Catholic school to open in summer

The Charlotte area's second Catholic high school is scheduled to open this summer in a building at 753 Oak Ridge Farm Highway (N.C. 150 East), but the location will be only temporary.

Officials with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte said they expect to begin construction this fall on a permanent building on 95 acres annexed recently by Kannapolis in Cabarrus County.

The site is on N.C. 73 near Poplar Tent Road, just east of Huntersville near the county line.

Christ the King High School will open with 45 to 50 students, six teachers, a full-time information technology worker, an administrative assistant and principal Dan Dolan, who has been the school's project developer.

The school will open in a building beside Curlin Commons, a diocesan-sponsored senior living community named for Charlotte Bishop Emeritus William Curlin.

The building was originally designed as a school, so needed improvements will be cosmetic, Dolan told the Catholic News Herald, the diocesan newspaper, in a May 20 article. The school mascot will be the Crusaders, and the school colors will be royal blue and silver.

The school will offer honors courses for freshmen. It will require logic as a freshman course, and students will have the option to progress to advanced logic and debate courses, Dolan said. Science courses will begin with physics, then chemistry, with biology in 11th grade, he said.

Two digital courses also will be offered this fall, and each student will receive a laptop computer, Dolan said.

School hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. weekdays, beginning Aug. 24.

Applications for ninth- and 10th-grades are at

Details: Dolan at 704-370-3355;

Widening of West Catawba Avenue could come sooner

The town is having preliminary discussions with the N.C. Department of Transportation about moving up the widening of West Catawba Avenue from Jetton Road to Sam Furr Road by several years, Mayor Jeff Tarte said.

The state isn't planning to widen that stretch for at least seven years, but Cornelius could advance money to DOT to begin the widening sooner than that, in several years, Tarte said in an email newsletter last week.

When state money becomes available for the widening, the town would be reimbursed with interest, Tarte said.

"This would be a significant financing venture for the town, as phase II is a multimillion dollar project," Tarte said. "The transportation benefits of accelerating the widening of the remainder of West Catawba Avenue will have to be weighed against the proposed financing structure."

The state has completed West Catawba Avenue's phase I widening from Interstate 77 Exit 28 to Jetton Road.

Tarte said he welcomes input on the financing proposal for phase II. Email him at

Urgent care center opening in Huntersville

Carolinas HealthCare held an open house last week at its newest urgent care center - Carolinas HealthCare Urgent Care-Huntersville.

Physicians, physician assistants and nurses staff the center, which is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily at 12905 Rosedale Hill Ave., near Gilead Road and Interstate 77 Exit 23.

Patients can be treated for sore throats, earaches, bronchitis, colds, flu, minor cuts, burns, strains and sprains, said Kevin McCarthy, spokesman for Carolinas HealthCare System.

The staff also will perform physicals for schools, worksites and camps and will help find a primary care doctor for patients without one.

Sidewalk coming to Iredell Avenue

A Charlotte contractor is scheduled to install a sidewalk by July 1 along one side of Iredell Avenue, from the Mooresville Police Department at N.C. 150 to Mitchell Community College's Mooresville campus on North Academy Street.

The Mooresville Board of Commissioners voted unanimously May 16 to award a contract of up to $181,709 for the work to low bidder W.M. Warr & Son Inc. of Charlotte.

Boat engine builder celebrates milestone

Ilmor Marine LLC, 186 Penske Way in Mooresville Business Park, celebrated the production of its 1,000th boat engine Thursday.

The company is the No. 1 engine supplier of MasterCraft boats.

Cabbage research will be based in Kannapolis

Researchers at the North Carolina Research Campus hope to develop new and improved cabbage varieties for N.C. growers after receiving an extensive cabbage germplasm recently. That's the part of the cabbage's cell that contains its genes. Monsanto Co. gifted the collection to N.C. State University, whose Plants for Human Health Institute is based at the campus and will conduct the research.