Lake Norman

Sirens around McGuire Nuclear Station in Huntersville will be tested at about 11:50 a.m. Wednesday.

No public action is required during the three-minute test.

Business consultant and author Timothy Daughtry will be the keynote speaker at the North Mecklenburg Republican Women's dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at NorthStone Club, 15801 Northstone Drive, Huntersville.

Admission is $20. Reservations:

Holy Smokes Ministries and Serenity House, an end-of-life care home in Mooresville, are taking orders for their Pork Loin Roast Fundraiser scheduled for noon- 2 p.m. Jan. 28.

Cost is $20 for a fully cooked and ready-to-slice roast. Precooked weight is 4-4 1/2 pounds.

Reserve a roast by Jan. 23 by calling 704-664-2004 or emailing

Taylor Day, a member of the Key Club of Lake Norman Charter School, collected paper products and gift cards as a holiday service project for Huntersville-based Hope House, a home for temporarily homeless women and their children.


The Kannapolis Fire Department will offer a free Family & Friends CPR class each month for residents interested in learning how to save a life.

Classes will be on the third Saturday of each month at Kannapolis Fire Station No. 1, 300 Firehouse Drive.

Registration: Patsy Harrison at 704-920-4265.

Representatives of nonprofit agencies that serve Cabarrus County residents can shop for free office supplies, furniture and equipment at the Cabarrus County Surplus Giveaway, 10 a.m.- noon Jan. 19 at the county warehouse, 103 Commercial Park Drive, off U.S. 29 just north of Tractor Supply Co.

Register by sending a copy of the agency's IRS Determination Letter by email attachment to; faxing it to 704-920-3277 or bringing a copy when coming to shop.

Details: 704-920-3280.

Homeowners who are elderly or disabled can apply for certain property tax exclusions effective Jan. 1.

Anyone who receives a tax exclusion and wants to continue it must verify information on the front of the property listing form and return the signed and dated form to the Cabarrus County Assessor's Office by Jan. 31.

The county offers three tax exclusions based on age or disability:

The Homestead Exclusion, which excludes from taxation the greater of $25,000 or 50 percent of the value of a permanent residence for homeowners 65 or older or totally and permanently disabled, and whose income doesn't exceed $27,100.

The Homestead Circuit Breaker Deferment, which defers some property tax on the permanent residence by limiting current year property taxes to 4 percent or 5 percent of income for homeowners who are at least 65 years old or totally and permanently disabled. Household income for 2011 must not exceed $27,100 for the 4 percent limit or $40,650 for the 5 percent limit.

The current year plus the most recent three years of deferred taxes become a lien on the residence and become due with interest when the owner transfers the residence, or the owner dies or the owner no longer uses the property as a permanent residence.

The Disabled Veteran Exclusion, which excludes the first $45,000 of value from property taxes on the permanent residence for veterans that have a permanent and total disability that is service connected or who receive benefits under 38 U.S.C. 2101. This benefit also is available to an unmarried surviving spouse of a disabled veteran.

Details or applications: 704-920-2175;