By Nils Lucander What we are witnessing unfold with the Interstate 77 toll lane issue is that profiteers, both foreign and domestic, both distant and local, see that our entire Lake Norman area community is in trouble and trapped in an ever increasing transportation problem. They do not come… read more about I-77 toll lanes part of legal extortion
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Davidson has a well-earned reputation for being a well-planned town. The town regularly receives awards and recognition for its efforts in promoting walkability, protecting open space and preserving its Main Street area. The most ardent supporters of how Davidson does things are fond of saying… read more about Is Davidson getting too bossy about development?
Once again, the Interstate 77 HOT lanes project has been in the news and not for good reasons. This past week, local elected boards one after the other passed resolutions demanding answers to new questions or asking for outright delay prior to financial close of the contract. On May 11, N.C.… read more about I-77 debt should be ‘junk’
Part 1 of 2: Education, government and nonprofits Women of high stature within their respective fields received the consideration of our 100 Most Powerful Women in Lake Norman, because they have the most potential to influence the community. This week, we focus on 50 women who live or work… read more about The 100 most powerful women in Lake Norman
I’m no parenting expert, but I know a few things about preparing for summer camp experience away from home. I attended a basketball camp every summer from fifth grade to my sophomore year of high school. Here’s some points for parents to consider based on my experiences: 1Build up activity… read more about 15 tips to prepare for a week away
The last column told you about a long-shot opportunity to stop the tolling of Interstate 77 with HOT lanes through a bill submitted at the General Assembly by N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte. Since writing that piece, the project to build toll lanes has gained some momentum in its trek toward financial… read more about New developments arise in toll road saga
Email us things that make you happy, grateful, thankful, blessed or fuzzy-feeling about living here. Send them to email@example.com. Put the word “happy” in the subject line. Emails will be kept anonymous. Thank you Mayor Jill Swain for suggesting a happy column, and thank you to… read more about Warm fuzzies: Residents share happy thoughts
Email us about things that drive you insane or witty observations that may prompt readers to spit out their morning coffee. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put the word “peeved” in the subject line. Emails will be kept anonymous. We will not publish your name or email address. … read more about Peeved: Residents sound off on what bugs them
By Rick Short Last chance to stop Interstate 77 tolls? The answer to that question is a solid maybe – if the stars align correctly, the legislature moves quickly and voters decide that's what they want in the face of what would surely be massive pressure to the contrary. With all those… read more about Governor, legislators grapple over road projects
(BPT) – Whether a loyal pal like Lassie is what you're looking for, or a Garfield-like couch potato is more your speed, a pet can make a wonderful addition to your family. But there is more to choosing a new pet than simply falling in love with a cute face. Making an informed and well-researched… read more about How to choose the best pet for your family
By Dr. Lauren Kappers Heartworm disease is a potentially deadly disease in both cats and dogs. Unfortunately, there are many myths that make pet owners believe their animals do not need heartworm prevention or testing. Following are some of these myths and the facts that pet owners should… read more about Looking at myths, facts of heartworms
A few weeks ago, Town Manager Leamon Brice announced his intent to retire later this year after 25 years of service to Davidson. Twenty-five years is a long time. However, there is another official who works for Davidson who has a much longer tenure. That would be Town Attorney Rick Kline. Kline… read more about Time to reappoint Davidson’s town attorney?
By Neana Phillips Line workers are special men and women who live their lives working together as a team. They are a family themselves, climbing, digging, pulling and running heavy equipment to build and maintain the power we all rely on. But when an outage occurs, and the lights go out, the… read more about Responding when the lights go out
Proposed bill could stifle accountability RALEIGH – Most new legislatures in Raleigh see a few proposed amendments to the state constitution, and this one so far is no different. Often, the proposed changes go nowhere. Maybe they are proposed by the party that's not in power, so they do not… read more about Legislators consider extending term limits
Is it 2016 yet? One might think so with the first big “scandal” of the presidential election cycle under way after the revelation that Hillary Clinton used private email for public business while she was Secretary of State in the Obama administration. The story was first reported March 2 by… read more about Do local leaders share Clinton's email tendencies
There aren’t too many things more exhilarating than asking someone you are interested in if they would like to go out on a date with you – especially an occasion as memorable as the prom! Most people only have one or two chances to attend the prom. So the anticipation of having a fun evening… read more about 5 ways to ask your date out
Nervous about the prom? Consider sitting on the couch and absorbing the wisdom of 30-minute sitcoms (22 minutes if you’re streaming through Netflix)! Here’s some popular and coming-of-age TV shows tackled the prom: “How I Met Your Mother” • Number: Season 1, Episode 20 (2006) •… read more about Get prom tips from Netflix
Brice's reign in Davidson wasn't without blemishes Leamon Brice revealed his retirement plans during the March 10 town board meeting – announcing the end of the tenure of the one and only town manager Davidson has ever had. In April, Brice will have served the town for 25 years. When Brice… read more about Looking back on town manager's tenure
Veterinary rehabilitation speeds recovery from injury or surgery Humans recovering from surgery or injury often benefit greatly from physical therapy and rehabilitation. Focused exercises and proven therapies can reduce pain and quickly improve mobility. The same is true for our four-legged… read more about Physical therapy for our furry friends
If you've been watching the news much lately, you are probably aware the Federal Communication Commission has been looking for more ways to control the Internet from the federal level. One of those moves came last week when the FCC granted a petition from Wilson, to preempt a North Carolina law… read more about Good news for MI-Connection?
It has been called a bribe, a sweetener and an incentive, but its official name is the “bonus allocation.” The word you use to describe this pot of money likely depends on whether you support the I-77 HOT lanes project. Regardless, a lot of taxpayer money is in the process of being planned and… read more about Concern grows for bonus road money
With the new General Assembly barely underway, multiple bills have already been submitted that put state lawmakers and some local government officials on a collision course over the authority to make local planning decisions. Senate bill 25 (HB36) - Zoning/Design and Aesthetic Controls was… read more about Bills target local government overreach
By Ginny Grimsley If you’re single and in the market for romance, you probably know at least two things: Online dating is a viable and efficient way to find a potential partner, but dating sites cannot guarantee a perfect match. While a third of all married couples started their romance… read more about What if your dog hates your date?
Significant change will likely be coming to Davidson’s Main Street as private sector development picks back up after the Great Recession and the town contemplates getting into the development game. The recent demolition of the old Davidson Clinic on South Main made apparent that some activity… read more about Changes on the way for Main Street
By Kurt Naas Guest editorial Last month, we took the significant step of filing suit to stop 50 years of tolling on Interstate 77. Our objective is, and always has been, to widen the stretch of I-77 through Lake Norman with lanes free and open to the public. Some folks are concerned that… read more about Stopping toll lanes is just the first phase
By Rick Short Guest editorial With the WidenI77.org lawsuit announced days ago, it's worth taking a few minutes to look back and think about that proverbial question – “How did we get here?” The various issues the lawsuit seeks to address can be grouped into two main categories:… read more about H267: Opportunity lost on toll road accountability