John Aneralla

2022 election season begins with new congressional lines

A lawsuit triggered a one-day pause on candidate filings in newly created state and federal districts, which was a fitting beginning to an unusual election season. The candidate filing period for an assortment of county, state and federal elections – and two town board seats in Mooresville – began Monday and continues through noon on Dec. 17. The election set for […]

Politics in play, in different ways, on Mecklenburg mask mandate 


The one thing that’s clear, absolutely crystal, about organized, encouraged, endorsed or enforced policies related to COVID-19 response was summed up in just a few words last week by Huntersville Commissioner Lance Munger. “It has become politicized,” Munger said about the county-wide mask mandate issued by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners, but with obvious reference to vaccinations, school policies […]

Main Street project a prelude to ‘totally different downtown’


HUNTERSVILLE – A project at least two decades in the making – and the subject of planning and preparations the last two years – is now, officially, in progress. On June 30 – not coincidentally the last day of Fiscal Year 2021 – town officials and a sizable contingent of town staff members, joined by project contractors, N.C. Department of Transportation […]

IN MEMORIAM: Remembering wit, wisdom of Bob Blythe


HUNTERSVILLE – Bob Blythe was very comfortable not being noticed. At times, through month-long stretches of Huntersville town board meetings, Blythe would seem almost like a fixture instead of a potential participant, monitoring commissioner actions, but rarely – and never without being consulted – providing his opinion. It’s how Blythe viewed his assignment as the town’s attorney, a role he […]

Board OK’s nearly $1 million for town hall planning


HUNTERSVILLE – The town’s governing body has not decided to move forward with financing and construction of a new town hall, but in a 4-2 vote it has agreed to finance planning and design steps to get a clearer perspective of current and future administrative space needs and the anticipated investment a new facility would require. During its May 17 session, […]

North Meck mayors not ready to support transit tax


Significant hurdles loom concerning a Mecklenburg County task force recommendation that a one-cent sales tax to support future transportation system improvements be a referendum item on county-wide ballots in November, but mayors in north Mecklenburg are already making their views on the issue clear. Asked what would have to happen for them to consider – not support, but officially and […]

Huntersville: Progress on prioritized projects planned for 2021


HUNTERSVILLE – There were very few aspects of daily municipal operations in 2020 that were not impacted by the disruptions associated with COVID-19, but Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla said it’s important to note that despite the challenges, the town was able to keep many plans and projects progressing toward completion. “It was obviously a difficult time for many Huntersville residents […]

North Mecklenburg mayors to discuss COVID-19 in their communities

CORNELIUS – Mayors from all three north Mecklenburg towns will participate in the next “Connecting Cornelius: Coffee Chat” on Monday, Dec. 7. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with Cornelius Mayor Woody Washam as host and guests including Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla and Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox. Items on the agenda will be a COVID-19 update from Mecklenburg County […]