Lake Norman & Mooresville

Cornelius police officer honored for ‘sustaining impact’

At its annual public safety luncheon in October, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce recognized Police Officer Jeff Heinz as the Officer of the Year for the Cornelius Police Department.

Heinz has served Cornelius since 2009; before that, he worked at Davidson College. He currently works as a field training officer in the patrol division. In the past year, he made more than 50 arrests and also has served as a mentor to other officers in the department.

The Cornelius Police Department was proud to nominate Heinz, according a statement from the department, for “his sustaining impact on the quality of life in Cornelius through his individual, and often very dangerous, effort in the direct and sustained intervention of criminal activity.”

Dogs in vests

The Cornelius Police Department’s two K-9s, Britt and Dag, will be getting ballistic vests.

Working nationwide to raise money with Groupon, an online site that sells discounted gift certificates, Vested Interest in K9s Inc. will provide the protective body armor to more than 350 law enforcement dogs.

The vests will be embroidered to honor Pittsburgh police department K-9 Rocco, who died this year in the line of duty.

Vested Interest in K9s Inc. is still accepting donations at or at P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.

Free document shredding

From 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 15, professional document destruction companies will be at all four Mecklenburg County full-service recycling drop-off centers to provide free shredding of personal, residential household paper documents.

You’re limited to the equivalent of three banker boxes or three 13-gallon plastic bags worth of paper.

The closest center to Cornelius is the North Mecklenburg Recycling Center and Yard Waste at 12300 N. Statesville Road.

Go to or dial 311 for more information.

Leaf collection

From November through January, the town of Cornelius provides streetside leaf vacuuming services. Place your piles of leaves at the curb, and make sure you have no branches in the leaf pile.

For more information, go to and search for “leaf collection.”

Tree lighting

Save the date of Nov. 29. From 4 to 6 p.m. that day, head to the lawn at the town hall for the third annual Light Up Cornelius event.

The actual tree lighting ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. Other activities planned include a visit from Santa, carriage rides, arts and crafts, and entertainment.

Roll tide

Congratulations to one of my former students, James Craig Mundy Jr., who has been accepted to and plans to attend my alma mater, the University of Alabama.

Craig, 17, is excited to enroll and be part of the ROTC program at Alabama.

“I’ve really wanted to go there for as long as I can remember,” he said.

Craig, who plans to major in political science, is the son of James and Margaret Mundy. They all live in Mooresville.