Schools work together to improve IB diploma numbers

J.M. Alexander kicks off first year of IB programby Tori HambyA new partnership between IB programs at J.M. Alexander Middle and North Mecklenburg High schools could help more students graduate with an IB diploma, IB program administrators say.Unlike years past, when parts of the IB Middle Years Program, the International Baccalaureate Organization’s curriculum for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, was housed […]

J.D. Goodrum completes Christ the King renovations

MOORESVILLE – Cornelius-based J.D. Goodrum Co. recently completed renovations for the new Christ the King Catholic High School, the first Catholic high school in northern Mecklenburg and southern Iredell counties.Working on a tight schedule to ensure students would start the school year in their new facility, J.D. Goodrum renovated the 12,800-square-foot facility, designed by Little, in a month. Find more […]

Foundation, coalition giving out free school supplies

CHARLOTTE – Thanks to the City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood and Business Services Department, Our Foundation for Children and the NorthEast Coalition of Neighborhoods will distribute free school supplies and backpacks Aug. 20 at Theresa Clark-Elder Park.The sponsoring groups also will offer health-fair services for families that attend the event at 315 Rockwell Church Road, off Mallard Creek/Sugar Creek Road.The free […]

Police, firefighters team to up remove sunken boat from lake

by Will BryantWhile many folks in the Lake Norman area were sleeping in this past Sunday, Sergeant George Brinzey, members of the Cornelius fire department and a crew of volunteers rose at dawn to pull a sunken boat from the waters around Pointe Regatta.The vessel, a 21-foot motorboat, had been in the cove for at least two years, and had […]

Southern Oncology reaches 1,000-patient milestone

HUNTERSVILLE – Southern Oncology Specialists, 10030 Gilead Road, suite 344, recently surpassed the 1,000-patient milestone, a short time after the practice’s first anniversary on July 23.Dr. William R. Mitchell opened the practice and recently welcomed Dr. David M. Shope.Find more information on the practice at its website,, or call 704-947-5005.

Churches trying to keep up with area’s growing flock

Lake Forest planting ‘rock-and-roll worship’ in Davidson on Aug. 21by Mark ZenowHUNTERSVILLE – If you passed Mike Moses on the streets of Huntersville, you would probably never guess he was on the cutting edge of a revolution that took hold in the area a little more than 10 years ago.He appears mild mannered, speaks with a polite Southern accent and […]

Most local schools see proficiency rates fall

by Sarah GilbertAcademic growth in Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville schools topped district and state averages for the 2010-11 school year, with 85.7 percent of schools making high or expected growth, but proficiency rates fell at nine of 14 schools.Calculating academic growth involves measuring the rate at which students learned over the past school year, with the standard for expected growth […]

Invisible Fence donates pet oxygen masks to Huntersville

HUNTERSVILLE – Huntersville firefighters will be equipped to save a pet’s life in the event of smoke inhalation during a house fire, thanks to Invisible Fence’s donation of more than 525 pet oxygen masks to Huntersville and about 175 other fire stations in the Carolinas.Invisible Fence established Project Breathe with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and […]

Second-graders donate hair to cancer patients

HUNTERSVILLE – Madison Tighe (left) and Rebecca Rode, both age seven and students at Huntersville Elementary School, had the same idea for helping women cancer patients. This summer, the girls donated their hair to Locks of Love, which provides wigs and hairpieces to cancer patients.Madison, the daughter of Jim and Christa Tighe, donated 10 inches of her hair June 8, […]

Aquesta reports small second quarter net income

CORNELIUS – Aquesta Bank reported unaudited net income of $29,000 for the second quarter of 2011, which ended June 30.The bank’s net income was less than the $118,000 net income for the second quarter of 2010, but Aquesta reported higher net interest income for the second quarter of 2011 – $1.75 million – compared to $1.67 million for the same […]