County gathering thoughts on community health

Mecklenburg County Public Health is conducting a community health assessment for the entire county.

A survey where people can voice their opinions about different health issues can be found at


According to the Mecklenburg County website, the survey will take less than five minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous. The health assessment is conducted every four years and provides an overview of selected health indicators across the county as well as the health focus areas that have been prioritized as needing the greatest attention.


Blood donation opportunities slated

The American Red Cross will offer blood donation opportunities 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 18 at Payroll Plus at 19300 Statesville Road in Cornelius and 1-6 p.m. Aug. 21 at Davidson United Methodist Church at 233 S. Main St. in Davidson.

In Huntersville, there will be blood donation opportunities 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 18, 19, 25 and 26 and 2:30-7 p.m. Aug. 21 and 28 at the Huntersville Blood Donation Center, 9800 Kincey Ave., Suite 110.



Threat of explosives reported

CORNELIUS – At approximately 11:41 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 4. John Patrick Rees, 29, came to the lobby of the Cornelius Police Department to speak with officers.

Rees wanted to show officers the items he had in his car, which he claimed contained various ingredients that could cause an explosion, according to a Cornelius Police Department news release.

After further speaking with him, police contacted the FBI as a precaution.

The FBI and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s bomb squad responded to the scene. The police department, town hall and multiple businesses in the area were evacuated for safety reasons, according to the release.

The bomb squad deployed its bomb robot and some suspicious items and powders were located in Rees’ vehicle. If combined, the substances could have become potentially explosive, the release states.

CMPD took possession of the items and planned to destroy them at an undetermined time. Rees was interviewed following the incident by local and federal officials to determine if any charges were applicable. Detectives also visited his residence at Sterling Bay Lane in Cornelius and cleared the apartment of any suspicious materials, according to the release.

The investigation is ongoing.


Traffic shift postponed

HUNTERSVILLE – The traffic shift for the second phase of construction of the pedestrian culvert on Interstate 77 will now happen overnight from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11 and Saturday, Aug. 12.

The traffic shift will be in place for approximately four months.

Crews will shift traffic to the median of I-77 in both northbound and southbound directions approximately 2,000 feet. The shift will allow crews to continue work on the pedestrian culvert north of Exit 23. The culvert will provide space under I-77 for a future greenway in the area.


Flag football registration open through Aug. 13

CORNELIUS – Registration will close Sunday, Aug. 13 for the 16th season of the Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Department’s and Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department’s flag football program. 

Registration is open to boys and girls ages 4-14.

It is a non-contact league that will consist of a practice during the week and games on Saturdays.

Practices will begin Sept. 4.

Saturday games begin Sept. 9 and will include a scrimmage, six-game season through October and an end-of-season tournament play or bowl game.

The instructional division will consist of a 45-minute session that meets weekly.



Public invited to information session

CORNELIUS – The Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to an information session regarding the proposed Northern Regional Recreation Center in Cornelius.

The session will be held 6-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14 at Bailey Middle School at 11900 Bailey Road.

The session will be an opportunity for the public to learn about the regional recreation center concept, what amenities could be included and see examples of other regional recreation centers. Information on the design process, how the project will move forward and how residents will be involved will be given.

For questions contact Lee Jones, director of Capital Planning Services, by calling 980-314-1017 or by sending an email to


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