Huntersville news

Manufacturer seeks exit from town’s electric service

HUNTERSVILLE – A dispute is simmering that could deliver a shock to the Huntersville’s municipal electricity system operations. Reynolds Consumer Products (RCP), the parent company of the Pactiv plastics operation in Commerce Station, has submitted a 284-page document – with about 250 pages of exhibits referencing previous agreements and summarizing service complaints – to the N.C. Utilities Commission in its request to […]

Huntersville resident reaches 102 and counting


HUNTERSVILLE – What’s the secret to living past 100? According to Mary Jane Hastings, it’s simply a matter of showing up. “It wasn’t my big accomplishment; I just happen to be there!” she said. Hastings turned 102 on May 7. Arbor Ridge at Huntersville held a party in her honor with dozens of family members and friends from the retirement community […]

Tears a fitting tribute to the lives, memories of two women


You don’t cry in this business. You can’t, because if you start, there’s no place to stop. My dad tried to teach me that when I depended on, and simultaneously weighed down, his coattails trying to learn the true nature of community newspaper work 40 years ago. You can’t type through tears, and you can’t do the job you’re supposed […]

Bond referendum coming in 2023; tax rate unchanged in budget plan


HUNTERSVILLE – With the final dollar amount and the exact list of prioritized potential projects to pursue yet to be determined, Huntersville commissioners have agreed to place a municipal general obligation bond referendum on the November 2023 ballot. In a back-and-forth discussion near the conclusion of the board’s lengthy May 2 session – when the outcome appeared, at times, to […]

North Mecklenburg business reaches 50 years of growth in many forms

HUNTERSVILLE – One of the region’s most notable businesses and large-scale employers – one that, appropriately, keeps growing – is celebrating a milestone traced to the seed of an idea for gardening as an industry planted a half-century ago. At ceremonies held April 26, Metrolina Greenhouses, headquartered on a 800-acre-plus campus in eastern Huntersville, marked its 50th year of operations. […]

Which year will Huntersville leaders choose for their bond referendum schedule?


HUNTERSVILLE – Since their terms started in December, members of the Huntersville town board have often agreed to disagree, with multiple 3-3 votes leaving Mayor Melinda Bales as the tiebreaker. Unless perspectives change in the next few days, that appears to be the scenario unfolding for a board decision slated for Monday, May 2, concerning the schedule – specifically, this […]

These Huntersville roads were given priority after town receives sticker shock


HUNTERSVILLE – Connectivity remains a theme in town planning and budget discussions, with roadway, sidewalk and crosswalk enhancements all referenced as vital steps to address mobility and safety issues. But funding prioritized projects is a challenge. Roads in progress As a result of the shovel-ready approach the town board emphasized for several years, multiple town-funded road improvements are underway, but after […]

Missing Huntersville man found safe

UPDATE: At 9 p.m. Thursday, Simmons was reported found safe, according to Huntersville Police. HUNTERSVILLE – The Huntersville Police Department has issued a Silver Alert for a missing 84-year-old man. John Simmons Jr. was last seen at 10:30 a.m. leaving Rockhouse Court in the Huntersville Commons apartment complex, driving a 2005 Dodge Caravan with North Carolina plates. Simmons is described […]