McKillop's game was a true Davidson moment

Attending the recent Davidson College basketball game against UNCCharlotte recently was a true Davidson moment.

Filling the gym, excited students and townspeople watched Brendan McKillop, a local player and the team's only senior, lead the team in scoring to help Davidson College win the coveted Hornet's Nest Trophy.

McKillop's seven 3-point shots were a thrill for all the fans with memories of Stephen Curry. Personally, I was hoping my former Cub Scout from Davidson Elementary School would be the leading scorer.

As my husband and I left the gym, we were delighted to hear the college fan section cheer, "We want Brendan! We love Brendan!" over and over after he, his dad, head coach Bob McKillop, and his older brother and assistant coach Matt McKillop had left the court, leaving only his mom to witness this love.

Local mystery published

Another Davidson resident, Stan Meihaus, just published a book called "$kip" a mystery set in and around Charlotte and Lake Norman. It is about crooked bankers, sexy criminals, fraud, deception, murder and fishing.

It is available at in e-book formats compatible with Mac, PC, Kindle and iPad for $9.99 and in paperback for $14.99.

Learn about social media

Technology is the key to the future. The Davidson Parks and Recreation Department is offering several classes to clear up confusion about Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Delicious, Flickr and YouTube.

Advance registration is required. Register at or call 704-892-3349.

All classes are $19 and will meet at the Parks and Recreation office, 416 Armour St. Lori Ives-Godwin has more than 25 years of business experience for corporate America and as a small-business owner. She will teach all the classes.

"Social Media 101 - An Overview" is an introductory class about social media and its benefits. The course will discuss what social media are and why they've become an effective way to connect with people. You can attend either 10:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 26 or 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 27.

"Facebook Basics" includes connecting with family or friends, teaches basics of security and gives tips on how to make the experience safe and fun. You can attend either 10:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 23 or 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 24.

"Facebook for Business" offers tools to highlight companies and engage customers in new ways. It will meet 10:30 a.m.-noon March 30 or 6:30-8 p.m. March 31.

"Twitter Basics" will provide hands-on training in how to set up a Twitter account and how to join in on the conversations. It will meet 10:30 a.m.-noon April 27 or 6:30-8 p.m. April 28.

"Billy Elliot: The Musical"

Davidson Parks and Recreation also will offer an adult trip to see the 2 p.m. matinee of "Billy Elliot: The Musical" on Jan. 13 at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte.

The musical is a celebration of one boy's journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising passion that inspires his family and his whole community. It's is based on the film "Billy Elliot" and features a cast of 45 and the Tony Award-winning creative team of director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling and writer Lee Hall, with music by Elton John.

The trip will leave at 12:30 p.m. and return at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75 and include a show ticket and transportation.

PTO supports public library

During its school book fair, Davidson Elementary presented a check for $4,000 to the Davidson Public Library's "Got Brick?" campaign, which was created to save the library from budget cuts.

The money was donated by the school's PTO to celebrate the students' success in a monthlong reading challenge. After each class met the goal of reading at least 100 books from Nov. 1 to Dec. 3, the PTO bought an engraved brick for each class that will be placed on a new patio outside the library.