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by Phyllis RozzelleTen years ago this week, Feb. 8, 2002, to be exact, the first issue of the Herald arrived in thousands of homes throughout Huntersville. With the publication of that paper, Tucker Mitchell realized his dream. Those of you who lived in Huntersville during that time, probably… read more about The Herald turns 10
I am writing in response to your opposition of a Behavioral Health hospital being built near your neighborhood.There is no greater responsibility of a parent than to keep your child safe. There are a lot of issues and problems that require our attention, but I am pretty sure that this is not one of… read more about Community needs a mental health hospital
I wasn’t sure whether to get involved with the controversy about the new proposed behavioral health center in Huntersville or not.However, the Monteith residents should know that it is very unlikely that any inpatient would get out into their community once hospitalized. CMC Randolph in Charlotte… read more about Life inside a CMC mental health hospital
Sounds like the start of an old kids joke right? Unfortunately at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the joke is on the kids! On Jan. 10, my daughter was assaulted in the early hours on the North Meck High School campus under the cover of missing and broken lightbulbs. After meeting with the school… read more about How many school employees does it take to replace a light bulb?
The obviously failing Red Line Rail effort championed by our liberal-leaning North Meck mayors in concert with Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Gov. Beverly Perdue’s Department of Transportation is welcome news for taxpayers. The real tragedy however is that this aggressive, extremely… read more about The Red Line’s failure is a good thing for area
Editor,I rely on “The Herald Weekly” as an in-depth, objective source of news for issues regarding the Lake Norman area. But when it comes to the Red Line commuter train, over the course of several articles it’s become clear you have left objectivity at the station.The most egregious example was… read more about ‘Heralding’ the Red Line
Fishing with GusIn the world of bass fishing, a rig can be defined as any combination of line/wire, terminal tackle, gadgets or lures attached in a way that will catch fish.The most popular one for a long time was the Carolina Rig, a bottom-bumping rig primarily used to catch bass on soft plastic… read more about Alabama Rig has proven popular among anglers
Editor,I wonder how many people in Huntersville know that The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority (CMHA) is planning to put an in- and out-patient psychiatric hospital right in between a quiet, family filled subdivision and a public charter school? As a homeowner in the aforementioned… read more about Hospital will only hurt neighborhood’s value
Editor,I attended the Station Area Development meeting last week and came away disheartened. Perhaps horrified is a better word.The stated purpose of the meeting was to garner public input for anticipated development in the area surrounding the Red Line commuter rail station. Unfortunately, it… read more about Red Line is a ‘train wreck’
Real Help for Real Livingby Rev. Tony MarcianoLast Spring my wife and I had boarded a tour bus to visit Brookgreen Gardens near Myrtle Beach. It’s a beautiful spot, and I encourage you to visit it the next time you are at the beach. Just as we arrived, my wife’s flip flop broke, rendering it… read more about How a pair of flip flops reminded me of hope
Editor,Most of you know by now that I had a massive heart attack on Tuesday, Dec. 6. It was called a widow maker as the survival rate is less than 5 percent. I experienced a God miracle. When I told my wife, Janet, I wasn’t feeling well and she suggested calling 911, I told her to just drive me to… read more about I learned God is in control
Editor,Here are our bottom-line conclusions from experience with the Fireboat in Cornelius and a recent fire at a large home on Norman Shores Drive.1. Our first responders performed superbly. They were on the scene in 7 minutes and suppressed this garage fire on Norman Shores completely and safely… read more about Cornelius’s fireboat is a regional asset
Real Help for Real LivingOn Thanksgiving Day, the Charlotte Rescue Mission pulls out all the stops to make that day extra special for our community guests.We begin at 6 a.m. with a hot breakfast. Through the generosity and partnership of the Dilworth Neighborhood Grill, homeless men will be able to… read more about He walked his daughter down the aisle – so what, you say?
Fishing with GusA look at history tells us that seafood was so plentiful, that striped bass, eels, clams and lobster shared the table with turkey at the Pilgrim’s first Thanksgiving.So the story goes, the Wampanoag Indians not only taught the Pilgrims how to catch fish for food, but also how to use… read more about Tired of turkey? Give striped bass a taste
Fishing with GusThis is a fish tale, because it begins with the words, “This is no lie.”Two brothers had fished for years. Both were competitive, but Larry was the better angler.On a trip to Canada, Larry and Jim hired a guide to take them fishing. Day one was a success, with both anglers catching… read more about Something’s fishy about brother’s big haul
Reader: Myrick puts herself before constituentsEditor,On Veterans Day, it is important to remember and honor the great sacrifices of those who have made our freedoms possible. Far too often, we forget how truly blessed and fortunate we are to live in the United States of America. Through the years,… read more about Letters to the Editor for November 18
by Carroll GrayThree years ago, the four Lake Norman towns adopted an interlocal agreement to create the Lake Norman Transportation Commission. Since then, we’ve lobbied to keep the concept of the Red Line rail project alive, so the issue could be framed for our consideration. The state has played… read more about Moving forward on the Red Line
Fishing with GusThis column will attempt to answer a frequently asked question among anglers: “Why do I see fish on the depth-finder screen, but I can’t get them to bite?”The answer to this question begins with another question: Is your depth finder set to show fish images or arches? Fish images… read more about How to use your depth finder
Now is not the time for massive Red Line debtEditor,Paul Morris, Deputy Secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation was quoted as informing local officials that the initial cost estimate for the Red Line is $450 million and that 50 percent of the cost is to be borne by Cornelius,… read more about Letters to the Editor for November 11
Fishing with GusMuch has been written lately about the drought and low-water conditions on area lakes. Below are some do’s and don’ts to help make your next fall boating experience safer.• Do run the middle of the channel, not the edge. Don’t take high water short cuts. Stay in marked channels.• Do… read more about The do’s and don’ts of low-water boating
Advanced Disposal made my son’s dayEditor,I would like to share a wonderful experience I had with our local trash company, Advanced Disposal. As a newer company to the area, I wanted to let readers know about a fantastic service the company offers, especially if they have small children like I… read more about Letters to the Editor for November 4
Real Help for Real Living By now you’re thinking, “Hey Josh – you’re the editor of this paper. We trust you to provide good journalism. Who’s this guy from Jersey? Did you vet him? What do you know about him? You’re going to trust him to write a regular column to us.”Okay, now hold on. I’ll admit,… read more about What’s an Italian guy from Jersey doing in our local paper?
Fishing with GusThree simple things can help you catch more fish this fall. Fish in the right place, at the right time and with the right bait.• The right places and best spots to begin fishing on Lake Norman are in and around points. Points are extensions of land masses that jut into the lake. The… read more about Three ways to catch more fish this fall
Swain has the qualities needed in a mayorEditor,I have served as fellow mayor with Mayor Jill Swain for the past three terms. During that time I have found Mayor Swain to bring a positive and problem-solving mind set to each situation.Mayor Swain works hard on issues involving her constituency,… read more about Letters to the Editor for October 28
Editor,Working with Commissioner Danae Caulfield since May 2010 concerning the expansion of the sidewalk on Stumptown Road has truly been a blessing. We started the campaign for the sidewalk expansion in fall 2009. The day that Danae got involved with this project was a key turning point not only… read more about Caufield was big help in getting things done