How restaurants fared in health inspections

The Mecklenburg and Iredell county health departments inspected the following Lake Norman-area restaurants from Nov. 21 to Dec. 2:Lowest scores• Thai Marlai Restaurant, 19700 One Norman Blvd, Cornelius: 88; Employee seen washing hands in prep sink; raw chicken stored above tofu carrots, pork and beef, food stored on the floor in walk-in cooler, raw vegetables and bean noodles stored on […]

Survey: County assessors overvalued Cornelius properties

by Will BryantCORNELIUS – A survey conducted by former Commissioner Jim Bensman found that Mecklenburg County tax assessors overvalued Cornelius properties on average by 30 to 40 percent during the most recent tax revaluation.Landowners unhappy about the recent county tax revaluations packed the Community Room at Town Hall to hear the results Tuesday night, Dec. 6.“This all started with people […]

‘Team Hope’ looks to keep soldiers connected to families

One week of voting left in national contestby Hugh FisherFor four area teens, imagination and technology might add up to national recognition for local troops.This week, Team Hope – Amy and Caitlin Toner and Christen and Jessica Venable – enters the final week of the BBM Challenge Council’s online video contest.Amy is a senior at North Mecklenburg High School. Caitlin, […]

Woodlawn helps out at Fifth Street

Third-graders at Woodlawn School recently visited Fifth Street Ministries, a Statesville homeless shleter, for their monthly service trip. The homeless shelter provides breakfast to its residents and lunch and dinner to those in the community who are in need and turns away no one.While at the shelter, Woodlawn students helped plate and serve food and dessert, pour water, greet others […]

Folk Society to hold Jam & Potluck

CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Folk Society is gearing up for its annual Holiday Jam & Potluck.The event, Dec. 11 from 4 to 10 p.m., will include a song circle and acoustic jam session, followed by dinner and a performance of seasonal selections by The Community Singers.The event is free to attend, though people are asked to bring a dish that […]

Riderz hit the road for children, warriors

Open Road Cycles in Denver, along with the Open Road Riderz Group, hosted the third collection drive for Toys for Tots and the Wounded Warrior Fund Nov. 20.The group started at Open Road Cycles, at 4321 N.C. 16 N., and rode to different businesses, ending at Jack’s Corner Tap in Cornelius.More than 200 motorcycles participated, and the group collected more […]

Website seeks input on cultural direction

Through its newest website,, the Arts & Science Council is asking the public for input on the future direction of the area’s cultural community.The survey, available online until Dec. 31, will help the council shape the direction and major goals of the area’s cultural vision.“In our role as a cultural planner, we want to find new ways to make […]

Devil of a Season

Mooresville earns -newspaper’s Super 6 -championship crownEach year, our newspaper crowns a champion for our Lake Norman-Area Super 6 football rankings. In order to qualify for our rankings, a team must not have any players who have “reclassified” in order to play a fifth season of high school football.Davidson Day, which won the private-school Division III state championship, recently changed […]

Tree show supports Lincoln County arts

by Sarah GranoLINCOLNTON – The Arts Council of Lincoln County’s Festival of Trees offers live music, an artists’ market, holiday cookie shop and, of course, lots of elaborately-decorated Christmas trees.“We wanted to create a community Christmas event,” said Shelly Johnston, director of the Arts Council of Lincoln County. “We look for it to be a long-term annual event that will […]

Local artist wins grant

DAVIDSON – Joyce L. Wynes, a Davidson artist, has won a $2,000 grant to hire a photographer to capture and color proof 12 paintings.The grant was given by Arts & Science Council, in conjunction with arts councils in Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rowan, Rutherford and York counties and with the support of the North Carolina Arts Council and Blumenthal […]