Firing range to open

Lake Norman Sporting Arms and Range - an indoor, partially solar-powered shooting range - will open in late October on Bailey Road.

"The Range at Lake Norman is proud to be doing its part to lessen our impact on the environment," managing director Tricia Sisson said in announcing plans for the solar array.

The range's ownership group said it selected Tecta America Carolinas to provide phase one of the Range at Lake Norman's rooftop solar array.

The range, meanwhile, committed to being a limited-lead firearms facility by partnering with ammunition manufacturers that will provide it with lead-free ammo, she said.

The ownership group also has designed its building in a way that reduces runoff through an extensive rain garden and bi-retention pond, Sisson said.

Sisson's husband, Brian, is a former Huntersville commissioner who is the range's director.

The ownership group includes operations director Trish Stukbauer and her husband, David, the range's retail director.

Details: 704-895-3155;;

Hospice house complete

Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley will celebrate the opening of its Sherrills Ford Hospice House with an open house and tours from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday at the six-bed home at 7473 Sherrills Ford Road.

Construction of the 15,100-square-foot facility and clinical site began in August 2010. It is the closest inpatient hospice for residents of the Sherrills Ford, Mooresville-South Iredell and Denver-East Lincoln County, said Dr. James Ross, hospice board chairman.

The facility houses a facility team and a home care team, and a local doctors' group is providing coverage for the facility.

Details: 828-466-0466.

Facelift begins at Ellis

Ellis Jewelers, 29 Union St. S., broke ground recently on an extensive renovation project to improve the store's exterior.

Ellis Jewelers has been a downtown mainstay since 1953. Owner Dan Levinson said he wanted to display his commitment to the community by renovating the storefront for the first time.

Levinson partnered with designer Ruth Mellergaard of GRID 3 International, an award-winning architecture firm based in New York that specializes in retail design and renovation.

Among changes on the way: restoration of the original brickwork, new tile, a new awning and larger display windows, which will allow for better visibility into the store, Levinson said.

He said he worked with local contractor David McClellan and New Level Design Build Group. The work is expected to be done by late October.

Gifts catalogue available

The Mooresville Beautification Commission has produced a Community Gift Catalogue enabling residents to give gifts such as a bench, tree or hanging basket to honor, remember or celebrate a special person or occasion.

Wrought iron "memorial benches" are available for purchase to remember a friend or relative. The bench site is chosen by the donor in collaboration with the town's public works director to ensure compliance with zoning.

Cost of the bench is $1,200 and includes commemorative plaque, installation and maintenance for the life of the bench.

Pre-selected species of trees are available for $250 per tree.

Also, the commission has an approved list of additional items, such as ground planters and hanging baskets.

Details:; or call Irene Mann at 704-662-3191.