Shopping plaza lures people to Exit 33

by Justin VickMOORESVILLE – Matthew Johnson not only performs oral and reconstructive surgery on the third floor of Mount Mourne Springs, but he also owns the plaza.Johnson arrived in Mooresville from Miami in 1999 open a medical practice, but he envisioned southern Bavarian communities when he developed the concept for Mount Mourne Springs off Interstate 77’s Exit 33.Having lived in […]

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

by Ryan HillTwo things are clear in the opening minutes of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” First, Michael Bay, Shia LaBeouf & co. are trying their best to make amends for the franchise’s previous installment, the putrid, unforgivable “Revenge of the Fallen.” Second, the 3-D in this movie is, unlike most other movies, good.Director Michael Bay worked closely with James […]

Athletic fees go up after budget approval

By Josh CarpenterMOORESVILLE – Annual fees for several recreational sports in Mooresville will increase after town commissioners approved the 2012 budget June 20.The Mooresville Recreation Department will increase fees from $30 to $40 for the following sports: youth baseball, basketball and girls softball, wrestling, flag football, swim team, talons and individual swim lessons. Fees also will increase for adult gym […]

Obituaries for July 1

James E. Seacord Jr.DENVER – James E. Seacord Jr., 87, of Denver, died June 23, 2011 at his home. Born Dec. 18, 1923 in Charlotte, Mr. Seacord graduated from high school in Greenville S.C. and spent two years at Clemson University before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Force. He was a 2nd Lieutenant B-24 Liberator pilot of the 801st/ […]

Bed and breakfast to reopen after 3-year absence

By Erin OdomWhen Harold and Rusty Hansen moved to Mooresville in 1982, they took their time finding a house.Interest rates were as high as 20 percent Harold said, so the couple stayed in a hotel for three months and rented an apartment for six. But their house hunting paid off when they discovered Oak Ridge Farm nestled among a wooded […]

Making dreams come true with a checkered flag

By Christina CantelmiMichael Burnette was ecstatic when he took his victory lap in the pace car at Concord Speedway.“He was yelling, ‘I won, I won!’ from his wheel chair at the end of the race,” his mother, Wendy Burnette, said. “He was so happy with his trophy.” Sue Ziegler made this possible.She runs an organization called Checkered Dreams with her […]

What nursing means to me

By Jill LazinaEditor’s note: Lake Norman Regional Medical Center sponsored an essay contest in May as part of National Nurses Week. The hospital awarded winner Jill Lazina $1,500 to attend a national conference.What does trust mean to me as a nurse? It means that my patients trust me to treat them as I, or one of my family members, would […]

County investigating bullet damage to Denver rescue boat

Shot apparently fired in residential areaby Courtney PriceDENVER – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Denver Fire Department are looking for more information after its rescue boat was shot with a high-powered gun. Crews noticed the bullet hole in the motor during a routine inspection June 24. Denver Fire Department Public Information Officer Dion Burleson estimated the damage at $1,200. […]

Schiele explores life below ground

by Tori HambyGASTONIA – For a spelunking adventure without a trip to the mountains, head over The Schiele Museum. CAVES, the museum’s newest exhibit, which opened June 18 and will remain until Dec. 31, takes visitors deep into a series of winding, subterranean caves where they will come face-to-face with bats, rattlesnakes and a feisty pair of baby bobcats. According […]

Denver Weekly’s 2011 Softball player of the year

by Aaron BurnsPractice helps Kenley catch on quicklySarah Kenley began playing softball when she was 5. But back them, she didn’t like to catch people’s throws. Instead, she’d ask them to roll the ball to her. A little more than a decade later, what Kenley once disliked about the sport – catching – has become her favorite aspect. It’s also […]