-definition cameras at the town-owned North Main Park and two at its Bellingham Park to enable live streaming of games and provide more security, Recreation Director Wanda McKenzie said.
Workers also installed a 360-degree panoramic camera at Bellingham Park with online user controls.
The cameras also allow family members and friends the ability to watch their children or grandchildren play sports, even if they can't attend games in person.
"We have already received appreciative comments from grandparents who live out of state," McKenzie said.
View all the cameras at parks.mooresville.nc.us.
The town also recently installed wireless networks at both parks. Mooresville already offered wireless services at the Mooresville Public Library, Charles Mack Citizen Center, War Memorial Building, Winnie Hooper Center and Town Hall, said Jeff Brotherton, the town's information technology manager.
Brotherton said the town intends to bring more parks online in the next few months.
"With download speeds of up to 25 mega bites, we hope to give citizens a glimpse of what fiber optics and large bandwidth will bring to our community," he said.
Having wireless services in the town's parks allows children to complete homework while waiting on a scheduled game or allows a parent to stay connected, if needed, to work while still watching their child play, Interim Town Manager Erskine Smith said.
Construction of firing range to begin soon
CORNELIUS Construction is scheduled to begin this week on the Range at Lake Norman, a planned indoor firing range and self-defense training center at 10913 Bailey Road.
The range's ownership group, Lake Norman Sporting Arms and Range Inc., closed on the 1.81-acre parcel Jan. 25.
The group entered a contract with general contractor Murray Construction of Monroe on Feb. 3 and has arranged financing through Blue Harbor Bank of Mooresville and a Small Business Administration loan.
Construction is expected to be finished by fall.
Partners in the Range at Lake Norman include former Huntersville town commissioner Brian Sisson and his wife, Tricia Sisson, and David and Trish Stukbauer, owners of Lake Norman Sporting Arms in Cornelius.
Cabarrus earns farm stewardship award
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has recognized Cabarrus County as a model county and named it Institution of the Year for its innovative approaches to encouraging sustainable agriculture.
The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners implemented policies to curb water and energy use and improve air quality, the association noted..
The board also committed to develop a local sustainable food system, including through a farm incubator program, establishing a food policy council and supporting a livestock processing facility.
Housing group gets $10,000 donation
MOORESVILLE The Bank of America Foundation has donated $10,000 to the nonprofit Community Housing Development Corp. of Mooresville/South Iredell to help the agency gain national green certification for affordable homes in its Burke Dale subdivision.
The new subdivision is near downtown Mooresville. One of the homes closed in December, and one is for sale at $119,900, said Nydia Ferral, executive director of the housing development corporation.
The homes include renewable materials and energy- and water-efficient features, she said.
The donation also helped pay for homeowner education classes that included how to better maintain a home to increase efficiency and longevity.
Details: 704-799-7641 ext. 22.
Goolsby wins national award
CORNELIUS Nicole Goolsby, president of Rion Homes Inc. in Cornelius, has been named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders' Professional Women in Building Council.
Goolsby has been involved with the association for 15 years and has served on various committees and boards of the national, state and Lake Norman home builders associations. In 2006, she was elected chair of the NAHB Professional Women in Building Council. She also is president of the Lake Norman Home Builders Association.
She was named Woman of the Year at the NAHB International Builders' Show Jan. 12 in Orlando, Fla. The association also recognized her as a life director for her 10 years on its board of directors.